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When Stars Collide

(Chicago Stars #9)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  10,389 ratings  ·  1,244 reviews
Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, the backup quarterback for the Chicago Stars, is a team player, talented sideline coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with a low tolerance for Divas.

Olivia Shore, international opera superstar, is a driven diva with a passion for perfection, a craving for justice, too many secrets—and a monumental grudge against the egotistical,
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 29th 2021 by William Morrow
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This is not this author’s best, but it’s not her worst either. If you haven’t read this author before, don’t start with this book. If you have read this author before, you might be surprised to learn that the female main character is NOT poor (which is the case for most of her books I have read). Having a book that heavily references opera, something I know nothing about, was also a nice change of pace. I mostly liked this book up until a couple of big reveals(view spoiler) ...more
Carol [Goodreads Addict]

When Stars Collide is book nine in the Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, or Thad, is thirty six years old and is a quarterback for the Chicago Stars. He is brilliant both on and off the field and respected by his players. But one small issue keeps him from being the starter, from being the best. And being number two has never worked well for Thad. He is also known for his sense of fashion and for his beautiful face. He has been contracted to spend a m
Madison Warner Fairbanks
When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Philips
Book 9 of the Chicago Stars series. Can be read as a stand-alone. Contemporary romance.

Beautiful story. Wonderfully written. Actually lyrical in places.
It took me a bit to warm up to the heroine. It was probably more than 20% when I learned enough about her to appreciate her standoffish behavior and attitude that she projected to the hero and the world. By that point, I was routing for them both.
Interesting twists and complexity.
I fully agree with hi
Nice addition to the series

3.5 stars

I think I must have read my first Susan Elizabeth Phillips book 20 years ago. IT HAD TO BE YOU, was one of my very first sports romances. And ever since her light hearted and funny rom-coms have been part of my tbr.

Her latest book, WHEN STARS COLLIDE is a bit more mystery and romantic supsense than rom-com. But the writing, humor and characters all have SEP’s signature style. The book is a great summer/beach novel. Fun, engaging and entertaining. I especially
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Aug 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was my first time reading a book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and I found this contemporary with a sports romance twist a fun jaunt!

When Stars Collide is part of a long running series, the Chicago Stars, but I think it was fine as a standalone because I didn’t feel like I was missing any backstory.

Thad is a backup quarterback and model. Olivia is a world-renowned opera singer and a bit of a diva. They end up working together on a traveling tour to promote a watch brand. Lots of drama ensues a
Katie B
Jun 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

When I saw the words; sports, romance, and Chicago in the publisher synopsis, I knew I should pick this book up. Adding an opera singer to the mix along with a mystery incorporated into the story really made it a fun read. When Stars Collide is the 9th book in the Chicago Stars series but can easily be read as a standalone novel.

Pro football quarterback, Thad Owens, and opera superstar, Olivia Shore, are under contract to promote a luxury watch brand. One month of flying from city to ci
Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing

"You have Wednesday and Thursday off between performances next week. Does Thursday work for you?"
She lost herself admiring the dark arch of his eyebrows.

I have been waiting for this book to be released with bated breath. I have read almost every book SEP has written, and dearly loved each and every one of them. And I will admit that I was just a little nervous about the release of this long awaited book. So much greatness in those books, how will it ever compare? I don'
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jun 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

AUTHOR: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
SERIES: Chicago Stars #9
RELEASE DATE: June 29, 2021
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Enemies to Lovers; Stalking, Suicide (off-page), Forced Proximity

OCD people, cover your eyes:

