I had the flu while reading this so my notes/thoughts were mired in me feeling like I was experiencing a slow death. Because of the homophobic comments and misogyny, I just couldn't get into this. If I had read it when it was first published (I gave This Heart of Mine 5 stars and that has a huge problematic scene) maybe I would feel differently but as Sam(AMNReader) says, "when you know better, you do better" in her Review, I read it at age 35 in 2018 and I personally felt there were a lot of Not ok things being done and being said.
This was almost more of a contemporary with some romance as the main couple didn't spend a lot of time together. The heroine goes through one heck of a journey and I would have gave the book 2 stars for her alone but she makes a decision
doesn't tell hero she had his kid, even when original reason not to, wanted to stand on her own feet, becomes mute
; I just couldn't side with her. Romance books have to make me like the hero and heroine and I had no love for them here.
This was supposed to be a buddy read, Quotes/comments here but yeah, the whole flu thing kept me from being too talkative.
Anyway, a spoiled rich girl who travels to America, has one heck of a personal growth journey, and an abused runaway boy who plays golf, never feels good enough, and a handful of secondary characters that make the story better (Skeet and Miss Sybil) and worse (Holly Grace, not because of who she is married to but her comments).
Here are a couple of quotes I first started to highlight before the tone and flu took me over:
"Running musses your hair and makes your face all red. People won't love you if you're not pretty." She clasped Francesca tightly in her arms while she uttered this most terrible threat, using it the way other mothers might offer up the horrors of the boogey man.
The author did an amazing job, you'll get complete backstory on the heroine's mother, of showing why our heroine was the way she was. You'll think it is hard to sympathize with a spoiled rich girl but she never really had a chance to be anything else and she works her way out of it.
He threw the toothbrush at her, hitting her in the arm. "Take it! Take the fucking thing!
She drew back her arm and slapped his face as hard as she could. He slapped her back. Although he was mad enough to hit her, he wasn't mad enough to hurt her, so he struck her with only a small portion of his strength. Still, she was so small that she lost her balance and bumped into the side of a car. She grabbed the sideview mirror with one hand and pressed the other to her cheek. "Jesus, Francie, I hardly touched you." He rushed over and reached out for her arm.
There are some very touchy, cringing moments between the hero and heroine. At the point of these two quotes, the hero and heroine and only spent about a week together. The vibe of a guy throwing anything at the heroine in anger, screaming at her, or even slapping her "with only a small portion of his strength" in any context is take a good hard look at worthy but without personal relationship for knowing personalities, it feels abusive for the heroine. Men screaming at women just isn't the back and forth I look for; I don't know it felt super uncomfortable for me here.
"I want to do it! I know it's wrong. I know I shouldn't let you, but I just can't stand it anymore. I feel like I'm on fire." She tried to make him understand. "All those months, Billy T made me do it. All those months he hurt me. Don't I have the right, just once, to choose for myself?"
The younger issues involving the hero and Holly Grace was deep, dark, and I thought very emotional, it touches on issues no one likes to talk about but can be therapeutic for people to read and see discussed.
There were numerous comments about the heroine raising her son wrong and he might grow up "strange" or queer with the hero also early on making a comment about how he didn't want to be in a f****t calendar. Not my cup of tea views.
This was written well because Phillips is a good writer but well written homophobia is still homophobia. I didn't like a lot of the characters' actions and comments, it was stuff the romance community has seemed to want to clear out, which I definitely think to the betterment.
Molly Somerville loves her career as the creator of the Daphne the Bunny children's book series, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. She has a reputation for trouble that started even before she gave away her fifteen-million-dollar inheritance. Then there's her long-term crush on the quarterback for the Chicago Stars football team her sister owns—that awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can't even remember Molly's name!
One night Kevin barges into Molly's not-quite-perfect life and turns it upside down. Unfortunately, the Ferrari-driving riving, poodle-hating jock isn't as shallow as she wishes he were, and she soon finds herself at a place called Wind Lake. Surrounded by paintbox cottages, including a charming old bed-and-breakfast, Molly and Kevin battle their attraction and each other as they face one of life's most important lessons. Sometimes love hurts, sometimes it makes you mad as hell, and sometimes—if you're lucky—it can heal in a most unexpected way.
A star quarterback and a feisty detective play for keeps in this sporty, sexy, sassy novel—a long-awaited new entry in the beloved, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author’s fan-favorite Chicago Stars football series.
Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s not happy.
Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. “The fact is . . . I’m your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just . . . mildly unhinged.”
Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs. Instead, he’s hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. But Coop’s life might be in danger, and Piper’s determined to protect him, whether he wants it or not. (Hint: Not!) If only she weren’t also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants of fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding Piper find her very dead husband.
And then there’s Cooper Graham himself, a legendary sports hero who always gets what he wants—even if what he wants is a feisty detective hell bent on proving she’s as tough as he is.
Endlich ist wieder ein neuer Roman von Bestseller-Autorin Susan Elizabeth Phillips in deutscher Übersetzung erschienen. „Verliebt bis über Sterne“ heißt der 8. Roman der Chicago-Stars-Reihe und ist nun im Oktober im Blanvalet Verlag (u.a.) als Taschenbuch erschienen. Und was soll ich sagen? Das Warten hat sich gelohnt, liefert Phillips doch wieder eine Geschichte mit tollen Protagonisten, irrsinnig witzigen Dialogen und – natürlich – sehr viel Herz! Sie ist und bleibt einfach die Meisterin der romantischen Unterhaltung!
Piper Dove ist mit Leib und Seele Privatdetektivin in ihrer eigenen Detektei. Durch einen prekären Auftrag trifft sie auf den ehemaligen Star-Quarterback und vermeintlichen Weiberhelden Cooper Graham, der ihr beinahe den Fall vermasselt. Doch Piper braucht diesen einen Job und bleibt dran an Cooper. Und ehe man sich‘s versieht, ist sie Teil seines Teams – und nicht nur das.. Bis jemand es auf Cooper‘s Kopf abgesehen hat und es ziemlich brenzlig wird….
Susan E. Phillips bleibt ihrem Stil im aktuellen Roman wieder absolut treu. Wenn man die bisherigen Bücher der Reihe mag, dann liegt man bei „Verliebt bis über alle Sterne“ absolut richtig. Ich habe das Buch selber wieder absolut verschlungen. Die Vorgänger 1-7 muss man allerdings nicht zwingend gelesen haben, da jedes Buch der Reihe in sich abgeschlossen ist. Einige Charaktere tauchen zwar auch hier wieder auf, aber sie spielen eher Nebenrollen. Insgesamt sind die Protagonisten – vorneweg Piper und Cooper – wieder äußerst sympathisch und authentisch. Es gibt viele aberwitzige Dialoge und natürlich viel Geplänkel und diverse „Reibereien“! Kitschig wird es jedoch nie. Ganz im Gegenteil: Diesmal wird sogar noch zusätzliche Spannung durch ein wenig „Crime“ geboten, was mir auch ziemlich gut gefiel. Über die verbalen Schlagabtäusche musste ich auch in diesem Buch wieder häufig schmunzeln und lachen. Susan E. Phillips versteht ihr Handwerk einfach zu gut!
„Verliebt bis über alle Sterne“ ist ein absolutes Highlight in Sachen romantischer Unterhaltung. Eine tolle Story, knisternde Spannung und viele äußerst sympathische Protagonisten. Mehr oder besser geht es meiner Meinung nach nicht! Topp, deshalb 5 Sterne.