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It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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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 of hot, sizzling romance, pure football fun and drama that will set any romance fans’ heads spinning!

When Bert Somerville, the owner of the prized football team, the Chicago Stars, dies he left in his will that his estranged daughter, Phoebe Somerville, will inherit the football team after his death. Unfortunately, since Phoebe and her father never got along, there is a condition that Phoebe must follow in order to be successful in inheriting the football team. If the Chicago Stars are able to make it to the AFC Championships, then Phoebe will be able to inherit the football team and earn one thousand dollars, but if the team fails to win, then Phoebe’s cruel cousin, Reed Chandler, will inherit the football team. Things get more complicated when Phoebe meets the head football coach, Dan Calebow and at first sight, the two of them never got along. However, Phoebe and Dan will soon discover how true love can work in mysterious ways…especially on the football field!

Alright, so now that you saw the cover of this book (a blown up photo of a woman’s chest) you are probably thinking that this book would turn out to be too kinky for anyone’s taste in romance novels. NO, that is not so! Susan Elizabeth Phillips has not only written a romance novel full of hot and sizzling love scenes, but she wrote a romance novel that is full of drama and love! Susan Elizabeth Phillips made the characters come to life in this novel, especially Phoebe Somerville and Dan Calebow! Let me just say that I just love Phoebe Somerville to death! Not only is Phoebe truly attractive to the boys, but she is extremely independent and I loved the way that she handles the football team with so much confidence, despite the fact that she does not know anything about football. I also loved the fact that Phoebe is always so determined to do everything right, no matter how hard the task is and I loved her relationship with her younger half-sister Molly and her attempts to make Molly see her as a good person, which truly makes Phoebe into such a caring heroine. It was also heartbreaking in hearing about Phoebe’s childhood and how she was raped at such a young age. I truly felt for her character when she experienced that horrible event and it was understandable why she would not let Dan near her in the first place. Now onto the good part and that’s the all handsome and all muscle hero, Dan Calebow! Dan Calebow is clearly one of my favorite romance heroes of all time because even though he has a terrible temper, he can be so caring and funny towards Phoebe and his dedication to football is truly inspiring in his nature. Also, his dream of marrying a woman who loves children and wants to start a family with him, is just so sweet and dreamy! I just love men who are so caring about having a family of their own to take care of! And do not forget the love scenes between Phoebe and Dan! They are truly smoking and romance fans everywhere will definitely be fanning themselves once they read through these love scenes between Dan and Phoebe!

For those of you who do not like strong language and strong sex scenes, this novel has a lot of strong language and the sex scenes might be too explicit, so it would be best to skip over these scenes if it becomes too problematic.

Overall, “It Had To Be You” is easily one of the best contemporary romances ever written and anyone who is interested in reading romance novels that deal with the love of sports has got to check this novel out!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog
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Reading Progress

11/04/2011 page 160
43.0% "If I had red into over 100 pages of a book in less than 3 days, then this book is something else! Really feel sorry for Phoebe's traumatic childhood."
11/07/2011 page 220
59.0% "Wow!!! Things are heating up between Phoebe and Dan and who is this mysterious guy who keeps following Dan?"
11/09/2011 page 376
100.0% "Finished!! Review soon to come!!"

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message 10: by Jane (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jane Stewart What a wonderful review! I’m so excited that this is your first contemporary romance via SEP and that you liked it enough to do more. At the end of my review of Glitter Baby I list all of SEP’s books in order with “CS” for books in the Chicago Stars football series. I think you might like more of them. Anyway, what a fun review. I hope more people who haven’t tried SEP will find her, and your review definitely helps.

Ronyell Thanks Jane!! I really appreciate this! I'll check out your review on Glitter Baby right away!!!

Jane Stewart Cool! :)

Jill Love this series. Wonderful review, Ronyell!

Katria One of the books I love in this series. Ronyell, great review.

Ronyell Jill wrote: "Love this series. Wonderful review, Ronyell!"

Thanks Jill! I really need to read the rest of the books from this series!

Ronyell Katria wrote: "One of the books I love in this series. Ronyell, great review."

Thanks Katria!!!

Jill Ronyell wrote: "Jill wrote: "Love this series. Wonderful review, Ronyell!"

Thanks Jill! I really need to read the rest of the books from this series!"

You must, Ronyell. This is my fav of the series.
Match Me If You Can Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars, #6) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Ronyell Jill wrote: "Ronyell wrote: "Jill wrote: "Love this series. Wonderful review, Ronyell!"

Thanks Jill! I really need to read the rest of the books from this series!"

You must, Ronyell. This is my fav of the ser..."

OOh!!! I've heard good things about Match Me if You Can! Better get started on this series! :D

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