Friday, April 27, 2012

True Confessions (Gospel, Idaho #1) by Rachel Gibson

Hope Spencer got more than she'd ever bargained for in Gospel, Idaho. There are crazy neighbors, competitive toilet tossers, locals with color-coordinated hair...and a long, lean sheriff by the name of Dylan Taber. Hope takes one look at him and faces the awful truth: it's been too long since she's had a man!

All the gals at the Curl Up and Dye hair salon declare he's the best-looking thing in town, but Hope isn't about to confess to them all that she agrees. Still, when an unsolved local mystery involves them both--and when their flirting gets the better of them-- Hope and Dylan know it's time to make some true each other.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5

Aw, what a sweet little read from Rachel Gibson! True Confessions is a cute, light-hearted story that gave my spirits a lift and had a smile on my face nearly the entire time. Gibson did a great job creating the slightly crazy, quirky town of Gospel, Idaho that draws you in and keeps you entertained. Dylan and Hope are both incredibly likable individuals each hiding a little bit of their lives from everyone else. It was fun to watch their relationship develop and get to know them. 
He'd already planned on checking out the house for her, but what he hadn't planned on was her hooking her hand around the back of his belt and urging him forward like a human shield. Now, there were times in Dylan's life when he hadn't minded women using his body, but they'd always been naked at the time. He didn't know how he felt about being used as a target so Hope could run like hell if anything hit him first.

Hope's a sweet girl who's tougher than most people give her credit for. She's struggling a bit with her life and is in Gospel, Idaho trying to find writing inspiration and figure things out. I loved the concept of her job as a tabloids supernatural writer and how she incorporated the town into her stories. Her's reactions to life in a small town--"Rocky Mountain" oysters, the crazy town people that have toilet toss competitions--were some of the best things about the book. She's absolutely hysterical. 
"Shelly, what is this?" 
"This." She shook her fork. 
"A Rocky Mountain oyster." 
"Is it a shellfish?" 
"No, it's a testicle." 
"Oh, my God!" She dropped the fork as if it had suddenly zapped her. "Whose?" 
Dylan burst out laughing. "Not mine."
Dylan is a complete charmer and man can he turn up the heat! All the ladies in Gospel are interested in him but he's completely focused on his job as Sheriff and raising his son. And man am I a sucker for a hero that's a single dad-- loved getting to see him with his son Adam. There are some pretty emotional life moments for them, especially when Adam has to go visit his mom. Had me totally falling for Dylan. I did want to give him a good shake over the big relationship drama towards the end though. He's such a great guy but man did I want to give him a good shake towards the end over their relationship drama. Couldn't believe his reactions! Really wanted him to have to work hard to fix things but Hope let him off the hook pretty quickly. A couple more chapters would have made it perfect. 

I really liked that the main focus of the story was on the relationship between Hope and Dylan and how each of them grew as individuals. There's no huge mysteries or life threatening moments. Just them experiencing their lives and getting to know themselves a little better. If you're looking for a sweet read that's a little quirky and humorous, True Confessions is a great pick and a delightful way to spend a few hours.  


  1. I read quite a few of her books and enjoyed every single one of them. She has a nice easygoing writing style, perfect for long hot summer days when you can't think straight because of the heat. Quick reads, too. :)

    1. Definitely good for that. I've enjoyed all of the ones I've read of hers too. All have been fun reads :)


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