Best It Had to Be You By Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Andy-palmer.co.uk


  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 376 pages
  • It Had to Be You
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • English
  • 11 February 2019
  • 0380776839

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It Had to Be YouThe 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 ready for the Stars head coach, former gridiron legend Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one track mind Calebow 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 Dan is alpha, opinionated, chauvanistic, th 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 ready for the Stars head coach, former gridiron legend Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one track mind Calebow 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 Dan is alpha, opinionated, chauvanistic, thick skinned I LOVED HIM She was, without a doubt, the most worthless, spineless, silliest excuse for a human being he d ever met in his life This was a re read for me It was as good if not better the second time round.Phoebe was great She d been through a lot in her life and sort of came across as a brainless bimbo But she was far from brainless and not at all like a bimbo She sure doesn t know much about football In the third quarter she cheered when we went offside LOL, you and me both, Phoebe Haven t a clue about American Football What was his brainy bimbo up to now Ron was a great side kick He sure showed em The book is over 20 years old Can you tell Yes, but that doesn t take away from the enjoyment of the book It wasn t enough He wantedMore of her sex Her heart Her soul I liked Molly too Great that she gets her own story in another book.I m glad my friends are discovering these books What if a woman who knows nothing about sports inherits a professional football team The Windy City definitely isn t ready for Phoebe Somerville, the outrageous York knockout who s taking over their home town team And Phoebe is definitely not prepared for the Stars head coach Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one track mind This is the book that began it all The Chicago Stars are about to take the field and they re not the only ones playing for keeps 4.5 NOW stars You re my only failure My only failure, Phoebe.Perfect book for getting in the spirit of the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII 2 2 2014.Phoebe is a sexy underestimated daughter of a football owner Chicago Stars When her father sudden dies she inherits his team Unfortunately, her father s gift wasn t given out of kindness Her father had always seen her as a failure and this opportunity to run the team was a test She must win the championship or she will lose any inheritance 4.5 NOW stars You re my only failure My only failure, Phoebe.Perfect book for getting in the spirit of the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII 2 2 2014.Phoebe is a sexy underestimated daughter of a football owner Chicago Stars When her father sudden dies she inherits his team Unfortunately, her father s gift wasn t given out of kindness Her father had always seen her as a failure and this opportunity to run the team was a test She must win the championship or she will lose any inheritance.Dan is the cocky coach of the Chicago Stars He has little faith in the new owner of the team Butting heads and misunderstandings overshadow their relationship The chemistry between these two is best summarized by themI guess we re like oil and waterPhoebeI d say we relike gasoline and a blowtorchDanIt Had To Be You just celebrated its 20th year in publication It has some cheesy moments but that seems to be common with books written in the 90 s This was my first book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and it won t be my last SERIES I don t care that this book was first published 20 years ago Actually I think that is why I thought it was FANFREAKINGTASTIC Seriously, ladies you will absolutely love Dan Calebow I sure did I hope to get back to do a complete review because this book deserves one RL is just a bit hectic at the moment This one is going on my favorites shelf and I will recommend it to everyone too It was sexy, sweet and funny And Pooh I don t care that this book was first published 20 years ago Actually I think that is why I thought it was FANFREAKINGTASTIC Seriously, ladies you will absolutely love Dan Calebow I sure did I hope to get back to do a complete review because this book deserves one RL is just a bit hectic at the moment This one is going on my favorites shelf and I will recommend it to everyone too It was sexy, sweet and funny And Pooh Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestPhoebe Summerville is like a cross between Elle Woods and Peg Bundy she s rich, she s tacky, everyone writes her off as a dumb bimbo However, she s quite a bitclever and complicated than anyone gives her credit for, including her father, who disliked her so much that he decided to screw with her from beyond the grave instead of being disinherited as per his original plan, he s giving her his football team, the Chicago Stars, fo Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestPhoebe Summerville is like a cross between Elle Woods and Peg Bundy she s rich, she s tacky, everyone writes her off as a dumb bimbo However, she s quite a bitclever and