Nothing But Trouble

Nothing But Trouble - Rachel Gibson Great book.

Chelsea Ross is an out-of-work actor who makes a living as personal assistant to the stars. After the garbage she's put up with dealing with the rich, famous and eccentric, working for superstar hockey player Mark Bressler should be a piece of cake. She should have known when she's offered a $10,000 bonus if she can last three months that Mark would prove to be a challenging client.

Mark is still suffering after a near-fatal car crash mangled his body and destroyed his hockey career. Still in pain from his injuries, Mark sees nothing positive in his future now that he can no longer play the sport he loves. And the Seattle Chinooks' management keep sending over home care aides to babysit him, adding humiliation to his list of irritations. When Chelsea shows up at his door with her two-tone blonde and pink hair, wild-colored clothes and extra large bust, he determines to drive her away as fast as he's done with all of the others.

But Mark's bad attitude doesn't scare Chelsea at all. She's dealt with worse. She pastes on a smile and silently imagines what she's going to do with her bonus - namely, finally get the breast reduction surgery she's always wanted to help cure her constant back and shoulder pains and, hopefully, gain a little respect in the acting world.

Soon Mark and Chelsea's dislike of each other turns to tolerance and then to lust and then perhaps more. Chelsea brings Mark out of his shell of disappointment and despair, and Mark proves to be the lone voice of support in Chelsea's quest to change her body.

Both Chelsea and Mark are great characters, fully realized and very funny. I did wonder why Chelsea had such a hard time understanding why Mark was so depressed and, in her words, "bad moody" all of the time. She never did seem to realize that everything Mark had loved in life had been taken away from him with his accident, and that is more than reason enough for a bad mood. I did like how Mark was so determined not to like Chelsea and how he fought his attraction to her for as long as possible.

Towards the end, there was a Big Misunderstanding that caused some conflict, and I'm starting to notice a bit of a pattern to all of Gibson's books - heroine has a "secret" that isn't really that bad but because she doesn't tell it up front, it comes back later to cause problems with the hero. However, the resolution of this problem came about fairly quickly rather than dragging on chapter after chapter.

I laughed out loud many times during this book and stayed up into the wee hours to finish it. A great read.