This Heart of Mine (Chicago Stars, #5)
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This Heart of Mine (Chicago Stars #5)

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This Heart of Mine - Molly Somerville knows she has a reputation for trouble. She did give away her fifteen-million-dollar inheritance, but, hey, nobody's perfect. Still, if anyone has an almost perfect life, it's Molly. While her Daphne the Bunny children's books could be selling better, she loves her cramped loft, her French poodle, and her career creating the fictional...more
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by Avon (first published 2000)
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Krista (One Love) (Critical)
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I tried to like this book, but I really just didn't.

I was waffling between giving this book a 1 or a 2 because it's not like I absolutely hated it like some of the other 1-star books I've read. However, I didn't like it, so I don't think it really merits that 2-star "it was okay" sort of generosity.

No matter how charming, self-sacrificing, and noble the hero Kevin was, I just couldn't like or enjoy reading about the immature, periodically TSTL, and impulsively reckless heroine Molly. She was sel...more

5 Stars! One of my favorites in the series. Kevin Tucker...I never expected him to turn into such a gem of a man!

The deception on the part of Molly in the beginning in the book had me wondering how I was ever going to past it. I wasn't too keen on her, but I started to understand, forgave her and found myself rooting for her. Kevin Tucker is not just a football hero, he's a woman's hero. What he does and who he becomes...well they don't get much better than him. What made this book a winner was...more
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I can now add Kevin to the list of Shea, Lucas & Tate and Molly to Falon, Elli & Audrey.

These two are phenomenal! i love absolutely love the way this story is written! its got its moments but its hilarious! its also so visually stimulating that when SEP describes the camground and the cottages and the attic, one can actually see all of those come alive in the mind's eye. Atleast i could. and that makes reading the novel so very very enriching as an experience. Its like she is taking you...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Another wonderful story brought to us by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I must say that the whole Chicago Stars series, so far at least, is amazing. This story was simple, but what made it great were the characters. She has great talent when creating fascinating characters, and this is one of the things I love most when reading her books.

In This Heart of Mine I got attached to Kevin even since the beginning. In the previous books from the series I always sided with the girls, especially since the guy...more
I've read the majority of the Chicago Stars series, not in order, and actually started out with Match Me If You Can on accident when I found it lying around a thrift store when I was in high school. So far, I've read Annabelle and Heath's story more times than I'd like to admit, because they're just adorable and I fell in love with them.

If you've read any SEP, you know what's coming. Same basic story line, a few different personalities thrown in each time. I don't read SEP for an intellectual jo...more

5++ star contemporary romance

First of all, I just have got to say, what a great read! This book has everything that makes a great romance. Susan Elizabeth’s charm never fails to evoke all the right emotions from the reader.

I haven’t really been reading the Chicago Stars series in order, a fact which I am thinking of remedying by starting from Book 1 of the series, the story of Molly’s sister which I am really interested in reading after seeing quick sneaks into her life with Dan Calebo.

Molly a...more
Sep 07, 2009 Nisha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nisha by: SEP fans and those who like romantic comedies
I thought I stopped judging books by their cover, but for the longest time, I couldn't pick this book up because of its not-nearly-as-exciting cover. Anyway, that was very childish of me since this happened to be one of the best SEP book I've read. I loved both Molly, for her children's books, and Kevin, cuz he's 'duh man', jk. Anyway, the secondary love story was pretty hot too (all that paint), but since they were older and both passionate artists, i had very little connection to them.

The chil...more
Susan Elizabeth Phillips follows a similar formula for each installment of this series, but that in no way detracts from their ability to entertain and tug at the heart strings.

"Isn't there a mirror someplace where you can go admire yourself?"
"I've never known a woman so hung up on my good looks."
"ALL your women are hung up on your good looks. They just PRETEND it's your personality."
"I swear, somebody needs to spank you."
"You are, like, so not the man to do it."
"You are, like, such a damned bra...more
I really wish SEP didn't humiliate her heroines quite so much. No matter how many times I re-read this book it never gets easier watching Molly hurt herself.

