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This Heart of Mine (Chicago Stars / Bonner Brothers Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews Review

Ever since she was a teenager, children's book author Molly Somerville has been infatuated with handsome Kevin Tucker, quarterback for her sister's Chicago Stars football team. Unfortunately, Kevin doesn't know she's alive until one fateful weekend when they're marooned together at the family vacation cabin. When Molly gets carried away by her creative imagination and compromises Kevin, the results are disastrous and before the dust settles, Kevin's in trouble with his boss, Molly's in deep trouble with her emotions, and both of them are in danger of losing their hearts. Their journey to a happy ending is dicey, at best, and even if they can get past their outrageous and painful beginning, whether these two can lower their guards and let the other into their equally wary hearts is questionable.

Bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips makes her hardcover debut with this wonderful contemporary tale that features two familiar faces from prior novels as the hero and heroine. The characters are complicated, with difficult pasts that have shaped the adults they now are, and Phillips uses a deft touch in sketching their personal growth as they're tested with tragedy and bound together with love and a healthy dose of humor. As always, Phillips brings her delightful wit and a warm family setting to this novel that is sure to captivate readers. --Lois Faye Dyer

From Publishers Weekly

Veteran romance writer Phillips (First Lady; Lady Be Good, etc.) makes her hardcover debut with this consuming story of a star-crossed children's-book author and a football player. At 27, Molly Somerville is a struggling writer who eschews the inheritance left by her father, founder of the Chicago Stars NFL team, now owned by Molly's sister, Phoebe Calebow, and her husband, Dan, who act as Molly's surrogate parents. Creator of a series of Daphne the Bunny books, writer for a teen magazine and the perfect playmate for her nieces and nephew, Molly is still growing up--she even has a crush on Kevin Tucker, the handsome, reckless Stars quarterback. By coincidence, Molly and Kevin end up at the Calebow's vacation home... Don't be fooled by the dusty title, however; this one is pure up-to-the-minute entertainment. Agent, Steve Axelrod. (One-day laydown, Jan. 23) Forecast: Phillips is the only four-time recipient of Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year Award, and her most recent novel, the mass market First Lady, hit paperback bestseller lists. With a big and smart push from Morrow, including a nine-city author tour, this book stands to be that rarity: a bestseller on national hardcover lists by a first-time writer to those ranks. A Harper Audio and large-print edition will be issued simultaneously.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 682 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060188030
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC145S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the best from the best. September 15, 2001
By mirope
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The best writer of contemporary romances proves that she is still at the top of her game in "This Little Heart of Mine." Susan Elizabeth Phillips plays matchmaker for two characters from some of her previous popular novels: Molly Somerville (Phoebe's little sister from "It Had to Be You") and Kevin Tucker (the Star's backup quarterback from "Nobody's Baby but Mine"). Molly is all grown up and is supporting herself as an author of children's books. Problem is, her personal life is non-existent. Kevin is now the Stars' superstar quarterback, but he hasn't allowed himself to have much of a life outside of football. Both are feeling restless and dissatisfied, and when they accidentally spend a weekend together, the results are disastrous. Kevin comes away thinking that Molly is a flat-out kook, and Molly is left emotionally battered. Thanks to some more unusual circumstances, they end up running a bed and breakfast Kevin has most unwillingly inherited. OK, so far this all sounds like nonsense, but trust me, Phillips makes it work. The characters are richly drawn and quite charming. Not only does SEP add a lot of humor (you will laugh out loud), but she also creates a wonderfully tender and sweet romance that manages to avoid being sappy and cloying. I was particularly impressed with the way she was able to intertwine Molly's children's books into the narrative without making them annoying distractions. If you only buy one contemporary romance this year, this should be the one.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Susan Elizabeth Phillip Book In Years! February 7, 2001
By A Customer
As an admitted fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I may be biased, but THIS HEART OF MINE is one of her better books and I wouldn't hesitate to reccommend this book to anyone. Especially if you're already a fan don't wait for the paperback, this is one hardcover book that's worth the extra expense.
Kevin Tucker (the back-up quarterback from NOBODY'S BABY BUT MINE) is a football player for whom the game is his life and that's the way he likes it. To simplify matters, he doesn't make it a habit to spend time with women who are chatty or intelligent. So to his surprise he enjoys the short time he inadvertantly spends with Phobe Somerville (from IT HAD TO BE YOU and current owner of the Chicago Stars, the team he plays for)'s little sister, what was her name again? That is until one night when she commits an impulsive act that could affect both their lives.