complicated than anyone gives her credit for, including her father, who disliked her so much that he decided to screw with her from beyond the grave instead of being disinherited as per his original plan, he s giving her his football team, the Chicago Stars, for a year If the team loses the NFL playoffs, she gets 100,000 and ownership reverts to her icky cousin, Reed If she wins, she keeps the team Damned if she does, damned if she doesn t.Dan Calebow, the coach of the Stars, is highly displeased when he finds out who the new owner is He s evendispleased when he finds himself inexplicably attracted to her I know the Goodreads blurb describes him as a sexist jock taskmaster with a one track mind , but this doesn t even come close to describing what a piece of work this man is, and what he does to Phoebe.First, let me say that I loved the premise behind this book I love books that show that women can be fashionable, girly, ditzy, and smart Legally Blonde and Clueless are two of my favorite movies, and for a while I thought this book was going to be like that, with Phoebe learningabout management and football while also teaching the players the bend and snap Because Phoebe was a great character, and her tacky, over the top 90s outfits are all kinds of awesome.My problem with the book is Dan Just Dan And while it seems a bit harsh, I know, to lower the ratings of a book so dramatically just because one of the characters ticked me off, Dan is the love interest and one of the narrators, so he s kind of inescapable In the first scene from his POV, we re led to believe that he s having sex with a sixteen year old high school cheerleader In actuality, it s his ex wife, Valerie, who likes to play kinky roleplaying games, but I felt like I was led on way too long into thinking that this hero is actually the type of man to sleep with underage women.Minus one.Dan is also kind of creepy Even as he s having kinky sex with his ex wife, he s shopping for the next one, and eventually hones in on a preschool teacher named Sharon Anderson So he s dating this girl while having sex with his ex wife and having sexual thoughts about Phoebe The worst part is, Sharon never finds out about any of this Dan breaks up with her eventually, and tells her it s because she wasn t what he was looking for after all, and that s the end of it Poor Sharon never finds out.Minus two.At one point, Dan and his ex wife are planning rape play When Phoebe drops by unexpectedly, Dan mistakes her for his ex wife and drags her off into the woods while saying all these threatening things Phoebe, who is a rape victim, freaks out, and Dan doesn t realize anything is wrong until she starts screaming His excuse is that it s dark And he doesn t really feel as sorry as he should have.Minus three.Towards the end of the book, Dan tells Phoebe that he doesn t feel comfortable dating someone with the power to fire him.Minus four.Also, the inclusion of this line What good were curvy hips and full breasts if she couldn t let a man caress them, if they would never bring a baby into the world or nuture its new life142 Minus five.And the inclusion of this line Phoebe was a curvy, buxom , good time girl, custom designed by God for just this kind of romp239.Minus sixPlus, there were some weird stylistic choices in the narrative style that just felt odd to me For example Her curved hips swayed in a sassy walk that seemed to have a language all its own Hot cha chaHot cha chaHot hotCha cha cha cha 55.I have no idea if this is a reference to something or what it s supposed to mean, but the author seems to like it, because she repeats it several times She has a couple favorite words that are also repeated several times, like peek a boo , sassy , and delirious This line was kind of weird as well Like plantation slaves, the National Football League s Chicago Stars had come to pay homage to the man who owned them 5.In addition to Dan, I also despised Molly, Phoebe s younger half sister She s such a sh t to her sister, despite everything Phoebe does for her Molly s not happy at school Phoebe changes schools for her Molly s not happy at home She gets to live with Phoebe Molly feels drab Phoebe offers to go clothes shopping with her How does Molly repay her By putting her down and making her feel bad about herself every chance she gets, and at one point, telling a stranger Dan that Phoebe hits her.How does Dan react to this In the end, he pretty much laughs it off It becomes a joke at the end.I loved Phoebe s character and I liked how she talked about what good people her horrible father s wives were She never slut shames any of her stepmothers and at one point says that they re strong women because they were survivors who did the best they could to live their lives I also loved her interactions with the players and with Ron, and her locker room speech was really cute I also liked how when she found out about Dan going out with Sharon, she didn t blame Sharon She blamed Dan Isn t that refreshing Blaming the cheater instead of the cheatee I thought so.Phoebe was clever and a schemer, and she wasn t afraid to live her life Even though she was raped, and suffered blow after blow to her self esteem, she learned to take advantage of the male gaze, and how to cow male bullies by beating them at their own game She was a wonderful, complicated, quirky heroine, and it made me so sad to see her paired off with