ANY MAN OF MINE
While this is a bit reminiscent of Gibson’s debut novel, it is still one of the best storylines ever in the hands of such a master. She will make you laugh, cry and identify with her characters, even if you have never been into hockey. Hurrah for the Chinooks!
Six years ago, celebrating a painful anniversary with a Vegas blowout, hockey star Sam LeClaire woke up to find himself married and not long after, a father. Sam has always provided for his son, but at a distance. Now, here he is, at his team captain’s wedding and there is that redheaded woman, his baby mama, looking just as good and just as angry as the last time he saw her. Autumn Haven never could figure out exactly what pushed her out of her comfort zone in Vegas six years ago, but the fear and pain of single motherhood has certainly put her firmly back on the straight and narrow. Now a wedding planner with a successful business and wonderful son, she has no time for a man, especially not one who has proven he is not the type to stick around. Sam can’t even manage to remember his visitation schedule. However, when he starts making a big attempt to change his ways, she can’t help but remember the smoking-hot Vegas week that got her into this mess. Sam is also remembering how hard he fell for her six years ago. Maybe this family stuff is not quite as terrifying as he thought. And Autumn is still just as irresistible, maybe more so. (AVON, Apr., 384 pp., $7.99)