Mollie Sommerville, a children's book author with a hard earned reputation for being a good girl has had a crush on Kevin for years. Unfortunately, he can't even remember her name. She's also had restless and wild impulses for years. Both she successfully subdues . . . most of the time. And one of those few times she didn't is something for which Kevin doesn't seem willing to forgive her.
Pushed together by circumstances, Kevin and Mollie learn that the other is not entirely who they seem to be and they, and they alone, understand each other.
Personally, as THIS HEART OF MINE is being sold as the last in the Chicago Stars series, I would have liked to have seen more and longer appearances from characters from the previous books. I was especially disappointed that the Bonner's didn't play a part, but new readers might find this a boon as THIS HEART OF MINE defintely stands alone, and while it's nice to have read IT HAD TO BE YOU first, it's certainly not necessary.
Don't MISS THIS HEART OF MINE. A little crazy at times, very contemporary, and an all around great romantic read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Endearing Love Story... March 26, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Molly Somerville had previously lived the kind of life most only dream of. That is, until she decided to give her entire fifteen million dollar inheritance to charity. Now she's the struggling author of children's books featuring the characters Daphne the Bunny and Benny the Badger. It may be a little more than coincidence that Daphne and Benny are mirror images of herself, and the object of her long-term infatuation.
Kevin Tucker is the famous quarterback for the Chicago Stars football team, owned by Molly's sister, Phoebe. Kevin is wild, gorgeous, infuriating and barely knows she's alive. But that's all about to change. Because Molly has a wild streak of her own, and when her and Kevin accidentally end up at the family vacation house together, her wild streak turns into an uncontrollable urge. Kevin is furious, and their lives irrevocably change.
Together they take a trip to Wind Lake, the drab campground of Kevin's childhood summers, which he recently inherited and can't wait to sell. What they find is a surprise - a bed and breakfast and a collection of beautiful, quaint cottages set in picturesque surroundings. Perhaps this is the place to put differences aside, heal old wounds, and grab onto a once in a lifetime love.
This is the fifth, and final installment in the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers series. For those of you who may not know, the order is: "It Had To Be You", "Heaven Texas", "Nobody's Baby But Mine", "Dream a Little Dream", and "This Heart of Mine". I confess I didn't read the series in order, and have yet to read, "Dream a Little Dream". However, this is a strong finish for an outstanding collection of books. I continue to be amazed at how SEP builds her complex characters, layer by layer, until they breathe with a life of their own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Insensitive and Offensive Rape Storyline.
SPOILERS, but necessary ones to understand how offensive this book is.

Molly is the step-sister of Phoebe from It Had to Be You. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mrs. J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written and very cute. A real fairy tale.
Published 7 days ago by CB
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't miss with SEP
Susan Elizabeth Phillips never disappoints and I always enjoy reading and rereading her for her characters and great sense of humor, the writing is effortless. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved the humour.
Published 8 days ago by Sandra Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! :)
I have read this book multiple times over the years. I keep going back to it. It is a must read. Very touching.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy this author's other books
I enjoy this author's other books, this one is an exception. Starts with the main character sneaking into her crush's bed while he is asleep, arousing him, slipping a condom on... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Alice
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this book.
This was a book I didn't enjoy as I thought Molly was a very unstable character and thought some of the things depicted in this Story were beyond ridiculous. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Lynne
4.0 out of 5 stars This Heart of Mine
In this book Molly writes children's books and has a crush on a football player. She ends up taking advantage of him while he is sleeping. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Kathy
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed side characters' romance better than main characters
This Heart of Mine is the fifth installment in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars series. The lead characters are children's books author Molly Somerville and Chicago Stars... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars So cute!
Great, fast read! Love Susan Elizabeth Phillips! All her books are fantastic! I watch for her books to come out!
Published 2 months ago by Melinda Steinsiek
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