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Natural Born Charmer (Chicago Stars) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2008
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Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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Yet, for all her knowing, like many romance heroines, she fails to see that her being a challenge is the best way to attract him. Dean knows women and he is pretty sure that Blue is attracted to him, after all he's rich, famous and gorgeous. That's enough to make any girl's heart rate rise. On the other hand, he's a little disconcerted that she doesn't fall easily into his hands. As a super competitive person, Dean becomes challenged. Soon everything between Dean and Blue becomes a contest. Who can give the most witty retort. Who can confuse the other the most. Who can be the most frustrating.
The story would have been good just watching Blue and Dean spar, but this more than a love story, its a story about families and their capacity to love, betray, hurt and forgive. It's about second chances and who deserves them. What you have to do in order to deserve them? Does a mother who spent her time high and floating from one man to another in search of a better hit deserve forgiveness and a chance at a relationship with her son. Does a father who wanted nothing to do with his son except when the son becomes famous deserve the same? The problem that this book has is that because of the mostly lighthearted overtones, the chance to explore the deeper themes of love and betrayal is missed. Those parts are glossed over.Read more ›
I'm a ginormous SEP fangirl. I've loved all her books but one. I think she's got an amazing gift with creating flawed characters that just appeal to me on so many levels.
So I'm not surprised to say I thought NCB was a fabulous book. I absolutely loved Blue. I thought as a heroine she was wonderfully messed up but filled with heart and fight and strength. I wasn't baffled by her behavior at all, I really connected with her.
I loved the secondary characters - April, Jack, Riley and Nita. As usual, SEP takes characters you would find unredeemable in the hands of other authors and makes you root for them.
And I liked Dean a lot. In fact, I loved him for 98% of the book. However, here's the quibble that took it from 5 stars to 4 1/2 for me - he was a total d*ck at the end of the book. I won't say what he did and give spoilers but I didn't think he suffered enough for it and I don't think he redeemed himself enough.
Otherwise, I was cheering for them to end up together, I loved their chemistry. This was a very sexy book and it had loads of great tension and eroticicism in it.
Lots of funny moments and bright, vivid characters, including the town and Dean's house. This is one I'll definitely read again.
While it had some great lines and some great scenes, it's not worth the money.
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I love the Chicago Stars series but Ms. Phillips has outdone herself with Natural Born Charmer. This is the third time I have read it and it never gets old. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Johana Prigmore
I am afraid I have become a Natural Born SEP fan (Sep=Susan Elizabeth Phillips of course) and therefore have succumbed to reading the entire Chicago Stars Series, including Natural... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kristin Anderson
Too much of the same old, same old plot. Change the names and the story line would be a carbon copy of previous books in the series.Published 13 days ago by Cyndy1
One of her best! I already have this book in hardcopy but wanted it on my Kindle as well. Read it again and still love it.Published 2 months ago by Mimibelle
Sorry, Ms. Phillips. I'd never heard of you and had not read any of your work. I came upon 'Natural Born Charmer' by accident and am I glad I did. What a wonderful story! Read morePublished 3 months ago by alex wilson
I just finished The Chicago Stars Series and I couldn't wait until I started the next. I've recommended to my friends that like reading serial books as I do.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
I've read all the books in the Chicago Stars series and I believe this is my favorite with Match Me If You Can as a close second. Read morePublished 4 months ago by KRGBookGirl