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This Heart of Mine (Chicago Stars #5)

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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  16,443 ratings  ·  621 reviews
Molly Somerville loves her career as the creator of the Daphne the Bunny children's book series, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. She has a reputation for trouble that started even before she gave away her fifteen-million-dollar inheritance. Then there's her long-term crush on the quarterback for the Chicago Stars football team her sister owns—that awfu ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2000)
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Krista (One Love) (Critical)
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Audrey
I tried to like this book, but I really just didn't.

I was waffling between giving this book a 1 or a 2 because it's not like I absolutely hated it like some of the other 1-star books I've read. However, I didn't like it, so I don't think it really merits that 2-star "it was okay" sort of generosity.

No matter how charming, self-sacrificing, and noble the hero Kevin was, I just couldn't like or enjoy reading about the immature, periodically TSTL, and impulsively reckless heroine Molly. She was sel
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Karla

5 Stars! One of my favorites in the series. Kevin Tucker...I never expected him to turn into such a gem of a man!

The deception on the part of Molly in the beginning in the book had me wondering how I was ever going to past it. I wasn't too keen on her, but I started to understand, forgave her and found myself rooting for her. Kevin Tucker is not just a football hero, he's a woman's hero. What he does and who he becomes...well they don't get much better than him. What made this book a winner was
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Mara
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Hannah
I've read the majority of the Chicago Stars series, not in order, and actually started out with Match Me If You Can on accident when I found it lying around a thrift store when I was in high school. So far, I've read Annabelle and Heath's story more times than I'd like to admit, because they're just adorable and I fell in love with them.

If you've read any SEP, you know what's coming. Same basic story line, a few different personalities thrown in each time. I don't read SEP for an intellectual jo
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Megha
I can now add Kevin to the list of Shea, Lucas & Tate and Molly to Falon, Elli & Audrey.

These two are phenomenal! i love absolutely love the way this story is written! its got its moments but its hilarious! its also so visually stimulating that when SEP describes the camground and the cottages and the attic, one can actually see all of those come alive in the mind's eye. Atleast i could. and that makes reading the novel so very very enriching as an experience. Its like she is taking you
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
Another wonderful story brought to us by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I must say that the whole Chicago Stars series, so far at least, is amazing. This story was simple, but what made it great were the characters. She has great talent when creating fascinating characters, and this is one of the things I love most when reading her books.

In This Heart of Mine I got attached to Kevin even since the beginning. In the previous books from the series I always sided with the girls, especially since the guy
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Maldivianbookreviewer

5++ star contemporary romance

First of all, I just have got to say, what a great read! This book has everything that makes a great romance. Susan Elizabeth’s charm never fails to evoke all the right emotions from the reader.

I haven’t really been reading the Chicago Stars series in order, a fact which I am thinking of remedying by starting from Book 1 of the series, the story of Molly’s sister which I am really interested in reading after seeing quick sneaks into her life with Dan Calebo.

Molly a
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Nisha
Sep 07, 2009 Nisha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nisha by: SEP fans and those who like romantic comedies
I thought I stopped judging books by their cover, but for the longest time, I couldn't pick this book up because of its not-nearly-as-exciting cover. Anyway, that was very childish of me since this happened to be one of the best SEP book I've read. I loved both Molly, for her children's books, and Kevin, cuz he's 'duh man', jk. Anyway, the secondary love story was pretty hot too (all that paint), but since they were older and both passionate artists, i had very little connection to them.

The chil
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Malin
Warning! This review will contain spoilers for the book, because it's impossible for me to convey all my vitriol without going into plot specifics.

Molly Sommerville (who we first met as a frankly horrid teenager in It Had to Be You) is now all grown up and making a living as a children's book author, writing illustrated books about Daphne the Bunny, a rabbit who appears to wear designer clothes and going on adventures based on events in Molly's own life. While Molly inherited a multi-million do
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Amy
This travesty deserves 0 stars

This is basically the "love" story of a rapist (the female protagonist, Molly) and her victim (male protag Kevin).

It's every bit as repulsive as you could possibly imagine.

