Natural Born Charmer

Natural Born CharmerDean Robillard stopped when he saw a woman in a giant beaver costume which lead to him giving her a ride. Though Dean will not be able to get rid of Blue and soon will discover that he might want her to hang around.

Blue Bailey has had a string of bad luck. She will find that maybe her luck is changing when she hitches a ride and lands in Tennessee. Blue will start over once again but will find that maybe she might want to settle down.

Natural Born Charmer is the seventh book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. This book is the last book to the series and was another fantastic novel.

Blue’s character was a drifter thanks to her childhood. She shielded herself from those who loved her and from herself loving anyone. You wanted her to let her guard down so that she could love and receive love. Dean’s character was someone who had his own messed up background. I liked that he made something of himself and he became gentler on the ranch, not that he was mean but he also shielded himself. On the surface they looked like they never would be together but they will look beyond and find that there is more than meets the eye.

The other story is with Dean’s mother and estranged father, a groupie and rock and roll singer. I liked this other story as it brought something more to the story. The parents will learn to live with each other again and that will mend hearts but its an up hill journey for them and Dean. The added character of Riley was adorable, Dean’s half sister. I loved how she started out as the insecure girl but grew into a young woman who was becoming her true self.

Alright so I thought that Blue’s mom was good for the work she did for others but she could have been a little more thoughtful to her own daughter. I guess it didn’t matter as Blue finally made peace with it all but it would have been nice for the mother to be there for her daughter.

Well now that I am done with this series I am taking a break from Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but I know I will come back and read more of her books.

Match Me if You Can

Match me if you canHeath Champion wanted a wife and decided to hire a matchmaker to make it happen. Though when Heath set out to hire a matchmaker he wasn’t expecting to hire a second matchmaker, but he found himself not being able to say no to Annabelle.

Annabelle Granger wanted to make her grandmother’s old business of matchmaking into success. Her first big client was Heath and she was determined to find him a match, and will be just as determined not to fall for the client.

Match Me If You Can is the sixth book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I really liked this book but I will have to be honest, at the beginning it wasn’t pulling me into the story like the others. Of course once I got through the first chapter I was enjoying the story.

Heath and Annabelle together seemed like oil and water, they just didn’t mix. Of course that is not the case as they will find themselves attracted to each other which made it difficult to find Heath a match. Annabelle’s character was strong in believing that she can do what she needed even with others telling her it would be too hard. I liked that she had a backbone when it came to standing up against Heath. It didn’t work all the time but she was not weak. Heath’s character was a man that worked until he got what he wanted. He was a hard man at times but throughout the book he will start to soften up, especially when Pippi, Molly’s daughter, interacts with him.

Annabelle’s family was very loud and gave their opinions. Annabelle resented or a better word was embarrassed by them. She felt bullied at times but she still loved them. I thought it was interesting when Phillips described Heath’s interaction with them and what he saw when they were talking with Annabelle. It gave a different spin from an outsiders point of view.

I have the last book to the series which I will be reading next.

This Heart of Mine

This Heart of MineMolly Somerville has had a crush on Kevin Tucker for many years and she will finally do something about it when they are both staying in the same house. Though after that one night Molly will find herself pregnant and immediately married to the football star. But for her there is no happy ending.

Kevin Tucker did not want to be married to Molly or to anyone at least not until five years from now. Kevin will find that his marriage will be over before it starts when Molly loses the baby. The next step for Kevin is to get an annulment but circumstances will bring them together and he will find that the more time Molly and him spend together the more he starts to want her.

This Heart of Mine is the fifth book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I loved this story, it was another great one in the series. For me it has been Phillips writing of the characters that has driven me to read these books. There is so much emotion behind each of these characters that have you connecting to them. It has been like that for each book of the series. So like the other books before this one the story was heartbreaking but you needed that to get to the heartwarming ending.