such a terrible, terrible hero.The dated 90s references were so amusing Rows of payphones in a locker room Chokers LOL.P.S Donald Trump makes a random paragraph long cameo.2 to 2.5 stars WOW What an amazing read, and although I don t often read sports romance books especially football..hey I m Canadian if anything, I d read a romance with hockey..Eh..LOL this was really good This happeneda lotwhile reading this story I really, really, really liked Dan I loved his complexity, strength, loyalty, gentleness, and his own desire for a HEA.He is not what I m used to in a hero , but he was written beautifully He just seemed SO real, with many layers.I was wonderful to rea WOW What an amazing read, and although I don t often read sports romance books especially football..hey I m Canadian if anything, I d read a romance with hockey..Eh..LOL this was really good This happeneda lotwhile reading this story I really, really, really liked Dan I loved his complexity, strength, loyalty, gentleness, and his own desire for a HEA.He is not what I m used to in a hero , but he was written beautifully He just seemed SO real, with many layers.I was wonderful to read how frustrated, and angry Dan would get when trying to talk to, or even relate to Phoebe and Phoebe, you were AMAZING Your upbringing and what happened to you broke my heart, but GIRRRL YOU ARE A SURVIVOR You did what you had to do in order to survive and what amazed me about your character was that you did not become cold and bitter, but if anything you were insecure but never let it show , and yet still so strong and able to adapt to any and all situations brilliantly All you ever wanted was to be accepted and loved LOVED THIS STORY Definitely one of my favorites 5 STARS image error What can I say Another 5 star book Most definitely I m starting to think Susan Elizabeth Phillips cannot write a bad book either that or she has most definitely found the key to my heart These books exemplify the delicate balance of intense emotion, witty dialogue and comic relief I have nothing but high praise and giddy admiration for this author and her fabulous books image error Phoebe Sommerville was a thirty three year old outrageous Manhattan socialite 5 STARS image error What can I say Another 5 star book Most definitely I m starting to think Susan Elizabeth Phillips cannot write a bad book either that or she has most definitely found the key to my heart These books exemplify the delicate balance of intense emotion, witty dialogue and comic relief I have nothing but high praise and giddy admiration for this author and her fabulous books image error Phoebe Sommerville was a thirty three year old outrageous Manhattan socialite, who was the notorious mistress of a famous Spanish painter Returning to Chicago for her father s funeral, Phoebe, who had believed herself disinherited from her father s will, is shocked to find that he has left her the sole owner of his Chicago Stars NFL football team image error Phoebe, who not only has no knowledge of football, also has no interest in accepting this very public responsibility As well the organization has no intension of having this buxom bimbo take over their organization image error Dan Calabow is a retired star quarterback, who is now the head coach of the Chicago Stars football team He is sexist, he is hot headed, and he is determined to rescue his team from this useless airhead, who is not only an embarrassment to his organization but who is also his boss But his biggest problem is that he seems to be obsessed with her And boy does he have a funny way of showing it image errorI must have your promise, Coach, that you won t hurt her I promise You spoke a bit too quickly for my taste I don t quite believe you I m a man of my word, and I promise that I won t hurt her When I murder her, I ll do it real quick, so she won t feel a thing Viktor sighed That s exactly what I was afraid ofimage errorI can t tolerate the idea of anyone feeling sorry for me You d rather have everyone dislike you She forced a cocky smile as she reached for the knob I m comfortable with contempt It s pity I can t standimage errorI guess we re oil and water I d say we relike gasoline and a blowtorchimage errorThe photographs are beautiful, Phoebe Both of us know that But they re still not as pretty as you areimage error I, Mr Pigskin For Brains, am the owner of this football team not you Do I make myself absolutely clear image errorWe re heading straight for the bedroom, darlin Since there s a good chance I m going to have a heart attack before the night s over, I want to die in my own bedThis is a fantastically funny and endearing love story It is an explosion of bad tempers and sexual attraction, past traumas and abandoned dreams image error And it is just the beginning image error I just have no words to describe how much I loved this book It was amazing Maybe I was just in the right mood for this kind of read or maybe it really is a terrific read I just know that apart from LK s Travises series, I had never, ever enjoyed a contemporary romance as much as I did this one and the Travises And yes, it was that good for me Well maybe not that good, lol, but definitely the closest I will ever find.I loved Phoebe She was an amazing heroine Everything about her was so app I just have no words to describe how much I loved this book It was amazing Maybe I was just in the right mood for this kind