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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-trotting journalist. Somewhere betwee 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-trotting journalist. Somewhere between the toast and the toss of the bouquet, she got 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 fiance 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. 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.


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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-trotting journalist. Somewhere betwee 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-trotting journalist. Somewhere between the toast and the toss of the bouquet, she got 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 fiance 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. 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.

30 review for I'm In No Mood For Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    3.5. Review on the short side today, cos the Turkey needs to be cooked. Liked this one. Like Rachel Gibson's writing style. Sebastian and Clare had known each other for years. He was the Gardner's son, she was always tagging after him when they were kids. He moved away, became a journalist, did not get back to see his Dad very often and had a bit of a strained relationship with him. Her fiance is caught doing the business with the Sears repairperson. Clare breaks off the engagement, gets drunk, e 3.5. Review on the short side today, cos the Turkey needs to be cooked. Liked this one. Like Rachel Gibson's writing style. Sebastian and Clare had known each other for years. He was the Gardner's son, she was always tagging after him when they were kids. He moved away, became a journalist, did not get back to see his Dad very often and had a bit of a strained relationship with him. Her fiance is caught doing the business with the Sears repairperson. Clare breaks off the engagement, gets drunk, ends up in bed with Sebastian..... OK, off to check the turkey now.....

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zeek

    Clare Wingate's carefully ordered life fell apart before her eyes when she walked in on her fiance playing cowboy with the Sears repairman on the closet floor. But she's determined to set it aside til her best friend gets married. When she accidentally gets loaded the night of the reception, she awakens to find herself in a hotel room with a man she's known all her life but hasn't seen for ages. Sebastian Vaughan has known Clare since they were kids but seeing her in a sexy pink thong has put a d Clare Wingate's carefully ordered life fell apart before her eyes when she walked in on her fiance playing cowboy with the Sears repairman on the closet floor. But she's determined to set it aside til her best friend gets married. When she accidentally gets loaded the night of the reception, she awakens to find herself in a hotel room with a man she's known all her life but hasn't seen for ages. Sebastian Vaughan has known Clare since they were kids but seeing her in a sexy pink thong has put a different spin on things. Sure he played the perfect gentleman and didn't touch her- well almost- but he's finding it difficult to get the image of her stripping down before him out of his mind. When Sebastian decides to stay a few more days to spend time with the Dad he's lost touch with, he and Clare are thrust together forcing them to reacquaint when both just want to run away. Until one passionate kiss rocks their world. Their relationship doesn't just come together, however, she's nursing a broken heart and he's got a career to think of- plus he's a commitment phobe- but when Clare realizes she's no longer gonna follow the path she's taken in the past when it comes to men, Sebastian must face some things about himself as well- or lose the woman he's come to care for more than any other. I love the "we've been friends forever and now we're suddenly more" hook and it works well here. Clare and Sebastian feel instant heated attraction but, because of their history, they don't quite believe it, much less trust it. Still this is one hot couple and I'm glad Gibson put them together. I was totally shocked to see this book getting bad reviews on Amazon. In my opinion, I'm In No Mood For Love is outstanding for many reason but mostly because it is totally character driven- really not much of a plot other than them getting together. Clare is a modern woman and it's easy to identify with her. Sebastian, (okay a little too good to be believed, but what romance novel hero isn't?), is well drawn and supplies much of the humor in this book. Finally, I adore Gibson's writing style. I loved that the hero's point of view had a prominent part of the book. The aspiring writer in me became envious of how effortlessly she'd have the characters move around a room and give us simple little things to make them come alive. His tie catching the breeze, her heels clicking on the kitchen floor- little things like that made the characters feel three dimensional and that you simply don't get in this genre too often. Fun, fast read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rane

