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Een Duivelse date (Chicago Stars #6)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  25,409 ratings  ·  1,000 reviews
Annabelle Granger is sinds kort de trotse eigenaresse van een relatiebemiddelingsbureau. Een van haar eerste grote klanten is Heath Champion, supersexy, berucht vrijgezel, en zo arrogant als hij groot is. Heath, de man met een plan, pakt de zaak grondig aan. Als Annabelle zijn droomvrouw vindt, zal hij haar vorstelijk belonen. Maar Annabelle komt er al snel achter dat Heat ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published 2007 by The House of Books (first published August 1st 2005)
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Jun 17, 2011 Dina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: Tammy
Let me start by saying this: I admit I'm a "sexist" and I read romance novels mostly for the hero. As long as the hero is worth it and the heroine isn't a pain in the a$$, I'm happy.

That said, I have to state that the best thing about Match Me If You Can was Annabelle and not Heath. She was just adorable in her quirkiness, the kind of friend I cherish in RL. She loved Heath, so I wanted her to have him. Not because he was to-die-for, but because he was "the one" for her. Seriously, I spent a lar
What a totally unexpected treat!! I really loved this one. It was my first Susan Elizabeth Phillips book, but I’m already looking for more of her work. The premise was so adorable. Annabelle Granger comes from a family of successful doctors, accountants and the like, but every business she becomes involved with ends up failing. She studied theatre in college, but that didn’t amount to much. Her ex-fiancé is now a cross dresser, and she hasn’t been with a man since their broken engagement 2 years ...more
I've read Match Me If You Can four times now - without a doubt my favorite SEP book in the Chicago Stars series! - so I couldn't help picking up the audio version after reading several rave reviews about it. Anna Fields was very talented and her voice was most definitely a perfect match for the scatterbrained Annabelle Granger. (Sort of reminds me of actress Zooey Deschanel.) It saddens me to hear that Anna Fields passed away. I will be snatching up as many of her audio books as possible before ...more
Now listening to it in audiobook form

September 20, 2011--------
I've read this 3 times now and I can still say its one of the most memorable SEP books EVER. I don't need to rewrite the 2009 review, but I just wanted to point out that this has high re-read value. I really need to get myself a permanent paperback copy.

June 17, 2009 Review----------------------------------
2nd Time through (and a year later), I feel like I was crazy when I first read this. I actually like Annabelle (and her faults -
L.  (I hate fake reviews)
Some readers would consider this a contemporary romance. I call it chick-lit, because I'm doing a chick-lit challenge and I don't feel like digging up another book. Besides, Match Me If You Can conforms to all the chick-lit rules. There's a ne'er-do-well heroine who can't do anything right (work, love, relationships, etc.); the hero is rich and handsome (and nothing more); there are some sidekicks who are supportive and/or quirky; and there's endless, endless, endless descriptions of what these ...more
I often have mixed feelings about SEP books, but this one really made me uncomfortable. Some takeaway messages:

• To start your book off with a bang, make your heroine an insecure screw-up and make sure you mess up her clothes and make her late for an important appointment
• It's ok if your family denigrates and insults you, as long as they love you (you, of course, being a woman)
• Men who work too hard have to fall in love and they'll learn to scale back; women who work too hard have to have thei
Oh my goodness, how much do I love this book? Let me count the ways!!

1 - Who doesn't love a super sexy, high powered, supremely arrogant know it all hero who falls head over heels in love with the heroine?

2 - Annabel is one of my all-time favorite heroines! Sweet, spunky and after years of dealing with her over-achieving family, dealing with Heath is a piece of cake!

3 - It's a story about good old-fashioned matchmaking! Yes, matchmakers seem outdated as a general rule, but they are still in exis
Aug 07, 2012 Kinga rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kinga by: Jill
Jill and I have this new game we play. I recommend her something outside of her comfort zone, and she recommends me her favourite romance books. It works perfectly for me, because I get an excuse to read another romance.

'Match Me If You Can' is a contemporary romance novel and that's a pretty new territory for me.

