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    1. Match Me If You Can
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Asin: 0060734558
    Catlog: Book (2005-08-01)
    Publisher: William Morrow
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    2. Before Sunrise
    by Diana Palmer
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    Asin: 0373770413
    Catlog: Book (2005-07-01)
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    Mega-bestselling author Diana Palmer sweeps readers into a world of passion, intrigue and hearfelt emotion in her tantalizing new novel.

    Jeremiah Cortez thought he'd left the past behind him -- especially the part of his past concerning Phoebe Keller. In her final year in college she stirred his world-weary soul. Now, three years later, seeing the blond beauty again sparks dormant desires. But he has to push his emotions aside -- he has ties that can't be broken, no matter how much he longs to reconnect with the determined, vivacious woman he once knew.

    Phoebe thought her feelings for Cortez were buried as deep as the artifacts she studies in her museum. An expert in Native American culture, she has her doubts when an anthropologist claims to have discovered a Neanderthal skeleton on the nearby reservation. But before Phoebe can pursue the matter, the professor who called her turns up dead in a local cave -- and the FBI sends in Cortez to investigate.

    No sooner does Cortez show up in Phoebe's office than the heat that's always simmered between them flares anew. Phoebe can't forget the heartbreak he caused, but neither can she deny the aching need he arouses with the merest touch. Now, as the two delve further into the murder, they find themselves entangled in a world of conspiracy, deception . . . And a love more powerful than anything they've ever known. ... Read more

    3. Motherhood!
    by Diana Palmer, Candace Camp, Elizabeth Bevarly
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    Asin: 0373770839
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
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    4. Heaven, Texas
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Asin: 0380776847
    Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
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    Come heck or high water, Gracie Snow is determined to track down the legendary ex-jock Bobby Tom Denton and drag him back home to Heaven, Texas, to begin shooting his first motion picture. But taming an egotistical cowboy in a '57 T-Bird might be more than this prim Ohio wallflower can handle.

    Despite his dazzling good looks and killer charm, Bobby Tom has reservations about being movie star -- and no plans to cooperate with the bossy little virgins whom he can't get off his mind or out of his life. Instead, the hellraising playboy decides to make her over from plain Janet Texas wildcat.

    But nothing's more dangerous than a wildcat with an angel's heart in a town too small for a bad boy to hide. And all hell breaks loose when two unforgettable people discover love, laughter, passion -- and a match that can be made only in Heaven.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Prince Charming picks Plain Jane
    I completly fell in love with Gracie and Bobby Tom. To say this book was good is a complete understatment. I am a huge SEP fan and read almost everything I can by her, but Heaven, Texas is my favorite. Gracie Snow is a plain jane gal who spent her entire life in a nursing home, when given the opportunity to leave and work at a film corporation, she jumps. She's determined not to let anyone jeopordize her new "exciting" job. Not even Bobby Tom Denton. Former wide reciever for the Chicago Stars. After a career ending accident Bobby Tom felt lost and alone. He was surounded by former teamates and beautiful women, but he didn't feel anything until skinny, unattractive Gracie Snow does a strip tease at a party, in an attempt to get his attention and drag him to an engagment with the film studio to do a movie he wasn't looking forward to. Gracie doesn't know how famous Bobby Tom is and he loves it. He soon discovers that this plain jane is gorgeous on the inside. Just to mix things up SEP has thrown in a little side plot that will tug at the hearts of everyone, but most assuredly those women going through the rigors of menopause. This book just goes to show that even though we as women don't always feel wanted and attractive, someone disagree's. And he's willing to prove it. This book is chock full of doofy jocks, ditzy bimbos, and loyal, but slightly "off" hometown people. Just enough to keep you laughing through the entire read.

    I fell in love with this book because, I see myself in a way as Gracie, as I'm sure other women will too, and it's just good to know that sometimes Prince Charming picks Plain Jane.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bobby Tom and Gracie will make you laugh out loud
    After an injury that ends his football career, ex-jock Bobby Tom Denton signs on to become an actor. When he doesn't show up on the day of shooting prim and proper Gracie Snow is sent to retreive him.

    Gracie Snow is ready to change her life. At the age of 30, she has finally left the retirement home that her parents ran and is ready for a change. She needs to get Bobby Tom to Texas on time, or else.

    Once in Texas, gorgeous Bobby Tom tells everybody that mousy. frumpy Gracie Snow is his fiance in order to keep the matchmaking mamas away. Gracie plays along. Bobby Tom gets her a make-over, making Gracie actually look cute. The two spend time together and Gracie falls madly in love with Bobby Tom.

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips has once again written a wonderful, witty and memorable romance. Gracie and Bobby Tom will remain in your hearts and you will laugh out loud at their outrageous romance. I can guarantee you'll fall in love with Bobby Tom and never look at a plain woman the same again.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Loved the silly ending......
    i liked this book...although i have to say kiss an angel is still my favourite of SEP...
    Gracie was a bossy,naggy and determined 30 yr old virgin and she is given the task of asking Bobby Tom, a irresitible "woman-lover" to go back to shoot his movie...the book definately have some humour but its not really that funny.. the story is rather peaceful but what makes it a good book to me is the ending..haa.. i thought its rather silly but sweet....
    For me its not the best.. but it makes my day....

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sheer entertainment and so much heart.
    I own "It Had to be You" and remember enjoying it somewhat, but not enough to pick up any other books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips because the book had simply failed to satisfy the romance reader in me. I picked up "Heaven, Texas" on impulse and, once I started reading, I could not put the book down. I laughed so much as I worked my way through the book, wiping tears from my face in the end when I finally closed the book, completely and happily satisfied by a joyful love story, entertaining and intelligent dialogue, characters I came to love quickly, and chemistry that keeps you captivated.

    Bobby Tom is forced to retire from the NFL after a knee injury and decides to make a movie in his hometown or Telarosa, Texas to help boost the economy. Gracie Snow, a virgin from Ohio, is given the job of getting Bobby Tom to Texas in time for the shooting. Opposite ends of the spectrum, Bobby Tom and Gracie become fast friends, always nursing a delicious spark. Bobby Tom decides to introduce Gracie to the more sensual things in life and Gracie is more than eager to go on the journey. What follows is a contemporary love story of the best kind--full of passion and humor and intelligence and vulnerabilities and love. You will laugh and you will cry, and you will urge the characters on because you'll love them quickly and want them to have their happy endings.

    A gorgeous read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reading This Book Was Heaven......
    Ohio native, Gracie Snow, has always taken care of others. Now she is looking for adventure with her new job which includes escorting ex-NFL football star, Bobby Tom Denton, back home to Heaven, Texas to shoot a movie. Bobby Tom has no plans to cooperate with this bossy-mouth, plain Jane with the bad perm and lack of fashion sense. Once Gracie starts posing as Bobby Tom's fiance, to keep unwanted female attention away from this playboy, he orchestrates her makeover. But when the makeover draws a little too much attention to Gracie, well then what's a guy to do?

    On a scale of 1 to 10, this book is a 50. It's funny and fast-paced with well-developed, multi-layered, beautifully flawed characters. This was my first read by SEP, and since then I read everything of hers I can put my hands on. Words are not adequate to express how wonderful her books are, and how talented this lady is.

    Prior to reading Heaven, Texas, I had dismissed her books on several occasions. It was after looking at someone's list of favorite romance novels with humor, here on Amazon, that I picked up this book. Not being a football fan in the least made me even more skeptical. I have now read all the books but one in the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers series. They're all great, but Heaven, Texas is extra special. Bobby Tom Denton is my favorite hero ever written in a book! I just love all that crapola that comes out of his mouth, and I will never look at ice cream the same way again!!! ... Read more

    5. The Men Of Medicine Ridge
    by Diana Palmer
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    Asin: 0373770669
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: HQN Books
    Sales Rank: 18288
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    6. Kiss an Angel
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Asin: 0380782332
    Catlog: Book (1996-02-01)
    Publisher: Avon
    Sales Rank: 115450
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets!
    I love it when I get so pulled into a book that I can't do anything but read it. _Kiss an Angel_ is an example of romance the way it was supposed to be written. If you havn't read anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you simply must! Her writing is vivid, humorous and unique. Her characters come alive for you. I've only read one other book by SEP, but let me tell you, I'm hooked for life. _Kiss an Angel_ has one of the most unique story lines I've ever read in a romance novel. It takes place in a circus. This was new for me, but I totally loved it. Daisy, the main character, is one we can all relate to. SEP makes her startlingly real, and all of what she does as a character is so well written that it is easy to see her motives, Alex, Daisy's husband, is a complex one. He's got so many layers, you wouldn't believe it. Let me just tell you that he's not what he seems. When these two odd balls meet, sparks fly. Daisy was so cute because at the begining of the book, she is terrified of animals, but towards the end, she's got the whole menagerie of the circus eating out of her hand. This is just a metaphor for the change that goes on through her. SEP's writing is so vivid that you will feel like you're in the circus audience watching the show. Alex and Daisy's love is really precious. The humor that is infused in this book is amazing. I've gotten some strange looks for laughing out loud numoress times. So, let me sum up _Kiss and Angel_ for you... it is a fabulous book that any romance lover must have. SEP will blow you away, and I garuntee that you will be coming back for more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of SEP
    I have read all of SEP's books and I love this the best! One can't help but love Daisy. In the beginning, the reader is treated to the misconception of Daisy's character. She was every bit the rich, spoiled brat that everyone thinks she is. But with time, circumstances allowed her to grow and reveal her true character and by the end of the book, you'd admire and love her for who she has become. Just goes to show that nothing is ever what it seems.

