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The Heartbreaker Hardcover – August 27, 2003

Book 3 of 3 in the Chandler Brothers Series

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Edition edition (August 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446511528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0641692604
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Of all the bars in Washington, D.C., Sloane Carlisle happens to walk into the hole-in-the-wall where Chase Chandler is nursing a Miller draft. Avowed singleton Chase needs a cold one after overdosing on the marital bliss of his younger brother, Roman, and Roman's pregnant wife, Charlotte. (Roman and the third Chandler brother, Rick, starred in Phillips's paperback bestsellers The Bachelor and The Playboy.) Sloane has come in search of scotch straight up to recover from shocking news: she's not the biological daughter of Sen. Michael Carlisle, whose dead first wife, Sloane's mother, grew up in Yorkshire Falls, N.Y., where Chase is publisher of the local paper. Furthermore, Sloane has learned, two Carlisle staffers may be plotting to kill her real father. Chase knows none of this-only that here is "a vision in a dress so pink, so short, so bare, it ought to be illegal." And Sloane has no idea that Chase has come to Washington hoping for a scoop on Senator Carlisle. Nevertheless, one smoldering glance is enough to seal the couple's fate. The ensuing sex scene is vintage Phillips: uninhibited lubricity made responsible (condoms) and romantic (champagne). While the characters busily tell themselves and each other that it's just for tonight, readers have the bonus thrill of certainty that tonight is the beginning of forever. Whether between soft covers or hard, Phillips loves to get her hero and heroine in bed-or up against a pool table, surrounded by salivating louts, in the book's kinkiest passage. But family values so dominate the interstitial scenes, it's a safe bet that Senator Carlisle is a Republican. And that Phillips's fans will make the leap to hardcover in droves.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

In the latest installment in Phillips' successful Chandler brothers series, Chase prides himself on being the rock in his family. When his father died, he was there for his mother, he became a father figure to his younger brothers, and he took over his father's newspaper in Yorkshire Falls, New York. Now that his younger brothers are happily married, Chase's mother wants him to settle down, but Chase cannot imagine giving up bachelorhood. Meanwhile, Sloane Carlisle has just uncovered a family secret that changes everything she knows to be true. Seeking solace in a bar, she meets Chase and shares a passionate, unforgettable night with him before sneaking out at dawn. But fate soon brings Sloane to Yorkshire Falls and back into Chase's arms. As they let down their guards, they fall deeply in love. But when the dangerous secrets of Sloane's past emerge, Chase recognizes that Sloane deserves more than just a boyfriend as, once again, Phillips keeps her fans speculating until the very end. Megan Kalan
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Customer Reviews

It is a good, fun read, but very predictable.
TJ's Mommy
Then there is the writing... Having an idea of where the story is going is expected, but knowing what each reaction to a situation is another.
Yellow Rosey
Enjoy reading a series about 3 brothers over 3 books.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Arthur on August 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Heartbreaker by Carly Phillips was absolutely fabulous, and my heart was broken when I realized I finished my last book about the gorgeous Chandler brothers. :( We learned in The Bachelor that Raina Chandler was determined to see her three sons happily married, and she was willing to do whatever it takes to make them take the leap and start providing her with grandchildren. She decided the best way to accomplish her goals was to pretend to have a serious heart problem. Whether it was her planning or fate that brought the couples together, we�ll never know���.

When Raina�s husband died, Chase Chandler became the �man of the house�, so he gave up all of his dreams to make sure his younger brothers could follow their hearts. Now that his mother and brothers are happy, he decides that it is finally his turn. Shortly after making this decision, he meets Sloan and is smitten by her. Since Sloane was on a mission to find out the truth about her father, the last thing she wanted was to fall in love. The path to happiness isn�t always where we think it should be. Chase certainly didn�t want to give up his freedom and Sloane didn't want a man running away from the thoughts of a family......... but did I mention the smitten part?