I am used to Regency stuff where the characters are so proud and prejudiced that they will go through the whole book before they verbalise what they feel. The insane Victorian conventi
Öncelikle bir SEP kitabı için bende yaşanan süreci anlatmak istiyorum:

Bir SEP kitabının yolda olduğunu öğrenince:

Kitap çıkana kadar yayınevini, hatta dağıtımcısını stalklarken:

Kitabı okurken:

Kitabı bitirdikten sonraki yazara karşı olan duygularım:

Kitaba gelirsek: MUHTEŞEMDİ!

Zamanında Chicago Stars serisinin ilk 3 ktiabını arka arkaya okuyup Triple Nirvana'ya vardığımdan beri yazar Top Favorilerimdendir. Bundan dolayı her yeni kitabında özellikle bu seri için kendimi inanılmaz beklentilerde buluy
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Another amazing story brought to us by the lovely Susan Elizabeth Phillips who, as far as my reading status, doesn’t disappoint.

This was such a great book for me because I fell in love with the characters since page one. The main and secondary ones were really well built, their relationships weren’t the best ones and this made the ending even more splendid. Annabelle was a cutie, I just loved her. The way she evolved throughout the book impressed me and I felt happy when things got settled betwe
Teresa Medeiros
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a dangerous woman. I learned that way back in 1989 when I stumbled across her novel FANCY PANTS. In that richly textured, mainstream glitter and glitz women's fiction novel that still managed to be one of the most extraordinary romances I'd ever read, she first did the impossible. She made golf interesting. That's right. Her hero, Dallie Beaudine was the sexiest golfer to ever pull on (or off) a pair pants.

Since then, I've been forced to govern my SEP
2/5/12 I enjoyed this book as much the second time around. This book has so much heart. Great story. Great narrator.

This might end up being one of my favorite SEP book. Phillips out-does herself with great characters and snappy dialog. I only had a few nits to pick. As often happens in an SEP book, the heroine's stubbornness goes on too long toward the end of the book. The only other cons were family members that bully (this is a pet peeve of mine) and flowery prose for the sex scenes. T
This was okay. It wasn't my favorite by SEP but it kept my interest. I skimmed over the secondary romance because I did not like Portia and was not interested in reading about her. It was pretty easy to bypass it because the secondary romance had it's own sections that were not really entwined in the hero and heroine's story, thank goodness. The storyline of trying to find a match for the hero had it's appeal, but the love scenes were sadly lacking in this one. I was also expecting a little more ...more
Match me if you can is a sassy, fun, light hearted romantic comedy about finding love. It wasn't as dazzling as It Had To Be You, but it was definitely entertaining. I enjoyed it!

Match Me If You Can is the sixth installment in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars series. I just love this series and am slowly but surely making my way through the books. Sadly, I am almost to the end. Match Me If You Can is a very interesting take on the classic matchmaker story featuring the matchmaker herself being the perfect match for her client. This story does not arrive to this conclusion easily though and I enjoyed the experiences that lead up to it. As always, there is a romance ...more
Sophie ♥
Chick lit meets contemporary romance... What's not to love?

It's safe to say that my Jill Mansell and Sophie Kinsella days are long behind me but my soft spot for chick lit is still very much present. As cheesy as chick lit is, a good one can never fail to make me laugh, fall in love with the characters and... imagine my own sex scenes. Match Me If You Can has everything I love about chick lit but with so much more satisfaction and a whole lot less cheese.

This book was full of smiles, laughter, c
Sep 08, 2011 Nikki rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: CR readers who enjoy quirky H/h friends to lovers with a sporty theme.
Recommended to Nikki by: Anna & Jill
5 stars.

Perfectly written from start to finish, Heath and Annabelle's gradual relationship from a professional standpoint to friendship and love was hilarious and heartwarming. I loved it. One of the best contemporary romances I've ever read.

I really liked Annabelle as a character - she was so cheeky and I loved her sense of humour. I also really valued her work ethic and the passion that she had to make her matchmaking business such a success.

I think that's something that Annabelle and Heath ha
Another amazing installment in this wonderful series. How can it be that I keep giving 5 stars to the books in this series? I have not been giving so may 5's in a row since... well, I can't even remember since when.