    And I love Alex, because he is the modern day sexy, brooding hero. But mostly, I love the way he fell in love with Daisy. His firm hand taught her about herself, while at the same time, she taught him about love. Their story is very endearing, and is supported by rich characters, making the book a thoroughly enjoyable read. You will laugh, cry and sigh when "Kiss an Angel" is through with you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars First and best SEP book ive read
    this book really got me hooked on SEP...i really like the ending... maybe its abit melodramatic like some of the reviewers say but i really thought this book is great and made me rank her in one of my top fav. romance authors...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
    This is an awesome book with great characters and plot. I fell love with the characters and hated the book to end. This was my first SEP book but not my last.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I loved it!!!
    I agree with other reviewers that I wasn't sure I'd like the whole circus theme, but it was so easy to get wrapped up in the animals and Daisy's close bonds with them. I wanted to keep reading and even found myself shedding a tear or two at times. This was a heart-warming story that I found delightful. ... Read more

    7. Love's Haven
    by Catherine Palmer
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    Asin: 0373785380
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Steeple Hill
    Sales Rank: 39229
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    He offered her the opportunity to give her baby a life of privilege, instead of the abject poverty Mara Rosemond remembered from her own childhood. But at what cost? Brock Barnett had been her husband's best friend. Now Mara blamed the reformed playboy for her husband's death. The bond that grew between them was unimaginable -- yet undeniable -- and as Mara struggled to overcome her bitterness, she realized Brock was fighting a battle with his own emotions.

    Though Mara feared forsaking her late husband's memory, she knew that for her baby the future was everything . . .

    Catherine Palmer is the author of over 35 novels with more than a million copies sold and the winner of a Christy Award for outstanding Christian romance. Raised in Kenya, she now lives in Missouri with her husband and their two sons. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book on forgiveness
    I really enjoyed this book.The book opens with Brock telling Mara that he is going to marry her.Mara doesn't want to marry Brock.The problem...Mara was married to Brock's best friend, Todd.Todd was killed in a climbing accident and Mara blames Brock because he asked him to go.Brock and Todd have been best friends since grade school.When Todd died, he left Mara (who is pregnant) and a company with lots of debt.Brock has lots of money and wants to offer Mara and her baby a future.In desperation Mara does marry Brock but it is a name only marriage to provide medical, food, a car and a home to them.But will it stay that way?They have many issues to work out and will "good timin" Brock settle down?This story is their journey.I thought Catherine did a wonderful job in creating these characters.It's one that will be a keeper on my shelf. ... Read more

    8. Nobody's Baby But Mine
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Asin: 0380782340
    Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
    Publisher: Avon
    Sales Rank: 51466
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    Physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington spends her 34th birthday in tears. She wants a baby,but not a husband. Where can she find an average or, preferably, stupid man? She decides that Cal Bonner, legendary quarterback for the Chicago Stars is perfect. Jane sets her plan into action and after some trail and error she succeeds. But the results are more than she bargained for when Cal discovers her duplicity. How can a football player with an interfering family and a nerdy professor who has never known family love ever fall in love? With lots of honesty, understanding and a whole lot of humor. Don't miss this one! It's filled with engaging characters, laughs galore and a feel-good ending. If you enjoy it as much as I did, try Phillips's Heaven, Texas. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Endearing, origional, and painfully funny!
    I am a big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and _Nobody's Baby But Mine_ has got to be one of my favorites. Ms. Phillips is the expert at humorous romance and this book had me in stiches. I've never laughed so hard reading a book before. Dr. Jane Darlington and Cal Bonner have got to be some of the wildest, most interesting characters I have ever read about. So the story line is a tinsy bit hard to believe... it doesn't matter. Ms. Phillips brings her work alive and keeps you reading late into the night. Her plot was interesting and all of the twists and turns it took held me right until the last word. Jane and Cal are so fun to read about that you simply can not put this book down. I just love Ms. Phillips' special combination of laughter and tears- it is the perfect combination and makes her books winners. Her characters are special individuals with amazing stories and lovely lives. There are some highly origional scenes in this book. I will never look at Lucky Charms the same way ever again.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nobody's Baby But Mine Is An Overall Great Read!
    NOBODY'S BABY BUT MINE is the first book I've read by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and now I'm sorely tempted to seek out all of her other literary pieces and devour them until I am completely satiated. Her characters are well developed, vivid, and memorable. I read this book, all 438 pages of it in Microsoft's Reader, at one sitting; I just couldn't close my laptop!

    I was effortlessly persuaded to empathize with the female lead character, an initially reserved, genius physicist, Dr. Jane Darlington, through the author's use of a stark contrast between her and the hardened, promiscuous bartender, Jodie, who 1induces the genius physicist to masquerade as a prostitute and seduce Calvin Bonner, a seemingly stupid pro football quarterback, in an effort to realize her dream of having a baby with someone of low to average intelligence.

    I was also drawn to the male lead character's heroic tendencies (such as his desire to prevent their baby being born illegitimate), which were in direct contrast to the chauvinistic way in which he treated females in general (dating only young twenty-something-year-olds so he could ignore his impending middle and old age).

    Jane's requirement that the prospective father be of low to average intelligence was of great import to her, for she needed his genes to counteract her own, so her child would not be a genius/freak like she had been. She desired a normal, loving childhood for her baby and thought that her intelligence requirement would guarantee her baby the childhood she craved but never had. Little did she know that Cal graduated from college with honors, summa cum laude, earning a B.S. in Biology!

    Nothing works out as Jane plans - getting pregnant is harder than she thought, so she needs to keep up her act and seduce Cal more than once, then just as she relaxed and allowed joy to fill her heart, Jodie, under duress, blabs the entire scheme to Cal, and hating Jane for manipulating him, he threatens to sue her for custody - so much for believing that Cal wouldn't stake some claim to her precious unborn baby! The threat is enough to convince her to agree to Cal's demand that they marry, so the baby would be born legitimate, and then divorce after the baby's birth.

    In the tradition of great romantic comedies, this book had me vacillating between laughing so hard my side hurt at times - like at reading the Lucky Charms incident, weeping in the depths of despair when it seemed they were destined to keep hurting each other, and turning three shades of red at the embarrassment of Jane's discovery that she was unknowingly parading her naked body in front of her brother-in-law!

    Despite my being an avid romance novel reader, I was in some doubt of exactly how this book would end. Almost until the very end, I was trying to come up with a workable solution to Jane and Cal's quandary. In the initial chapters, I kept thinking, "Will he ever really forgive her for tricking him into impregnating her?" In the final chapters, I kept thinking, "Will she ever forgive him for refusing the love and commitment she offered him?" It seemed as if, as the saying goes, an unyielding force met an immovable object!

    The only exception I take with the book is the language. It's not only cheesy, but also superfluous! The story works without the profanity. I cringed every time I came upon the unsavory language. Other than that, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic tale. I'll be looking for Susan Elizabeth Phillips' other works!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mostly good, with some annoying bits
    Although I've really enjoyed SEP's other books, including the other Chicago Stars stories, this one left me cold. Even leaving aside the first third (highly unlikely, highly reprehensible, and highly annoying), the chemistry between the two main characters is more about anger than anything else. It left a bad taste in my mouth, even after they "made up" near the end. I like SEP's style, but just wanted to smack both these characters to bring them to their senses.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
    I has read most of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, This one is one of the most entertaining ones It is funny, especially the lucky charm. The relationship between the character is entertaining. I would also subjest this Heart of Mine which is Kenvin Tucker story, which is also very good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Baby ,You're The Best!!
    Dr. Jane Darlington, a genius physics professor, wants nothing more than to have a baby. She has a couple of obstacles in her way though. She currently has no prospects for the father. And growing up as a genius made her feel like a freak, so she wants to spare her child this pain. Therefore, she needs a very special man. A stupid man. When she sees Cal Bonner, the famous Chicago Stars quarterback, her prayers seem to be answered. He's handsome, a jock, and with his good ol' boy ways, he must be slow-witted. But when he figures out what she's done, he's not about to go along blindly with her plans. On top of that, Jane begins to realize, a little too late, Cal may be a whole lot smarter than he looks.

    This is the third installment in the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers series. A funny, fast-paced, interesting love story between real people, each with their own set of insecurities.

    SEP has an uncanny gift with writing complex, three dimensional characters. They become so real, I half expect to look up from the page and find them in the room with me. Her stories and characters wiggle themselves under your skin and in your heart where they stay.

    There is a secondary story with Cal's parents that was quite good as well. Overall, I certainly enjoyed this book, except it was difficult getting through the portion where Cal was so angry and spiteful toward her. Even after considering this, it's still a favorite book of mine. Once Jane decides she will no longer sit back and tolerate his behavior, well then it really gets good! I still smile every time I see a box of Lucky Charms cereal! ... Read more

    9. Dream a Little Dream
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite contemporary I read in 1999!
    This book absolutly had me hooked! I almost finished it in one day, but once again that sleep thing got in the way.

    Three years after leaving Salvation, NC after her televangalist husband is killed and found to have stolen money from the congregation, Rachel Stone is back to try to find the five million dollars that he stashed away. Unfortunately, things don't go well for Rachel. She has nine dollars in her pocket, a car that just broke down (which has also been her home for the past week), a five year old son and has to deal with Gabriel Bonner.

    Two years after Gabe's wife Cherry and their five year old son Jamie was killed by a drunk driver, Gabe is still greiving. He's a very unhappy man, especially when Rachel Stone shows up with her kid and wants a job. Reluctantly he gives her a job and the two eventually fall in love, although they wouldn't dare admit it.

    Since Rachel's husband swindled the town out of millions of dollars the entire town of Salvation, NC hates her. She can't go down the street without names being called or having her tires slashed. Gabe is time and again coming to her rescue.

    Something that I both liked and disliked about this book was Ethan and Kristy's relationship. I really found I enjoyed their story, but they should have had their own book. That is my only complaint.

    Overall, excellent read, highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book to Read ~ I'm Not Good WIth Titles
    I think this is a wonderful book!. This is almost like the conclusion to "Nobody's Baby But Mine", because "Dream A Little Dream" involves the second Bonner brother, Gabe Bonner.

