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Friday, April 1, 2011

Any Man of Mine - Rachel Gibson



Released May 2011

www.rachelgibson.com

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Autumn Haven went to Vegas to burn off some steam after her mother's death. Autumn cared for her mother in the final stages of her life and really needs to unwind. She doesn't expect to have a whirlwind romance, get married, and get dumped in that short time frame.

Sam Leclaire cares about his hockey career. While he found Autumn more than sexy, he has no room in his life for a woman. It isn't until months later that he learns that one night resulted in pregnancy.

Six years later, Autumn is an established wedding planner. She has a son to support. While the child support she gets from Sam is more than enough, she doesn't want anything to do with the man who broke her heart. She's makes sure that if anything happened, she could easily support her son on her own income. Sam comes and goes from Conner's life. Autumn's sick of seeing her son's heart broken and figures keeping him out of her life is best for all involved.

When Autumn and Sam reunite, they never expect a friendship to blossom. Sam wants to be a father to Conner, despite his past mistakes. Autumn is willing to let that happen, but she knows Sam has a habit of leaving. Can Sam really prove that he's here to stay?

Any Man of Mine surprised me. I've always loved Rachel Gibson's novels, but when my Nook showed 188 pages, I feared the story would be too short to have any depth. Given that, Amazon lists the book as 384 pages, so there might be a mistake with the Nook's calculation. Either way, the book offers plenty of depth with both the main characters and Autumn's brother, who I hope gets his own book soon!

Sam does come off as a bit of a jerk at first. I wasn't sure I'd like his character. He's arrogant, a bit of a womanizer, and not the type of guy I'd want to know. Given that, his growth in the novel is impressive.

Autumn is a hard worker, great mom, and generally likable. I enjoyed her struggle--hormones versus brain--I think most of us have been there. I also liked her interactions with her son and her determination to let Conner know his dad. Not every woman is that generous, even when it is in the best interest of the child.

Because the pair have human flaws, Any Man of Mine breezed by. I curled up in the sun, thankful to be outside since a Nor'easter is predicted, and read the story in one sitting. For fans of Gibson's sports heroes, Sam definitely delivers.

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