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It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars #1)

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Disinherited after posing nude for a famous artist. sex bomb Phoebe Somerville is amazed to find her millionaire father's death leaves her with an heirloom of sorts: his football team, the Chicago Stars.

But the gift comes with a catch - she must take the team to the AFC championship, or ownership will revert to her creepy cousin Reed.

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Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published March 2nd 1995 by Time Warner Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1994)
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Carmancita SanMartín No es necesario, son historias independientes, aunque hay personajes interrelacionados. Yo empecé por la novela 2ª de la serie y voy por la 5ª.
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Mar 06, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Windy City isn't quite ready for Phoebe Somerville—the outrageous, curvaceous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team. And Phoebe is definitely not ready for the Stars' head coach, former gridiron legend Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. Calebow is everything Phoebe abhors. And the sexy new boss is everything Dan despises—a meddling bimbo who doesn't know a pigskin from a pitcher's mound.

Dan is alpha, opinionated, chauvanistic, th
Amy (Foxy)
***4.5 NOW stars***

You’re my only failure. My only failure, Phoebe.


Perfect book for getting in the spirit of the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII (2/2/2014).

Phoebe is a sexy underestimated daughter of a football owner (Chicago Stars). When her father sudden dies she inherits his team. Unfortunately, her father’s “gift” wasn’t given out of kindness. Her father had always seen her as a failure and this opportunity to run the team was a test. She must win the championship or she will lose any inheritance
May 26, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
I don't care that this book was first published 20 years ago. Actually I think that is why I thought it was FANFREAKINGTASTIC! Seriously, ladies you will absolutely love Dan Calebow. I sure did.

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I hope to get back to do a complete review because this book deserves one. RL is just a bit hectic at the moment.

This one is going on my favorites shelf and I will recommend it to everyone too! It was sexy, sweet and funny.

And Pooh....

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Lady Heather


What an amazing read, and although I don't often read sports-romance books (especially football..hey I'm Canadian if anything, I'd read a romance with hockey..Eh?..LOL) this was really good!

This happened a lot while reading this story

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I really, really, really liked Dan. I loved his complexity, strength, loyalty, gentleness, and his own desire for a HEA.
He is not what I'm used to in a 'hero', but he was written beautifully! He just seemed SO real, with many layers.
I was wonderful to read h
Mar 10, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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What can I say? Another 5 star book? Most definitely!!! I’m starting to think Susan Elizabeth Phillips cannot write a bad book… either that or she has most definitely found the key to my heart. These books exemplify the delicate balance of intense emotion, witty dialogue and comic relief. I have nothing but high praise and giddy admiration for this author and her fabulous books.

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Phoebe Sommerville was a thirty-three year old outrageous Manhattan socialite, who was the notorious mistress
Oct 20, 2010 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just have no words to describe how much I loved this book. It was amazing! Maybe I was just in the right mood for this kind of read or maybe it really is a terrific read. I just know that apart from LK's Travises series, I had never, ever enjoyed a contemporary romance as much as I did this one and the Travises. And yes, it was that good for me. Well maybe not that good, lol, but definitely the closest I will ever find.

I loved Phoebe! She was an amazing heroine. Everything about her was so app
Milica's Bookshelf
Ova knjiga je jedna od onih koje i kad ih drugi put pročitate, isto divna kao što je bila prvi put kad ste je čitali. Barem meni. :)

Ako volite savremena ljubavne priče sa malo preokreta, onda je ova knjiga dobar izbor.
Ja obožavam kad knjiga ima duhovite dijaloge. :D

4 Stars! What started out as a book I thought I wasn't going to be too fond of, turned into a story I loved!

I read this entire series out of order. I started with Nobody's Baby But Mine, which was good, then Dream a Little Dream, which was excellent and my favorite in the series. Then it was on to Heaven, Texas, very good and funny, and now back to book one. So unlike me to do this, but hey, what can I say. Anyhoo, in those books you always hear about Phoebe and Dan Calebow, the owners of the St
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my friends Karen, Mo and Sharon for clogging my feed with updates of binge reading books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Because of them I just may have found a new favorite author. I definitely discovered a delightful sports romance to add to my favorites bookshelf.

