It Had to Be You Mass Market Paperback – Mar 5 2002
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"A dazzling voice in contemporary woman's fiction" -- Linda Barlow, author of Leaves of Fortune
"Watch Susan Elizabeth Phillips go places!" -- LaVyrle Spencer
About the Author
Susan Elizabeth Phillips soared onto the New York Times bestseller list with Dream a Little Dream. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a hiker, gardener, reader, wife, and mother of two grown sons.
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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.Read more ›
This is SEP's the prequel to THIS HEART OF MINE. Though I read them in the wrong order they are both good. They are fun, heartwarming and sexy- a recommended read!
Dan Cabelow is the head coach of the Chicago Stars. When he meets his new 'boss', he can't believe that her father left his daughter, the bimbo, the team. Then, as the season passes, he learns that she really has a brain beneath all the makeup and hooker clothing. What he can't figure out is why she would want people to think she's a bimbo. Regardless of his attraction to Pheobe, he knows that she's not the woman for him. When he thinks of marriage, he thinks of children and peace, something he definitley can't see Miz Sommerville wanting.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips brings the reader a story of love and courage, heartbreak and loss. She does it in a way that is so extrodinary, the reader feels like they're actually a part of the book. I didn't want this book to end, but I was so satisfied with the ending that I cried. Dan and Pheobe's story is so heartwrenching, you'll want to keep a box of tissues by your side. You'll not only cry, but you'll laugh until you cry. Don't miss this book!
Phoebe Somerville had them all fooled. The blonde bombshell, va-va-voom vixen shielded a hurt innocence and sharp intelligence within. As an overweight, graceless child unloved and unwanted by her father, she had it out with him and ran off from home to lead a life of which he couldn't approve. In turn, the old man stuck it to her in his will by forcing her to inherit his football team (and her teenaged half-sister) for a few short months, to prove that she could really make something of herself. A mixed blessing at best, since Phoebe loves her little sister, but can't stand football. And she can't stand the team's hunky coach, either!
Stars Coach Dan Calebow is hard, driven, and cold. How could he be anything but, with a nickname like "Ice"? Though dedicated to his sport, he was more inclined to living fast and loose when it came to women. Dan used to love them hot and wild but a bad marriage and empty, brief physical encounters have left him craving a baby-loving kinda gal who can warm his frozen heart. But right now his top priority is getting hoochie-mama-turned-temporary-team-owner Phoebe's luscious backside outta the big boss's chair so he can get his team, and his life, back on track.
Can these two damaged souls discover how much they truly have in common with each other before it's too late?
What worked for me:
I must say this is the first time I've ever seen football mixed with romance in a story. That certainly made it unique and did allow for several funny quips from the heroine.
I also liked underlying theme of healing and bonding, especially where the two sisters were concerned. (Molly has her own story covered in "This Heart of Mine", for those folks who enjoy family series.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This was a fun book. Dan and Phoebe were well matched. I thought I could predict a few things that were going to happen but I was wrong, which was a delightful surprise. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2013 by CrazyBookNerd
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. Read morePublished on July 8 2004
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... Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by THERESA A. FREVERT
This is the 1st book in the chicago stars series and I read it last, I sort of read the series backwards, so it'll probably affect my review. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by Jem S.
If you loved Legally Blond you will probably love blond, smart, "bimbo" Phoebe. I really enjoyed this book and my only problem with it was that my favorite male character... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004
There are so many things to like about this book. The lead characters were funny, complex and engaging. Most of the plot was interesting. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003 by Romance Lover
This was the very first book I had read written by SEP and would highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of humour. Read morePublished on May 14 2003
This book started a little slow, but picked up soon. It combines football, romance, humor and mystery. It is a worthwhile read! Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by goldencz
As soon as I read the first page of this book, I knew I had to read it! I loved the characters, Phoebe and Dan, along with all the others. It was so funny. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003