Any Man of Mine (Chinooks Hockey Team Series #6)

Any Man of Mine (Chinooks Hockey Team Series #6)

by Rachel Gibson

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“Rachel does it again! A fun, steamy story.”
—Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there, as New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Gibson delightfully demonstrates in her smart and sexy romance, Any Man of Mine. The story of a successful wedding planner whose world is turned upside-down when the man she once impetuously married in a quickie Las Vegas ceremony bursts unexpectedly back into her life, Any Man of Mine is pure joy—a beautiful marriage of the wit, heart, and sensuality that is a hallmark of two-time RITA® Award winner Gibson, solidifying her equal standing among Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Nora Roberts as the crème de la crème of contemporary romance fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061579110
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team Series , #6
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 383,897
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Rachel Gibson began her fiction career at age sixteen, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit-and-run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

What People are Saying About This

Carly Phillips

“Rachel Gibson does it again! A fun, steamy story that also tugs at the heartstrings. A perfect Valentine’s Day read.”

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Any Man of Mine 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 429 reviews.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Autumn Haven is the wedding planner for Faith Duffy and Ty Savage (from "True Love and Other Disasters")trying to avoid Sam LeClaire. She was married to Sam years before in Las Vegas until the day after the wedding night when he took off without a word. To add insult to injury, she became pregnant. Sam has been an intermittent father at best so Autumn doesn't have him on her like list. After they meet again at the wedding, Sam has a little maturity spurt and he puts little effort into his relationship with his son. In the process, he and Autumn rekindle the spark that led to the impulsive wedding in Vegas. Sounds perfect! Not so fast- Autumn has just about gotten the tread marks off her heart where he drove over it and she isn't sure she is ready for a second heartbreak nor does she want to expose her son. Sam will have to go through some major hoops, Autumn will need to become more secure in her feelings, and her anti-Sam brother Vince (an ex-SEAL) will need to do a total turn around. Loved the book! I'm not a hockey fan but I have read all of the books in this series since the first one-"Simply Irresistible". It was great to see lots of the characters from earlier books. Hopefully this is not the last we will see of the Chinooks!!
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Autumn Haven is a successful wedding planner leading a structured, ordered life and doing just fine raising her son without her son's father Sam LeClaire in her life. He tends to waltz in and out whenever he feels like it, leaving her emotionally exhausted, and trying to explain the missed visits to her son when Sam doesn't show up. Autumn sees Sam LeClaire living his life like he plays the game of hockey for the Stanley Cup winning Seattle Chinooks - fast, loose and completely on his own terms. They met in Las Vegas by chance and Sam is the only time Autumn left her list behind and went with her heart - a huge mistake she will never repeat. Autumn found herself after meeting Sam married to him, divorced from him and pregnant with his son as a result of their encounter. Autumn adores her son and has her brother to help keep her grounded but now that Sam appears to have had a moment of Zen and wants more involvement in his son's life after 5 years with an objective to not be the man his father was will Autumn believe everything he is saying and let go of the grief he created from that time in Las Vegas? There may be physical hockey injuries for Sam but the emotional scars are still haunting Autumn all these years later and she is having trouble letting it go. Autumn may run hot and cold but Sam like a furnace is and always turned on and fired up for great time. Their adventures together make them appear to be a family but is that the truth or just a myth that Autumn is making up for herself only to let the big hurt happen again? When Rachel Gibson writes a book the reader s before it even arrives at my door that you are going to love it. Ms. Gibson blends the reality of life with the romance in our hearts together and always makes you take a deep sigh of satisfaction when you are done with her book. Autumn and Sam are great characters in that they are shown as imperfect, holding on to some childhood pain and learning to trust one another after a less than perfect start to their relationship. Rachel Gibson takes you on a great ride and when it comes to and end the reader must decide if the couple's flame is there forever or will it fizzle out after the heat of passion is exhausted?
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly
KristinTX More than 1 year ago
