Time to post all the recommendations for Rachel Gibson. If you've ever looked at her backlist and wondered, “Which one should I read first?” the Bitchery, who knows pretty much know everything (twice), can help you out.
First, a few people were hunting for a complete in-order listing for the series Gibson has written. I'll start with that so you know which book is which in the order.
You can find all the series listings at Goodreads.
The complete Chinook series listing is:
The complete Truly, Idaho, series is:
The complete Writer Friends series is:
The complete Gospel, Idaho series is:
The complete Lovett, Texas, series is:
Second, several of Gibson's backlist ebooks are on sale from $3.99 – $5.99 so if you're thinking about it, now's a great time to impulse buy yourself a stack of recommended books. Where I have found a discounted ebook, I've noted it below.
Third, isn't it kind of fascinating that Gibson's covers come in three major flavors: Big Words and a Band of Something, Ugly Cartoons, and Legs? Anyway, let's get to the list! Here are the most recommended books by Rachel Gibson:
Several readers recommended starting with this one. Pamiam says, “It is the first of a 4 book series and it is a series that I will read again.” KSattler says it's her favorite in the Writer Friends series.
The number of people recommending the first two in the Chinook series, as well as the whole series, was pretty damn impressive. Bnbsrose says, “It's like picking your favorite child! I love the Seattle Chinook series, and I love that the last couple have been published right at Stanley Cup time.”
Janelle Stevensons gives the Frayed Cover recommendation for this book, too: “Simply Irresistible is one of the few books that I have worn to the point of having to buy a second copy because the first was coming apart in my hands.” Julie in Duvall says, “I'm recommending Simply Irresistible. It's a sweet and funny story. I was thrilled to find the e-published version as well, so I'll slloooooowly be buying the rest of Rachel's books for my (poor, overworked) Kindle!”
But, alas, it may not be for everyone: SarahCW says she loved See Jane Score, but warns: “avoid Simply Irresistible at all costs. Not only is there a secret baby, the heroine is about as unlikable as any I've encountered.”
This book was recommended by MANY readers. Elyssa recommends that one “without question,” and says it is, “Lots of fun, sexy, and the hero has a very memorable tattoo.” TrishJ says, “It has everything a good romance book should have.”
Elladrake says, “While I do agree…that starting with the first book in the Chinooks series might be best, See Jane Score was the first of Gibson's that I read and I've re-read three times since. When readers who don't normally read contemporary ask me for a recommendation, it's usually the one I name.” And Rita gives a huge recommendation: “It's one of my go-to books when I get in a reading slump. My copy is worn to the point that the cover is completely frayed.”
Big huge thank you, Rita, for being the inspiration for the thread of Frayed Cover Recommendations.
True Confessions and See Jane Score were mentioned in tandem several times, despite being very different books. Bibliophile says, “As it happens, I have been glomming Gibson's backlist and just read three of her books back to back. You really have to consider taste when choosing your first Gibson book. Her Seattle Chinooks sports romances take place in a completely different environment than the small town books, so I would say read See Jane Score if you want a big city sports romance, and True Confessions if you like small town romances complete with eccentric and entertaining side characters.”
Jessica Hunt added, “I echo the recommendations for TRUE CONFESSIONS (sexual tension btw H/H is palpable) and SEE JANE SCORE (love the hockey backdrop).” Kiersten Krum says, “True Confessions, hands down. Love this book, still go back to reread it. Someday I'm gonna get that MZBHVN license plate…”
These three have an assortment of recommendations: Pamiam says, “Nothing But Trouble was my first RG book and is what really got me started reading romance. I was hooked!” Lauren likes Truly, Madly more than the Chinooks series: “I loved her Truly, Madly, Yours. I've read all of her other books, although I absolutely hated her Chinooks series, and regret spending the money on them.”
Cerulean says, “Truly, Madly… is one of my favorites by her – I'm surprised more people haven't mentioned it. That being said, I love Daisy's Back in Town, but it is a bit more serious, so I wouldn't start with it.” And Lena says, “Truly,Madly,Yours. is a brilliant piece. I've read this book 6 times already.”
Now, usually when I compile these lists, I highlight the book that have received the most mentions or recommendations, and link to the complete thread as well. But Justine rocked the data HARD and posted the following list of the total number of recommendations based on the prior 33 comments in the thread before hers:
14 See Jane Score (Chinooks Hockey Team #2)
7 True Confessions (Gospel, Idaho #1)
5 Sex, Lies, and Online Dating (Writer Friends #1)
5 Simply Irresistible (Chinooks Hockey Team #1)
3 Daisy's Back in Town (Lovett, Texas #1)
3 Nothing But Trouble (Chinooks Hockey Team #5)
3 The Trouble with Valentine's Day (Chinooks Hockey Team #3)
3 True Love and Other Disasters (Chinooks Hockey Team #4)
2 I'm in No Mood for Love (Writer Friends #2)
2 Lola Carlyle Reveals All (not part of a series)
1 Not Another Bad Date (Writer Friends #4)
1 Tangled Up in You (Writer Friends #3)
1 Truly Madly Yours (Truly, Idaho #1)
I hope this helps you find a Gibson book to try – and that you'll let us know what you think of the one you read first!