First, we're introduced to little Orphan Molly. She's had a crush on the QB of the Chicago Stars for years. Too bad he's never, not once, noticed her plain jane self. Then it's established that Molly has impulse control issues and needs to act out every few years or so due to her mother's death/
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Patricia
Susan Elizabeth Phillips follows a similar formula for each installment of this series, but that in no way detracts from their ability to entertain and tug at the heart strings.

"Isn't there a mirror someplace where you can go admire yourself?"
"I've never known a woman so hung up on my good looks."
"ALL your women are hung up on your good looks. They just PRETEND it's your personality."
"I swear, somebody needs to spank you."
"You are, like, so not the man to do it."
"You are, like, such a damned bra
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Holly
I really wish SEP didn't humiliate her heroines quite so much. No matter how many times I re-read this book it never gets easier watching Molly hurt herself.

Molly's actions in the beginning of the book were really hard to take. If the roles were reversed and a man acted as she did, we know what it would be called. Unlike other books where the heroine purposely takes advantage of the hero (generally to steal his sperm so she can have the baby she always wanted), I softened to Molly as the story
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Alexis
Sep 12, 2008 Alexis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Alexis by: Erin
Shelves: romance, my-reviews
Molly Somerville is the younger sister of Phoebe Somerville, who is the owner of the Chicago Stars football team and protagonist of It Had to Be You. Phoebe and her husband, Dan Calebow, raised Molly together after inexplicably finding love in the pages of the aforementioned novel. They show up again here as a much more balanced couple.

Now 27, Molly is having a bit of a quarter-life crisis. She is a semi-successful children's book author/illustrator, and despite the wealth of her family, is liv
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Alison
So far of the three books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips in the Chicago Stars series, this one is my least favorite. It just began so strangely. It's funny because in 'Match Me If You Can' I loved Molly and Kevin together, they seemed so well matched, but damn those are some strange beginnings. Molly pretty much rapes Kevin, sorta... the way they first talk about it, it definitely seems like it's borderline rape anyhow. And on top of that she gets pregnant, then there's a sympathy sham of a wedding ...more
Christine
I couldn't finish this book because I didn't want them to get together. I hated Molly for what she did to Kevin at the beginning of the book, and though I tried (I got over halfway through), I couldn't get past it. Seriously, she raped him. I know some people are shying away from that word, but non-consenual sex = rape. I don't know what possessed her to do it, and I don't buy that it had anything to do with getting her hair dyed and needing a change. Go take a yoga class and leave this guy alon ...more
VsReadYs
I was never a big fan of Molly starting from It Had to Be You ,she was always a whiny little brat.

And this bad personality is taken to new heights in "This Heart of Mine"
The series desperately need a Kevin story ...but this one hits rock bottom so fast that there was not enough time to even throw a lifeline...
I did tried to love it...and learned it will never happen in a million years
then tried to at-least like it...but ultimately lost my patience.
The next best thing was ...Try to be indifferen
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I read this book some years ago and remembered enjoying it but when I had the chance to listen to the audiobook I couldn't resist. Anna Fields was a brilliant narrator and she just brings these books to life.

This addition to the Chicago Stars series had a fair bit of angst but it was also really funny and sweet. Kevin Tucker was a secondary player in Nobody's Baby But Mine / This Heart of Mine (Chicago Stars) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and it comes into his own in this book.

If you get a chance to read the audio version of this series, I would highly recommend i
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Ian
Susan Elizabeth Phillips always delivers the goods.
René
I don't know if I've ever disliked a heroine as much as Molly.

I picked this up based on a trusted recommendation, but boy did this one miss. I'm shocked to see other people who's opinions I respect speak so highly of it.

Molly seemed alright at the very very first, until she encounters our hero & is endlessly rude to him. Then she does something monsterous & unconscionable, and follows it up with a nearly unforgivable lie, all by page 60.

Tragedy strikes, and Kevin (our hero), despite ev
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HÜLYA
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valee
I will never get bored of this amazing series. I seriously don't know what makes me love it so much, but I do, I really do. I know these are books I will read over and over again and never get bored. I'm so in love with all the characters and all the stories that have been told.