Molly's actions in the beginning of the book were really hard to take. If the roles were reversed and a man acted as she did, we know what it would be called. Unlike other books where the heroine purposely takes advantage of the hero (generally to steal his sperm so she can have the baby she always wanted), I softened to Molly as the story...more
Sep 12, 2008 Alexis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Alexis by: Erin
Shelves: romance, my-reviews
Molly Somerville is the younger sister of Phoebe Somerville, who is the owner of the Chicago Stars football team and protagonist of It Had to Be You. Phoebe and her husband, Dan Calebow, raised Molly together after inexplicably finding love in the pages of the aforementioned novel. They show up again here as a much more balanced couple.

Now 27, Molly is having a bit of a quarter-life crisis. She is a semi-successful children's book author/illustrator, and despite the wealth of her family, is liv...more
So far of the three books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips in the Chicago Stars series, this one is my least favorite. It just began so strangely. It's funny because in 'Match Me If You Can' I loved Molly and Kevin together, they seemed so well matched, but damn those are some strange beginnings. Molly pretty much rapes Kevin, sorta... the way they first talk about it, it definitely seems like it's borderline rape anyhow. And on top of that she gets pregnant, then there's a sympathy sham of a wedding...more
Susan Elizabeth Phillips always delivers the goods.
The story of two reckless, restless people who are perfect for each other despite the rough start of their relationship that ranges from dark to silly and everywhere in between.

Molly acts a bit irrationally at times and even crosses a couple of lines she really shouldn't cross. Kevin is a daredevil who keeps everyone at arms length and cannot figure out what exactly is missing from his life. The two make an explosive and at times a bit childish couple that somehow manage to avoid killing each ot...more
I will never get bored of this amazing series. I seriously don't know what makes me love it so much, but I do, I really do. I know these are books I will read over and over again and never get bored. I'm so in love with all the characters and all the stories that have been told.

I must admit that I thought I would not like this one at the beginning because something very emotional happened. I don't wanna say more for those who have not read it, I'll just say I didn't like it at all and it made me...more
Jill Dunlop
This Heart of Mine is part of Susan Elizabeth Phillip's Chicago Stars series. Molly Somerville is the younger half sister to Phoebe Calebow the owner of the Chicago Stars football team. Molly has had a long time crush on the quarterback Kevin Tucker, yet he has no idea she exists. To most people Molly outwardly seems like a woman who is sensible and kind and conservative. But actually Molly has these periods when a little chaos and impulsive behavior leads her into trouble. One such period occur...more
Synopsis: Ever since she was a teenager, children's book author Molly Somerville has been infatuated with handsome Kevin Tucker, quarterback for her sister's Chicago Stars football team. Unfortunately, Kevin doesn't know she's alive until one fateful weekend when they're marooned together at the family vacation cabin. When Molly gets carried away by her creative imagination and compromises Kevin, the results are disastrous and before the dust settles, Kevin's in trouble with his boss, Molly's in...more
I couldn't finish this book because I didn't want them to get together. I hated Molly for what she did to Kevin at the beginning of the book, and though I tried (I got over halfway through), I couldn't get past it. Seriously, she raped him. I know some people are shying away from that word, but non-consenual sex = rape. I don't know what possessed her to do it, and I don't buy that it had anything to do with getting her hair dyed and needing a change. Go take a yoga class and leave this guy alon...more
La Mala
El famoso libro de la violación . Siempre me acuerdo de este . En cinco años nunca fui más allá de la parte en que la protagonista viola al muchachito .

Me acordé esta semana de la desagradable escena porque fueron unos días imposibles llenos de discusiones por doquier acerca de si es violación cuando un sujeto se aprovecha de otro cuando está dormido .

