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Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars / Bonner Brothers Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You met star quarterback Kevin Tucker in This Heart of Mine. Now get ready to meet his shark of an agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed.

Annabelle's endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement . . . even her hair's a mess! But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

Why does the wealthy, driven, and gorgeous sports agent Heath Champion need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she's entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of success -- the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?

Soon everyone in Chicago has a stake in the outcome, and a very big question: When the determined matchmaker promised she'd do anything to keep her star client happy . . . did she mean anything? If Annabelle isn't careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town.

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Phillips's latest captivating romance (Ain't She Sweet; Breathing Room) follows a pair of reluctant lovers from their combative first acquaintance to a happily ever after. Perpetually discombobulated but adorable Annabelle Granger inherits her grandmother's matchmaking business, renames it Perfect for You and targets Chicago's super-rich, super-aggressive sports agent Heath Champion, better known as the Python, as her first client. Intrigued by this spunky, determined upstart, Heath—who is dead set on finding the ultimate trophy wife by age 35—agrees to give Annabelle a chance despite his contract with Portia Powers of Power Match. Soon Annabelle is introducing him to the Windy City's most extraordinary women, none of whom seem to meet Heath's discriminating standards. Could it be because chemistry has sparked between the matchmaker and her client? From trading barbs the two progress to exchanging kisses—and more. But when Heath finally meets his should-be dream girl and Annabelle's business threatens to go bellyup, they each must face their deepest feelings and make some difficult decisions in the name of love. Phillips has once again created a delightful page-turner.
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*Starred Review* Annabelle Granger has no idea why rich, gorgeous, and successful sports agent Heath Champion needs a matchmaker, but she is more than happy to take the job. Annabelle, who recently inherited her beloved Nana's matchmaking business, sees Heath as the key to her economic future, so she uses a connection with a friend to set up a meeting. It only takes a few minutes with bold, brash, and work-obsessed Heath for Annabelle to understand exactly why her new client might have had trouble finding the woman of his dreams. With a wicked wit and saucy charm, RITA Award-winning and best-selling Phillips fashions a deliciously fun romance between a testosterone-rich, irresistibly sexy hero and a sweetly endearing, yet feisty-to-the-core heroine who proves to be more than his match. A secondary romance between rival matchmaker Portia Powers and Heath's business associate, Bodie Gray, adds another measure of sexy humor, and readers familiar with the Chicago Stars series will especially enjoy the appearances of characters from those books in Phillips' latest dazzling contemporary romance. John Charles
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  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart and sassy but takes awhile to find its heart! August 12, 2005
By ellejir
"Match Me If You Can" is a delightful book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, full of memorable characters and bright, witty dialogue. It is the latest entry in her "Chicago Stars" football team series of books and features characters from the other books in the series (such as the Somerville sisters and their husbands) as secondary characters.

The heroine of the story, Annabelle Granger, is a charming but rather hapless redhead--a chronic underachiever born into a family of super-achievers. When Annabelle inherits her grandmother's matchmatching business ("Matches by Myrna") she changes the name to "Perfect for You" and sets out to make her new business a success. The key its success, she believes, is to land gorgeous Heath Champion, bachelor extraordinaire and wealthy sports agent, as a client. Heath is looking for a wife and has engaged a rival matchmaking service ("Power Matches" run by the ruthlessly perfect Portia Powers) to introduce him to likely candidates since he is just *too busy* with his work to look for a wife on his own. Annabelle goes after Heath's business with a vengeance, but cannot help taking a few jabs at his over-inflated ego. Heath is looking to the "perfect" woman to complement his "perfect" life. (Annabelle sums up his requirements for a wife: "Athletic, domestic, gorgeous, brilliant, socially connected, and pathologically submissive.") Heath is only willing to meet the "candidates" initially for a 20 minute interview and insists that Annabelle be present for all the first meetings. Of course none of the candidates is ever as perfect for Heath as Annabelle herself, but it takes him absolutely *forever* to figure this out.

Annabelle is a charming heroine--smart, warm-hearted, vulnerable and fun-loving. Heath is much harder to warm up to as a hero.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Match Me If You Can August 1, 2005
Heath Champion wants a wife- not for love, but because one would be useful. Rather than go the standard route of looking on his own, he hires a matchmaker. However, when Portia Powers' agency does not deliver satisfactory results, he hires a second one, owned by Annabelle Granger, the total antithesis of Portia. Where the Portia is professional and controlled, Annabelle simply is not. She does agree to accompany him on his dates, twenty minute affairs in which he assesses and accepts or rejects a potential candidate. However, not even between them can Portia and Annabelle seem to find the right woman for Heath. However, Portia's own lovelife begins to look up, and Annabelle does begin to make headway as far as getting Heath back in the good graces of Phoebe Calebow, owner of the Stars football team, as long time fans know. She also begins to work her way into his closed down heart, but both of them fight falling in love with each other tooth and nail. Annabelle is not cut out to be a society wife, at least not to first glance. Heath does not really believe in love. Yet, perhaps the matchmaker has met her match.

