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It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars #1)

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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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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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I'll make this short and sweet. So, basically..

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This was absurdly absurd. But you know what?

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One word: BLISS!


Enjoyment:: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Storyline: 5/5
Hero: 4/5
Heroine: 5/5
Secondary characters: 5/5
Hotness/chemistry: 4/5
Romance: 4/5
Angst: 3/5
Darkness level: 2/5
Humor: 4/5
Depth of the book: 5/5
POV: multiple, 3rd person
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Books with a similar theme: Hard to say. Just like KA, this author is in a league of her own.
Mar 05, 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
Feb 18, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

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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
Feb 18, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 23, 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
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

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
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Phoebe Summerville is like a cross between Elle Woods and Peg Bundy - she's rich, she's tacky, everyone writes her off as a dumb bimbo. However, she's quite a bit more clever and complicated than anyone gives her credit for, including her father, who disliked her so much that he decided to screw with her from beyond the grave: instead of being disinherited as per his original plan, he's giving her his football team, the Chicago Stars, for a
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
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 21, 2017 Natalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Necesito tranquilizar a mis hormonas para poder hacer lo más parecido a una reseña con sentido.
Lo malo, ahora voy a coger el libro de Bobby.
¡Te amo Dan!, ¡¿quieres ser mi quaterback personal?! O lo que quieras hacer de mi, sobre mi, encima de mi, a mi lado. No soy una mujer con perjuicios.
Pufff mejor paro y ya pondré algo más comedido (o no).

Habiendo tranquilizado mis hormonas, disfrutando mientras tanto con otra amena lectura (Bobby Tom), creo que ya soy capaz de escribir a
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
Jan 10, 2017 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qué voy a decir yo de este libro. Yo, que soy una reketefan de la SEP...pues digo que, para mi, este libro es y siempre será una auténtica DELICIA, una pieza clave del ingenio de la SEP. Para mi es maravilloso.
Phoebe Somerville, la típica rubia explosiva, la ves y la juzgas a primera vista...Barbie explosiva que se come a los hombres con patatas. Nada es lo que parece y, por cosas de la vida, se encuentra frente a una situación inesperada y que n
"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
Sep 16, 2016 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-re-re-re-read!! LOL. I must read it nearly every fecking year. I LOVE IT. I love Dan. I love Phoebe. I LOVE SEP!!

Thought I was updating on the kindle version but I seem to have been updating on the paperback one. Sorry about that. There will be two ratings on here then. Both 5 stars and I am sure the next time I read it, it will still be FIVE stars.

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
Paige  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.


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
Feb 25, 2008 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
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
*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
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
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
Sandra Winter
Jul 20, 2016 Sandra Winter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, 2016
Una historia maravillosa. Me alegro mucho de por fin haberme animado a leer este libro. Sin duda repetiré con esta autora. Tiene una narración exquisita, unos diálogos perfectos con los que me he partido de risa, he llorado, he sentido muchísimo. Los personajes son absolutamente increíbles. Solo tengo cosas buenas que decir de este libro <3
Grecia Robles
Jan 22, 2017 Grecia Robles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Me ENCANTÓ, no sé porque me demoré tanto en leer este libro o sea, definitivamente tiene el sello de SEP con esas historias tan divertidas que desde la primera página ya estás súper enganchada es atrapante con situaciones tan inusuales que te matan de la risa pero también con momentos tiernos y romanticos que te hacen suspirar y otros que son doloroso y te estrujan el corazón y así es esta historia.

Phoebe me encantó es una gran protagonista están atrevida y con tanto carácter, es intel
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 15, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
A new-to-me author and a book written in 94. That's taking a chance. And I'm so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though there are some elements that are going to divide based on audience experience and expectation, I think.

Phillips gives herself a hard hurdle from the start with Phoebe. She's a victim of rape who has since learned to manipulate sexual situations by turning all situations sexual with her in control. In other words, she maximizes her sexual broadcast to emphasize her desirabil
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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.” 121 likes
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