I must admit that I thought I would not like this one at the beginning because something very emotional happened. I don't wanna say more for those who have not read it, I'll just say I didn't like it at all and it made me
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Jill Dunlop
This Heart of Mine is part of Susan Elizabeth Phillip's Chicago Stars series. Molly Somerville is the younger half sister to Phoebe Calebow the owner of the Chicago Stars football team. Molly has had a long time crush on the quarterback Kevin Tucker, yet he has no idea she exists. To most people Molly outwardly seems like a woman who is sensible and kind and conservative. But actually Molly has these periods when a little chaos and impulsive behavior leads her into trouble. One such period occur ...more
Ummi
Synopsis: 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 ...more
Thenia
The story of two reckless, restless people who are perfect for each other despite the rough start of their relationship that ranges from dark to silly and everywhere in between.

Molly acts a bit irrationally at times and even crosses a couple of lines she really shouldn't cross. Kevin is a daredevil who keeps everyone at arms length and cannot figure out what exactly is missing from his life. The two make an explosive and at times a bit childish couple that somehow manage to avoid killing each ot
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Kerris
Ok, tak tohle NEdoctu. Protoze proste... NE. Boze. Myslim, ze jsem jeste vzivote necetla knihu, kde bych hlavni hrdinkou tak moc pohrdala a kde bych ji tolik nenavidela. Seriozne, ta ze ma IQ pres 140? To neni mozne. To, co provedla hned ze zacatku... popravde, bylo mi z toho spatne, nechtelo se mi tomu verit a musela jsem si to precist 2x, abych se ujistila, ze vidim spravne. Boze. Ne-e-e-e-e-e-e. Nedoporucuju cist tem, co nemaji vysokou toleranci pro debilitu.
Skoncila jsem nekde u 20% a uz se
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La Mala
El famoso libro de la violación . Siempre me acuerdo de este . En cinco años nunca fui más allá de la parte en que la protagonista viola al muchachito .

Me acordé esta semana de la desagradable escena porque fueron unos días imposibles llenos de discusiones por doquier acerca de si es violación cuando un sujeto se aprovecha de otro cuando está dormido .

Increíble que hoy día haya dudas al respecto Porque , obviamente , SI ES VIOLACIÓN . LA PERSONA INCONSCIENTE NO ESTA EN CONDICIONES DE DAR SU CONS
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Cécile
Encore un très bon moment avec ce tome.
Molly écrit des livres pour enfants, Kevin est la star des Chicago Stars.
Ici encore, nous avons le droit à un couple mal assorti, un endroit eloigné où ils se retrouvent seuls, des échanges piquants, des sentiments qui mettent un peu de temps à s'installer et une histoire paralèlle sur un couple plus âgé.
Et ici encore, ça marche parfaitement. J'ai dévoré ce livre. J'ai aimé Molly et son âme d'enfant, ses neveux et nièces, ses histoires pour enfants. J'ai
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Erin
I liked this one far more than the other SEP novels I've read, and it almost makes up for It Had to Be You, in that we get to see Phoebe and Dan again and their romance is more palatable this time around. (The characters are endearing! You can buy that they love each other!)

The circumstances under which this novels protagonists find themselves together are a little absurd, but the progression of their relationship seems more organic than the relationships in the other SEP novels, plus it was kin
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Sarah
23/8 - 3.5 stars. The story was nice and sweet, if a bit slow moving, but it took me nearly the whole book to warm to Molly. I can't understand or sympathise with her need to make crazy decisions just to test the depth of love those of who love her or because she'd been good for too long. Risking a criminal record or permanent injury because she was feeling a bit restless? That's not something I can understand. At the same time I wasn't a fan of the way Phoebe, and particularly Dan, treated Moll ...more
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The Huffington Post says the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips provide a “gateway drug to the whole [romance] genre,” which she assumes is a good thing. Bookpage magazine calls her “the crown jewel of romantic comedy writers,” which is definitely a good thing. Since she wrote her first novel on a typewriter in her kitchen, her books have been published in over 30 languages
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