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Product Details

  • Series: Chicago Stars
  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061731145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061731143
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wicked comedy...don't miss. CLOSER She makes you laugh, makes you cry- makes you feel good. Jayne Ann Krentz --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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Customer Reviews

Gracie Snow and Bobby Tom Denton are the best heroine and hero ever.
M. E. Lee
It is wonderfully written with believable characters and a good story line that flows very well.
BajanReader
I have now read all the books but one in the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers series.
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By mirope on February 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Another sure-fire winner by Susan Elizabeth Phillips! I must say I had my doubts aobut this one - I didn't think there was any way I could get excited about a hero named "Bobby Tom" who wears a cowboy hat, but I shouldn't have worried. As always, SEP has managed to create a great story, unique characters, laugh-out-loud dialogue and sexy love scenes. Bobby Tom is a football star forced into retriement by a career-ending injury, and beneath lots of good ol' boy charm, he's not too happy about it. Not knowing what to do with his life, he agrees to star in a movie. The producers are justifiably concerned about this infamous playboy's reliability, so they hire a babysitter - the none too tempting Gracie Snow. The resulting relationship is just great.
SEP succeeds at doing a lot of things in this book that usually turn me off in a romance novel. First, I don't like unattractive heroines that either miraculously become beautiful, but Gracie's transformation into a cute, perky and kind of sexy leading character works. Second, as a former Texan I usually can't stand the loud, folksy stereotype that Bobby Tom initially appears to be. However, SEP managed to make it work without being silly and does a good job portraying smalltown Texas. I still refuse to picture Bobby Tom wearing a great big cowboy hat, but if it works for you... Third, there is a secondary romance between two older characters, and I usually find that distracts from the main plot. Here it's so well done and flows so seamlessly into the main storyline that I was glad to see it. There are few authors who never fail to deliver, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips certainly falls into that category!
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on June 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book in the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers series. Luckily, each stands on its own merits.

Bobby Tom Denton is a former wide-receiver for the Chicago Stars. Due to a career ending injury, he is about to make his movie debut, provided it is filmed in his hometown to drum up business due to the town's primary employer relocating. Of course, getting him to the set is going to be half the fun. The production company hires virginal Gracie Snow, a no-nonsense former elder care administrator to bring him on location. Gracie is a mousy little thing - we know this because we are hit over the head with how plain she is and how gorgeous he is throughout the story. Most of Gracie's charges give her a hard time, but none as bad as Bobby.

One of the funniest scenes is when he is on a "date" with Gracie tagging along. The interaction between the three of them, cramped in his tiny Thunderbird while he is sweet talking his "date" (but paying far too much attention to Gracie) is hysterical.

The whole trip down he tries to dump her, but she keeps outsmarting him. When they finally arrive on location, several days late, Gracie is fired. Out of guilt, Bobby makes them hire her back, and agrees to secretly pay her salary. After a makeover, he asks her to pretend to be his fiance to fend off unwanted females. She agrees under the stipulation that she pays her own way - she does not want to be just another sponge that hits him up for cash. Soon, Bobby does the charitable thing by initiating Gracie in "erotic arts" - what a philanthropist!

One thing that annoyed me throughout this story was the goofy language - instead of saying bull, Gracie says balderdash. Now who since the 19th century says that? Yeah, she has spent a lot of time with old people, but please.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Chambers on July 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I completly fell in love with Gracie and Bobby Tom. To say this book was good is a complete understatment. I am a huge SEP fan and read almost everything I can by her, but Heaven, Texas is my favorite. Gracie Snow is a plain jane gal who spent her entire life in a nursing home, when given the opportunity to leave and work at a film corporation, she jumps. She's determined not to let anyone jeopordize her new "exciting" job. Not even Bobby Tom Denton. Former wide reciever for the Chicago Stars. After a career ending accident Bobby Tom felt lost and alone. He was surounded by former teamates and beautiful women, but he didn't feel anything until skinny, unattractive Gracie Snow does a strip tease at a party, in an attempt to get his attention and drag him to an engagment with the film studio to do a movie he wasn't looking forward to. Gracie doesn't know how famous Bobby Tom is and he loves it. He soon discovers that this plain jane is gorgeous on the inside. Just to mix things up SEP has thrown in a little side plot that will tug at the hearts of everyone, but most assuredly those women going through the rigors of menopause. This book just goes to show that even though we as women don't always feel wanted and attractive, someone disagree's. And he's willing to prove it. This book is chock full of doofy jocks, ditzy bimbos, and loyal, but slightly "off" hometown people. Just enough to keep you laughing through the entire read.
I fell in love with this book because, I see myself in a way as Gracie, as I'm sure other women will too, and it's just good to know that sometimes Prince Charming picks Plain Jane.
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