    When life gets you down and your find out your fiancee is cheating on you, hide your sadness at the wedding party and get drunk! That’s what romance author Clare Wingate does, expect she finds herself in bed with an old familiar face from her childhood who made her life hell . Hauling tail outta there Clare tries to put the whole thing out her mind and get back to her life, if only the man from her dreams or nightmares and so called one-night stand would leave her be: Sebatian Vaughan. Sebatian When life gets you down and your find out your fiancee is cheating on you, hide your sadness at the wedding party and get drunk! That’s what romance author Clare Wingate does, expect she finds herself in bed with an old familiar face from her childhood who made her life hell . Hauling tail outta there Clare tries to put the whole thing out her mind and get back to her life, if only the man from her dreams or nightmares and so called one-night stand would leave her be: Sebatian Vaughan. Sebatian a well known reporter can’t help but be amused at Clare’s obvious dislike for him and enjoys himself greatly at her discomfort as they run into each other at her mother’s house (his father being Clare’s mother’s gardener ) as he fights a writer’s block ,deadlines and the sudden attraction to Clare! Sebatian and Clare try to get one up on each other as both deal with their own family and personal troubles somehow finding a strong attraction that pull and tug at them. Clare dealing with her recent break-up and Sebatian dealing with his wanderlust can’t help but feel the fire and sparks fly the closer they get to each other. This was my first Rachel Gibson book and I really enjoyed it, not a huge fan of contemporary romances but. I could really understand and relate to both Clare and Sebatian. Clare trying to win her mother’s approval after all these years, starts to see she’s been trying to live her life to please her mother as she tries to break away. Sebatian trying to re-connect with his father after the death of his mother. While few parts were sad others were laugh out funny, one that left a smile on my face long after was Sebatian’s “research” into Clare’s romance novels. Picking one of her books up, he thought it would be a total bore only to find out he REALLY LIKED IT! A man after my own heart. Sebatian was total fun and very laid-back kinda guy to Clare’s orderly life, they clashed so beautifully. Sadly, I didn’t feel a deep-soul connection between Clare and Sebatian at times making it feel lust-hallow filled then a rock your world relationship. Plus, the jumping around in time from months and weeks for the next meeting between Clare and Sebatian got old quick. A time I felt would have been better to get to know each other again as adults then trying to light each other’s pants on fire. Overall: a cute and light romance story of two people finding themselves and each other along the way.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    3.5 STARS "Why can't you just leave things alone?" "Because I love you and that changes everything." "Love," he scoffed. "What do you expect from me? Am I supposed to change who I am and fit my life to suit yours because you suddenly think you love me?" "No. I know you can't change who you are, which is why you're the last person I wanted to fall in love with." I really, really liked the first 97% of this book. In fact, I was teetering on 4.5-5 stars, until page 273 of 279. That is the pr 3.5 STARS "Why can't you just leave things alone?" "Because I love you and that changes everything." "Love," he scoffed. "What do you expect from me? Am I supposed to change who I am and fit my life to suit yours because you suddenly think you love me?" "No. I know you can't change who you are, which is why you're the last person I wanted to fall in love with." I really, really liked the first 97% of this book. In fact, I was teetering on 4.5-5 stars, until page 273 of 279. That is the precise spot that the wheels feel off of this romance wagon. WTF happened? I mean, I'm all for a happy ending. I expected it, I would have been crushed without it. But not at the complete unmanning of the hero. After an entire book of avoiding commitment, I felt like he walked right up to the heroine and served her his balls on a silver platter. It was so out of character that I had to laugh. Or puke. How could she just ruin the ending like that? And I am a huge fan, RG. If I was grading papers here, you would have lost a complete letter grade for that fucked up ending. I am not a writer, but I'm certain I could have come up with a better ending for these two. I am holding on to some hope that you'll have put a little more effort into the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    While the second in a series, you don't really need to read the first to fully enjoy this one. The first is really good, though, so I recommend you do, and it's nice getting to know the writer friends one book at a time. I was interested to see the romance of the romance writer and this didn't disappoint. I loved how the romantic soul was both her great strength (in seeing the better possibilities of people around her) and her great weakness (in wishing so much for the good, even ideal, to be tru While the second in a series, you don't really need to read the first to fully enjoy this one. The first is really good, though, so I recommend you do, and it's nice getting to know the writer friends one book at a time. I was interested to see the romance of the romance writer and this didn't disappoint. I loved how the romantic soul was both her great strength (in seeing the better possibilities of people around her) and her great weakness (in wishing so much for the good, even ideal, to be true that she ignores evidence to the contrary). I particularly liked how well Gibson handled the devastation of Clare finding that she had been engaged to a gay man. That felt a little played for laughs in the first book (the romance writer doesn't know her fiancé is gay!), though not cruelly so, and seeing the discovery impact Clare so forcefully was necessary and played an important part of the flaw Clare most needed to figure out. Sebastian wasn't as much of a win for me, personally, though I ended up liking him for Clare's sake in the end. I liked that he had his own dissatisfaction to address and you could see that the two characters' crises were headed for intersection and that each had much to learn from the other. What really won me over to him, though, was how he kept getting lost in Clare's books—not just that he bothered to read them, but that he kept staying up all night because he got caught up in them. And I loved that he recognized the talent and storytelling skill Clare had developed. Even better, that he was inspired by her example to explore his own leaning towards storytelling with fiction of his own inclination. Anyway, the story is good and the pace excellent. I particularly liked how naturally Gibson drew this out over a span of months. Clare certainly needed the time to recover from the break up of her engagement and it ended up serving Sebastian's growth arc, as well. Indeed, a really strong aspect of the story is the parallel development of both as they grew together, even during the times they were apart. So this is two outstanding stories in a row in this Writer Friends series. I really hope this is the beginning of a pattern and that the next two keep up that standard. A note about Steamy: There are two explicit sex scenes, though the second is short. So this is the middle of my steam tolerance. It thought that the having sex felt a bit forced to start, though I came around eventually.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    I'm In No Mood For Love is a friends-to-lovers story. We find out the reason behind Clare 's bizarre behaviour at Lucy's wedding in the previous book. After she finds her fiancé Lonny with the Sears repairman in her walk-in closet, Clare decides not to trust any more. I dislike cheating trope with passion but the description of what she found in her closet is hilarious ('She’d stood there with her great-grandmother’s pearls in hand, too shocked to move, while the man who’d fixed her Maytag the d I'm In No Mood For Love is a friends-to-lovers story. We find out the reason behind Clare 's bizarre behaviour at Lucy's wedding in the previous book. After she finds her fiancé Lonny with the Sears repairman in her walk-in closet, Clare decides not to trust any more. I dislike cheating trope with passion but the description of what she found in her closet is hilarious ('She’d stood there with her great-grandmother’s pearls in hand, too shocked to move, while the man who’d fixed her Maytag the day before rode her fiancé like a cowboy.') So when a man from her childhood appears, the only thing she is ready for is to be his friend with benefits. But since this is Clare we are talking about, that isn't easy. What I found annoying are the following: 'He wasn't going to cry like a hysterical woman' or 'like a paranoid old woman'. Anyone can be hysterical or paranoid as far as I know. I wasn't aware old women were more paranoid than the rest of the world. There is no serial killer or anything like that in this book. I prefer romantic suspense to this, but there are other things that are worth the reading time, Sebastian's relationship with his father being one. Anyway, If you want to read a low angst love friends-to-lovers story with a happy ending, this would be it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Auntee