    Rachel Stone was the widower of a very evil and greedy man that made Rachel take the blame of his greediness. After her husband died, everyong hated her because they believed that she was the reason, her husband became so corrupt. But Rachel don't care what the others think because she got a son to take care of, Edward who perfers to be called Chip. (Go Figure)

    Rachel was stuck in Salvation, North Carolina because her car broke down, right in front of the property that belongs to Gabe Bonner.

    Gabe Bonner was a man who was cold and empty of all emotions because of the devastating loss of his wife and son, due to a car accident. Gabe hired Rachel to help with his drive-in and they work together, side by side. When Gabe starts to living as as an almost human being again, the animosity the town causes a few problems for both of them. The problems might force Rachel out of the town but Gabe isn't going to let Rachel and her son go without a fight. And Rachel is no puhover either.

    I love this book! Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a genius with words. I can never think to write such outrageous things, if I was to write a book but Philliips pull it off and with a big sucess. "Dream A Little Dream" is like a must read and whoever doesn't is in a great loss. I'm glad I read this book, but it was kinda hard with all the late nights I spent with this book.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Story That Needed To Be Told!!!
    This book handled a very rough plot very smoothly. I
    admire this author for writing this book. There are so many
    situations out there just waiting to have stories written about
    them, and I applaud Susan Elizabeth Phillips for having the courage to write this book.

    A woman and her son return to Salvation, NC, with not much more than a bad reputation. People try every trick in the book to make her leave.She takes a low paying job and falls
    in love. With the few friends she has she manages to prove herself.

    I really enjoyed this book, I would recommend it, and this reviewer gives it 5 stars:)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Dream Was Simply Wonderful
    Rachel Stone's bad luck reached its pinnacle the moment her car stalled in front of the Pride of Carolina drive-in. Rachel is the widow of G. Dwayne Snopes, the crooked televangelist who died while fleeing Salvation, North Carolina with millions of dollars donated to his church. With only nine dollars in her pocket, and a few meager possessions, Rachel's old car is now the home for herself and her five-year-old son. She's returning to the town whose inhabitants can't stand the sight of her. But Rachel has a child to care for, and she will survive no matter how insurmountable the obstacle.

    The drive-in is now owned and being renovated by Gabe Bonner, a member of the town's most prominent family. Gabe's life is empty and overflowing with the pain of survival, after losing his wife and child in an auto accident two years prior. He doesn't want anything to do with this strong-willed woman, and her son who triggers painful memories, but he finds himself unable to abandon them.

    What happens when you combine a determined woman who has lost her faith in God, but will survive at all costs, with a miserable man who has all but given up on life?

    This is the fourth installment in the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers series, and serves as another sparkling example of this author's immense talent as a master storyteller. I have quickly become a most devoted fan of Ms. Phillips work. This is a beautifully written, inspirational story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Thank goodness SEP injects a healthy dose of humor throughout, because the story certainly deals with some heavy issues with these two troubled souls. A great deal of the humor came from the secondary love story between Gabe's minister brother, Ethan, and his secretary who has been infatuated with him for years. I found myself frequently laughing out loud at the three voices of God that speak to Ethan. With a compelling story involving well-defined characters, steamy love scenes, and lighthearted moments, this is a must read! In fact, this whole series is a must read!

    I wanted to add a footnote to correct an error in a previous review. This series, to my knowledge, consists of five books and their order is: IT HAD TO BE YOU, HEAVEN TEXAS, NOBODY'S BABY BUT MINE, DREAM A LITTLE DREAM, and THIS HEART OF MINE.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stirring-loss, survival, passion, & the love of a little boy
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. This is her fourth book I have read in the past month and I have given three of those books the highest rating. Her stories are so touching and full of life. In Dream a Little Dream, her leads are very likable with well-rounded and interesting secondary characters. And one of those secondary characters is Rachel's five-year-old son, Edward. At times your heart loves him and breaks for him as he attempts to guard his mom, arrange a marriage for her, and put down roots in Salvation. This is not some cutesy kid - this is a heartrending portrayal of the son of a single mom who doesn't expect any one to like him and requires so little in life for happiness. As the son of a crooked, notorious, deceased televangelist, he has experienced a lot of rejection. There is a lot to be worked out in his life and it is a very dear sideline for this story. His relationship with the hero is realistic - filled with problems and those problems propel the turning point of the book.

    Rachel has returned to her former home of Salvation, North Carolina - a place where she is despised because she is the widow of the deceased televangelist who put Salvation on the map and then ran away with millions from his ministry. They believe she was involved in the religious scam and spurn her and her son at every turn. Rachel is totally without money, friends, family, or resources. Her car breaks down as she is nearing Salvation at an old drive in movie theatre. There she meets Gabe Bonner who has purchased the old drive in and is restoring it. He has advertised for help and she decides she will fill the job. However, Gabe wants nothing to do with this woman and her young son. He is unkind, insulting, and pushy as he demands that they get off his property.

    Gabe is a rugged, good-looking man recovering from a tragic loss. Even with his pushy, rude treatment of Rachel and Edward in the beginning of the book, he still appears as an overall attractive and very desirable man. Gabe is unaware that Rachel's broken down car is their home and calls a tow truck to get it and them off his property. But Rachel won't give up so easily. She is probably the most persistent heroine I have read and Gabe eventually gives in and hires her. Gabe and Rachel find themselves drawn to one another although neither wants a relationship. While Rachel would deny to anyone her poverty status, Gabe begins to recognize the many things Rachel and Edward go without and attempts to help them financially. It was rather refreshing when Rachel accepted his help - that seems to be in the "no-no" book of rules for romance heroines. So often the heroine refuses sensible help because she doesn't want to appear "bought". However, Rachel had no such qualms.

    The characters from Nobody's Baby But Mine return in this book. I have not read this prequel to Dream a Little Dream. I think I would have enjoyed this book even more if I had but it also stands fine as a read alone book. One adult secondary character you will really enjoy is Gabe's younger brother - a pastor in Salvation. I have read few - if any - realistic portrayals of a minister in romance. But this one is really well done and adds greatly to the story line. Cal, Gabe's older brother (and the hero from Nobody's Baby But Mine), is quite the antagonist and behaves rather badly towards Rachel. He's a former good guy who becomes one you "love to hate" at one point in Dream a Little Dream. His comeuppance is served so well and with such subtle humor that it is one you will definitely remember.

    I highly recommend Dream a Little Dream. It is a moving story in so many aspects. There are no silly misunderstandings between the leads and they both act quite maturely once they become involved. The sensual rating is about a 4.0 out of 5.0 (see More About Me for rating guidelines). Dream a Little Dream is the third of four books in the Chicago Stars series. First in the series is Heaven, Texas followed by Nobody's Baby But Mine, then Dream a Little Dream, with This Heart of Mine as the last. ... Read more

    10. First Lady
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Setting: Contemporary eastern and midwestern America
    Sensuality: 7

    Daughter of a powerful politician and widow of an assassinated president, Cornelia (Nealy) Litchfield Case has spent her entire life under Secret Service and media scrutiny. When her father insists that she continue the first lady's social duties for the new bachelor president, she instead resolves to break out of her glamorous prison and live life as a normal American. She knows that she can't elude the Secret Service forever, but every moment of anonymity is priceless.

    Mat Jorik is a pushover for a female in trouble. When his ex-wife dies and leaves him her two daughters, he agrees to drive them from the East Coast to their grandmother's Iowa home. They haven't gone far when he takes pity on another female and offers her a ride in return for her care of the baby and teenager. Nealy accepts his offer. Little does she know when she climbs into the Winnebago that she's about to lose her heart to two kids and a handsome man who she thinks is a steelworker. When Nealy discovers his real job, Mat may wish he'd confessed earlier. In the meantime, they're off on an adventure, the likes of which Nealy's never had before. But the Secret Service is hot on Nealy's trail and despite her best efforts, she's bound to be caught. The question is, what will happen to this slapdash family when they're found?

    Wonderful characters are what you expect from Phillips, and that's exactly what you get here: a heroine with strong convictions about everything from letting a baby eat cheese curls off the floor to morals in politics; a hero who adamantly denies that he likes females even as he's saving and taking care of them; and two children that will pluck your heartstrings like they've never been plucked before. They spar their way through a wild trip on the road to happiness, making for a book that's funny, romantic, and just plain fun to read. --Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read - But a little disappointing at the end
    As a die-hard Susan Elizabeth Phillips fan who has read and LOVED all of her books, I was a little disappointed with "First Lady." Typical of SEP's books, the characters are well drawn (especially Lucy and Button), and the story moves along quickly with great dialog and SEP's unique humor.

    As the widow of an assasinated President who is persuaded to continue in her role as First Lady, Nealy Case is fed up with being a revered public icon and escapes to enjoy the freedom of being an ordinary person. She delights in everyday experiences that most people take for granted or even find annoying, and seems to blossom as she sheds her well groomed, perfectly mannered exterior. Along the way, she meets up with Mat Jorik and his two charming charges - Lucy, a surly teenager, and her adorable baby sister, Button. They travel together headed for Iowa where Mat hopes to leave the children with their grandmother. Naturally, along the way the dynamics between Mat, Nealy and the children evolve in humorous and touching ways. This part of the book gets 5 Stars!

    My problem is with the conclusion of the book. Given Nealy's desire to escape from her controlled existance (first as the daughter of a Vice President and then as the widowed First Lady) and her delight at experiencing "real" life first hand, it didn't seem logical that she would reverse course completely and return to an even more restricted existence - not only for herself but for Lucy and Button as well.

    I loved the interaction between Mat and the two children. Actually, Mat's relationship with Lucy and Button was more interesting and believable than his relationship with Nealy. And like another reader, I didn't understand how Mat would or could give up his role as a journalist and let his strong personality be absorbed by someone like Nealy who until the very end of the book didn't seem to really know who she was.

