Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

A no-nonsense sports hero and a feisty female detective go head-to head in this funny, fresh, seductive novel from the award winning NYT best selling author known for her unforgettable characters, heartfelt emotion and laugh out loud humor.

He's the former quarterback of the Chicago Stars football team.

She's trying to make a success of her very own detective agency.

Her first job? Follow him.

Let's just say it's not going well. 

Not well at all....

Piper Dove is a woman with a dream- to become the best detective in the city of Chicago? First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. The problem? Graham's spotter her, and he's not happy.

Which is why a great detective needs a first rate imagination. "The fact is... I'm your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just... mildly unhinged."

Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs. Instead, he's hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. But Coop's life might be in danger, and Piper's determined to protect him, whether he wants it or not (Hint: Not!).  If only she weren't also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding that Piper find her very dead husband.

And then there's Cooper Graham, a legendary sports hero who always gets what he wants- even if what he wants just might be an intrepid detective hell bent on proving she's as tough as he is.

From the busting streets of Chicago to a windswept lighthouse on Lake Superior to the glistening waters of Biscayne Bay, two people who can't stand to lose will test themselves and each other to discover what matters most.

Yeah baby! My Chicago Stars are back and better than ever. Susan Elizabeth Phillips proves yet again why she is and will always be my favorite author. First Star I See Tonight is fast paced romantic tale of two characters who initially don't like each other very much, but quickly find their lives intertwined and gradually develop a friendship turned love with a few incredibly entertaining bumps along the way.

The hero, Cooper and heroine, Piper are both such well developed characters. The trademark SEP witty banter kept me laughing and quickly turning the pages. The humor and romance are sure to charm even the toughest critic. The secondary characters and their storylines running alongside our romance made it even more intimate and charming. I could really visualize these characters, where they lived and who their people were.

I give First Star I See Tonight five big bright beautiful shooting stars! This book is one that is certain to be on my must re-read list for many years to come! There is a reason you are seeing this book show up on so many top reading lists- it's amazing! As I type this I sit with my fingers crossed that another Chicago Star romance will come our way in the future (Hint, Hint SEP).

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Note: I purchased this book on my own and as always all thoughts are my own