Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars, #2)
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Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars #2)

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Come heck or high water, Gracie Snow is determined to drag the legendary ex-jock Bobby Tom Denton back home to Heaven, Texas, to begin shooting his first motion picture. Despite his dazzling good looks and killer charm, Bobby Tom has reservations about being a movie star -- and no plans to cooperate with a prim and bossy Ohio wallflower whom he can't get off his mind or ou...more
Hardcover (Large Print), Large Print, 491 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Wheeler Publishing (first published 1995)
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Shawna
4-4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance

I liked SEP’s witty writing, laugh-out-loud humor, and steamy love scenes, but the hero’s crappy treatment of the heroine made me spitting nails mad at times. I just kept thinking, “why does she put up with his sh*t”?!?!

Retired football legend Bobby Tom Denton might be a sexy as sin, insatiably flirtatious, happy-go-lucky, infectiously funny, womanizing, hellraising, aw shucks ma’am cowboy with killer bedroom skills and a sh*t-eating grin, but he’s also an ego...more
Ingela
Written January 26, 2014

5 Huge Stars - stunning romantic and hilarouis fun -
I loved every single page - a true joy to read - simply amazing good!!


Our dear hero Bobby Tom Denton:
“I happen to be immature, undisciplined, and self-centered, pretty much a little boy in a man's body, although I'd appreciate it if you didn't quote me on that.”

...bull's-eye, but what a fun and irresistible Texas guy!

Heaven, Texas is adorable cute, funny and incredibly well written. I think anyone who, like me, loves a c...more
Nisha
1st Read: April 25, 2010
Bobby Tom is egotistical, selfish, privileged, conceited, and insensitive - not exactly what you look for in a hero. But raised with southern values, he's also charming, sweet, charitable and seems like an overall nice guy, but when fashion disaster, average-looks Gracie Snow enters his life, things get a little screwy for both of them.

Needless to say, I loved it. I loved every part of this gut-wrenching, humorous, yet emotional SM relationship between the H/h. They make...more
Writerlibrarian
A very average Phillips, with some recycled plot points from other books (or maybe it's the other way around since I haven't read them in order of publishing dates). The good old southern boy character is getting a bit stale. The strip-tease in front of friends the first time the heroine meets the hero is also somewhat icky by now. I really didn't like the lead male character, Bobby Tom, just the name made me just want to run the other way, the character is a boy-men, a very cliché Peter Pan typ...more
Sophie ♥
Aug 21, 2013 Sophie ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick lit/contemp readers
Rate: 5 solid stars

“I know how you felt about each other, Mom. I saw it every day. Maybe that's why I've never had much interest in getting married myself. Because I've always wanted the same thing.”

Gracie danced past in his peripheral vision, and at that exact moment, the fact that he could have the same thing his parents had had all those years hit him so hard he nearly stumbled.Jesus. As he held his mother in his arms and felt his father's presence, he knew that same intimacy was right here w
...more
Kathleen
NEW epilogue! SEP has posted an epilogue on her website, free. It's set ten years in the future. Sweet!

Book 2 of the Chicago Stars series. Romantic, witty, funny, angsty...it's got it all. 5 stars for characterization, humor, passion...and set in a small town called Heaven, Texas. The only slightly weak point is the setting didn't feel vivid.

One of my FAVORITE books of the CR genre. It's filled with humor and angst and lots of interesting and likable -- or not so likable -- characters. The plot...more
Emmie
I've been rereading SEP's books this past month and falling back in love with her novels, as well as catching up on some new ones which I enjoyed immensely.

However, "Heaven, Texas" is NOT one of those books. The romance starts off distastefully with Bobby Tom Denton living the life of a rich, shallow, sexist NFL player who treats women like disposable 'sex' objects. Fine, usually this serves as a starting point for the 'hero' who will display inner worth and grow along the way. Instead, Bobby To...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I have a message for Bobby Tom:

I hate your guts and I’m glad you got trashed at the end of the book!!!!

God, I despised this guy… I just wanted to hit him in his big fat head almost all the time. And Gracie being such an idiot o.O deathstare for all of you!!