    Well, I knew it couldn't last. After eight straight 5 star Rachel Gibson reads, I knew I was tempting fate. It sort of crashed and burned for me with this book, the first one I've read from the Writer Friends series. The premise sounded good to me--romance writer Clare catches her fiance in bed with another (a man!), turns her back on looking for Mr. Right and hooks up with childhood friend (sexy world renowned journalist/commitment-phobe Sebastian) in a "friends-with-benefits" arrangement, but Well, I knew it couldn't last. After eight straight 5 star Rachel Gibson reads, I knew I was tempting fate. It sort of crashed and burned for me with this book, the first one I've read from the Writer Friends series. The premise sounded good to me--romance writer Clare catches her fiance in bed with another (a man!), turns her back on looking for Mr. Right and hooks up with childhood friend (sexy world renowned journalist/commitment-phobe Sebastian) in a "friends-with-benefits" arrangement, but then does the unthinkable and falls in love with him. So what went wrong? With the other RG books I've read there's been lots of humor, a fast pace, quirky supporting characters, smart and sexy dialogue, passionate romance, and a likable hero and heroine. Didn't get much of that in this one. The pace was slow, the characters were mostly boring, the dialogue was sort of ho-hum, the romance didn't take off until around page 250--which was way too long to wait--, and the hero and heroine were just "ok". I didn't feel the passion between Clare and Sebastian--in fact for most of the book it felt like they were indifferent to each other. Things improved drastically with a little more than 100 pages left in the story (and then it became like a RG story that I'm used to) when the romance finally took off, but by then I was barely invested in it. There were some nice moments (the unexpected birthday present; the marriage proposal and gift) but there wasn't quite enough to make this a favorite read. Disappointing, but I'm not ready to throw in the towel over one less than stellar read. I'm looking forward to going back to Truly, Idaho with the follow up to this one about Clare's writer friend Maddie (Tangled Up In You (Writer Friends, #3). For this one? 3 1/2 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    2.5 to 3 stars. A light rom-com type book, but not very memorable. Nothing special. Sadly, nowhere near as good as the Chinooks Hockey series. The H in this one is a hot journalist who has been there and done that, but somehow as a character he hasn't really got the 'it' factor. The h is a bit of a mess. Engaged for ages to a gay man, and she was the only one who didn't know he was gay. Hmmmmm. Is she just dumb? Or blind? And she's also apparently addicted to shopping. And right there, my interes 2.5 to 3 stars. A light rom-com type book, but not very memorable. Nothing special. Sadly, nowhere near as good as the Chinooks Hockey series. The H in this one is a hot journalist who has been there and done that, but somehow as a character he hasn't really got the 'it' factor. The h is a bit of a mess. Engaged for ages to a gay man, and she was the only one who didn't know he was gay. Hmmmmm. Is she just dumb? Or blind? And she's also apparently addicted to shopping. And right there, my interest in her as a character fizzled. Yeah I'm female, but there are some of us who actually don't care about shopping, ya know? That aspect of her character turned me right off. In fact, I just finished this book, but I'm honestly struggling to remember her name. Oh yeah - Clare. So yeah, nothing special...... Bummer.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    Minus one star because I skimmed the last chapter.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    Good story about friends with benefits and two people who have a history! However like most Rachel Gibson books the love bits come towards the end so it might be a little slow for some readers. I suggest to listen to the audiobook for an easier ride