    It should be said that SEP on a bad day is FAR BETTER than many writers on their best days; so I'm glad that I've read this one. But I'm looking forward to her upcoming work that brings back Kevin Tucker and Molly Sommerville. If it's anything like "Heaven Texas", "It Had To Be You" "Nobody's Baby But Mine" or "Dream A Little Dream", it should be a great book!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not thrilling AT ALL!
    OK, review no 83, nobody's gonna read this, but I just had to, if only to express my profound disappointment that one of the greatest authors in romance is losing her touch. Really, the storyline was borderline believable and the end was ridiculous, sorry. Also, the characters were lacking the warmth of earlier characters. Nealy's just so indecisive, does she want to be free or trapped, picky or loosened up. And honestly, for a woman who wants a normal life, she certainly is right up the wrong path of life... Sadly, I hated this book, it didn't give me goose bumps (except for the kid episodes, which were great. The kids are really the book's stars) and that is so unusual for an SEP book. Thank God the book she is promising for next year sounds like a pure winner! Two very much loved characters hitting it off sounds like a lot of fun, sort of "Heaven Texas" meets "Lady be Good" although hopefully at last with an original storyline.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable!
    This is another very good book by SEP. I loved all the characters (even the special agents) and I really liked the road trip set up. The only thing that bugged me was that Mat did not tell Nealy that she had left her keys in the car. What kind of jerk wouldn't tell someone that!? And he knew there was a disreputable looking man nearby. I had a much more difficult time than Nealy of forgiving Mat for that.

    SEP does a wonderful job of developing and showing the growth of both Mat and Lucy. I especially loved the way she took Lucy from being snotty and rebellious to loving and mature. Well done! The only problem I had was with the character of Nealy. In the book she goes from total burn out to ready to jump back into politics with both feet. That's a good set up but I never really saw the change going on in her. So at the end it was difficult to understand why she would want to go back and get even more involved.I mean, is there really such a thing as a politician who doesn't enjoy the power and fame involved? Because those seem to be the only compensations (along with financial secuity) to a life almost devoid of privacy.

    I am a complete sucker for happy endings so of course I LOVED the ending. Thank you Ms. Phillips!

    3-0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 *s A little light on romance, but a nice story
    Not so much a romance as an homage to family (the non-traditional variety) and to those decent folks willing to subject themselves to the scrutiny and ugliness that can accompany a life in politics.

    First Lady Cornelia "Nealy" Case is burned out. She's been in the public eye all her life first as the daughter of the Vice President (now the party chairman) and most recently as First Lady. But the death of her President husband presents her with her first thoughts of freedom - until the new President, a widower, asks her to stay on and act as his First Lady. She very reluctantly agrees, but after six miserable months she plots her escape!

    Journalist Mat Jorik is in career crisis. He's looking to regain his journalistic integrity after an ill-advised foray into tabloid TV. All he needs is that Big Story that will put him back on top again. But in the meantime, he's got other, bigger problems. He's become responsible for the two daughters of his ex-wife who has recently died. The last thing he wants is to care for two kids that aren't even his (especially after practically raising his six younger sisters!), and so he packs them into a Winnebago and embarks on a trip from Pennsylvania to their grandmother's in Iowa.

    These unlikely travelers meet up at a truck stop when Nealy's car and money are stolen. Nealy, disguised as a pregnant woman down on her luck, is not recognized and Mat offers to let her travel with them if she will take care of the children and she agrees. And so begins this strange odyssey of a man who doesn't want a family, a woman who's getting her first taste of a normal life and two kids who desperately need a family. My heart went out to fourteen-year-old Lucy, sullen and cynical on the outside yet vulnerable and hopeful on the inside, she's desperate to get Mat and Nealy together so that she and her baby sister are not separated and put into foster care. As the days pass they begin to bond, but will Mat's reluctance for family life mean the girls' future is in jeopardy? And what happens when Nealy's true identity becomes known, not to mention when she discovers Mat is not the steelworker she assumes he is - that he's that sworn enemy of anyone in political life, a journalist? Is Nealy his Big Story? Would he betray her and all they shared to re-establish his journalism career?

    A very enjoyable story with characters you will care about. However, as with other reviewers I do have a couple of issues. Given how much she enjoyed her freedom, Nealy's choice to go back to life in the public eye (and subjecting the girls to it) seemed odd. And I would have like to have seen more romance between Mat and Nealy, though their close proximity to the girls made intimacy difficult. The kids (Lucy in particular) were almost more interesting than the adults and the epilogue was a little too cute and idealistic. A flawed but still enjoyable read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasing and amusing story
    I was pleased by this romance story. It was the first I read by this author. The widowed First Lady (Nealy), who continues to serve as the First Lady for the man who takes over for her dead husband, decides to escape the White House for an adventure. She ends up traveling across several states with a grouchy ex-journalist (Mat), a bratty teenager and a baby (the teen's little sister). I liked how the author switched perspective occasionally, so that in addition to getting the story from Nealy, you'd get it from the teen sometimes, sometimes from Mat. She switched to sounding like a teen or an adult male very well. I liked how she gave Mat a whole group of little sisters to explain his fear of commitment (he felt he'd had enough female influence in his life after raising his sisters). That was at least a unique explanation. There was just enough realism in the background (with the Secret Service agents, Nealy calling real-life First Ladies to check in, etc.) to make this story believable, as long as you read in the spirit of fun. The ending was fanciful, but enjoyable. I hope that we do see a female leader like Nealy someday. I wouldn't mind going on to read more by this author. ... Read more

    11. Lady Be Good (Avon Romance)
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Lady Emma Wells-Finch is determined to cause a scandal.Nothing big, you understand, just enough to convince her pompous British suitor that she's not an eligible candidate for marriage.She's thinking along the lines of, oh, maybe a discreet tattoo.But when suspended Texas golf pro Kenny Traveler meets her plane at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, Emma decides that he's the perfect candidate to destroy her reputation.

    Kenny, on the other hand--who desperately wants to be reinstated on the golf tour--is just as determined to keep a low profile and remain squeaky-clean. If Lady Emma weren't a close personal friend of the golf commissioner's wife, he'd never have agreed to squire her around town. Unfortunately for Kenny, his weakness for the British beauty is growing daily, and it seems as though Emma may have feelings for him as well. In a bizarre turn of events, wild man Kenny finds himself trying to keep the prim and proper British lady from causing a scandal the size of which even the lone-star state has never seen, and the results will leave you laughing with delight.

    Below the hilarious dialogue that is Susan Elizabeth Phillips's trademark, Kenny, Emma, and the charming array of characters that populate this exceptional contemporary are warm and wonderfully human.Emma saves her Kenny and he saves her right back--never were two people more gloriously deserving of each other. --Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but still pretty dang good.
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips is known for her combination of humor and romance, and this book doesn't disappoint. I laughed so hard that I cried during the first 100 pages. This is the story of Lady Emma Wells-Finch, the very proper headmistress of a girl's school in England. She is visiting Texas to do some research on a book, and decides that this is the perfect opportunity to ruin her spotless reputation (something that is necessary to save the school for reasons that are rather implausible). Her friend Francesa Beaudine has persuaded Kenny Travers, a star golf pro currently banned from the PGA tour, to act as her chauffer and guide. Kenny is drop dead gorgeous (think Pierce Bronson) and has a quirky sense of humor. He plays on the fact that Emma has no idea who is and actually persuades her that his escort services are comprehensive - for a fee. Emma seizes the opportunity to play the bad girl and hires him for the night. Up until this point, the book is absolutely hilarious. While it remains funny (Kenny's sister is particularly amusing), it then takes a more serious turn as Emma travels to Kenny's home and helps him struggle with the ghosts from his past. This is where I had a little trouble with the narrative. Kenny is supposedly a decent, hardworking man who encourages everyone that he is an obnoxious oaf. Huh? Believe it or not, Phillips almost makes it work. In any event it provides the background for a very sweet romance between Kenny and Emma. This isn't SEP's best, but it's still a very enjoyable read. P.S. It'll be interesting to see what she comes up with for Teddy Beaudine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Funny, delightful - without a doubt a favorite!!
    It is impossible to read this book and not find yourself grinning and laughing. Even in public places when I was trying to be inconspicuous - I found myself grinning like a fool and chuckling. People around me tried to see what I was reading! My children begged me to let them in on the humor. The only complaint you will have about author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is that she needs to publish more! She will not only have you thoroughly enjoying the main characters Emma and Kenny but she will entertain you with the antics and relationships of the "supporting cast" of Torie and Dexter. She brought back old favorites - Francesca and Dallie Beaudine. No one does a better job of offering greating subplots while keeping the main story at peak entertainment. Please, Susan, more books!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars OK!
    I have to hand it to Susan Phillips she has some imagination. I liked this book because it was so off the wall strange but funny. If you would see Kenny and Emma eating at a restaurant you would be like "how different can two people be". However it really seems to work.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lively and a bit of seduction
    well this book follows the common to SEP scheme: 30 yo spunky virgin meet a boor millionaire playboy and the romance, marriage and pregnancy ensues. (btw only 2% of americans over 25 are virgins ))

    Despite the predictable yet unrealistic plot, its the dialogue that wins in this book as in others by SEP. It flirty and lively and even though I would not go back and reread as Wilde's, its still very indulgently enjoyable.

    I think in this particular book the male hero is given a chance to be a bit more creative than usually, as he's on a mission to seduce as opposed to some others in SEP's who start relationships on a spur of a moment.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fine for a quick fun read
    This story was cute and lighthearted; definitely not one of your more serious novels. Kenny was a treat, a real delight. I do like characters like him, they make me laugh. ... Read more

    12. Irresistible Forces
    by Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Catherine Asaro, Jennifer Roberson, Deb Stover
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    Asin: 0451211111
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    New York Times bestselling authors Mary Jo Putney,Jo Beverley, and Lois McMaster Bujold join forces with award-winning authors Catherine Asaro, Jennifer Roberson, and Deb Stover in this all-new anthology of original stories proving that love can conquer all...even the boundaries of time and space.