Sam's ex-wife, Autumn Haven, is the wedding planner of a wedding he is attending which takes him by surprise since they haven't seen each other in over two years. They share a five year old son, Connor, and to spare him the baby mama drama of which they have a great deal, they agree to pass him back and forth through Sam's assistant. To have a good romance one must have believable conflict. Autumn and Sam have believable conflict in spades. Sam is quite possibly one of the most unlikeable Heros in any romance I have ever read. The couple got married in Vegas after knowing each other for five days. Autumn has fallen head over heals for the hottie hockey player but after their drunken Elvis impersonator wedding and unfortunate name tattoos (tattoo shops really should have Breathalyzers) he splits in the morning without a word and starts divorce proceedings. When she tells him she is pregnant, through his lawyer since he won't give her his cell number, he demands a paternity test before he will take any responsibility or even see the baby. Yeah, he's a real winner and only goes downhill from there. He likes his hockey rough, his women brainless, big boobed and undemanding, and to see his son only when it is convenient which isn't very often. He supports Connor financially but sees him rarely often canceling on him at the last minute. So it is no mystery why Sam is not Autumn's favorite person. He wasn't mine either. If one is going The Reformed Rake route the reformation must be believable and credible. Did Sam get there? Maybe. In the beginning he has the maturity and self-awareness of a three year old. Gibson gives him a painful back story to try give us a reason for his bad behavior and soften his toolishness but for his amount of narcissism and selfishness it falls a bit short. He finally decides that maybe Autumn is right and he has been a pretty uninvolved father and his son is getting old enough to notice. He decides that he will change his ways and spend more time with Connor and thus spend more time with Autumn. As his priorities change so do his feelings about Autumn. I really liked Autumn. She was strong and capable and very protective of her son. She had to be. She always tried to keep the drama of his parent's relationship away from Connor after a particularly bad fight that he witnessed when he was three. What I didn't understand was why she would go down the relationship road with Sam again. He didn't have to do too much to earn a second chance either when this is one Hero who should have been put through a wringer twice to get his second chance. That is why I'm not sure if he is completely reformed. He didn't have to work very hard for it. I might trust him again after two years but not two months. This is one book where I thought that if he became a good father and lived his life in a more responsible manner and Autumn found a different man who was worthy of becoming part of Autumn and Connor's family, I would have considered it a happy ending.
frosty1 More than 1 year ago
While I found this book enjoyable, I was left wanting....more. There wasn't any real drama. There was more of a yo-yo affect going on. I liked the characters more or less, but I just felt that if there was chemistry there wasn't a lot of it. It was great to see some of the past characters, Mini Pit and Pit Boss also plan a wedding during this book. Getting to visit with Faith and Ty was enjoyable but Autumn and Sam....just felt rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! This is one of my favorite Rachel Gibson's books the best of the Seattle Chinooks series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not her best. Predictable, dull in spots, and neither the hero nor the heroine are all that likable. The transformations don't seem believable for either of the characters, either -- it read as if the scenes were all written out of order and then stitched together, so that the character development isn't smooth or understandable, but rather they jerk back and forth between complete tool and great guy (or awesome chick and stubborn witch). The rest of the series is better. The wasn't worth the money, IMO.
Hillary Sevart More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Rachel Gibson fan. Sadly, this was the first time that i was disapointed with her work. The plot in this book was oddly similar to one of her previous books ( girl hooks up with hot hockey player, gets pregnant, raises the child alone, then reconciles with the baby daddy and lives happily ever after). Also, this book was way too short. It was still worth reading, but more plot development would have been nice. Dont get me wrong, its not a bad book. It just doesnt live up to the excellent reputation that Gibson has created for herself.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Six years ago, hockey star Sam LeClaire woke up the morning after a painful loss to learn he married Autumn Haven. He does not stick around skating away from the woman. However, she gives birth to his son Connor, but he remains distant from both though he provides financial support. Sam attends the marriage between his Seattle Chinook's team captain Ty Savage and Faith Duffy (see True Love and Other Disasters). The Haven Event Management owner and wedding planner, Autumn avoids the father of her son as in her mind he belongs permanently in the penalty box for a life misconduct. When they meet, a wiser Sam spends time with his son and wants a second chance with Autumn. However, he drove a Zamboni over her heart so she refuses to free him from the penalty box. This is an engaging second hockey romance in which readers will enjoy seeing the first stars of previous Chinook tales (see Nothing but Troubles) attending the wedding. The story line is faster than speed skater Bonnie Blair even with hip-checks sending the lead couple to the boards. While her angry former SEAL sibling wants to rip out Sam's guts, fans will root for Autumn who distrusts her feelings for a man who skated away from her and Connor. Sam knows he has his work cut out even more than he ever had in his sixteen year career to send this game into overtime. Harriet Klausner
Brie.Clementine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I should start this review by saying that I¿m a huge fan of Rachel Gibson and I was anxiously anticipating this book. I should continue this review by saying how disappointed I was after reading it. This book didn¿t work for me at all; I can honestly say that the only redeeming quality about it was the writing style.Any Man of Mine is book six in the series about the fictional hockey team the Seattle Chinooks but stands alone quite well so you can read this one first.The book's leads are Sam and Autumn. About six years ago they met in Vegas. 