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 bestselling author known for her unforgettable characters, heartfelt emotion, and laugh out loud humor.Read more...
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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 bestselling 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 spotted her, and he snothappy.
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 bustling 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."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Phillips continues her popular contemporary Chicago Stars series (after Natural Born Charmer) with an utterly delightful standalone gambol that pairs up recently retired Stars quarterback Cooper Graham and private detective Piper Dove. Coop knows what he wants to do with his post-football life—start a trendy nightclub called Spiral—or at least he thinks he does. But he can’t seem to make the venture’s financial numbers add up. Piper is also having money trouble: she’s being paid to tail Coop, but when he spots her, the client drops her, leaving her at poverty’s doorstep. When she reveals to Coop that he’s being robbed by his nightclub staff, they launch into a relationship with all the head-butting explosiveness of an NFL game, plus frequent diversions into steamier contact sports. As usual, Phillips’s Chicago landscape is dotted with plenty of interesting local scenery, plus juicy details of high-end clothing, accessories, and decor. She has a knack for nuance and stage-setting that grounds her characters and makes them feel perfectly real. Fans and newcomers alike are certain to fall in love with this delightful pair as they scrimmage and score. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Aug.)
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A Wyoming rancher finds love in Always a Cowboy, part of Linda Lael Miller’s The Carsons of Mustang Creek series. Salt-of-the-earth Drake Carson runs the family ranch and enjoys his simple life. But it’s complicated when a beautiful graduate student researching wild horses arrives and upsets his routine. Luce Hale is thrilled to be observing the animals on the Carsons’ land and doesn’t run from the sparks that fly between her and Drake. A single kiss proves what they could have together, but even though they admit to being in love, obstacles stand in the way. Luce plans on returning to California, both of their families are meddling matchmakers, and then there are the rigors of ranch life to consider—including a mountain lion and a mare-stealing wild stallion. Though Luce loves the outdoors, she wonders if she’ll fit in with Drake’s way of life. But longing has a way of overcoming doubts, and readers will root for this appealing couple. The glimpses of ranch life and the extended Carson family make this a Western to remember.
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The first in Vanessa Kelly’s Improper Princesses series, My Fair Princess, stars a very proper duke and the wild young woman he’s promised to tame. Charles, the Duke of Leverton, takes his responsibilities seriously. When a distant relation asks for his help in educating her granddaughter—the illegitimate daughter of royalty—he finds himself assuring the woman he can familiarize the girl with English manners and customs and help her find a husband among Regency London’s social set. Gillian Dryden is not appreciative of the offer, however. Raised in Sicily, she’s unused to the mores of London’s constrained society and gets into trouble—despite Charles’ best attempts to curb her. But he doesn’t give up, and he begins to appreciate the challenge Gillian brings to his staid life. Certainly he desires the beauty, and as the feeling seems mutual, he begins to plan a future for them—if they can get past the impediments posed by a jealous ex, bloodthirsty bandits and their own wary hearts.
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Romance surprises a newly retired quarterback and a spunky P.I. in First Star I See Tonight, part of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars series. With his football career behind him, Cooper Graham has a plan to build a string of successful nightclubs, a plan that is diverted when a fledgling detective, Piper Dove, begins tailing him. A confrontation with the quirky beauty ends with her agreeing to work for him as security—a situation that both repels and delights them. Piper is desperate to make a go of her agency, so she’s willing to accept employment from the arrogant and annoying sports legend. Though they each try to deny their sizzling attraction and deflect it through insults and witty banter, the two become close as they fight a threat to the nightclub—or is it a threat to Cooper himself? With engaging characters and sparkling writing, this charmer deserves a front-and-center space on the keeper shelf.