    From sixteenth-century Britain to the farthest reaches of outer space, from medieval adventures to tales of inter-galactic love, here is a compilation that explores the wonderfully kinetic forces that lovers share-forces too great to resist...
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    3-0 out of 5 stars AN INTERESTING JOURNEY
    IRRESISTIBLE FORCES is a compilation of six different love stories set in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. While short stories are not my normal forte I had to try this one out primarily because it had Lois McMaster Bujold's WINTERFAIR GIFTS, the story covering Miles Vorkosigan's marriage. As a recent devotee of the Vorkosigan saga I had no choice but to pick it up and read it, I was not disappointed. While far too short for my tastes it was everything I could have hoped for. For any Vorkosigan fan this one isn't a want to, it's a have to. As far as I'm concerned it made the entire book worthwhile. Thou reader beware, unless you have read the other Vorkosigan books you won't understand half of what is going on and why. Although by writing from the perspective of a new Armsman, one who didn't know most of Mile's history, Ms. Bujold did a an excellent job of filling in pertinent information a newbe reader might need.

    Not that the other five stories were a disappointment. Actually it surprised me how much I ended up enjoying them. Of course some were better than others but all in all a credible and entertaining job.

    If you like short stories, especially romance and fantasy/si-fi then I think you will enjoy IRRESISTIBLE FORCES.


    5-0 out of 5 stars The long-awaited missing chapter in the Vorkosigan series!
    This science fiction/romance anthology starts out with a bang, with the long-awaited tale of the wedding of Lord Miles Vorkosigan and Ekaterin Vorsoisson, "Winterfair Gifts", by Lois McMaster Bujold. Told from the perspective of loyal Armsman Roic, a wedding is prepared, a disaster is narrowly averted, and a delicate relationship unfolds, all in the space of a few winter days. Existing fans of the Vorkosigan series should not be disappointed, and new fans will still have surprises in store with the rest of the series. This book would be worth buying for this tale alone.

    The book features other stories, such as the passionate "The Alchemical Marriage", by Mary Jo Putney. That story is a delight, featuring the two unlikely magicians who can prevent the Spanish Armada's invasion -- if only they can join their powers. This, too, is a story that's worth the book.

    Not all the stories live up to the standards of the first two, but the book finishes on a strong note with Jennifer Roberson's "Shadows in the Wood," a Robin Hood tale with a twist.

    2-0 out of 5 stars For Bujold Completists
    I bought the book for the Bujold story, as this is the only Miles fix we will get for some time. And almost no Miles! But I enjoyed it anyway. I do think new readers would be puzzled. You have to know the backstory to follow the action.

    As for the rest, I tried to read each one, but just couldn't engage. The worst was the Putney, with its cliches and its total lack of historical sense despite all the right names and places; the Stover had an interesting idea, as did the Roberson.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
    This anthology includes writers of romance and of sf/fantasy contributing stories which blend the genres.

    Like other reviewers, I picked it up mainly for the Bujold story. (Don't any of these other writers have fans?) But I also read the rest, and there were some interesting finds.

    Bujold's entry is the first and best, with several familiar characters from Miles's Free Dendarii days showing up at Vorkosigan House as guests at his wedding. It's a blast for established fans like myself, but I have my doubts that it would work for somebody unfamiliar with the characters.

    Putney's story is about a secret society of mages who work to protect England facing the Spanish Armada. The characters lacked real depth, hard to create in such a short space. But the idea was interesting. Putney is working on a novel, probably ultimately a series, on the same concept, and this was good enough that I'll want to check out the novel.

    I've read one of Asaro's Skolian Empire novels and it didn't impress me, perhaps because I started in the middle of the series. But the story here, also from that universe, didn't work either. One problem was that she didn't really use the Skolian setting - with very minor changes, this could have been a traditional romance in a medieval setting. The basic story - a character from an aristocratic house flees an arranged marriage for true love - is too familiar, and there wasn't enough different in this version to make it fresh. And the main characters were too young, only about 13. That was a problem because they didn't act it - they seemed more like about 17 - and it also undermined the whole story. It really doesn't make a lot of sense for characters so young to make such huge decisions even for their own lives, much less when they could affect many others.

    Deb Stover's story of a man reincarnated as a woman to repair some of the damage he did in life just didn't work for me. But Jo Beverly's story of a colony world threatened by a mysterious native life form did - it actually used SF elements more than others in the book. At least it seemed to - in retrospect, both the alien threat and the methods used against it were so vaguely explained that the story was in some ways more of a fantasy.

    Jennifer Roberson was the other writer in this collection whose work I've read previously and wasn't impressed by. The story here, while it manages the tricky feat of uniting the two most famous legends of early England, Robin Hood and the Arthurian cycle, in one short story, didn't change my mind.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money!
    I read this book because I'm a Bujold fan, especially of her Vorkosigan universe. I have read and re-read her books several times. "Winterfair Gifts" is an enjoyable visit to her universe, but not at all on par with her other novels or her previous short stories about Miles Vorkosigan. You certainly won't understand why there are many Miles devotees from reading this short story, which is truly for only Vorkosgian fans.

    As far as the other stories, boring, boring and boring. The only possible author of interest of Asaro, I found some of the elements in her story interesting. I too agree with a few other reviewers in that I was troubled with the very young age of the protagonists.

    If you are a fan of one of the authors, please take this book out of the library. This book is a shameless attempt to make money for shoddy second-rate work by beloved authors. ... Read more

    13. September
    by Rosamunde Pilcher
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, engaging and deeply moving. . .
    Pilcher does a masterful job at extending several key characters from "The Shell Seekers" into this lovely book. While each story can stand alone, start with "The Shell Seekers" and move onto this. The character of Noel is one I find so interesting and believeable- rather callous and self-absorbed in "The Shell Seekers" and then growing and learning to understand and appreciate the world his mother created for him in "September". Noel has a love interest in this book that starts in a most unlikely manner, but is richly satisfying as the book goes on. I won't give away the story, but even though the book is richly populated with Pilcher's usual lovable if eccentric folk, the emotional journey of Noel Keeling is at the heart of "September".An unlikely hero, the changes we see in Noel gives us hope for ourselves and those we care about deeply.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Story!
    September is the first book I have read by Rosamunde Pilcher, but I have to say, it will not be last! The families in this book are so mysterious and with such rich histories. Reading this book almost reminded me of watching an episode of Dynasty! I was not aware that "The Shell Seekers" was a prequel to this novel, and I have no problem following the story line.

    Pilcher'd descriptions of Scotland were breathtaking. You feel as if you are there with the characters, in the Highlands. She is fantastic author and I can't wait to get a hold of her other novels!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Sequel
    This is a good sequel to The Shell Seekers, however... while it is better than R Pilcher's other novels, it still does not hold a candle to The Shell Seekers. It is nice to see what happens to at least one of The Shell Seeks characters afterwards, and Pandora and her family are very compelling.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Merely OK
    Compared with The Shell Seekers, all Pilcher books pale.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You Won't Want This Book To End!
    September, by the beloved author of The Shell Seekers Rosamunde Pilcher, is another book in a long line by this author which most readers will enjoy thoroughly. Set in Scotland, this book focuses on several people gathering together to celebrate the 21st birthday of a local girl. While firmly set in the present through the use of flashbacks, we come to know these people and the events which bring them to this point in time.

    Among the various people gathering members and friends of two well known families of the village. Archie Balmerino is a major landowner of the area who is a Lord rather down on his income. During a military exercise he suffered a tragedy which has altered his chance for a livelihood once he left the military as well as leaving him emotionally fragile. Isobel his loving wife hosts tourist families during the season at their stately home while their daughter travels the continent trying to find a place for herself. And then there is Pandora, Archie's sister who left the family home at 18, and is only now returning after 20 years to be with family and friends before it is too late.

    The Aird family includes Violet, the 78 year old matriarch of the family and a woman reminiscent of Penelope Keeling from The Shell Seekers. Her prosperous son Edmund is married to his second wife Virginia although he has a secret he never shared with her which is now threatening to undo them. Alexa is Edmund's daughter from his first marriage who now finds happiness with an older man and Henry the progeny of the Airds second marriage is about to leave for boarding school at the tender age of 8 which upsets Virginia greatly. And seeing over this family is Edie who as Mrs. Aird's housekeeper cares for all of them as if they were her own. Added to this cast of characters are several others including Noel Keeling who readers of The Shell Seekers, will remember as Penelope Keeling's son.

    While preparations are made for the party during the summer months and then during the party in September, we learn about these people as if they were our friends and are also treated to vivid descriptions of the wonderful countryside of Scotland, the homes these people occupy and their lifestyles both past and present. What awaits readers is seeing how these characters sort out their lives as the book ends with a startling and unanticipated conclusion.

    September is the 13th book I've read by Rosamunde Pilcher and I am still as excited and enthusiastic about her books as when I read her first book in 1988. As this author has idonea in the opts, she envelops her readers in her world of people and places through wonderful characterizations and a love for the area where her book take place. While The Shell Seekers remains my all time favorite book by Ms. Pilcher and also one of my top ten all time reads, September takes it's rightful place along with The Shell Seekers as one of Ms. Pilcher's best books in my opinion.

    I do hope you will enjoy this author as much as I have in the past. With only two novels left to read by her, Coming Home and Winter Solstice, I do hope she will write another book which will keep me up nights reading till the very end. ... Read more

    14. It Had to Be You
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Asin: 0380776839
    Catlog: Book (1994-08-01)
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    Sales Rank: 107887
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    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 prepared for the Stars' head coach Dan Celebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. Celebow 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 he 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?