**** Susan E Phillips always scores a touchdown, and this is no exception. With warmth and wit, she tells a fun story. At the same time, she brings back favorite friends. I admit, I was hoping to see Bobby Tom again, but still, seeing Kevin, Phoebe, Molly, and Dan was a treat, making the book worthwhile, even without the main story, which was worth it as well. ****
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not her best October 2, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Compared to all SEP's other work, Match Me was a let down. I love all her football series starting w/ it had to be You - and she has great characters but the story lacked the depth that she usually works into her characters. It was too pat that Bodie was rich and connected. And at the end, Heath has one session with her family and loves them to bits and we are supposed to buy into his idea of the family dynamics. In SEP's other stories like Nobody's Baby...the family felt real. Here- throughout the story SEP has them set up as some kind of irritant who always put her down and belittle her and so when they finally "root" for her, I just didnt buy it and I didn't even like them. So the end - where the hero grovels to the heroine - also didnt work- which is a shame because it worked really well in every other book of hers. Of SEP's work,my favorites have been Heaven Texas and Nobody's Baby.... Can anyone tell me why it doesn't work? Please, please let Dean Robillard's story have all the weight and humor of her older work.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sassy heroine + sexy hero = a great romantic comedy August 22, 2005
Annabelle Granger inherited a matchmaking business from her grandmother and sets out to land Chicago's most eligible bachelor, Heath Champion. Heath has already signed with powerhouse matchmaker, Portia Powers, but meets with Annabelle as a courtesy to his client, Chicago Stars quarterback, Kevin Turner. He gives Annabelle one chance to knock him off his feet - set him up with one date, and if he likes the woman, he'll sign with her. She talks a friend into posing as his date, and he's instantly attracted to Gwen, only to be informed that Gwen just wants to be friends. As she searches for the perfect woman for him, and sits in on all the dates (as well as those set up by Portia at Heath's request), she realizes that she's falling for him, despite his brash personality. But her trump card is the relationship she has with Phoebe Calebow, owner of the Stars, and nemesis of Heath. If he can get into Phoebe's good graces, one of his biggest obstacles can be overcome. When Annabelle and Heath give in to their growing feelings for each other while on a weekend retreat, Annabelle realizes that the rules have changed, and finding his perfect match will cause her heartbreak.

Loaded with SEP's signature crisp and witty dialogue, "Match Me if You Can" is a charming entry into the Stars/Bonner Brothers series. A bonus is the funny secondary romance between Portia and Bodie, who fashions himself as Heath's "bodyguard." He's a former football player and she's a former socialite. When their worlds collide, it makes for a raucous romance. This one is highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Match Me If You Can
In this book Annabelle is a match maker who gets involved with an athletic agent. She tries to find him a wife. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series!
Match Me If You Can is the sixth installment in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars series. I just love this series and am slowly but surely making my way through the books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love
Bought this book on soft cover when it originally came out. Had to buy it for my iPad and kindle too!! Absolutely love it!!
Published 2 months ago by Sara Kilmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure pleasure reading it....
AMAZING, just like the first book of the Chicago Stars series.
The end it's somewhat unexpected, meaning it doesn't have the boring cliches other book have. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lulu
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago Stars series
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a excellent author whose wit and wisdom makes me laugh, sigh, and cry. Who would have thought football players would be interestingly portrayed as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon C Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book.... possibly of all time?!
I love this book. The characters are snarky, witty and sexy - what more could you ask for? The dialogue and story zip along in a brisk, well paced time-line. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ShoppeGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite authors
Susan Elizabeth Phillips has great story lines, a wonderful sense of humor, and sympathetic characters to whom one is drawn within the first 2 paragraphs of her books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary T. Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I have enjoyed all of Susan Elizabeth Phillip's books. Even though they are somewhat predictable, they keep you reading and wanting more. Hope she writes lots more books!!
Published 3 months ago by grace beaudoin
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly plot but still a fun read
I'm not sure why I like her books... but I do. Her story plots are a bit silly, but her characters are always fun.
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