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This Heart of Mine Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2002

Book 5 of 7 in the Chicago Stars Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (February 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380808080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380808083
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

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Customer Reviews

WARNING - This is a long book but I couldn't put it down and finished it in 2 days.
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I have read all the books in the Chicago Stars series and this is not only the best out of the series but this is SEP's best yet.
Kathleen
SEP creates a charming, comical, and sometimes exasperating love story with great secondary characters.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By mirope on September 15, 2001
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 13, 2012
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This review contains SPOILERS. I've read a few SEP books, and sometimes she has characters who do terrible things to one another, but those things are usually forgivable, given enough time and the right approach to reconciliation. What Molly, the heroine, does in this book is not forgivable, and the way she deals with it is immature and self-involved, making me hate her a little bit more with each decision she makes. This makes any "love" story aspect cheap, throwaway, and tainted. As a whole, the book fails.

In the beginning, I really liked Molly. She's troubled, but she's quirky and seems to be a good person. I even felt a little bad for her that she was so in love with Kevin and he didn't even know her name. Then, it all goes south when she rapes Kevin. Seriously - rapes him in his sleep. Afterwards, faced with his completely justifiable fury, she makes some pathetic, sorry excuses, tries to blame the rape on KEVIN, and spews some throw-away apologies. And that's it. The issue is never dealt with or resolved in a satisfactory way, if it even could be. Further, though I thought that was screwed up, I still had hope because SEP's heroines sometimes do screwed up stuff and then go on to grow. Molly does not.

After this totally unforgivable event, and completely ridiculous apology attempt, Molly finds out the rape has lead to a pregnancy, which she LIES about to the hero. She further lies to him, on multiple occasions, about her motivations the night of the rape (which basically amount to her being a psycho and also unable to control herself.) Finally, she uses her family's influences to get the hero to MARRY her. After she has raped him, and lied to him. And I am supposed to believe that, after all of this, the hero come to LOVE Molly? No.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Bear on September 14, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Maybe its just me, maybe I am missing some pages. If I could give this book zero stars, I would. The heroine, who has been lusting after the hero for years gets her chance to be with him. Does she have an adult, reasonable conversation with him? No. Does she maybe propose a friends with benefits type deal, you know, with the hopes of getting the happily ever after? No. She decides to rape, yes, rape the hero while he is sleeping. And it is rape because the sex was not consensual and the hero himself calls it rape afterward. Anyway, after this sexual assault, she is angry at the hero because he doesnt fall in love with her. In the real world, this woman would be featured on Dateline or America's Most Wanted.

So heroine gets her family to force hero to marry her, they go to a bed and breakfast and oh bugger it. Really, save yourself. This book is terrible. Its horribly offensive to women. Its damaging to young impressionable girls who might read it. There are better and honourable ways of getting your dream guy. Raping him in his sleep and having your uncle punch him in the face so that he marries you is not it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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