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nisha

    Normally, this would be my type of book. The H/H sharing parts of their childhood, an obnoxious hero who loves to tease an uptight heroine, and a heroine who really has had the worst luck wiht men. But, somehow, it just wasn't as good as my expectations. I loved the childhood connection parts. They were cute, though I wish there was more mentioned. And the general set up was so promising. But as we get to know Clare, she becomes a so-so heroine. I think its because she is described as a girly-gir Normally, this would be my type of book. The H/H sharing parts of their childhood, an obnoxious hero who loves to tease an uptight heroine, and a heroine who really has had the worst luck wiht men. But, somehow, it just wasn't as good as my expectations. I loved the childhood connection parts. They were cute, though I wish there was more mentioned. And the general set up was so promising. But as we get to know Clare, she becomes a so-so heroine. I think its because she is described as a girly-girl and very put together. Not my favorite in a heroine. Heroes like Sebastian are generally my type, considering my favorite HR, but lets start with the obvious. 'Sebastian' for a 21st century man is kinda an overkill. And then there is the fact that he is a successful globe trotter journalist who has serious commitment issues. Now I feel like I'm watching Millionaire Matchmaker. The main problem with the story was the romance and love. It was just so...underdeveloped. Clare suddenly realizes she loves Sebastian and Sebastian, after some time of being angry about Clare ruining a perfectly good relationship, realizes that her really loves her. It was so sudden and sappy that it just didn't work for me. I was also hoping for more humor with the friends and family and such. No luck with that. For a chick lit romance, it was kinda lacking. I hate to say it, but it wasn't all that great. Readable, if there is nothing else at hand, but subpar considering the premise.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Quirky Omega