    The sexy, heartwarming, and hilarious "prequel" to Susan Elizabeth Phillip's This Heart of Mine -- her sensational bestsellng blockbuster -- It Had To Be You is an enchanting story of two stubborn people who believe in playing for keeps.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Susan Elizabeth Phillips at her best!
    This book is the one of the best ones I have read from her. The story line revolves around Phoebe Somerville inheriting a losing football team. The main characters in the book, Phoebe and Dan Calebrow were two people searching for the same thing -- LOVE. They were each attracted to one another on first sight. Both were rejected by their parents during their childhoods. Dan having been abused by his father and unloved by his mother. Phoebe, on the other hand, had grown up knowing that her father never really accepted her and didn't love her either. Her mother had died when Phoebe was young so she never really knew a mother's love. Along with the football team Phoebe also inherits 15 yr. old Molly, her half sister. Molly/Phoebe didn't get along but learned to love one another as the story progressed. I felt the story line was great and kept my attention all the way to the last page. I wished the story didn't end. The epilogue was the best...I found myself laughing, crying, sighing, smiling! I wish the world had more books like this!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read to those who enjoy Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    "It Had to be You" is a really good book because it's about two totally opposite people coming together.

    Phoebe Somerville has just inherited the Stars football team because her father died. Phoebe is really smart but she acts really dumb because of some past incident. When she inherited the football team, she wasn't prepared to face Dan Calebow, this cold but handsome man.

    The football team comes with a coach and that is Dan Calebow. Dan is really sexy but cold because of his own problems. He hates it when a "bimbo" just inherited his football team. And that "bimbo" knows nothing about football. Besides the fact that she has a drop dead body, they really don't mix.

    But in order for the Stars to win, Dan and Phoebe would have to work together. The Stars would also have to win the AFC Championship, so Phoebe could keep the Stars out of her greedy cousin, Reed Chandler, who is a class A jerk. Could they win the Championship? And what about Phoebe's dark past, could she heal herself so she and Dan could start something new or would she always stay a victim to her past?

    I think this is a good book. It's one of those wonderful Susan Elizabeth Phillips books about different types of people getting together. I think she is a really good writer because she comes up with these different styles and personalities for her characters. I recommend this book to readers who have also read "Dream A Little Dream" and "Nobody's Baby but Mine"

    3-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great
    I liked this book, but didn't. Just as I was beginning to like this the characters, Dan would be a little over the top and Pheobe couldn't make up her mind to be a slut or victim. I can't make up my mind if I like this book or not. Kinda reminds me of Dan and Pheobe.... There was a lot of lust, but maybe it's just me, but not enough tenderness and romance. Also, I didn't like Dan seeing two women at the same time with litte remorse.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Football for Romance?
    Don't get me wrong...I love Ms. Phillips novels but there was something about a dog peeing on a casket and football player conversations that bored me to tears so didn't make it past the first 40 pages. This did not fall into one of the best reads of Ms. Phillips career.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "You" Marked the Beginning of it All
    Phoebe Somerville, a voluptuous blonde with a pin-up girl body, has just inherited the Chicago Stars professional football team from her cold and callous father. A sports team is the last thing this New York lady wants, plus she sees it as manipulation from the grave, by her father, to coerce her into doing as he wishes. His age-old demand for her to do something meaningful with her life, and quit hanging out with homosexual men. In order to remain owner of the team, the Stars have to win the Super Bowl, a long shot at best. So she decides to do nothing, until the team's sexy and aggressive head coach, Dan Calebow, pays her a visit. Nothing is getting done because Phoebe isn't showing up to work. The last thing Dan wants is some blonde bimbo to own and run the team, but he has no choice at present. But Phoebe is not what she seems. Her oversexed demeanor is a cover for the trauma of her past. And Dan begins to realize there's a brain with that body, and he can't help desiring both.

    This is the book that started it all - the first installment in the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers series. We are introduced here to Phoebe's sister, Molly Somerville, a troubled teen at this point, who is the subject of the last book, "This Heart of Mine". Also we are introduced to my favorite hero ever, Bobby Tom Denton, whose story is the next (and best) in the series, "Heaven, Texas".

    Once again, Ms. Phillips builds multi-layered characters that are real people with real problems. She is a master at doing this. I especially found the character of Phoebe vastly interesting. It is a sexy, fast-paced story laced with humor. Even though I loved Phoebe's character, her history of trauma bothered me. The screening of details written was handled well, and obviously that occurrence helped form her character, but I just don't like reading about this kind of thing. Plus the slimeball ultimately got away with it. The climatic ending was also a little over the top for me, and seemed a mite far-fetched. I'll refrain from further explanation, since it would ruin it for those who haven't read the book yet. I haven't been reading these in order, so I believe I read this book third. I have yet to read, "Dream a Little Dream", but out of the rest, this is probably my least favorite. Don't get me wrong, this book is still very good and definitely worth reading!

    For those who would like to know the order of the series, it is as follows: It Had to be You, Heaven Texas, Nobody's Baby But Mine, Dream a Little Dream and This Heart of Mine. Enjoy! ... Read more

    15. Just Imagine
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Asin: 0380808307
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
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    Sales Rank: 129601
    Average Customer Review: 3.45 out of 5 stars
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    With the Civil War over, Kit Weston, a.k.a. Katherine Louise of RisenGlory Plantation, South Carolina, travels to New York disguised as a boy toeliminate her newly named guardian and regain control of her beloved plantation.Unfortunately for Kit, Baron Cain proves difficult to kill, and when hediscovers her identity, Baron promptly stashes her in a New York finishingschool for young ladies.

    Three years later, Kit returns to Risen Glory to find that Baron has restoredthe plantation to its former prosperity. Baron scarcely recognizes the hoyden heremembers in the mature, 21-year-old Kit. The instant passion that flaresbetween them is unwanted by both and equally undeniable. Pushed to the edge,Baron threatens to banish Kit from her beloved plantation, and she commits animpulsive, nearly unforgivable act. Baron's response is equally impossible andthrusts the pair into an intolerable situation. Wild and willful, passionate andwary, the two lovers must somehow find a way to overcome pride and distrustbefore there can be any likelihood of a loving resolution.

    Readers who love Phillips's highly successful contemporary romances will be justas enthralled with this historical romance. Lush landscapes, complex characters,a charming cast of secondary players, and a subplot that takes a look at theeffects of slavery and racist attitudes in the Old South all add up to anexcellent novel. A rewrite of an early title, Just Imagine is classichistorical romance at its best. --Lois Faye Dyer ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Newfound glory disappoints with undeveloped characters
    Even faithful readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips cannot imagine this book is a revised edition of her earlier effort in historical romances. An abrupt historical release from the primed contemporary romance queen firstly makes it a departure difficult for them to accept, let alone being embarrassed by the association with a literary classic GONE With the Wind.

    Indeed Susan Elizabeth Phillips' latest has its fair share of glory. Using the Civil War and the struggle of the South and North as backdrop, she tells of a Southern lass, Kit Weston plotting murder on her Yankee guardian Baron Cain to reclaim her precious Risen Glory estate that is everything to her including Sophronia, her loyal maid. She is mistaken for a stable boy and is hired to serve Cain, which later when her identity is exposed, he threatens to sell away her estate if she refuses to enter an Academy for ladies. Years passed, Kit's vendetta with Cain is unsettled. As she matures into a woman, Cain is unexpectedly drawn to her and yields her into marriage. However, their pride will leave them at loggerheads. There is no fundamental love in their marriage institution - only desire. Cain, who is scared that he will end up like his father being taken advantage of by his mother sees Kit clinging onto him because of responsibilities - and not love. Though painful, their separation is imminent and inevitable for their stubborn hearts.

    JUST IMAGINE attempts to stage a grand historical romance with slavery, clashes and racism. Yet the romance element is never quite fulfiling - Kit's wilfulness has made it difficult for any communication. Their departure in the middle of the book left them undeveloped and dry. Furthermore their love being contrived seemed pretentious and severed of emotions. Philips creates Kit to be strong and independent, yet simultaneously childish for her myopic view to be Cain's mistress in order to get back her estate. By the time she matures towards the epilogue, it seemed their love too late for redemption. The get-together far too hasty and unbelievable. In fact her secondary characters like Magnus and Sophronia shines luminously. Theirs is a love triumphed against discrimination - and how Sophronia convinces herself that Magnus is able to protect her with his love.

    It is remarkable that historical accuracies are there but it unfortunately languishes into a dry read with undeveloped main characters and the passion is never quite on par with the throes of war. It leaves us only to imagine how ever could this book lack the sweeping passion that GONE WITH THE WIND has enchanted us with when the two are said to be in comparison.

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome
    Just imagine is definitely one of my top ten! I had a real hard time just putting the book down. I've read several romance novels in my life, some are just so boring I don't want to even finish them. This was not one of them. I hated finishing the book, Kit and Cain became a part of me I didn't want to let go. I have never read Susan Phillips before, but I will search out her books immediately! Way to go Susan!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars different...but I like it!
    It is different from her other books but it is still refreshing. You notice how all the other SEP's heroines proclaim their undying love at the middle of the book(except for honey moon) and the hero most of the time denies or even leave them, and sometimes it gets annoying coz u it's always the girl who do the job or it's kinda predictable, but dont get me wrong, i love them all, anyway, Just Imagine, being her first book, does not follow the pattern. Here, both main characters are denying their feelings toward each other... they keep trying to escape it: Kit using Risen Glory as the barrier, and Baron's memories of his childhood kept him from acknowledging his true feelings for KIt. Never until the end did the question of love was mentioned. This is one of the one-night-stand books where u can't let it go, coz u want to see when they will get along at last. And that's the main difference from this book and all the other phillips' books--the intimacy and affection just started at the last 5 pages of the book, which is fine by me, coz the ending is surely satisfying. Of course, just like a good philipp's novel, this is a story about family, love, God, and friendship.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not good
    I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips' newer work. The "football" series are among my favorite books ever. I read very quickly and my authors can never keep up, so I re-read books over and over. That said, I threw this book away after the first time I read it.

    The characters are completely unsympathetic, and the plot line is contrived and ridiculous. I didn't care what happened and in fact was kind of rooting for the heroine to end up alone - not what you want to have in a romance novel.