Increíble que hoy día haya dudas al respecto Porque , obviamente , SI ES VIOLACIÓN . LA PERSONA INCONSCIENTE NO ESTA EN CONDICIONES DE DAR SU CONS...more
Encore un très bon moment avec ce tome.
Molly écrit des livres pour enfants, Kevin est la star des Chicago Stars.
Ici encore, nous avons le droit à un couple mal assorti, un endroit eloigné où ils se retrouvent seuls, des échanges piquants, des sentiments qui mettent un peu de temps à s'installer et une histoire paralèlle sur un couple plus âgé.
Et ici encore, ça marche parfaitement. J'ai dévoré ce livre. J'ai aimé Molly et son âme d'enfant, ses neveux et nièces, ses histoires pour enfants. J'ai...more
I liked this one far more than the other SEP novels I've read, and it almost makes up for It Had to Be You, in that we get to see Phoebe and Dan again and their romance is more palatable this time around. (The characters are endearing! You can buy that they love each other!)

The circumstances under which this novels protagonists find themselves together are a little absurd, but the progression of their relationship seems more organic than the relationships in the other SEP novels, plus it was kin...more
This travesty deserves 0 stars

This is basically the "love" story of a rapist (the female protagonist, Molly) and her victim (male protag Kevin).

It's every bit as repulsive as you could possibly imagine.

First, we're introduced to little Orphan Molly. She's had a crush on the QB of the Chicago Stars for years. Too bad he's never, not once, noticed her plain jane self. Then it's established that Molly has impulse control issues and needs to act out every few years or so due to her mother's death/...more
Anne OK
One of my all-time favorites! I loved Molly and her children's books. Kevin started out somewhat of a jerk but quickly had me swooning. I loved the summer camp setting, Molly and Kevin, and all the secondary characters that made "This Heart of Mine" smile with delight as I read each and every word. This is a book that I've read over and over many times. It just makes me smile and feel good!
Este corazón mío es una novela 100% SEP: con una historia de amor bonita que nace poco a poco, con personajes que no dejan indiferentes y muchas dosis de humor. Perfecto para cualquier momento y época del año, ¡la autora nunca defrauda! Y ahora a por los restantes de la serie...

Jun 07, 2014 Kerris rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: no
Ok, tak tohle NEdoctu. Protoze proste... NE. Boze. Myslim, ze jsem jeste vzivote necetla knihu, kde bych hlavni hrdinkou tak moc pohrdala a kde bych ji tolik nenavidela. Seriozne, ta ze ma ICQ pres 140? To neni mozne. To, co provedla hned ze zacatku... popravde, bylo mi z toho spatne, nechtelo se mi tomu verit a musela jsem si to precist 2x, abych se ujistila, ze vidim spravne. Boze. Ne-e-e-e-e-e-e. Nedoporucuju cist tem, co nemaji vysokou toleranci pro debilitu.
Skoncila jsem nekde u 20% a uz s...more
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Well, I can't quite believe that I nearly threw this book away after reading some of the other reviews. It would have been an absolute crime because I really loved it!

Yes, something a little controversial takes place near the start and our heroine does something very stupid, but as you learn more about Molly you start to understand how she could do something so foolish and self destructive. Personally I understand someone that chooses self sabotage over fighting for what they want.

I really love...more
Ana Banda
Este es uno de mis libros favoritos de la saga & cuando lo vi en la librería de mi ciudad ni lo pensé dos veces,sabía que tenía que estar junto con mis otros libros.

Me encanta que haya esta parte de Daphne, Benny & los demás habitantes del Bosque del Ruiseñor porque vas amando la historia desde que empieza pero estos personajes la hacen divina.
.Molly Somerville es todo lo que no esperas en una millonaria. Esta totalmente loca y por eso la amas con locura. Me encanta su forma de ser, es...more
One wild night- brainy, but slightly off kilter Molly Sommerville does the unthinkable- she sneaks into Chicago Star’s Quaterback Kevin Tucker’s bedroom… and sleeps with him. Prone to random acts of rebellion, this was the ultimate. Unfortunately the consequences of that one act reaches passed that time and place, and she finds herself pregnant. Kevin’s background forces him to propose marriage though he wants nothing to do with the frankly unattractive, manipulative heiress, but marry they do....more
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