72 hours latter Autumn finds herself left alone in the hotel room after her wedding night (that¿s right, they got married). It turns out that Sam, who apparently was drunk the whole time, has realized his mistake and has fled the crime scene. Days later Sam has files for divorce while Autumn finds out she is pregnant. After the birth of the boy, and after the paternity test results come back positive, Sam agrees to take care of him financially, but he is pretty much absent from the boy¿s life. Flash forward five years later and Autumn and Sam meet again. This time they try to be more civilized to each other for their son¿s sake. Here is where the book begins and you probably can guess what comes next.This book had an interesting plot, a very crappy hero trying to clean up his act and be a good father. I like books where the characters have layers and are not particularly good or even likeable, but to be honest this book took it too far. Sam is so unlikeable and behaves like such a jerk, that the only thing I could think while reading the book was that he had a lot of hoops to jump in order to redeem himself. It became apparent that those hoops would never come, and why would they? The heroine was an idiot; she forgave him almost magically fast. Sam behaved like a douche the whole book and the only thing that was different by the end was that he now was somewhat present in his son¿s life, and he wasn¿t sleeping around. I can quote tons of examples for you to get an idea of what a piece of work this guy was, but I¿ll just use this conversation they have after he arrives late to drop their son at Autumn¿s:¿You said you¿d have him here at noon.¿¿I said ish.¿¿What?¿¿I said noon-ish.¿The tick in her eye moved to the center of her forehead.¿What is that? Some sort of special Sam time? While the rest of the world lives and operates in time zones, you¿re special and operate in ish?¿He smiled like he thought she was funny. ¿I wanted to spend a little more time with him, Autumn. There¿s nothing wrong with wanting to spend a little time with my son.¿He made it sound so reasonable. ¿You¿re an hour and a half late. I thought something might have happened.¿¿Sorry you were worried.¿That wasn¿t good enough. Besides, she didn¿t believe him. He threw the word around, but he didn¿t mean it. Sam was never sorry about anything. ¿When you didn¿t show up, I called.¿He nodded. ¿I forgot my phone at home. When we got back, I saw that you¿d phoned.¿¿What? You didn¿t think to return my call? To let me know Conner was okay?¿He folded his big arms over his equally big chest.¿It occurred to me, but by the way you blew up the phone with all your calls, I knew you¿d chew my ass. Just like you¿re dying to do right now. And to tell you the truth, I¿m never going to purposely call anyone who¿s dying to chew my ass.¿She took a deep breath and glanced up at the big window and Conner¿s little face glued to the glass.Holding on to her control by a thread, she calmly said,¿You¿re immature and irresponsible.¿¿Well, sweetheart, I¿ve never said I wasn¿t irresponsible. But you¿re too controlling.¿¿He¿s my son.¿¿He¿s my son, too.¿¿He¿s your son when it¿s convenient for you.¿¿Well, it was convenient today. Get over it.¿Do I need to say more? Because the only reason I didn¿t stop reading right there was because I still had hope that Rachel would manage to redeem Sam.I think it was good for Sam to realize that he was hurting his son, and
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rachel Gibson's Chinooks Hockey Team series just keeps getting better and better. So far every book I have read in this series has not left me with any disappointment at all. Any Man Of Mine is currently book six of the series, and honestly, my favorite so far in the entire series. Autumn has finally learned to let go of her past with Sam and has vowed to never let Sam or any other man have an effect on her the way he did. She has finally moved on and her career is booming. Sam obviously doesn't think about Autumn or that amazing weekend they spent together, but all that changes when they see each other again at his teammate's wedding. Autumn happens to be the wedding planner and knew she would see Sam again, but did not think he would still be able to stir any type of emotion in her.I was easily pulled into Autumn shoes. It was heart breaking everything she went through with Sam. She quickly fell in love with Sam and actually thought that it was something real in Vegas. She had no idea Sam would just pick up and leave and act like it never happened. Autumn was heart broken and left with so many unanswered questions. Now that they are face to face again Sam can't help but remember what exactly it was that pulled him to Autumn in the first place. As they try to build a friendship with each other, somewhere down the line they end up back in each others arms. Autumn changed Sam back in Vegas and neither one of them knew it. He was having a rough time and wasn't ready to be with Autumn then. Now, he is seeing her and their relationship in a whole different light. It was very emotional and touching. I definitely recommend Any Man of Mine and all the previous books in her Chinooks Hockey Team series. They are full of some super hot and sexy men, a little humor, mixed emotions and some very touching love stories. You will not regret it! My only problem is now waiting for the next in the series. I want it now! LOL4 out of 5 Stars!
IandSsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I went between 4 and 5 stars!! I really loved this story! It was so sweet and heartwarming! It was a quick read because it was so enjoyable!! No annoying characters it was just a really good sweet romance! I loved the cover and that is what drew me in but it is just a really fun book!
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not Gibson at her best. It felt as though I'd read this one before.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing story! I can never put her books down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth $7 it was only 193 pages and the the characters just annoyed me. The man was a play boy, who flat out compares bra sizes and sleeps around while the woman hasnt slept with anyone in the 5 yrs since they made a baby. They really do run hot and cold, But not in a good way. In a just shut up and leave eachother alone way
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Great book in the series
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love this hockey series