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‘Nothing But Trouble’

I’m not a big romance reader. In fact, I’ve never made it past the middle of one. So when I picked up “Nothing But Trouble,” I expected, well, nothing but trouble finishing the book.

Turns out the New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson penned a fast and fun read.

At age 30, Chelsea hasn’t made it as an actress (except as a screamer in horror flicks), so she’s turned to jobs acting as personal assistants. Her latest assignment: to deal with star hockey player Mark Bressler, who’s in his late 30s and is extremely bitter after suffering a career-ending accident that not only keeps him off the ice, but also keeps him popping pain pills.

Though he doesn’t want a thing to do with Chelsea, she continues to cheerfully take care of arranging interviews and even house hunting for him. She finds his attitude despicable but reminds herself of the $10,000 bonus that’s in it for her, since he’s gone through half a dozen helpers.

But Chelsea has to admit: His body is still in its muscular prime. Nevertheless, he treats her horribly, and, even if she found his personality attractive, she reminds herself, “He’s my boss.”

As far as Mark is concerned, Chelsea definitely is not his type: Her clothes are too colorful, and she has pink tinges in her hair. So, when he finds himself dreaming of kissing Chelsea, he blames it on the pain meds.

When romance bursts forth in real life, he tries to blame it on the drugs, and she tries to resist his seductive ways. It works for a while, creating more tension in an already edgy relationship. But as all romances go, the two find themselves irresistibly attracted to one another.

Until Mark finds out Chelsea’s motive to stay. Suddenly, their worlds shatter.

In the boy-meets-girl-boy-looses-girl-boy-gets-girl-again world of romance movies and novels, real-life reasons for leaving are key. In “Nothing But Trouble,” Mark’s reason for calling it off seems a bit extreme, but there it is, and by now, Gibson’s compelling storytelling has readers hooked, and they have to push on, to see if the couple reunites.

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