    Read almost ANYTHING else by SEP and you'll get an enjoyable story and engaging characters. Skip this one.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Started out Great, but turned Cold, Dark, and Unlikable
    This book lacked for nothing at first. Kit was adorable and beautiful and Baron was sensitive and gentle. So why did Kit and Baron turn to ice? After they became lovers, they turned vicious towards each other. I can't figure out why the author did this. There was never a good explanation as to WHY this happened, either. Who wants to read about two characters who dislike each other that much?
    By mutual consent, Kit and Baron put unexplained personal animosity aside in order to sleep together. Meanwhile, the unexplained rage continued to build. I started dreading the rest of the story, but stuck with it in deference to SEP. There would have to have been at least a drop of love between these two in order to have the sort of ending SEP gave us.
    The slavery issue was unfortunately accurate, but there's no way Sophronia would have ended up so blessed in the end, not with such ignorance in the world during that time. ... Read more

    16. Carrera's Bride : Long Tall Texans (Special Edition)
    by Diana Palmer
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    Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
    Publisher: Silhouette
    Sales Rank: 5922
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    17. Honey Moon
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Asin: 0671735934
    Catlog: Book (1993-06-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 113473
    Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A mixed review
    I give the first half of the book, Honey and Dash's story, 4 stars. It is very well written, and we get a great deal of insight on the characters. SEP makes it easy to see why these two people fall in love despite their age differences, and I was happy for them. The second half of the book, Honey and Eric's story, gets only 2 stars from me because it is so rushed and feels forced. SEP has to quickly get two people together who didn't get along years before and have been out of each others' lives for a long time. While the lust they first feel is believeable (and their first sex scene short but hot) the "true love" that quickly follows is not. It feels like the author took the shortest route to a happy ending, but I was left feeling unhappy for this pair. Their foundation doesn't seem firm enough for a lasting relationship. I'll stick to the "Chicago Stars" books from now on. Better to re-read a classic.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Intense but good
    If you've never read a Susan Phillips book and you enjoy light, fun romance (as I do), DO NOT let this be your first SEP novel! This book is intense with a lot of emotionally difficult things going on. Instead I recommend Breathing Room, Heaven Texas, It Had To Be You, First Lady or Lady Be Good. I do not normally enjoy novels like Honey Moon. The characters here are mostly emotional messes who are still being heavily influenced by the bad things that happened to them when they were young. But, as always SEP does a fantastic job showing their growth and healing. I did think that Honey and Eric's falling in love with each other was way too abrupt. I really would have liked to see them become gradual friends who helped each other heal over a longer period of time before they became lovers. I was also a bit disturbed by the relationship between Honey and Dash. Not the fact that their relationship turned to a rather co-dependent love (stuff like that happens) but that while Honey was allowed to grow and form a healthy, mature relationship with Eric, Dash was not. He was killed off while still a washed up actor with very little respect. I felt SEP did his character a diservice and it was frustrating for the book to spend so much time with him and he ends up as he does. I almost gave the book three stars for that point alone. But, overall I thought the book was very good and I recommend it if you are looking for a romance with intensity and darkness. Oh, and I have to say one more thing. I appreciate so much that all the characters actions in this book make sense. There are no stupid misunderstandings and all the characters stay in character. Thank you Ms. Phillips!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Out of the Ordinary
    If you've read too many formulatic romance novels, this is a wonderful example of a writer who is not limited by genre. The characters are well written, and it displays life as true to form: messy sometimes, unpredicatable and occasionally devestating. Most women will be able to sympathize with Honey's acting out and teenage confusion. I would recommend this book to anyone tired of your typical bodice-ripping romance.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not sure what SEP was thinking
    I did not like this book one bit! It was very depressing. There was a pedophile, Honey Moon's father figure (like 20 years her senior) married her and then eventually died, the other hero lost an eye, honey believed that walt disney was god and there was a "magical" roller coaster that was the most important thing in her life.At the end the pedophile, the one eyed hero and honey lived happily ever after thanks to the magical powers of the roller coaster.

    Don't waste your money on it. Buy the Chicago Star series or Lady be good instead!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A tough, but touching read (not your average romance)
    I have not read all of SEP's books, but Honey Moon is my favourite so far. In fact, I think that it just might be my favourite romance book ever...and I've read a lot of them!

    The main attraction is the characters. They are wounded, flawed and inescapably human. I found them utterly believable- even if their situations were anything but! My family has foster kids, and trust me, SEP characterizations of adults dealing with childhood abandonment issues is dead on. And while Romance is a genre synononmous with escapism, I think this book effectively combines both real life problems, with the fairytale quality that SEP is known for. It's not enough for these characters to find love. They need redemption too.

    Boy, do we have to work hard for that happy ending...but I found it all the sweeter for the effort. ... Read more

    18. Hot Shot
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Asin: 067165831X
    Catlog: Book (1991-06-01)
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    Sales Rank: 103283
    Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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    In a single, impulsive act, Susannah Faulconer, the daughter of one of the country's most powerful industrialists, follows her heart and finds herself severed from her family and everything familiar. As a cool San Francisco socialite, she'd known exactly how to behave, but now she's a lone woman in a world of men...and there's no etiquette book in the world that can teach her how to survive.

    The men are rebels, determined to take on corporate America with daring and vision, and they aren't going to let her play by good girls' rules. There's Sam, the charismatic visionary, on a rocket-driven ride to glory. And Mitch, the troubled corporate genius with no time for a rich socialite, no matter how beautiful. Together, they will force Susannah into the biggest challenge of her life as she tests her courage -- and her love -- in a bold experiment that will change them all forever.

    Come share a glorious, heart-stopping love story, and meet the unforgettable woman called Hot Shot as she discovers a passion so rich, so tender, that she will be utterly and forever transformed. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars a GREAT read (but not a romance)...
    Since I usually read romances (and as many others have already commented, this isn't a typical SEP romance), I'll admit that it was slow going in the beginning of this one for me. However, once I really started reading it, I couldn't put the book down. Susannah is a wonderful character, and this book is basically about watching her becoming her own person. That being said, if you're looking for a snappy romance, this probably isn't what you want. But if you're willing to wander a little out of the romance genre, you won't be disappointed in this book -- it's one of those stories that makes you feel so close to the characters that you'll convince yourself you actually know them in person. This book is absolutely fantastic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brings out the emotions!
    This is the first book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips that I've read.. and I've been searching for a book that's as good, ever since.

    I was amazed by the increadible research that SEP must have done to write such an indepth look into the beginnings of a computer company and how it affected the main character(s) lives. Of course, I'm sure she got the idea from the lives of Steve Jobbs and Bill Gates. But adding a female to this combination was the perfect ingredient.

    Susannah is an incredible heroine, one I could relate to, and I was sad when the story of her life was over. Her relationships and hardships were very real, and I found myself eatting up every page.. wondering what would happen next.

    You'll also find one of the most well-written flashbacks of a character's life when you read the story of Mitch's childhood. I feel like I could read a whole book just on him.

    Read this book.. it's not a typical frivilous romance novel.. You'll enjoy the story, but be prepared to get angry, cry like a baby, and burst out in laughter. Enjoy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Silicon and romance
    I really enjoyed this book. I am not a romance novel connoisseur. I have thumbed through a few over the years as some of the book covers scream. Without fail, within four or five pages, I want to gag. (Romance addicts are now scrolling to the bottom of this review and clicking "no".) Romance novels just aren't (weren't?) my thing. Then along came Suzie, the heroine of Hot Shot.

    Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips has done her homework. The plot, yes there is a real plot, evolves around the Silicon Valley in the late '70s and the emergence of the computer and nerd nirvana. The story is fascinating. It is nostalgic - where were you when Elvis died?

    I read Hot Shot because I was told that I would like it. I was really skeptical. "Give it chance", it was suggested. Five pages in "His voice rose over the roar of the Harley, and his dark, mesmerizing eyes speared through her skin" activated the gag reflex.

    "Give it a chance" echoed in my mind. I did and I am glad.

    4 ½ stars

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not the best Susan Elizabeth Phillips book
    I have read all of S.E.P.'s Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers books (It Had To Be You; Heavan,Texas; Nobody's Baby But Mine; Dream A Little Dream; This Heart Of Mine) and I loved them. So I picked up Hot Shot to read on a road trip. This book is so boring. It had so many flashbacks and it focused on the lives of about five different characters at once, then it would completely stop talking about a character and you would be left wondering what happened to them for 100 pages. The book didn't move along at all. I am usually a very fast reader, but I just couldn't bring myself to read it. I did finish the book to see how it ended, however. The ending stank.It was very shallow compared to the deepness of the rest of the book. I did give it one star for the bits of humor and the love scenes. S.E.P. is a wonderful writer, but this was not her best book. Read the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers books, they are great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely not a typical romance!
    In all romance books I've read so far, the protaganists are easily identifiable from almost the first page. Not so in this book. Susannah goes through an awful lot of life until she finally finds her true love.

    But all SEP's books are five stars, and this is no exception.

    What I liked:

    1. This book is unbelievably well written, as are all of SEP's books. The book flows naturally, the words just pull you in. The descriptions are unbelievable, and the dialogue snappy, precise and - believable. (Okay, Susannah must have an IQ of 160 or so, but still.)

    2. The author does a great job in setting up Susannah's life in such a way that we can see the complexity and growth of her personality. We see her evolving from an abused five year old to the Susannah at the end of the book. And SEP makes us understand exactly why she made the choices she did, and as Susannah explains - each choice was the right choice at that time. Those people who are upset at Susannah for marrying Sam are missing the point - she had to marry Sam at that point in her life - not, of course, because that's the plot - but rather because this part of her life was necessary in order for her to grow into the person she ultimately became.

    3. Unlike some other books that I have read, where the heroines go through all kinds of psychological trauma in an extremely unrealistic manner, Susannah reacts exactly the way a real person might in real life - albeit a really spunky person - in other words - a heroine. Every scene, every word, every reaction - is extremely realistic. Of course, most people would NOT react as well as Susannah - which is why she is a heroine, of course! But in alot of other books, when I finish it I think - oh, this would never happen in real life. People just don't react that way. I NEVER felt that way in this book.