*takes a deep breath*



I have no idea how the others in this series compare but this one was a winner for several reasons. Did I have issues with it? Sure. Whe
Jul 02, 2021 rated it liked it
I follow SEP on FB and she posted a comment a few days ago, prefacing it with the following statement ... "I'm getting mild kickback from some readers who received an advanced copy of WHEN STARS COLLIDE about my billing this book as a romcom ... Do you think of my books like MATCH ME IF YOU CAN, LADY BE GOOD, HEAVEN,TEXAS, etc. as rom coms?" My answer was NO, I don't think her books are romcom - to me, they are more than that - usually a little deeper with great character development .... yes, s ...more
Aug 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
This wasn't what I expected from SEP but her heroes do seem to be getting progressive with each book in the series. Who'd have thought?
This one was a diva, but decent and kind. The heroine wasn't half bad, but her obsession with finding someone like her bestfriend's husband was the tiniest bit creepy. The plot didn't hold my attention as the previous ones in the series and SEP's trademark banter was missing. Also, too much drama for my taste. Yet somehow I enjoyed this.
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
It's actually really heartbreaking to admit, but I think SEP has run out of her story-telling steam. As the author that introduced me to my love of the romance genre and wrote some of my all time favorites, I will always hold her in high regard and I will certainly always love her older books, but the last few have been sub-par and this latest installment to the Stars series is actively bad. 

The first half of the book in particular feels so amateurish it's confusing - it's super choppy, filled w
Woman Reading
3.5 ☆ rounded up

Multilingual and tall with striking looks, Olivia Shore is the prima donna soprano of the Chicago Municipal Opera. Olivia is a woman at the top of her field and she has aspirations to climb even farther.
"I want to do work so monumental people will still be listening to my recordings long after I'm gone."

So even though flying around the country for four weeks with a brainless, overpaid jock is not her idea of fun, she'll do it since Marchand Timepieces is a sponsor o
Jacob Proffitt
This is ninth in a series, but I read the others long enough ago that I can't really tell if there is a lot of crossover. We get some Piper from the previous, so there's some. Probably read at least that one before this. Maybe?

It's been a while since I saw a new SEP so I was excited to get another this year. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. I liked the protagonists, well-enough. For most of the story at any rate. I mean, they both have kind of rote negative motivations* and O
Jul 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a thoroughly enjoyable romp with something for everyone. Sports, music, romance, mystery and intrigue, topped off with a happily ever after.
Thank you to William Morrow and Harper Collins Publishers for the complimentary hardcover.
Oh, dear. This was boring. The only conflict between the opera singer heroine and the aging football star hero was at the beginning when heroine thought he was a sexual predator based on a lie her friend had told to make her boyfriend jealous. Heroine is sorry she misjudged him and she makes a great apology. From then on the hero is full of admiration for the heroine.

SEP has to manufacture some angst and tension - so she devises two mysteries to keep our heroine in danger while the H/h tour the
3.5 stars. Quite a nice read about two big name stars who fall in love - an opera singer and a quarterback. I liked both main characters, and their story was a decent one. Unfortunately it didn't quite have the magic of some of Ms Phillips' earlier books, and I would have liked a bit more chemistry between the MCs. I also found that at times there seemed to be too many characters and I wasn't quite sure who was who. I started to get the names mixed up. I had to stop and think about, who was that ...more
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it

You all know how much I love SEP's books. I especially love this series. And her older books are fabulous too. I love re-reading them and listening to them too. I always get a little nervous when I start one of her new books. Will I love it? Will it be as fabulous as her other books? Will the hero and heroine win me over and steal my heart?

When Stars Collide was really good though not as great as the others in this series.

Of the two I loved Olivia just a little more than Thad. Don't get me
Series: Chicago Stars, Book 9
(although some characters from previous books will make their reappearance, the book can be read stand alone)
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
Publication Date: Jun 29, 2021.

Its my favorite cover up to date by SEP

What??? There will be new Chicago Stars Novel????

Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her beloved Chicago Stars series with a romance between a Chicago Stars quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers—and a major diva. Th
Anne OK
Jul 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
NOTE: Full review posted on July 19, 2021

One of my most anticipated books for 2021 – and it feels so good to be back among the “Stars.” Susan Elizabeth Phillips never fails to treat readers to something special and the battle royale between two opposites made for a fun read.

Oops! She’s gone and done it again – made me fall for another SEP hero – but sadly Thad Owens, who is the gorgeous Chicago Stars back-up quarterback still got upstaged by the powerful voice of the A-list opera Diva, Olivia Sh
January 8, 2021
Just noticed the New Cover! 2021 Needs SEP's Book!
October 13, 2020- Thank You, Mo, For The Heads Up!

Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens...
May Have Four Names...
Be An Occasional Male Underwear Model...
But He Is Also Known To Be...
A Man Who Doesn't Hold Well With Drama...

As The Backup Quarterback, Team Player...
Sideline Coach for The Chicago Stars...
Divas Are Not His Thing...

Olivia Shore...
An International Opera Superstar...
A Woman Who Had Made Her Way...
By Standing Strong, With A Passi
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d give this book 100 stars if I could. I have read all of Ms. Phillips books (a few got me through postpartum depression). Sometimes when an author gets to the last few books in a series it starts to feel like they are just trying to get it over with. You cannot say this about this book. It is laugh out loud funny and I dare you to try and put it down. It is that good! My only complaint is that it is the last book in the series but I know another great book is on the way. I was lucky enough to ...more
book 1, 3, 6, and 8 in this series are my comfort rereads..
but this one was such a disappointment I guess that happens when you don't care about the main couple and the romance part was very meh and unbelievable.. Olivia was particularly insufferable and I missed the magic from previous books!! there were some things that happen that served for preachiness but were done poorly and didn't affect me in a way I think the author intended..

cw: suicide
4 Stars - Great to be back with “Chicago Stars” 💝

Book #9
in the Chicago Stars Series, published this summer 2021.

The book blurb is really “enemy-to-lovers” tempting. A kind of favorite contemporary romance style. Always a good plot to start with when written by SEP as well. 😉
Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, the backup quarterback for the Chicago Stars, is a team player, talented sideline coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with a low tolerance for Divas.

Olivia Shore, internationa
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opposites attract, or as the title suggests: When Stars Collide. What will happen when stars from two totally different entertainment areas smash up against each other? The love story between a football quarterback and an opera diva is a very entertaining book. An SEP romance with a touch of mystery and humor. It's been five years since the last Chicago Stars book and I have to tell you, it was worth the wait. This book met and exceeded my expectations and it is wonderful. All you SEP fans will ...more
This was a fun romantic suspense/mystery/romcom. My first book by this author and I would definitely check out more from her now. This is book 9 in the Chicago Stars sports romance series. I did not read any others and it can be read as a standalone. 

Thad is the Chicago Stars quarterback and Olivia is a famous opera singer. They would seem to have nothing in common. They decide to be ambassadors for a watch brand together. One month on the road together to promote. While on their travels, they r
RachelW (BamaGal)
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
It was cute, and an enjoyable read. Nice to touch base with the Chicago Stars gang again after all these years, and having a beta H was an interesting change. That being said, the storyline was a bit of a letdown. The comedy romance of the series veered into thriller territory, albeit a bit of a lackluster one. Oh, and the continual 'misunderstandings' between the leads didn't take long to become annoying. As a trope, it wore its welcome out quickly. Still, it was fun for fans of the series, as ...more
Jul 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-when-read
I enjoyed this new installment in the Chicago star series. Perhaps not as much as the others though. In all honestly it focused too much on the heroine and not enough on the hero IMO. I wanted to understand why Thad was who he was and wished there’d been more character development for him. The last 5% of the book seemed to me to be the classic SEP writing that we’ve come to know and love. I’m hoping, as are many other readers, that we will get yet another book in this series. I’ve always loved S ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-riot-2021
Opera star Olivia and pro quarterback Thad seem like complete opposites, when they're both chosen as the faces of a luxury watch campaign. Neither is thrilled about spending the next month traveling together. But as they get to know each other, they may have more in common than they thought (not just their star-sized egos), including an inconvenient mutual attraction.

The Chicago Stars were one of the first contemporary romance series I ever read, and they have a fond place in my heart. But this
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
DNF @ 7%
This honestly might be closer to a 1.5 star situation because I really just didn't mesh well with the writing style, and I found the characters a bit insufferable from what I read. Really just nothing in the story was working for me so I had to put it down.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review .
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the creator of the sports romance, beginning with her 1989 bestseller, FANCY PANTS. An internationally acclaimed author, her books have been published in over 30 languages. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award, and a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.


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