Molly’s character was a good girl all her life but she tested people to see if they cared about her. She will make a mistake and take things too far with sleeping with Kevin when he wasn’t exactly awake. Because of that she gets pregnant and Kevin will be furious. I don’t blame him for being angry but the romance reader in me wanted him to forgive her especially as they start to spend time together at the camp. I actually really did like Kevin. He had a cocky attitude and football was his life but there was more to him. He was caring which was shown when he cared for Molly. For me the most heartbreaking scene was when Molly lost her baby right in the beginning. I felt the pain that she was feeling, it was a heartbreaking moment. After that moment things don’t get worst but for Molly she is just drifting through life. I liked that she will get pulled back when Kevin brings her to the camp he is going to sell. That is when the healing and forgiving starts to take place and the romance reader in me is cheering but they are a long way from completely forgiving each other.

The other side characters was Lilly and Liam. I wouldn’t say who Lilly is but in the book it will be made clear pretty quickly. I didn’t really like Lilly and Liam together. They had both made mistakes in their youth and seem to be hardened because of that life they lived, but they found love.

I am reading the sixth book next.

Dream a Little Dream

Dream a Little DreamRachel Stone had a plan which was to come back to where she had lived with her late husband and find the five million dollars he had taken from all his followers. Rachel will not be welcomed into the town but will find help from an unlikely man, Gabe Bonner.

Gabe Bonner wanted to die but he could not do that to his family. He was just doing things to keep himself moving and not really living life, then he meets Rachel and her son. He doesn’t want them around but he will notice the longer they stay the more he felt alive.

Dream a Little Dream is the fourth book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. With every book I keep thinking that I will like one story better than the other, but that hasn’t happen. I really love each story so far, I can’t get enough of these books.

This book was about healing. Rachel needed to heal from the pain of being an outcast that she lived with thanks to her husband. Though she was a fighter and would do anything to help her child. Gabe has pain from losing his wife and son a few years ago. I felt my heart breaking for Gabe especially right int he beginning when you find out what he keeps in his nightstand. Obviously these characters were going to be together and heal each other but Phillips doesn’t make that journey easy for them. There is a lot of mistrust and guilt that is between them. I did like though it was Rachel who got to Gabe. She didn’t pull back and be calm around Gabe like his brothers did. That was a big part that allowed him to heal.

There was some bad things happening to Rachel. It was because others blamed her for the way her husband had acted. You knew who the person was pretty easily but there was another that will be after Rachel. I thought it was someone else because of how they acted, but I was wrong. There is another twist but this one will be happy.

Ethan’s story, Gabe’s brother, is also being told in this one. I liked Ethan but he fought too much of what he should be doing. I liked that he does accept his path and of course the relationship with Kristy. Kristy’s character I loved because she was the plain woman that decided to change for herself. She will get the man she had loved, Ethan, but she makes him work for it.

I am reading the fifth book next.

Nobody’s Baby But Mine

Nobody's Baby But MineDr. Jane Darlington wanted a baby desperately but most of all she wanted her child to be normal. That was why she was looking for a man who was not too smart. She set her sights on Cal Bonner but she will discover that Cal does not follow the typical cliche of jocks.

Nobody’s Baby But Mine is the third book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I can’t get enough of this series. With each book I get lost in the plot and don’t want to stop reading until I reach that last page.

Alright so this book was all about Jane wanting a baby. She was a very smart woman who didn’t have a lot of common sense when it came to getting pregnant. When she tricked Cal I didn’t like it as you knew it wasn’t in her personality to be cruel. When Cal finds out he is furious and I thought he had every right to be mad. What I didn’t like was the amount of anger that was inside him because that led to a desire for revenge. The revenge you knew would not only hurt Jane but also hurt Cal. Now there were other times that I didn’t like Cal which was when he was just too superficial. He wanted the young women because he wanted others to believe he wasn’t getting older.

The relationship they had was troubled pretty much right from the start. There is no real love or even like between them. Jane is the one that will discover that true feelings start to unravel first which made it hard for her when Cal was so cruel to her, not physically but verbally. Again I felt that he was justified because she did trick him but after a while it gets overwhelming. I wanted Cal to get over his anger. Things will get better but there will be a twist that stops everything and has Cal realizing that he will lose Jane if he doesn’t understand what he needs to do.