This is my favorite book in the Chandler series. It wasn�t as funny as the first two books, but it was a lot more suspenseful. Carly Phillips was able to blend humor, suspense, romance and enough steam to fog up the windows.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was so looking forward to Chase's story after brothers Roman (The Bachelor) and Rick (The Playboy) were happily married off.. The basic premise of the trilogy is that mother Raina fakes a heart condition to force her 3 handsome sons to marry and beget children.
Heartbreaker starts out with black-haired, blue-eyed Chase bedding a gorgeous redhead he met in a bar. This is out of character for both the steadfast, small-town reporter and for Sloan Carlisle, daughter of a political Senator. She was confused and depressed that night, after learning a tragic secret and so turned to Chase for a one-night stand. So, I thought, this is going to be one of those fall into lust first, fall into love later stories. OK. Then by coincidence, don't hero and heroine meet up together in his small hometown, as he's been appointed her "Protector" by Sloane's mother. I knew this was coming but it seemed contrived which is why I just couldn't cozy up to Chase and Sloane as characters or as a couple.
Chase had a lot of good, Romance Hero qualities: he was handsome, loyal, ethical and shy. But Sloane was very two-dimensional. She jumped into bed with the hero one hour after meeting him - I find that more of a turn-off than a turn-on. There's a Biker Bar scene that didn't come off as sexy either, just weird. Sloane's emotions flit from spacey to "come-hither" to sobbing within a matter of minutes. She did not have a consistent personality, nor did the author let it develop. She ran hot/cold and saw things as black and white and that's probably why I didn't care for her.
I usually love to "visit" with characters from previous books but here I found the Rick/Kendall, Roman/Charlotte, Raina/Eric stories just got in the way of an already slow-moving romance between the main protagonists.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By FictionAddiction.NET on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Brought up as a senator's daughter, Sloane Carlisle was living a fairytale life. Close to her mothers, father and twin sisters, her busy life in Washington D.C. left her little time to contemplate what she might be missing.
Until one day she overhears a horrible secret: the man she thought was her father, Michael Carlisle, really isn't. And to make things worse, Michael's right-hand man wants Sloane's real father out of the picture.
Desperate to warn her biological father of the threat, Sloane finds herself in out-of-the way Yorkshire Falls. Immediately welcomed into the small-town atmosphere, she is jolted when she runs into a man she had a one-night stand with, Chase Chandler.
Seeing Chase brings back all of her feelings in a rush, especially when he offers to help her. But will he live up to his nickname of 'the heartbreaker' or will he make all her dreams come true? And will she be able to find her father in time to save him?
The Heartbreaker is a comical, light-hearted romance about a couple that clearly should be together even though they fight it. With a hint of mystery thrown in to make the courtship even more difficult, it makes the reader root for the couple even more. From an on-again, off-again affair, to a meddling mother, to a choice between career and family, The Heartbreaker keeps the pages turning until the happily-ever-after ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Instead of being a typical teenager, Chase Chandler spent his latter teens helping his mom raise his two younger brothers. Now that they have both settled down, Chase is finally ready to spread his wings and leave Yorkshire Falls, New York behind, if only for a little while. In Washington, D.C., Chase visits his brother, Roman, and hopes to gain rights to an exclusive one on one interview with Madeline Carlisle, wife of Senator Michael Carlisle, to bolster his career. But before business must come pleasure, and Chase finds that pleasure in the arms of a gorgeous redhead who is gone by daybreak.
After meeting Madeline Carlisle, Chase finds himself with a curious offer. He can have his exclusive interview, if he returns to Yorkshire Falls to watch after the senator's oldest daughter, Sloane Carlisle. Sloane overheard a private conversation and may now be in serious hot water. It isn't until he sees her picture that Chase realizes his one-night stand is the woman he is about to go protect. There is one distraction that stands between them; a one-night stand just isn't enough. Chase discovers just how hard keeping your mind on the job can be.
Not only is THE HEARTBREAKER the final Chandler brothers' path to romance, but it also marks Carly Phillips debut hardcover. Each brother and his wife (Roman & Charlotte from THE BACHELOR and Rick & Kendall from THE PLAYBOY) make a significant return appearance in this book. Readers who have anxiously awaited the birth of Roman and Charlotte's baby will finally find that closure within THE HEARTBREAKER.
While the story had passion and plenty of romantic tension, at times I felt the resolution to Sloane's predicament took precedence. It took me longer to warm up to Chase and Sloane's romance than it has in the previous stories.
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After a successful fifteen year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at

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