Buuuuuut, overall it was a great book. I really enjoyed it.
Juliana
Heaven, Texas was absolutely wonderful! It's my first book by Phillips and although I got it from the library, I'm definitely putting it on my "To Buy" list, since I know I will want to reread this book several times. So cute and very funny; the interactions between the hero and heroine were priceless and the supporting characters were interesting and added to the story.

When I was preparing to venture into contemporary romance and did "research" (lol) on Rachel Gibson's books, See Jane Score see...more
Ally72
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a new author for me and I loved her writing! This was the first book I have read of hers and it definitely won't be the last.
Lisa Kay
My first exposure to SEP was Heaven, Texas and, therefore, it has a special place in my heart. This is not just another bad-boy football superstar with a diabolic gleam meets 30 year-old wallflower story. These characters had depth. (view spoiler)...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)


Gracie Snow is a completely innocent, stubborn, but curious 30 year old seeking adventure. Luckily her new job working for a Hollywood studio should provide all the excitement she hopes for. Her first assignment is to collect Bobby Tom Denton, a former American football player, and bring him to the film set so they can start filming his first film. Simple? Not really, but Gracie risks life, limb and her heart to get him there.

I love this book, it always comes to mind when I need something swee...more
 ~V~
What a CUTE book!! I SO enjoy "the ugly duckling gets the ladies' man" story lines...they can be so sweet! That entire scene where Bobby Tom finally gives Gracie the football quiz at the insistence of the town's people was LOL priceless!!! I also really loved the side story with Suzy and Way!

It's a bummer that SEP didn't include the epilogue in the book but i'm so glad she posted it on her website, it's always fun to see where a couple ends up in the future! Here's the link to the epilogue...

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thuy
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Büşra Bal
Tamam kitap çok güzel.Dili komik ve akıcı,çeviri de iyi. karakterler sevilesi. Çok severek okudum,ama küçücük bir eleştirim var. Bu yazarın erkek karakterlerinde benim pek hazetmediğim bir şey var. Ben ağır ama komik erkek severim. Bakınız : Matthew Farrel - Cennet. Ama bu kadının kitaplarındaki adamlar direk ipini koparmış,akılları fikirleri yatakta olan tipler. Arada bir ağır abilik görmek istiyorum ama hep lakayt hep zevzek yani. Kendilerine birazcık Matt'i örnek almalarını önererek, mutlaka...more
Splage
So many funny parts in this book. I love how Gracie just gets Bobby Tom's mocking sense of humor and sees through it. The climax and ending are incredible, when Gracie finally sees her self worth and tells Bobby Tom no. She breaks him, cool composure gone and everybody witnesses it- priceless. I could reread this ending a million times and never get bored.
Ronyell
After reading It Had to Be You, I was definitely interested in checking out the rest of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ fantastic “Chicago Stars” series! Lo and behold, I managed to pick up the second book in the “Chicago Stars” series, “Heaven Texas” and I loved it!

Bobby Tom Denton was once a legendary football player for the Chicago Stars until a knee injury cost him his career! Even though Bobby Tom is no longer playing football, he is still well-loved by the people of Texas. However, Bobby Tom’s l...more
Marcie
Ehh. I've read so much better by her. It was okay.

For my personal notes to remember whether I've read it: Ugly duckling is assigned to be assistant to glamorous retired NFL QB as he is making his first Hollywood movie, shot in little town in TX. Everybody wants something from him except her. The far more interesting romance is his mother's (after his father's untimely death, she is wooed by the town's "bad boy" from her era who has made good and bought the town's one large business). Awesome sex...more
Megha
in all honesty I am not sure whether I really liked this book or just liked this book.so I can't decide whether I want to give it 3 or 4 stars.so ill settle for 3.5 :)