I loved the hero and the heroine so much. Heath was so hot! I loved him so much, specially at the end when he got to understood himself better. It was so sweet how much he craved for love and family, I just wanted to tell him I could volunteer to feel that role most of the book. And A
(4.5 stars) This is another great book by Phillips! It's my second by her, following Heaven, Texas, which was absolutely fantastic (5 stars). Match Me If You Can wasn't as good, but it was still excellent and after reading it from the library, I put it on my "to-buy" list, since I know that it will be a definite reread in the future.

The book had several laugh-out-loud scenes (I loved how Molly's daughter kept stealing Heath's cellphones!!), an interesting secondary romance between Portia Powers
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I'm not a huge SEP fan, though I did enjoy Natural Born Charmer (I know I should read them in order) but Match Me If You Can is amazing, I didn't only enjoy it, I LOVED every line, every banter between Heath and Annabelle, even the side romance between Portia and Bodie.

Everything was hilarious, the cameos from other Chicago Stars series novels were great as well.

I adored Annabelle, though I'm no red-head I found her relatable- being 5"3 and petite tending to actual hips and completely clumsy m
Quirky and awkward Annabelle has inherited her grandmothers matchmaking business. She wants to revamp the business and sets her sights on finding a partner for Heath Champion, one of Chicago's most eligible bachelors.
Despite her own growing attraction, she is determined to find for him his perfect match, and they are both just as determined that it not be her.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was by the numbers but well written with an engaging story and likeable characters.
Cázame si puedes me ha vuelto a recordar por qué SEP es una de mis autoras de romántica adulta predilectas. Si tienes ganas de reírte a carcajadas, de sufrir y enamorarte con los personajes y de meterte de lleno en una historia que atrapa de principio a fin, ¡esta es tu novela!

Jul 27, 2012 Maggie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maggie by: Flannery & Maureen
Cute, but didn't like this one as much as This Heart of Mine or It Had To Be You. No poodles?! No peace!

Book rank:
1. This Heart of Mine
2. It Had to Be You
3. Match Me If You Can

Swoony McSwoon rank:
1. Dan Calebow
2. Kevin Tucker
3. Heath Champion
Connie N.
I just love-love-love this series. As a matter of fact, this book is one of my favorites so far. Something about Susan Elizabeth Phillips just fills a spot in my reading desires. She writes in the typical romance style where the reader knows what's going to happen at the end right from the beginning. But right away she always draws me in to the characters and encourages me to root for them despite all their self-destructive and sometimes even irritating flaws. She builds the sexual tension in a ...more
Laci "Sammy's Bitch"

I stayed up until 4 a.m. reading this, got up at 7 a.m. to go to work but decided to call in to finish this book.

I think that says it all.

Thanks Doc for the recommendation.

Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

I recently re-read this book and listened to parts on audio. What a sweet, funny love story. Annabelle, Heath and the secondary characters, Bodie and Portia, had me laughing my head off.

At the same time as this book is being funny and light, its also exploring the serious ways people sabotage themselves, both in terms of perceptions about others as well as unrealistic expectations. Many of the characters in this book had their heads up their butts and were totally clueless abou
3´5 estrellas. Puede ser que este sea uno de los que menos me ha gustado de la saga, aún así esta a un buen nivel. No sé quizás pensaba que entre los protagonista iban a tener más malentendidos.

Una pena, ya sólo me queda uno para terminar con las historias de los Chicago Star. Tendré que buscar más libros de SEP, porque tengo claro que ella es una de las mejores escribiendo romántica.
This was sensational on audio! I laughed and laughed so much! It's definitely one of the funniest in the series and the incomparable Anna Fields voiceovers were priceless! I won't go over the whole plotline, but some scenes were a riot, like the the book conversation on the golf course between the men - hilarious! Another favorite was the scene at Annabelle's house with both teams settling in for pizza and Chinese and all that ensues, I felt like I was there in the midst of it! I loved Bodie as ...more
As this series went on the stories got better, but the hotness factor dropped! A LOT! But I will take a better book and more likeable characters over hot and steamy sex scenes every other page. LOL

Heath and Annabelle are a great couple with just enough sexual tension running between the two of them to keep you turning the pages.

As with all of the books in the Chicago Stars series, there was a side love story. Or in this case a love/hate story between Bodie and Portia. These two have one of the
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