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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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SPOILERS, but necessary ones to understand how offensive this book is.

Molly is the step-sister of Phoebe from It Had to Be You. Not blessed with her sister’s looks, she is that average-looking and brainy-but-scattered woman so popular in romance. She writes children’s stories about a bunny named Daphne and the reader is treated to snippets as a chapter framing device.

Every once in a while, Molly has an “incident”. First, she does something bizarre to her hair and then she acts out in an extraordinary fashion. When This Heart of Mine opens, she has just lopped off most of her locks and dyed the remainder bright red, so her family knows an escapade is imminent. She has a crush on the Chicago Stars quarterback, Kevin, who has just gotten into trouble for participating in extreme sports off the field and, unbeknownst to Molly, been sent to her sister’s lake house to meditate of his sins. Molly has decided she needs to get away and she ends up in the same place. I’d say hijinks ensue, but what follows is a felony.

One evening, after her new platonic friend has gone to sleep, Molly finds herself wandering into his private bathroom and then his bedroom. She climbs into bed with him, stimulates him, and when Kevin awakes from what he thought was a dream, he finds himself having sex with Molly. He is not happy. He asks what she would have called it had he done the same to her. The answer, of course, is rape. He’s right. That’s rape. The heroine is a rapist. Was I supposed to like this woman? Why? Because she gave her fortune to charity? Because she lives in her sister’s shadow? Because she "just couldn’t control herself"? Isn't that what male rapists like to say to excuse their behavior? This is an outrageously insensitive and offensive storyline.
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I usually like SEP books. I'm used to the plots--Quirky Girl Gets Stud Muffin. It works for her. She's made money at it. But someone should have stopped her on this one. This was not Quirky Girl Gets Stud Muffin, but Insane Girl Gets Dumb Guy. First, she gives away her entire fortune of $15 million because she doesn't think she deserves it. There's a lawyer who lets her do this? No one explains to her that if her parents had divorced she would have inherited this from her mother? No one sees this as crazy? Secondly, she's portrayed as "sensitive" and "vulnerable" but she rapes Dumb Guy. And Dumb Guy does not see this as something to let her family know about. He thinks he should "protect" this felon. From what? Her family who would get her help? And when she writes children's books and sees something she can write about, SEP does not have her say, "I can use this", but has her go right to dialog in the character of a rabbit. She's her character Daphne the Bunny. She thinks as her character. Dumb Guy sees this and calls her Daphne, rather than her own name. Okay, maybe he's not so dumb. But he's dumb enough to go along with it. You can see that if this was real life and that if they were married for a couple of years, and she got miffed at him for something, that her lower lip would go out and she would lisp,"Daphne is mad at Benny," and his eyes would widen as he realized she was crazy, and THEN he would rethink the asylum. But this is a book, and SEP did not think this one through. And her writing buddies didn't, either. And her editor certainly didn't. I cringed reading it. I wonder what Daphne the Bunny would think about THAT.
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