It Had to Be You is old-school romance at its finest and I’m not talking about the fact that it was written over 20 years ago. In fact, if it weren’t for some dated references (cassette tapes, VCR, a Wa
To be honest, I have always been a huge fan of historical romance since it takes me to a time that is so completely different from the current times. However, after reading this little gem of a romance novel, I started to gain interest in the world of contemporary romance. “It Had To Be You” was the first romance novel I have read from author Susan Elizabeth Phillips and after I had read this book, I am definitely looking forward to reading more of her wonderful books! “It Had To Be You” is full ...more
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Sencillamente maravilloso, uno de mis libros favoritos, lo he disfrutado más que la primera vez. Me hace reír, me hace sufrir y me hace emocionarme una y mil veces. Y muero de amor por Dan, de lo mejor que le ha podido pasar a mis ojitos lectores. No puedo adorarlo lo suficiente. 5 Gandys Superplus y mi corazón para este libro
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Written April 17, 2014

4 1/2 Stars - Jeez, Ms. Phillips has the talent to write wonderful charming romances.

After reading two amazing books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips was it time for the third. It Had to Be You recommended by my friend and fellow citizen Susanne (5 stars). The very best book by this author, according to her.

It Had to Be You is a 20 years old romance from 1994. ~ Already with ratings from more than 27.800 readers on goodreads is this SEP's most popular book here. ~ Further
Jane Stewart
It was so fun to be in this book. I laughed a lot. I was tempted to quit work and just read for the day.

Phoebe’s mother died early and her father didn’t love her. He kept her away in boarding schools and camps. She was raped, but her father didn’t believe her. She creates a false front, looking and acting like a Marilyn Monroe-Mae West-blond-bombshell-bimbo. She’s afraid of sex, but she talks as if she has many lovers. She appears silly and not smart, but underneath she is very smart. Because o
"I disgraced MYSELF? Unless my memory’s faulty, you were the one who got evicted."

"I got ejected, not evicted. That was a football game, not a damn landlords’ convention."
Haha :)

I LOVE football, but I rarely read books about it for some reason. And it’s a weird thing to bother me, but I really don’t like it when there’s fake team names. Chicago Stars? Ugh, so fake. It puts me in the mindset of, Ugh, this makes everything feel so fake. I dunno. I’m weird.

Anyway, this book and I had a very
Jun 10, 2009 Eastofoz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick-lit with a side order of romance fans
Shelves: contemporary
I can’t say I really liked this book because it’s too chick-litty for me and I really dislike chick-lit so maybe for the chick-lit reader this is a good book.

I didn’t like the the hero or the heroine. The hero said too many mean and downright cruel things to the heroine that I don’t think could be taken back let alone forgiven. He also flew off the handle like some psycho for no reason. The heroine had too many issues and her whole switch in persona at the end was just too unbelievable.

There i
It was brilliant. I'm speechless and will not even try to write a review. It was terrible, and definitely not a feel good-cookie but so great. I cried and I laughed and the ending was so sweet, so right. This book was not what I expected but so much better. My heart broke for Phoebe in the beginning of the book and to follow her growth and healing process was amazing. It was so believable, so touching.

Updated 14/4/13

It was just as great the second time around. Even though I remembered almost ev
Isn’t it nice when a book you read could not just make you laugh at some lines, but can make you smile almost all throughout the book (exemption are the pages where either or both major protagonists are in distress of course) and just as you are about to close it? But then, it just hits you that it’s over and then you’re wistfully happy?

It Had To Be You just has to be that book.

Phoebe Somerville, blonde hottie, has just inherited a football team. And she doesn’t even know the its in football. I
Jun 21, 2016 Pepa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mentiría si dijera que no me ha gustado, pero no será un libro que releeré. Tiene toques que no me gustan, quizás con un toque machista. Nada exagerado, pero ese rol hombre-macho / mujer diva/madre... me ha fastidiado un pelín.
Más que todo por el motivo que él cambia de opinión (que no voy a desvelar)

Muy entretenido, no sé si seguiré con la serie, por ahora no me ha entusiasmado lo suficiente, la verdad.
Y, nada negativo puedo decir, bien escrito, con buen ritmo y engancha, interesante el mund
Apr 20, 2016 Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was freaking FABULOUS!!! In addition, it was the perfect cure for my book hangover. I am rushing (no football pun intended!!) on to the next in the series. SEP, I love you!!! oxox
Wow! I almost didn’t read this series but I’m sure glad that I gave it a chance. From beginning to end I could not put this book down. The funeral scene was absolutely hilarious and sucked me right in. Some of the scenes were so HOT that I had to read it over and over again, especially the kinky kiddy scene. I was so engrossed in the story that by the last scene, where Dan was looking back at his life, I had decided the Susan Elizabeth Phillips is another one of my favorite authors (even though ...more
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon

I think the best reason why this book is awesome is that, other than the usual SEP factor, this book gives a giant fuck you to the "dumb blonde" mentality. I hate that phrase and I hate it when people uses that to their books but SEP created a character who is blonde, who is smart and who is kind.