    Good enough. That’s it. Nothing much to really say about it. [image error] Let’s list down the reasons:- An extremely “been there done that” kind of a plot line. Childhood enemies grow up to be gorgeous and fall in love with each other. Who hasn’t seen that? I could have happily overlooked the above point, had the execution been good. But the novel lacked on the story telling front. The romance was just so…..ordinary. At no point did the characters sizzle my pants with their passion. One doesn’t nee Good enough. That’s it. Nothing much to really say about it. [image error] Let’s list down the reasons:- An extremely “been there done that” kind of a plot line. Childhood enemies grow up to be gorgeous and fall in love with each other. Who hasn’t seen that? I could have happily overlooked the above point, had the execution been good. But the novel lacked on the story telling front. The romance was just so…..ordinary. At no point did the characters sizzle my pants with their passion. One doesn’t need sex scenes to put across the characters’ fiery chemistry. Great banter and well timed situations and actions can achieve the same thing. Sadly i didn’t get off on either. The book’s and okay read at best. Read at your own discretion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    D.G.

    **2.5 stars** This didn't age well. This book is chock full of homophobic jokes ("We knew he was gay because he liked decorating", "I'm too manly to be around lace!") and misogyny (i.e. men commenting on a female colleague's breasts.) Yeah, I know this was the way it was - I'm from the same generation as the leads and I had to suffer many such comments and probably have a higher tolerance than younger folks. But gay bashing is so rampant in this book (almost every other page) that even I was supe **2.5 stars** This didn't age well. This book is chock full of homophobic jokes ("We knew he was gay because he liked decorating", "I'm too manly to be around lace!") and misogyny (i.e. men commenting on a female colleague's breasts.) Yeah, I know this was the way it was - I'm from the same generation as the leads and I had to suffer many such comments and probably have a higher tolerance than younger folks. But gay bashing is so rampant in this book (almost every other page) that even I was super uncomfortable. If you are intrigued anyway, here's my take: as a romance, the book isn't strong enough to merit a reading. The first half was very women's fiction, with the heroine dealing with a breakup and growing in the process while suffering attitudes against the romance genre and being supported by her friends (that the book leaned this way was ironic given that Claire kept fighting with her mother because she said Claire wrote women's fiction instead of romance...) The second half felt more like a romance but the time they spent together was so glossed over that the reader doesn't see them falling in love (and lots of the love scenes were fade to black.) Their confessions of love were too rushed to feel real to me. Not recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m not even sure this book deserves the 2 stars I’m giving it. The synopsis made it seem so interesting, but the romance really fell flat and never seemed believable to me. On top of that, Sebastian is nearly unbearable, what with all his ‘stuff like that is girly, and real men don’t like it’ / ‘I don’t want to cry like a girl over my own mother’s death’, and that disgusting bit when they slept together and the condom broke, and while Clare was in a panic, he started going at it again. Ew. I fe I’m not even sure this book deserves the 2 stars I’m giving it. The synopsis made it seem so interesting, but the romance really fell flat and never seemed believable to me. On top of that, Sebastian is nearly unbearable, what with all his ‘stuff like that is girly, and real men don’t like it’ / ‘I don’t want to cry like a girl over my own mother’s death’, and that disgusting bit when they slept together and the condom broke, and while Clare was in a panic, he started going at it again. Ew. I feel like his character was so big that Clare just sort of fell to the wayside, and I never grew attached to her, nor felt much of anything for her, period. She was just sort of there. An accessory to Irritating Sebastian. I’ll still be giving some of her other books a try, as I loved ‘See Jane Score’, but this one just wasn’t it for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    3/3.5 Stars This was a bit of a slower grab for me and I was surprised. The book started out with the "walk of shame" and had me laughing, but then the connection was broken and slow coming back. I did, in the end, enjoy the book, but not as much [or nearly as much] as others by this author. Not sure I'm as keen on the "Writer's series", but am moving to another .. running out of RG reads. Not a happy sitch. You may enjoy this one more than, I. It was good, so don't let me deter you. Happy Reading! 3/3.5 Stars This was a bit of a slower grab for me and I was surprised. The book started out with the "walk of shame" and had me laughing, but then the connection was broken and slow coming back. I did, in the end, enjoy the book, but not as much [or nearly as much] as others by this author. Not sure I'm as keen on the "Writer's series", but am moving to another .. running out of RG reads. Not a happy sitch. You may enjoy this one more than, I. It was good, so don't let me deter you. Happy Reading!

