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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (March 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380776839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380776832
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 has found fans all over the world with her warm and wonderful contemporary love stories that manage to touch both hearts and funny bones. She's the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Favorite Book of the Year and was also honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is a wife, the mother of two grown sons, an avid hiker, and—unlike some of her characters—notoriously inept at any sport requiring a ball.


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SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS is a New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, whose books are published in over 30 different languages.

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Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed this book, from begining to end.
Tyna
I've found out that you just can't put this book down, even when you are reading it for the umpetenth time!
Amazon Customer
Humor, Romance, Great love scenes The story was fun with a little suspense.
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114 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on June 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first in the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brother series. After fleeing the family years prior due to a traumatic incident from her past, Phoebe is back in Chicago at the reading of her father's will when she learns that she has inherited his beloved football team - provided they win the AFC championship. Otherwise, it automatically goes to her cousin Reed, who has always given her the creeps (and later in the book, anyone can understand why).

The problem is that Phoebe is a bit of a bimbo and knows nothing about football, contract negotiations, or salary disputes. And no one really wants to help her understand. She knows the inheritance is dad's way of having the last word, since he did not think she is cut out for it. Coach Dan Calebow just wants a new owner, until of course, he finds himself attracted to her. And he resents it when she wants to give the guys a pep talk, or come up with her own game-day rituals.

Dan is a little down on women. His ex-wife is a senator with a sordid infatuation with sex games that she constantly drags him into. He is looking for a nice gal to settle down with, and pursues a grade school teacher with lots of fervor, but his real passion appears to be Phoebe. They fight the attraction but constantly end up in each others beds.

It is also the story of the coming together of two estranged sisters. Molly has always been shuttled off to boarding school, which was Phoebe's initial plan since she appears to be such a trouble maker. But the two will need to learn to love and trust each other to take their relationship to the next level.

While many readers criticized Phoebe for being a bimbo - I thought it was a good move. Finally - a sexually aggressive woman who knows what she has and goes after what she wants.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Christine Shaw on November 21, 2001
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"It Had To Be You" is my favorite book by S.E.P. It is also the first book in her Chicago Stars football team series. Phoebe Somerville is the sexy and outrageous (like Marilyn Monroe) daughter of Bert Somerville, owner of the Stars. After Bert's death, Phoebe learns, to her surprise, that she inherited the team with the stipulation that she can retain ownership if they win the championship. If they loose, the team ownership will be passed on to her obnoxious cousin, Reed Chandler. This is Phoebe's wake-up call. Everyone considered her to be a bimbo. Even her father thought she was a failure. But with the help of General Manager Ron McDermitt, she proves to be more than capable to run the organization.
Dan Calebo, head coach of the Stars, is everything Phoebe despises--a sexist jock with a one track mind. Dan thinks she is a meddling bimbo. Phoebe and Dan are both stubborn and sparks fly between these two from the start. Before long, there is more at stake than just winning the championship.
This was my first SEP novel and to date it is my favorite of all her work. The story will make you laugh, cry, cheer and leave you with a well-satisfied feeling. You don't have to be a fan of football to enjoy this wonderful story. SEP's website indicates that "It Had To Be You" will be reissued in March, 2002.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on December 31, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"I guess we're like oil and water."
"I'd say we're more like gasoline and a blowtorch."
This quote from _It Had To Be You_ basically sets the undertone for the whole book. I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and I was thrilled to get my hands on _It Had To Be You_. I'd heard so many things about her football series that I couldn't wait to read the book that started it all.
Pheobe Sommerville just got herself a football team. After her dog, Pooh, peed on her father's grave, she found out that her father left her his Chicago Stars. Now, all she has to do is learn what to do with that little ball covered in pig skin called a "football". For, even though her father has owned the team for about a decade, Pheobe hasn't come in contact with him for longer then that. She's been spending her time flouncing around the world and making a name for herself as a sexpot bimbo. Little does anyone know that behind her curvy body lies an intelligent mind and a wounded soul.
Dan Calebow, the Stars coach, has overcome childhood poverty and abuse to become a successful football player and coach. Needless to say, he is furious that Pheobe inherited the team. When the two meet, sparks fly, tempers flare, and passions roar as the reader gets ready for the time of her/ his life. Pheobe learns how to deal with the team as Dan learns how to deal with Pheobe. And, the two are undeniably attracted to each other. Can the Stars win the AFC Championship so Pheobe can keep the team? Will Pheobe and Dan put away their pride so that they can have a love for all time?
I really loved _It Had To Be You_ and for many reasons. When I first met Pheobe, I thought, Oh great, I'll have to read about her for the rest of the book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 1999
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This was the first book by Ms. Phillips that I had ever read. Since then, there is only one -Hot shot- that I have not loved. This book is so lovable! Phoebe Sommerville is such a great character! Strong yet vulnerable, she is the kind of heroine that stays with you. And Dan Calebow is simply gorgeous in so many ways. The plot ans subplots are interesting and complex, and most of the characters grow and develop through the book just like people do. The pace of the book is fast and the dialogues are natural and funny. The love scenes are sensual and hot, and so real -these are people not cardboard cutouts-. I've found out that you just can't put this book down, even when you are reading it for the umpetenth time!
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