Thursday, October 8, 2009

It Had To Be You (Chicago Stars, Book 1) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips


The Windy City isn't quite ready for Phoebe Somerville—the outrageous, curvaceous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team. And Phoebe is definitely not ready for the Stars' head coach, former gridiron legend Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. Calebow is everything Phoebe abhors. And the sexy new boss is everything Dan despises—a meddling bimbo who doesn't know a pigskin from a pitcher's mound.

So why is Dan drawn to the shameless sexpot like a heat-seeking missile? And why does the coach's good ol' boy charm leave cosmopolitan Phoebe feeling awkward, tongue-tied...and ready to fight?

Hmmm...alright...hmmm...this was my first book by SEP and Im not sure how to take it. Was the book bad...NO! But was it good...ehh. This book just did not move me much and Im not even sure what couldve been done to make it better.

I loved how every person in the book had a big background. Phoebe had a father who hated her, a cousin that had problems (he was super creepy and liked her in a VERY inappropriate way) and a half sister that resents her! Dan had a crap childhood, Ron the GM of the team was a pus, Molly (Phoebes sister) had mommy/daddy issues...etc. It made the story very well rounded and you felt that you understood a lot of their actions.

I also liked the storyline. I was really craving a sports book and this one sounded right up my alley...girls rich father dies and leaves her a football team...but hes really trying to set her up for failure and she goes to prove him wrong. In the meantime she falls fro ex-quarterback/head coach that has his own issues. BUT it really just...didnt do it for me. I felt Dan was such a typical jock...he chased tail TOO MANY TIMES and I felt he didnt learn his lesson until Phoebe's life was in danger...or right b4 that.

The down fall really is part of Dan (the coach). Him and his ex-wife are still having sex...ok the bigger picture in that is they are both lonely and havent found anyone else. They know the marriage is over and are fine with that they just want sex. Thats cool...BUT Val (his ex) is into some weird wise. Ive heard of fantasies...hey who doesnt have a few of their own but this woman wanted kiddie sex and rape victim sex. FOR ME it made those parts uncomfortable to read...and at some points I was seriously thinking "are you kidding me"? Im not the most conservative girl out there but I think its weird and didnt appeal to me at all.

A big part of the book that I enjoyed was Phoebe and Molly getting to know eachother and be sisters. Molly has always had a grudge against Phoebe and makes her life a living hell when she has to live with her. She lies to Dan and says Phoebe hits her etc and makes up lies! Poo Phoebe isnt sure how to relate to the girl that resents her. BUT the thing that tore them apart actually ends up bringing them together...their father!It was very touching and after being so frustrated with Dan and Phoebes relationship I found myself more interested in the sisters!

Overall this book was decent...I was in between 2.5 - 3 stars...I wasnt really impressed but I think I will continue to try out SEP. Anybody read this series?

I give this book a total of...




Mandi said...

I've never read SEP but I know a lot of people that like her. Very nice review!! I will have to try her someday.

ps - that cover...whoa mama.

October 8, 2009 at 5:15 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

You should really check all the diff covers out...I swear theres like 5 diff ones! lol Ya try her out! :o)

October 8, 2009 at 5:16 PM
Cecile said...

I have seen this book at a couple of other places and I absolutely love the cover. I love your honest review. And you are right... kiddie sex and rape sex... ummmm... **shrugs shoulder** Not sure... I mean, I will read Dom/Sub and BDSM, but umm...
I will have to say I will wait for this one...
I hope you have a great night and a wonderful tomorrow!

October 8, 2009 at 6:41 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

Ya...idk it was a bit weird for me BUT ill go to the second book! :o) I hope it will be better! Have a great weekend sweetie pie!

October 8, 2009 at 6:42 PM
Mollie said...

I read up to Molly's story (This Heart of Mine) which I hated. Well not the book but I HATED Molly in it. Gr.

Some of my other fav. SEP's are Lady Be Good & Ain't She Sweet

October 9, 2009 at 6:06 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

Aww..really??? Molly sucks in her book?!?! That stinks b/c I was excited to get to hers. Thanks for the heads up sugar! ;o)

October 9, 2009 at 6:24 AM