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This Heart of Mine Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2002
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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 the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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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.--This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Spoilers ahead for this and Nobody's Baby But Mine.
In NBBM, Jane does an absolutely appalling thing by sabotaging a condom in attempts to get pregnant by the unsuspecting Cal. That makes me grossly uncomfortable every time I read it. What saves it and the heroine for me is a few things, 1) Every time they have sex Cal is consenting to having it, and the sabotaged condom attempt doesn't result in pregnancy. 2) When Jane does become pregnant, it's because they didn't use a condom at all-- which Cal, though terribly distracted and that's why he forgets, is a willing participant. 3) The most important of all, Jane feels guilty for what she does, apologizes to Cal, and relents to any and all of his demands regarding his child, because she acknowledges that what she was trying to accomplish was selfish and desperation isn't an excuse for her actions.
None of these things apply to this book. Molly rapes Kevin, (he is literally unconscious when they start having sex), and becomes pregnant due to the condom breaking (which she stole from Kevin's shower kit.) Kevin calls it what it is, rape, (acknowledging that SEP is well aware that is the scene she just wrote), yet Molly has the audacity to take zero responsibility for her actions (going so far to victim blame), and later lies to his face about being pregnant. How is anyone supposed to want them together after that? This moment that brings them together sours the entire book.
What infuriates me is that having sex with Kevin could have been her "pull the fire alarm" moment, and she could have still used the condom that broke, without RAPING the man. I get that Molly is wanting to do something crazy-- but she could have: flat out asked him for a one night stand, stripped right in front of him, gone to the bar WITH Kevin and tried to have sex with someone else because "damn it, she's tired of being the good girl and wants to get laid" and Kevin offers himself instead to"save her from herself." Any number of other reasons that get them into bed together, and she STILL could have seen the condom in his kit and taken that one-- Kevin not asking where the condom came from and Molly not aware that the condom is way past expired. Everything pans out the same, but hey, Molly isn't a rapist and Kevin isn't marrying his attacker.
Male rape is real, and it's not okay. It's not romantic. And it's not acceptable, because "hey, guys like sex."
I give it two stars, because Kevin is a great character and the side story is interesting.
I'm sorry that others find this to be so offensive when I just found it to be fun. I continued to read all of SEPs other novels, and they are all delightful, IMHO.