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review 2017-08-03 17:57
Bummed
First Star I See Tonight: A Novel (Chicago Stars) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I really wanted to love this one because Phillips is a favorite author but after I could feel myself pushing to enjoy it, I let go of expectations.

 

I felt like we never got to really delve into the hero's character and while I enjoyed the offbeat personality of the heroine, it felt forced. Their snarky dialogue felt stuttered, robotic, and didn't always flow for me. The emotion I typically love from Phillip's books was missing here for me. I've talked about loving some of her past books and looking back now and noticing some problematic issues, well, older me caught some slight things (heroine waking up to them having sex brought back This Heart of Mine big issue and kind of meshed together in my mind, rightly or wrongly, and gave me an icky feeling) that I wasn't able to ignore here. 

 

My main issue, though, I just didn't feel the emotional connection and missed the growth of the hero and heroine's relationship; they just kind of verbally spar back and forth and then suddenly they are in love. 

 

This just, sadly, wasn't for me.

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review 2017-02-20 13:33
Kiss An Angel...I don't think this title fits the book.
Kiss an Angel (Audio) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips,Anna Fields

Book Title:  Kiss An Angel

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Narration:  Anna Fields

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

⇝Add to Goodreads⇜

 

 

 

 

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪ 

Leave the Pieces by the Wreckers  --For Daisy to Alex…

♫You're not sure that you love me

But you're not sure enough to let me go

Baby it ain't fair you know

To just keep me hangin' 'round

You say you don't wanna hurt me

Don't wanna to see my tears

So why are you still standing here

Just watching me drown♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Characters:  2.5/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  2.8/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  2/5

Ending:  3.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Not at all.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't know, who knows where the next reading challenge could lead me, Romance Bingo 2017 led me to this one…but...not likely.

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I'm fairly certain that this book made me realize that I don't really care for books with a circus setting…the weirdness , the uncouthness of it all just doesn't work for me.

 

 

I started this book out, not liking any of the characters in it.  Then somewhere along the way, I realized that I liked Daisy a lot.  She really grew on me, despite hating the narrator for this.  Her voice did not click with me at all.  Daisy is unfortunately, the only one who I came to like.  In summary, this is a very well written story, with an intricate plot that was held back by the lack of likable characters, and setting for me. 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Yes, there is explicit sex but not too much.

 

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review 2017-02-05 00:00
Heroes Are My Weakness
Heroes Are My Weakness - Susan Elizabeth Phillips This book has an unfortunate title, summary and cover. Why do they always give SEP such crappy looking covers? And what's up with the title? what was she thinking? Whyyy?

Anyway.

Of the few books that I've read from this author this might be one of the best.

So very few authors out there know how to write genuinely quirky and hilarious characters like SEP does, and Annie was one of the most delightful yet. In fact, I don't think I've ever disliked a single heroine of hers, they're all so funny and likeable.

"I'm pretty fearless," Annie replied. The puppets in her head fell all over themselves laughing.

"I Scamp, otherwise known as Genevieve Adelaide Josephine Brown, declare it a beee-u-tiful day!

She opened the door of the dumbwaiter, lowered her head, and uttered in a soft, creepy moan, "The horror..." The words uncoiled like a hissing snake. "The horrrror..."

She wanted to curtsy. To run. To tell him she didn't really need that governess job after all.



Lmao. I loved her. She made me laugh so much, and her puppets were adorable. Also, the baaaanter. The banter in these books is always the best, how can anyone not love both of the main characters when their interactions are laugh-out-loud funny?

I hate that Theo is presented as your typical asshole hero in the summary but he's really nothing of the sort. Not even in the first couple of chapters when he's not making the best of impressions, I still could tell he wasn't a jerk. It was more him trying hard to be a jerk than actually being one.

I think what set this book apart from the other ones I've read by this author were all those plot twists at the end. There was plot twist on top of plot twist on top of plot twist and I was like what the hell?? since when does SEP pull off stuff like this? I was genuinely surprised because I only saw like the first one coming and the rest just hit me out of nowhere. SO much was happening and it was so good.

And that's why that damn cover, with that stupid title and that crap summary do not make this book any justice.
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review 2017-01-30 18:28
It Had to be You Book Review
It Had to Be You - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Okay, I was expecting a good fluffy sports romance with this one. And that's definitely not what this is...at all. There were some creepy sexual assaults scenes, some douche bag characters, and overall it was just a really bizarre mixture of romance and just contemporary that didn't work for me. I might try the next one in the series to see if they get any better but its not something I'd keep in my back pocket to read again, or recommend for that matter. 

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review 2017-01-09 16:57
First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars #8) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Review
First Star I See Tonight: A Novel (Chicago Stars) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (2016-08-23) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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 to 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.

From the bustling streets of Chicago to a windswept lighthouse on Lake Superior to the glistening waters of Biscayne Bay, two people who can’t stand to lose will test themselves and each other to discover what matters most

 

Review

 

I love me some Susan Elizabeth Phillips and this book is just great.

What happens here, that always happens in a Phillips' boo, is the hero and heroine come to deeply respect and value each other. They like and admire each other. They are also really hot for one another but that seems to follow this deep connection the Phillips does like nobody else. Sigh.

The hero and heroine a difficult people. They are cranky. I love them. They are both very witty and so much themselves. They meet in a moment where they are both struggling.

They both kick ass and are loyal and brave. But not so much with the emotionial bravery which lingers for a little longer than I would like.

The secondary characters are grand. We have the old crew show up. The opera singer needs her own romance please.
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