of read or maybe it really is a terrific read I just know that apart from LK s Travises series, I had never, ever enjoyed a contemporary romance as much as I did this one and the Travises And yes, it was that good for me Well maybe not that good, lol, but definitely the closest I will ever find.I loved Phoebe She was an amazing heroine Everything about her was so appealing She was just so broken and lost, and so many things were wrong with her at the beginning But we get to see her grow into the kind of person we all wanna be She still was very funny at the beginning, lol, so many scenes made me laugh so hard I had to stop reading the book and analyze them over and over again Oh Pooh He s the dog for those who have not read it yet , you were my favorite character, so sweet Phoebe was so strong and she definitely deserved her HEA Now let s get to the good stuff Yes Dan Calebow, I m talking about you What a hero You know, maybe it s just me that I have been reading paranormal for too long and heroes were always the same Dan was so different from every other hero I have read about so far He felt so real, I hated him at the beginning, and ended LOVING him, yes LOVING him How could I not He was so human, so real and had his personal demons to confront as Phoebe did Of course they made it work out at the end together, it s romance after all, lol, but the story makes you need to keep reading until you finish the it There s so many emotions enclosed in this book I wanted to laugh sometimes and cry others, even both at the same time I was frustrated and extremely exhilarated the next second That s how good the book is I don t know why so many did not gavethan 3 stars to this book IMHO this was a terrific contemporary romance and I loved every second of it I m dying to readin this amazing series As always Ally you were right Here goes another book into my favs list Enjoy people, definitely a must read for romance lovers My first by SEP and I loved it The book was written 25 years ago and it is a traditional contemporary romance of enemies to lovers troupe Even though it was written a long time ago, I loved being taken back to 1994 As I m in my 50 s, I remembered so many references and loved being brought back in time.Phoebe Summerville is the new owner of the Chicago Stars football team It was left to her by her deceased estranged father She plays the part of a blonde bimbo but she is anything but that Sh My first by SEP and I loved it The book was written 25 years ago and it is a traditional contemporary romance of enemies to lovers troupe Even though it was written a long time ago, I loved being taken back to 1994 As I m in my 50 s, I remembered so many references and loved being brought back in time.Phoebe Summerville is the new owner of the Chicago Stars football team It was left to her by her deceased estranged father She plays the part of a blonde bimbo but she is anything but that She is beautiful, sexy, flirtatious, and smart and I adored her Dan Calebow, is the quintessential football player turned coach He s cocky, arrogant, handsome, hot headed, and sexist But hey, once you meet him, you can t help but fall in love with his caveman antics.These two are oil and water They don t mix but when they do it s sassy, feisty, fabulous and very combustible Being on the sideline while they navigate their feelings is awesome, just like a perfectly executed touchdown pass I will say that I also loved all the secondary characters.Molly, Ron, and Bobby Tom were perfect I would definitely recommend this oldie 1994 but goodie romance Cannot go wrong with this book This was a re re re re read LOL I must read it nearly every fecking year I LOVE IT I love Dan I love Phoebe I LOVE SEP Thought I was updating on the kindle version but I seem to have been updating on the paperback one Sorry about that There will be two ratings on here then Both 5 stars and I am sure the next time I read it, it will still be FIVE stars Cannot go wrong with this book This was a re re re re read LOL I must read it nearly every fecking year I LOVE IT I love Dan I love Phoebe I LOVE SEP Thought I was updating on the kindle version but I seem to have been updating on the paperback one Sorry about that There will be two ratings on here then Both 5 stars and I am sure the next time I read it, it will still be FIVE stars


About the Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPSSusan Elizabeth Phillips is the creator of the sports romance, beginning with her 1989 bestseller, FANCY PANTS An internationally acclaimed author, her books have been published in over 30 languages She s the only four time recipient of the Romance Writers of America s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award, and a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award Susan s newest book, DANCE AWAY WITH ME, will be published in hardcover in June 2020 She is also the highly acclaimed author of both the CHICAGO STARS football series and the Wynette, Texas books In addition to being a New York Times, Publisher s Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, she is a hiker, lazy gardener, horrible singer, passable cook, passionate reader, wife, mother of two grown sons, and grandmother You can visit Susan on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on her website.https www.facebook.com SusanElizabehttps twitter.com sepauthorhttps www.instagram.com SEPauthor