  16. 5 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    I've read several Rachel Gibson books and this one is my favorite so far. Very cute book. I really really enjoyed it. I've read several Rachel Gibson books and this one is my favorite so far. Very cute book. I really really enjoyed it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Rachel Gibson is an auto buy for me from now on!!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    What can I say about this book? KISS HER ALREADY! Sorry just had to get that off my chest! This was not a typical romance novel. Usually the heroine and the hero hit it off right away and something happens to separate them. But not this book so much tension and pretending they didn’t love each other. Ugh it took the whole book for them to realize that they loved each other. Overall it was a good book just annoying they didn’t get together faster.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    DNFing for rampant homophobia. I get that her ex cheated on her with a man and that is EXTREMELY jarring but YIKES at the rampant stereotypes such as the 'classic' "what straight man wears pink!? DNFing for rampant homophobia. I get that her ex cheated on her with a man and that is EXTREMELY jarring but YIKES at the rampant stereotypes such as the 'classic' "what straight man wears pink!?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I'm In No Mood for Love 4.5 Stars After catching her fiancé in flagrante delicto with the repairman, Clare Wingate gets rip roaring drunk and awakens in an unfamiliar hotel room. Unfortunately, the occupant is no stranger, but Sebastian Vaughan, the bane of her childhood existence who has turned into a sexy and successful journalist. While Clare is determined to forget the embarrassing episode, Sebastian has other ideas and isn’t shy about showing Clare exactly what she’s been missing ... Although I'm In No Mood for Love 4.5 Stars After catching her fiancé in flagrante delicto with the repairman, Clare Wingate gets rip roaring drunk and awakens in an unfamiliar hotel room. Unfortunately, the occupant is no stranger, but Sebastian Vaughan, the bane of her childhood existence who has turned into a sexy and successful journalist. While Clare is determined to forget the embarrassing episode, Sebastian has other ideas and isn’t shy about showing Clare exactly what she’s been missing ... Although contemporary romance is not a preferred genre of mine, every once in a while a series comes along that grabs me. This is one such series. Clare is an endearing heroine and one cannot help sympathizing with her feelings of loss and betrayal at her fiance’s actions. Sebastian is completely commitment phobic, but certainly knows how to lay on the charm and does a really good grovel, which makes for a wonderful ending. Their romance is sweet and spicy as they have excellent chemistry and their banter and bickering makes for entertaining reading. My one small caveat is that (view spoiler)[Clare and Sebastian spend lengthy periods of time apart and these sections are too drawn out. They are definitely better together. (hide spoiler)] All in all, a lovely romance and I look forward to reading Maddie’s book next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