There is again another story that is being told which is Cal’s parents, Jim and Lynn. They had grown apart without really knowing it and there was years of resentment that was between them, but there was love between them. They went through a journey that was similar to Jane and Cal. It took that journey for Jim and Lynn to find their happiness again. I also liked that Lynn didn’t back down.

I will be reading the fourth book next.

Heaven, Texas

Heaven, TexasGracie Snow worked as an associate producer which quickly turned to personal assistant to Bobby Tom. This meant Gracie had to spend a lot of time with him which only led her to want him more, and easier to fall in love with him.

Bobby Tom Denton was used to getting things his way but with a career ending injury he felt stuck. Doing the movie was not what he truly wanted but it was something to do. He will be surprised when his attention starts to drift to Gracie.

Heaven, Texas is the second book to the Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I really liked this second book. There is something with how Phillips writes the story that has you wanting to read from start to end. Its funny that I am liking this series because throughout the book I am getting frustrated with how the characters were written especially Bobby Tom. His character was a womanizer to the extreme. He liked woman to look good and not think. I was kind of appalled at his behavior at times and wonder how Gracie could even fall for him. Though Gracie’s character was one of forgiving. She cared a lot and was naive but she had a backbone. I liked how Gracie changed and became a stronger version of herself throughout the book.

This town treated him like a hero to them. He was the celebrity and it was ridicules with the women who wanted to be with Bobby Tom. Towards the end a situation will occur which will show a nasty side of Bobby Tom. I was pissed off at how he was reacting as he was only thinking about himself. At that point you have to wonder if a happy ending would happen but Phillips will give a happy ending. There was a moment that had me thinking that ending was given a little too freely but that was Gracie’s character.

There is a parallel story that is being told which is with Wayland and Suzy (Bobby Tom’s mom). This was not a love story between them. There was passion but it was combined with hurt that drifted between them. Phillips makes sure that the couple’s problems will be fixed and get their happy ending, which made me smile.

I am reading the third story next.

It Had to Be You

It Had to be You-PhillipsPhoebe Somerville had just inherited her father’s football team, the Chicago Stars. Her father did not give her the team out of love, but out of hatred. He wanted to teach her a lesson. Phoebe will make sure that she doesn’t get beaten.

Dan Calebow is the head coach for the team and has no desire to take orders from the new team owner. He thinks she is an airhead and will destroy the team. Dan will find out that there is much more to Phoebe.

It Had to Be You is the first book from the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Really, really loved reading this book. I got right into the series the moment I read the first page. It seemed humor filled and outrageous, but there was more. This was not a happy go lucky kind of romance. There were a lot of hurtles that the characters had to go through. I will not lie there were a couple places that felt a little long, but for me it was worth it to get to the end.

Phoebe’s character was all over the place. Her image was a bimbo who had slept with many men. Personally I was happy to find out that wasn’t the case. I really don’t like it when the character is an idiot. So with Phoebe she is actually very smart but damaged thanks to a rape that she survived when she was eighteen years old. Phoebe is still damaged but she has come along way.  So then there is Dan who is overbearing and full of himself at times. At times I didn’t really like him and how he treated Phoebe, he was a jerk a lot of times but he does change. I felt that if he knew earlier about what Phoebe had went through he wouldn’t be so harsh, but like I said he does change more when he finds out about her past.

Throughout the book I found myself getting emotional. I wanted Phoebe to be happy and to find someone that will treat her right. There were plenty of times that Dan was not that guy as he had his own issues to deal with.

So within the book there are several twists and situations that are pretty horrible which involve Phoebe. I was shocked by one twist that was very disturbing.Though there are a couple great things that happen that had me cheering which give her closure.

Personally with all the emotions that I went through with this book I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read the next book. I decided that I wanted to continue the series. I will be reading the second book next.