    4. Uh, did I mention I loved Susannah?

    What I didn't like:

    1. This book was so long, and so detailed, it took me forever to get to the end. But then again, more of SEP's wonderful writing to enjoy?

    2. I wish the ending was a little longer. I had a hard time picturing Susannah and (blank - I don't want to give away the ending) together, because there is so little interaction between them in the whole book. (What you're getting is their thoughts and feelings - but there is a big difference between fantasy and real life.) I just wanted to see them together more, that's all. I guess I just want more SEP! ... Read more

    19. This Heart of Mine (Avon Romance)
    by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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    Asin: 0380808080
    Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Dialogue, Wonderful Characters
    To me, a sign of a good book is one where you start reading it, get interrupted and can't get back to it for almost two weeks, and find the characters still leap off the pages and grab you back into the story. That's what happened to me and I had no trouble picking up where I left off.

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips' latest book revisits old favorites and finishes out her saga about the Chicago Stars football team. Molly Somerville has finally grown up and come into her own. The super smart child that has always craved love, affection, and approval has finally figured out what to do with her life. She has given away her millions, created a series of children books, and writes articles for teens that makes her life livable, or so she thinks. Kevin Tucker is the star quarterback who appears to have it all, at least on the outside. Each continuously do stupid or dangerous things, looking for something to make them compete, even when they don't realize they are missing something.

    Combine this with a wonderful cast of secondary characters the includes an over the hill sex kitten from Hollywood, a famous reclusive painter, young newlyweds that can't keep their hands off each other or from giving out free sexual advice, and Phoebe. We all remember Phoebe, the sexpot who set the business world in pro football on its heels with her brains.

    The dialogue is wonderful in this book. It's sharp, witty, and refreshing. The story has plenty of unpredictable moments in it as Molly and Kevin both have to confront their lives and take charge. I must admit I hated the little narrative at the beginning of each chapter from Molly's books until I caught how they played into the story. Then it became funny.

    This was an enjoyable book all around. For those of you who haven't read the others in the Chicago Stars series, you will be fine jumping into this story. If nothing else, it will probably make you go back and find the other stories.

    Ms. Phillips, unless I'm mistaken, only publishes one book a year. Please write faster! I love your books and hate waiting another year to get my hands on your next book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt romance
    Normally, novels that are simply classified as "romances" put me off. I bought the book originally, because I thought the cover was pretty and it was in a bargain bin. However, I really enjoyed it!
    Molly has the reputation of leaping into "little acts of rebellion" when her life gets too predictable. However, this time she has leapt into bed with the star quarterback of her sister's football team, the Chicago Stars. Kevin has been a secret crush for years even though he possesses every quality Molly despises in men. They are thrown together under very unexpected circumstances and slowly begin to learn that first impressions aren't always correct.
    I was really enthralled with this story. I happened to like the interjections of Daphne and Benny, characters from Molly's series of children's books. They were charming! I do agree that the love story was tied up a little too easily at the end. However, Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a good storyteller. Her writing is casual and easy to read. There were many interesting characters that kept the book moving along. This is my first SEP book and I think it's safe to say that it won't be the last!

    2-0 out of 5 stars No chemistry
    I tried, but I just didn't feel the chemistry between Molly and Kevin. I felt more chemistry and understanding between Kevin's mom and the painter than Molly and Kevin. Molly came off as really childish and Kevin's character was underdeveloped. Funny read, but fell flat...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Funny and Endearing Love Story...
    Molly Somerville had previously lived the kind of life most only dream of. That is, until she decided to give her entire fifteen million dollar inheritance to charity. Now she's the struggling author of children's books featuring the characters Daphne the Bunny and Benny the Badger. It may be a little more than coincidence that Daphne and Benny are mirror images of herself, and the object of her long-term infatuation.

    Kevin Tucker is the famous quarterback for the Chicago Stars football team, owned by Molly's sister, Phoebe. Kevin is wild, gorgeous, infuriating and barely knows she's alive. But that's all about to change. Because Molly has a wild streak of her own, and when her and Kevin accidentally end up at the family vacation house together, her wild streak turns into an uncontrollable urge. Kevin is furious, and their lives irrevocably change.

    Together they take a trip to Wind Lake, the drab campground of Kevin's childhood summers, which he recently inherited and can't wait to sell. What they find is a surprise - a bed and breakfast and a collection of beautiful, quaint cottages set in picturesque surroundings. Perhaps this is the place to put differences aside, heal old wounds, and grab onto a once in a lifetime love.

    This is the fifth, and final installment in the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers series. For those of you who may not know, the order is: "It Had To Be You", "Heaven Texas", "Nobody's Baby But Mine", "Dream a Little Dream", and "This Heart of Mine". I confess I didn't read the series in order, and have yet to read, "Dream a Little Dream". However, this is a strong finish for an outstanding collection of books. I continue to be amazed at how SEP builds her complex characters, layer by layer, until they breathe with a life of their own. Molly and Kevin must each face the ghosts of their past, and struggle to accept their feelings for each other. The setting of Wind Lake was magical, and the humor SEP weaves in her stories so well, was present too. The baseball game has to be the funniest part of the book. And I love the Daphne and Benny story excerpts at the beginning of each chapter. Not only do I recommend this book, but the whole series (except "Dream a Little Dream" which I haven't read, so can't voice an opinion). In fact, three books of this series are some of my all-time favorite reads, with this being one of them. Enjoy!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars good....but the book is better
    This is the first novel I listened to after reading the novel itself. I always believe that it's better to read a book than listen to it, coz u can imagine however u want them to sound, and then there's the abridge and unabridge part. I'll give it to Van Dyke, She did a wonderful job in reading the novel. She is a very good actress and knew how to potray every emotions displayed on each scene. My only disappointment, is the way they cut some of the scenes( a lot of scenes) that should be there. Of course it's an abridge reproduction. Just a warning to all those who read the novel and planning to buy the audio cassette, Lily's story is gone, but her reunion with her son is still there, and then there's no mention of Cal, no softball game, they also deleted the epilogue part where there's a big celebration in the gazebo with Bobby Tom, Cal, and Kenny, and a lot of more, they are all gone,as in nada.. and then, It's ok that they cut of the scence, but I dont like the way they cut it, and let the listeners assume some things that really didnt happen. All in all, I still encourage everybody to get the novel instead, just because the story is better off itself without any deletions or alterations. But as I said before, Jennifer Van Dyke is an excellent reader, and my opinion about of how the story came out has nothing to do with her talent. ... Read more

    20. Lionhearted(Long, Tall Texans)
    by Diana Palmer
    list price: $3.99
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    Asin: 0373196318
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
    Publisher: Silhouette
    Sales Rank: 154321
    Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Likable story
    The last Hart bachelor is finally caught. This is the story of Leo Hart and Janie Brewester. I had been looking forward to this book for awhile, because I really enjoy Palmer's Hart brothers series.

    As in all of her books, Janie is a 21 year old virgin and Leo is like 34 or 35. She has no experience with men, and Leo doesn't even like her to begin with. But of course, that changes throughout the book. While this book may sound typical of Palmer, which it is, it was also somewhat different. Janie really was much more independent than some of the other heroines in Palmer's books. I really liked Janie in fact. And I don't recall reading one "Little One" endearments in the book at all which was great as that term really grates on me.

    Leo was definitely all male, and while he didn't want to fall in love with Janie, once he did, he made no effort to stop it. He even seemed to enjoy it.

    As is typical of Diana Palmer's books, there was a scene where Leo totally insults Janie, but instead of Janie just falling into his arms right away, she does actually fight it and make Leo sorry. I also really liked how there were a lot of extra characters mentioned that will probably be getting their own stories sooner or later, such as Judd Dunn and Christabel, and Cash Grier, and probably Harley.

    All in all, this was a good book. I think it is one of Diana's better more recent novels. I found the characters likable and not so annoying. The love scenes were very steamy too. A good ending to the Hart brothers books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I want to move to Texas!
    Of all the novels concerning the Hart brothers of Texas, this one is the best yet! I wish a town really did exist with so many gorgeous men. I'de move there in a "heart" beat!
    I like this heroine better than some of the others in the Hart brother's series, because this one is not so needy. She knows how to take up for herself, even against Leo Hart. I especially liked that, in some of the sensual parts, she becomes the agressor, and turns him into mush!
    A lot of new characters were introduced in this book, which makes me glad we have not seen the last of the "Long Tall Texans" series, and lots of the characters from the origional series were mentioned again.
    I know some readers think she should follow some other story line, ie guy breaks the girls heart, girl gets physically injured, guys comes to the rescue. But as for me, I always know what to expect from Diana Palmer - a great read. I say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My new favorite!
    I haven't read all of Palmer's books yet, but I have read many, and this one is now at the top of the list. While it has many of the same ideas typical of her books - young virgin adores older man who has watched her grow up and won't let himself fall for her until she's in danger and then he realizes he can't live without her (whew!) - this one is Palmer at her best with all those details. Janie is a strong woman who wants Leo but won't trail after him like a lovesick pup. Leo fights his attraction to her but doesn't intentionally try to hurt her to drive her away. And they even *wait* until their wedding night, but there are several really hot scenes ahead of time that are also among the most tender I have read from Palmer. Terrific dialogue and intriguing secondary characters help to make this one a keeper!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed It...
    A good book. It was worth the read. I read it all in one day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love hearted
    Janie Brewster loved Leo Hart for a long time, just when Leo starts to notice Janie, her best friend Marilee wants him too.
    Marilee, told Janie to do all the wrong things.
    One tends to see this as being stupid on Janie's part, because she has known Leo for a long time, and she should have known better, but love is not the smartest emotion, and it does make the smartest of us stupid.
    But when Marilee tells lies about things Janie is says no one believes Marilee but Leo.
    Until a party, and than the feathers fly.
    When Leo sees he is wrong he lets his brothers set the wedding of the year for him and Janie. ... Read more

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