    (3.5 stars) I vacillated between giving this book 3.5 or 4 stars, but finally settled for the former. Once Clare and Sebastian start their relationship, the book really takes off, but I wish it had happened earlier. I enjoy antagonistic relationships between the hero and heroine, but if it goes on for too long one starts to wonder how believable a lasting romantic relationship between the two of them is. Clare and Sebastian rub each other the wrong way pretty much all the time until they sleep t (3.5 stars) I vacillated between giving this book 3.5 or 4 stars, but finally settled for the former. Once Clare and Sebastian start their relationship, the book really takes off, but I wish it had happened earlier. I enjoy antagonistic relationships between the hero and heroine, but if it goes on for too long one starts to wonder how believable a lasting romantic relationship between the two of them is. Clare and Sebastian rub each other the wrong way pretty much all the time until they sleep together; after that, their relationship was much more interesting (for someone who wants to read a romance book, that is). They both want everything to be casual, won't admit to any deeper feelings, but they really enjoy each other's company and their interactions are fun and sweet. The ending was wonderful and one of Gibson's strongest, even though I've liked other books I've read by her better; my favorite one - See Jane Score - stumbled just a little in the grand romantic-declaration finale and I thought in this area at least, I'm in No Mood for Love definitely pulled through.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Really, I think I would rate this a two and a half. I'm In No Mood For Love follows up Sex, Lies and Online Dating, except the main character is Lucy's friend Clare, bodice-ripping romance writer extraordinaire. She becomes entangled with her childhood nemesis Sebastian after attending Lucy's wedding and then finding her fiancee Lonny having sex with the Sears repairman in her closet. This book, as opposed to the first in the series, is much harder to read. And once again, it goes from naughty se Really, I think I would rate this a two and a half. I'm In No Mood For Love follows up Sex, Lies and Online Dating, except the main character is Lucy's friend Clare, bodice-ripping romance writer extraordinaire. She becomes entangled with her childhood nemesis Sebastian after attending Lucy's wedding and then finding her fiancee Lonny having sex with the Sears repairman in her closet. This book, as opposed to the first in the series, is much harder to read. And once again, it goes from naughty sex scenes to the old contrived chick-lit, swoony honey-trap. The funny thing is what bothered me the most. At one point Sebastian and Clare are chatting about their favorite movies (hers: Pretty In Pink, his: "Willie" Wonka--spelled incorrectly). Gibson goes on to talk about Grandpa Joe and "Willie's" mom and the infulence of the golden ticket...I think she meant Charlie Bucket...not Willy Wonka. How did an editor let this pass????? There are two more books in this series...one featuring friend Maddie (a true crime writer) and Adele (a sci-fi writer). Hopefully they are infinetly more interesting than Clare. But I bet they all end the same...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Light and fluffy. Just what I needed. Charming allergic-to-commitment hero who thinks he's getting what he wants when the heroine proposes a protecting-her-heart, friends-with-benefits arrangement. I was afraid the heroine was going to be one of those prissy rich girls, but I found her very easy to relate to and quite a sympathetic character. I loved the hero's point of view in this book, and it was really sweet to see the little things he did and thought that clued us in to his feelings even be Light and fluffy. Just what I needed. Charming allergic-to-commitment hero who thinks he's getting what he wants when the heroine proposes a protecting-her-heart, friends-with-benefits arrangement. I was afraid the heroine was going to be one of those prissy rich girls, but I found her very easy to relate to and quite a sympathetic character. I loved the hero's point of view in this book, and it was really sweet to see the little things he did and thought that clued us in to his feelings even before he became aware of them himself. I wasn't too keen on some of the big time jumps (skipping forward weeks to months in a chapter or scene change), but I rolled with it. The development of their relationship from childhood acquaintances/friends to adult frienemies-to-lovers just seemed more realistic with that timeline. There were some noticeable wrong word choices and malapropisms, but I'm feeling generous today and still am giving this book a weak 4 stars. Enjoyable, fun, and nothing too heavy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nonieღserenity2bliss

    2½ stars. Not enough romance! What a shame since Clare is a romance writer. After reading the other three books from the series (in no particular order), I was so looking forward to Clare's story. It took me a while to get my hands on this book. In this case, it is certainly not worth the wait. Too much reminiscence about the past and family problem to really concentrate on the build-up of the characters relationship with one another. I thought the first chapter was great, but it went spiraling d 2½ stars. Not enough romance! What a shame since Clare is a romance writer. After reading the other three books from the series (in no particular order), I was so looking forward to Clare's story. It took me a while to get my hands on this book. In this case, it is certainly not worth the wait. Too much reminiscence about the past and family problem to really concentrate on the build-up of the characters relationship with one another. I thought the first chapter was great, but it went spiraling down from there.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mareli

    I have to say, the first half part of this book was more a 3 stars than a 4. It was a little booooooring. The heroine was boring and her life was boring too. I suppose she needed to be injected with life and that when the hero came. I liked very much how their relationship developed, from just friends to "friends with benefits" and then to a couple. I think this phase of "friends with benefits" is always complicated for a woman. Usually they're involved and it's not "just sex". BTW the book was goo I have to say, the first half part of this book was more a 3 stars than a 4. It was a little booooooring. The heroine was boring and her life was boring too. I suppose she needed to be injected with life and that when the hero came. I liked very much how their relationship developed, from just friends to "friends with benefits" and then to a couple. I think this phase of "friends with benefits" is always complicated for a woman. Usually they're involved and it's not "just sex". BTW the book was good and I'm thinking to go onto the next one! :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caz Malpas

    3.5 LIGHT AND EASY STARS! Childhood crushes resurface after Clare finds her fiancé in a compromising position after she arrives home unexpectedly. She then wakes up in a strange hotel room with a hangover and no idea how she got there or who else is in the room. Fun, light and predictable, but delightful all the same!

