Natural Born Charmer (Chicago Stars, Bk 7)
Natural Born Charmer - Chicago Stars, Bk 7 Author:Susan Elizabeth Phillips Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard is the luckiest man in the world. But life in the glory lane has started to pale, and Dean has set off on a trip to figure out what's gone wrong. When he hits a lonely stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can't imagine. A young woman . . . d... more »ressed in a beaver suit.
Blue Bailey is on a mission. As for the beaver suit she's wearing . . . Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curve balls? Witness the expensive black sports car pulling up next to her on the highway and the Greek god stepping out of it.
They're soon heading for his summer home, where their already complicated lives and inconvenient attraction to each other will become entangled with a charismatic but aging rock star; a beautiful, fifty-two-year-old woman trying to make peace with her rock and roll past; an eleven-year-old who desperately needs a family; and a bitter old woman who hates them all.
Natural Born Charmer . . . for anyone who's ever thought about leaving their old life in the dust.« less
I am noticing that I either love an SEP book, or am a little annoyed. This book, had me a little annoyed. I felt the h/h had almost ZERO chemistry, the things that each of them did would never happen in real life and it left me wanting to hurry up and finish the dang audio book and start another one. Even Kate Fleming/Anna Fields, the fabulous reader she is, couldn't make this one any better. In fact, if I would have read it, it may have ventured in the 2's. I felt Dean deserved a much better story and this was mediocre. It seems SEP has this formula to write a story, separation, some universal complication, a secondary romance, heroine quirky. Is it just me? I don't know. With her hits like Ain't She Sweet and Match Me If You Can, I can't shelf her. But some of her books, like this one, I'd like to.
I'm a longtime SEP fan, and have always enjoyed her special blend of romance and humor. That said, though, NATURAL BORN CHARMER is not, in my opinion, nearly as good as some of her former work.
With unrealistic situations (what woman would hitchhike with a stranger in this day and age, even if you knew, technically, who he was -- and then go off with him to his vacation home) that made me dislike the main character, I had to work to get into this story. Once involved, though, I did enjoy the plot, but not nearly as much as I have in the past.
This isn't a bad book, but it's by no means SEP's BEST work.
All of the Chicago Stars series books are great, but this one was one of my favorites. Susan Elizabeth Phillips has got to be a natural born charmer her own self! She is so funny and romantic. If you haven't read her other Stars books I would recommend starting from the beginning, but it's not necessary - just more fun that way. If you have read the others, then you won't be disappointed.
This is my first book from her and I loved it. I thought it was odd and quirky. The dialogue and situations were funny. I also enjoyed the challenge Phillips set for herself because these are not exactly likeable characters but you couldn't be helped in the end to cheer for them.
What is right now the last in the Chicago Stars series that centers around a fictional football team and each book in the series centers around a different character affiliated in one or another with the team. I have only read the last two books, but I didn't feel like I was missing too much by not reading them in order. At some point I do hope to go back and start at the first and read them all through.
This book centers around a wanderer named Blue Bailey and the quarterback of the stars Dean Robillard. They meet basically on page one and the book follows not only their love story, but some other characters from Dean's family and life. Although their relationship was a complete mess, I loved it. I loved how fiesty Blue was, the reader gets bits and pieces from her childhood that help to create the full image of why Blue is the way she is why she reacts the way she does. There are also some reasons as to why Dean is who he is and I loved seeing them overcome their individual pasts and start a relationship. It was easy to root for them!
This is the first Susan Elizabeth Phillips book I've read. While other reviewers said this book is not exactly realistic, I found I could easily imagine the events happening. Reading this book has definitely made me a new fan of Ms. Phillips' books. I found her humor to be very witty and engaging. The story provided a light read but one that kept me turning the pages nonetheless. You can tell the two main characters really enjoy the back and forth banter. I would definitely recommend her books for those who may need a break from thrillers or serious dramas.