Thursday, August 23, 2007

I'm In No Mood For Love by Rachel Gibson

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Book Description

What is Clare Wingate doing? One minute she’s suffering in a pretty-in-pink gown she’ll never wear again, and the next thing she knows it’s morning…and she has the nastiest hangover of her life.

To make matters worse, she’s wearing nothing but a spritz of Escada and lying next to Sebastian Vaughan…her girlhood crush turned sexy, globe-hopping journalist. Somewhere between the toast and the toss of the bouquet she’d gotten herself into a whole lot of trouble.

Clare had the right to go wild – after all, she’d been knocked off her dyed-to-match shoes after finding her own fiancé in a compromising position with the washing machine repairman. Clearly her society wedding is off.

But Sebastian pushed all the wrong buttons – and some of the right ones, too. Clare is in no mood for love – not even for lust – and wants to forget about Sebastian and his six-pack abs ASAP. But he isn’t in the mood to go away, and his kiss is impossible to forget.

This is the 2nd book of the “Writers” quartet, which features four lovely, single best friends who are writers. Lucy, mystery writer. Clare, romance novelist. Maddie, true crime. Adele, fantasy/sci-fi.

This book opens where the 1st book ends (Sex, Lies & Online Dating – Lucy’s story). It was Lucy’s wedding reception, and Clare was drinking to numb the pain of heartbreak. The next thing she knew…she woke up the next morning beside Sebastian, her girlhood friend/foe, whom she hadn’t seen for 20 years.

The premise of this story was different from Sex, Lies & Online Dating in the sense that there was no mystery to be solved, no killer in sight. It was all about the devilishly sexy Sebastian and beautiful, well bred Clare…how their relationship progressed from prickly and grudging to love and happily-ever-after. Along the way, Sebastian had to rebuild his relationship with his father, and Clare, her mother. They also had to go through the usual misunderstandings and heart breaks before they got their happy ending.

This was a simple, even predictable, story. But I finished it in one sitting. I found it sweet and charming in its simplicity and wit. Even though Sebastian’s antagonism towards Clare after 20 years seemed perplexing (over something that happened they were barely teens), it did not bother me too much. I enjoyed their chemistry and battle of wills and words too much. I also felt a strong empathy for Clare, who, despite her beauty, success and wealth, was incredibly unlucky in love. She was “raised on restraint, born a romantic”…vulnerable and unsure of herself, but she became stronger and found herself in the end. I liked her.

My rating4
Sensuality ratingWarm

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