Jennifer Leighton
I don't read a whole lot of contemporary and I'm not a sports fan at ALL, but I absolutely loved this story!!! I'm definitely reading the entire series now. I've already ordered about half of SEP's backlist, lol!

This book was at times funny and sexy, and at other times gut-wrenching and emotional. I adored Phoebe. She is a perfect example of why you shouldn't judge a book (or a person) by its cover. You never know what may be hidden beneath the showy, in-your-face exterior. Phoebe was gutsy and
Marisa Sauco
Jun 09, 2015 Marisa Sauco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡PRECIOSA! ¡Me encantó, me encantó, me encantó! Voy a intentar explicar con palabras lo mucho que me gustó. Esta, es una historia de amor DELICIOSA de dos personas… diferentes, que persiguen un sueño en común, y que lo encuentran donde menos lo esperan.
Dan y Phoebe son los protagonistas principales, y aunque me enamoré de Dan, debo decir que Phoebe es quien acaparó mi atención y me deslumbró. Es una mujer con una gran personalidad y un corazón enorme, que transforma sus debilidades en fortalez
Bark's Book Nonsense
Dec 08, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is the one about the gorgeous and outrageous heroine who inherits a football team from her less than loving deceased dad & butts heads & falls in love with the teams bullheaded jock Head Coach. I hate football (and most sports) so I had doubts about liking this book. Well, the first chapter had me in stitches and the snappy pace continued throughout the book. When I began my first thought was "Oh, no, the heroine is a major bimbo" but I soon learned she was so much more than she app ...more
Sep 05, 2015 Alexis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of fluffy romances who also like sports movies
Recommended to Alexis by: Erin
Shelves: romance, my-reviews
Phoebe Somerville inherits the football team that her father owned, but only temporarily. After being disinherited (basically because her father was a complete ass), he bequeaths her the team in order to make a woman out of her. But there's a big catch, and it takes Phoebe a while to rise to the occasion. Eventually, she starts to get involved with the team, and it becomes less about proving to her dead dad that she can do it and more about proving it to herself. But let's not forget about Dan C ...more
*I am not a fan of the cleavage cover mine had a city view.
This was my first read of this authors work and I listened on audio. The narration was fantastic the reader keep me glued to my ear phones. The story was bittersweet, heartbreaking, sweet, wonderful and very romantic.
I thought the chase was well timed out, there was enough time and strife for me to become invested with these characters. Ms. Phillips did a fabulous job of developing the side characters even, they all became important and
Aisling Zena
Jan 24, 2016 Aisling Zena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read 24/01/2016
This was a pretty nice romance :D

I wanted something easy and fast to read, and I found this series, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Well, it really was a cute book! And the writing style was something pretty new to me (not really new, but different). I don't know if I liked it, but it's something else, and I appreciate it.
The characters are really nice and I like their chemistry. The story is predictable, but it didn't bother me. And it wasn't a long, boring read! That happens way too often
Kyoko SWords
Reseña completa:
Un 3,5 porque aunque tiene muchos tópicos típicos, la disfruté más de lo que pensé.
Lo que me gustó de esta novela es que a pesar que es pura romántica (con algo de erótica) y que está completamente fuera de mi rango de géneros preferidos, la comedia dentro de la obra se podía percibir desde el primer momento en que empezó. Es bueno que lo aclaren porque sabes que la intención de la autora NO es cambiar vidas, si no ENTRETENER (error en el
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“I guess we're oil and water. (Phoebe)

I'd say we're more like gasoline and a blowtorch. (Dan)”
“The door closed behind her (Phoebe), and the two men regarded each other for a moment. Viktor spoke first. "I must have your promise, Coach, that you won't hurt her." Dan: "I won't." Viktor: "You spoke a little too quickly for my taste. I don't quite believe you." Dan: "I'm a man of my word, and I promise I won't hurt her." He flexed his hands. "When I murder her, I'll do it real quick so she won't feel a thing." Viktor sighed. "That's exactly what I was afraid of.” 116 likes
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