the writing is hilarious for sure.ill definitely say that susan elizabeth phillips writes well.she's funny and she can make a book worth reading. the characters are hilarious.the situations including intense dramatic and tension filled sequences also somehow have some element of comedy in them.one can visualize the drama unfolding...more
Kim
This is not my first read in the Chicago Stars series. In the previous book, i could have simply ignored rational thinking and still enjoy the book. Not in this one. In order for me to enjoy this, i would not only need to sacrifice common sense, but also justice, moral highground, and my inclination towards strong-willed, intelligent characters.
I honestly would have added this book to my Made Me Puke shelf if it weren't for the few times that this book made me laugh ( though I wouldn't ever ackn...more
valee
OMG! Now I can definitely say I'm a new fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Damn, how could I have not read any of her books before yesterday, they are so good it makes me think I should reevaluate my tastes in books,lol. Now getting serious I just feel like only saying the best things about this author in this review. What a terrific read.

When I started I was so disappointed because it was very different from book 1 and I just had loved and adored book 1 and I wanted more of it. But then, little b...more
Crista
I really love this book.

If I am having a bad day, have been in a reading slump, need a feel good book, or just want to laugh....I reach for this book. Although this is part of the Chicago Stars series (and you definitely should read them all), this book is also a great "stand alone". Heaven, Texas combines humor, heart, and great characters to create the perfect romance.

Bobby Tom Denton made this one great for me. He is an ex-all pro wide receiver who sustained a career ending knee injury. He is...more
Hildy (The Book Boss)
5 Stars for Bobby Tom!

I loved this character!! He was all sorts of crazy but I ate it up. I can imagine that some readers would be put off by him but I thought he was a refreshing change. I also gave the author credit for not making him too much of an over-the-top character who was annoying. I still loved him through everything, even when I wanted to hurt him and not in a John Mellencamp sort of way. ;)

The story started to slip right at the end and it became a little too much for me but the las...more
LuvGirl
This book was a bumpy ride. It took a while to get into it but after about 30% things started to really pick up, and it held my interest for a while. It had lots of laughs but lots of eye rolling moments too. The heroine is kind of TSTL but if you suspend reality she becomes funny and cute instead of stupid. The ending was a bit of a kill joy. The reason the heroine was upset at the hero and wanted to leave was really dumb. I wish the author would have thought of something better for her to be p...more
Duchess Nicole
This book left me with a big goofy smile on my face. I wanted a lighthearted contemporary romance. Seems like its hard to find something lately that's doesn't have a killer on the loose or a vampire lover waiting in the dark. "Heaven, Texas" was exactly what I wanted. And there were plenty of laughs and silliness. But there were also some really emotional parts, and one knock your socks off sexy scene (dark closet, anyone?) that, while not horribly graphic, was extremely erotic. Bobby Tom is not...more
LibraryLass
Another great addition to this series. After reading It had to be you, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I was initially put-off by the larger-than-life Bobby Tom and his OTT ways, but they very shortly became endearing. I absolutely fell in love with Gracie, I thought SEP made her a truly likeable character. I totally related to her at times, which always makes me enjoy a book more. The only little (and it is little) niggle I had was that a bit much was made of Gracie's "transformati...more
Jane Stewart
Witty and wonderful romantic story.

Many funny scenes. Another winner from Susan Phillips. I also enjoyed a secondary romance happening for Bobby's widowed mother. She was in her 50's and it was a nice change to see romance for someone that age. Sexual content: moderate. Genre: humorous contemporary romance.

OTHER BOOKS:
For a list of my reviews of other Susan Elizabeth Phillips books, see my 5 star review of “Glitter Baby” posted 1/15/09.
Sanaa
I loved the first half of this book, but then it got a little crazy weird from then on. I think the mom story line is good, but should have been a separate book, I think Gracie should have rocked her black dress instead of reverting towards her old look and felt this love revelation on Bobby's part came on too quick and awkward. The potential for a knock-out book was there, but it just didn't follow through for me. 'It had to be you" was soo much better.
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5-4 stars

I probably would have rated this higher if it hadn't been for Bobby Tom's acting like an asshat through the WHOLE book. The man has an ego the size of his beloved state of Texas. He was mean, egotistical, demeaning, and just not nearly good enough for Gracie. No matter how good the grovel scene was, in my opinion, he'll never be good enough for Gracie.
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