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It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  33,726 ratings  ·  1,077 reviews
What if a woman who knows nothing about sports inherits a professional football team? The Windy City definitely isn't ready for Phoebe Somerville, the outrageous York knockout who’s taking over their home town team. And Phoebe is definitely not prepared for the Stars' head coach Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. This is the book that began it all ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published 1994 by Avon
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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
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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
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

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
Jun 10, 2009 Eastofoz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sep 12, 2008 Alexis rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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. (Wow, it's character development ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
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
3.5 stars

This is a decent enough read. I was worried at first and didn't know if I would make it very far. The heroine was totally in bimbo mode with a fluffy white poodle (I don't do bimbos and poodles). However, we are later educated that her sexy attire is just armour against men (oh yeah, that keeps'em away) and that she's really the stuff brain surgeons are made of.

The hero is an ex ballplayer that had moved on to coaching. He was all about the hostile and angry. (I totally do hostile and
**** 4.5 Touchdown STARS ****


“You woman are really something”. He sneered.
“When are you going to figure out God might have made two sexes for a reason. You can’t have it both ways. Either a man’s a man, or he’s not. You can’t take somebody whose nature is to be a warrior and then expect him – at your command- to curl up on the couch, spill his guts, and, in general, start acting like a pussy”.

It had to be you is the first book in the Chicago Stars series. Phoebe Somerville is a brainy blonde b
4.5 stars. I listened to this book. Excellent narration. Top of the trees! Hats off to Anna Fields.

A buddy read with Ingela. My first buddy read experience. I'm so glad Ingela reminded me about this book. It was the only book in the Chicago stars series I had not read. Duh! The sequel, Heaven, Texas, with Bobby Tom and Daisy, is still my favorite in this series, but I also loved Natural Born Charmer with Blue and Dean, and Match Me If You Can with Annabel and Heath. Laughed out loud at the hila
Tammy Walton Grant
This book is a perfect example of the problem I have with contemporary romances.

I used to read books like this in the early 90s - I took a hiatus from historicals (for some reason I thought they were silly) and I read tons of books just like this one. Not a problem in 1994, but a big one in 2011, when references to football coaches being interviewed by OJ Simpson (poor SEP, it looks like this book was originally released barely 2 months after Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered and the
I'll have to admit that I am probably one of the last romance readers to climb aboard Ms. Phillips' bandwagon, but now that I'm here, I don't plan to leave anytime soon. I had read so many raves about the Chicago Stars series that I eagerly began reading this first installment, imagining that I would fall in love on page 1. I didn't. At first, I felt the male lead had potential, but I wasn't fond at all of the female lead, her sister, or even what I knew of the plot at that point. It wasn't long ...more
I enjoyed this one a lot! It's really nice sometimes to read a book that isn't cover to cover over the top drama or sex...not that i don't sometimes like that sort of thing but it seems to be what the majority of books are about these days!

I read book 4, Dream a Little Dream, last year thinking that i was never going to read any of the other books since it stood alone quite nicely, but i'm so glad i decided to go back and read the rest (thanks to my GR friends' reviews!!). There was just the rig
Susan (susayq ~)
Well, I liked this one enough that I haven't gone to bed and have been reading for te last 7 hours straight and finished it LOL this was the right mix of funny, angst, sexual tension and romance. Dan and Phoebe were wonderful characters and are great together. I can't wait to read more in this series :)
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I'm at 82% but I won't read anymore. I said if there was ONE more misunderstanding in this book, I'd stop. So, I'm stopping.

I actually think the book is probably really good, I'm just tired of these type of romance novels.
Phoebe Somerville works hard at projecting the image of the perfect bimbo. With a voluptuous figure that people compare to Marilyn Monroe’s, the sexy simpering idiotic female is a role that Phoebe has perfected over the years since she ran away from her father. Posing for nude art pieces and hanging out with gay men had eventually made her father Bert Somerville, owner of the Chicago Stars football team remove Phoebe from his will. However, it seems Bert once again gets the last laugh from the g ...more
Sep 03, 2011 Nikki rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance lovers; sports fans.
4.5 stars.

So I've obviously been living under a rock for the past 30 years simply because I seemed to be the only person in the romance reading stratosphere to have not sampled any SEP. Needless to say I just spent the past 7 hours making up for lost time.

Despite their individual angsty backgrounds and a few moments of knuckleheaded stubbornness, I adored the H/h in this book. I also loved all the football action even though I had no freaking idea how the American NFL system operated. It was fab
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Teresa Medeiros
I've never met a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book I didn't love. Of her earlier books, FANCY PANTS, HOT SHOT and HONEY MOON are my favorites but of her later, slightly lighter books, this introduction to the football team the Chicago Stars most definitely qualifies as a classic. The minute Phoebe Summerville shows up at her father's funeral with a French poodle and a Hungarian lover, we know that Chicago Stars coach Dan Calebow doesn't stand a chance of resisting the brainy beauty. Susan writes som ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

This was a re-read for me. I think this might have been the first Susan Elizabeth Phillips books I read. Its not my favorite but its still good. I enjoyed her journey to being a team owner and I think the character of Ronald just about stole the show. SEP does a good job with strong heroines who are blind to their own strength. A lot of female characters seem to have low self esteem but they get it together through out the story. This one was no different.
Dan Calebow was an in
Dec 06, 2011 Dija rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a fabulous romance
Recommended to Dija by: Anzu and Aly
I could write an essay on how much I adore SEP, but I think this quote says it all:

"What I enjoy most about writing romance," Phillips says, "is its message of the enduring strength of love. I'm proud to write books that empower women and affirm the joys of family and community. Sometimes I have this blissful dream in which romance writers run the world.

Wouldn't that be wonderful!"

I do so love this woman.
I liked Phoebe. Not the typical character that I would have first found appealing, but as the story progressed, her motives become apparent and she's loads of fun. Dan's a nice guy, with his own set of faults (his temper, for one) that he needs to get right. All the characters were great. The villain was kinda dumb. Unnecessary, if you ask me. Still, a great read.


I'll write a real review soon...I think
I first read this book years ago. I picked it up yesterday after reading a particularly "dark" and "gloomy" type of story and definitely needed something lighter to brighten my mood.

My impressions on my second re-read is that this book is worth all the hype that surrounds it (and more)!

First off, do not be deceived by the cover of this book or it's football theme. This is a multi-layered book with multi-dimensional characters. It deals with serious issues of past pain, shame, and abuse. There is
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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.” 105 likes
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