See Jane Score
Rachel Gibson
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See Jane Score
Rachel Gibson
384 pages
January 2003
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Though she’s not a regular sports reporter, Jane Alcott is assigned to cover the Seattle Chinooks hockey team during their hectic game schedule. Her usual forte is the Single Girl in the City column which is highly popular with the ladies, and she knows next to nothing about sports -- especially hockey. But this hard-hitting reporter has a hidden side to her, for she’s also the secret author of the scandalously notorious Honey Pie erotica serial appearing in a popular men’s magazine. However, her start with the team is not good. She manages to easily offend the single and very sexy goalie, Luc Martineau, into offering to piss into her coffee cup. After this memorable beginning, a tension between them leads to battles of words and wit. Even the rest of the team is not happy at having a woman reporter accompanying them on their tour, and they take a malicious delight in making the red bloom in her cheeks whenever she dares to walk into their locker room.

Luc Martineau has returned to the hockey game that’s his life after complicated surgery on both his knees, and he is out to prove that he’s as good as he ever was. To do this, he’s working on his game with intense concentration. He hates reporters in general, and Jane is no exception. However, this five foot nothing, always wearing black or gray kind of girl is the complete opposite of the Barbie-kind of girl he’s usually attracted to. Which is why he’s unable to understand what it is about her that makes him attracted to her. It surely couldn’t be her smart mouth or mind, for he doesn’t go for that kind of thing. It couldn’t be love… or could it? Nor is Jane immune to Luc’s sensuality or good looks. But she’s out to prove that she’s a responsible journalist. What will she do when her personal fantasies begin to intrude upon her professional life?

Rachel Gibson has written here a clichéd romantic story, one in which plot barely exists and where love conquers all. The characterizations are not highly memorable, except in the case of Jane, for she is not a typical heroine -- the brainy, unfashionable, ordinary journalist. Luc, however, is the typical jock in the beginning of the book, but he improves later on in the story. The storyline is not unique, but it is interesting that the main protagonists, Luc and Jane, battle it out for almost half of the book before the story proceeds to the usual happy ending. This battle of words and wits is far more delightful than the titillating scenes which abound in the second half of the book. The book does succeed in highlighting the hard work, dedication and danger involved in this sport, as well as the initiations, the superstitions, and, of course, the huge amounts of money involved. All in all, See Jane Score never rises above the level of an average read.

© 2003 by Rashmi Srinivas for Curled Up With a Good Book

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