  27. 5 out of 5

    L8blmr

    A sweet romance about love sneaking up on a 30-something couple when they least expected, and least WANTED it to. There were really sexy moments, great lines, and even (for me) one or two tear-inspiring scenes. And, of course, the requisite HEA.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Zel Polev

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's alright. The story revolves around Clare and Sebastian. They were childhood acquaintances with Clare being a prim girl and Sebastian a teasing boy. It was cut short when Sebastian told her about how babies were made. Clare was horrified. Apparently, Sebastian told her that the sperms were as big as tadpoles. Clare told her mother and afterwards, Sebastian went back to his mother. Sebastian didn't see his father for a long time after that. His parents were divorced and he visited his father It's alright. The story revolves around Clare and Sebastian. They were childhood acquaintances with Clare being a prim girl and Sebastian a teasing boy. It was cut short when Sebastian told her about how babies were made. Clare was horrified. Apparently, Sebastian told her that the sperms were as big as tadpoles. Clare told her mother and afterwards, Sebastian went back to his mother. Sebastian didn't see his father for a long time after that. His parents were divorced and he visited his father during summer. His father worked as the gardener to Clare's mother's house. He held some resentment over this and had a difficult relationship with his father. It wasn't until his mother died and he was disturbed by the fleeting nature of life that he sought to mend his relationship with his father. He met Clare again. Clare just broke things off with her fiance. She caught him with another man. The fiance denies his homosexuality and still wants to get married. Clare knew she deserved better and was not going to settle. She strived to be alright just being single and she wanted a man who loved her in return. When she met Sebastian again, she knew he was trouble. She was attracted to him and he to her. However, she knew that he wasn't the settling type. It took a while but she gave in to her temptation and they became friends with benefits. However, she fell for him and she broke things off again. She said she wasn't going to settle and she wanted a man who loved her. She didn't ask him to change, just told him their current arrangement wasn't enough. During their break up, he discovered he loved her. They got together after he confessed his feelings.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Akina

    I found this book to be very meh. It started off well. Lonely girl gets drunk at a wedding and wakes up in the arms of a childhood rival. But after that it just dragged on and on with descriptions of scenery and the H fishing with his father or something. Eventually the H and the h start hooking up sporadically whenever he comes to town. Then boom. Last chapter she falls in love, breaks up with him, he sulks for awhile then decides he loves her too and they reunite. It was completely rushed like I found this book to be very meh. It started off well. Lonely girl gets drunk at a wedding and wakes up in the arms of a childhood rival. But after that it just dragged on and on with descriptions of scenery and the H fishing with his father or something. Eventually the H and the h start hooking up sporadically whenever he comes to town. Then boom. Last chapter she falls in love, breaks up with him, he sulks for awhile then decides he loves her too and they reunite. It was completely rushed like the author wrote the last chapter in a cab on the way to the airport and had to give it to her editor before she boarded the plane. 3 stars is a very generous rating. There are some good parts to the story but nothing I can really remember. I just finished reading this book and I've already blocked most of it from my memory bank. I do like the title and cover art but it really had little to do with the actual story. I did like Sebastian's character for the most part. He was very down to earth. I could picture him walking around, disliking malls and shopping, and shooting the breeze with his dad. Claire didn't do much for me. All I recall about her is that she's a romance writer and she likes lace. Like I said... meh

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Loved this. Was totally and thoroughly in the mood for this book. Listened to the audio version in one day start to finish. This author is great at cute happy books with main characters that I really like. Don’t expect anything crazy deep or something that will make you cry, but I always have a smile on my face when it ends, and sometimes that is exactly what I need. I loved the slow burn between Clair and Sebastian. It was hot!

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