It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Chicago Stars #1)

*Review By Danielle* ( @lush26 )

Available: Now

Publisher: Harper Collins

Type: Novel

Danielle’s Copy: Bought  with own money

The Windy City isn’t quite ready for Phoebe Somerville—the outrageous, curvaceous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team. And Phoebe is definitely not ready for the Stars’ head coach, former gridiron legend Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. Calebow is everything Phoebe abhors. And the sexy new boss is everything Dan despises—a meddling bimbo who doesn’t know a pigskin from a pitcher’s mound.

So why is Dan drawn to the shameless sexpot like a heat-seeking missile? And why does the coach’s good ol’ boy charm leave cosmopolitan Phoebe feeling awkward, tongue-tied…and ready to fight?

The sexy, heartwarming, and hilarious “prequel” to This Heart of Mine—Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s New York Times bestselling blockbuster—It Had To Be You is an enchanting story of two stubborn people who believe in playing for keeps.


I really, really enjoyed this romantic story!! It was filled with humor, romance and had some real emotional parts. 

Phoebe Somerville is what most men would call a total bombshell. She has a killer body, a sexy voice, and the attitude that she can back up. What people don’t know about Phoebe is that she has a sexual past that she’d rather forget and she uses her hot body and witty remarks to cover it up. After her fathers funeral she finds out she has inherited the Chicago Stars football team. Phoebe learns that, while her father considers her his only failure, he’s given her an opportunity to make it up to him. Now Phoebe has only one season to lead the Stars to the AFC Championship or the team will go to her cousin.

Dan Celebow is the sexy coach of the Stars. The head coach wants nothing to do with Phoebe, believing her useless because she doesn’t know one thing about football. Dan just wants to coach his players, for the team to win, and for him to find himself a nice, comfortable, woman to finally settle down with. After  inheriting the team Phoebe takes off leaving contracts unsigned and the team wanting questions answered, Dan decides he has to bring her back to make this all work.

This book is not only heartwarming and sexy but it’s absolutely hilarious. Susan Elizabeth Phillips did a wonderful job of making the sparks fly between Phoebe and Dan. Phoebe is a force of nature to be reckoned with. I loved the fact Dan was finally able to break through all the walls she has put up to keep everyone at a distance.  As for Dan, I love that he was an arrogant alpha male. He puts his players and the Stars above everything else. Trying to fit Phoebe into this transition was very fun to read about.

This was my first book by Phillips, but I can assure you it will not be my last. I was laughing out loud hysterically many times. I liked the crisis towards the end forcing Dan to compromise his principles for what he really wants. The story was funny, wonderfully written and is now one of my favorites.

Next book in the series is Heaven, Texas and I am truly excited to read more about these hot football players in the windy city.

Danielle gives It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 4 stars!

One Comment

  1. I read this book years ago and it stands out as one of my absolute favorites. I love the entire Chicago Stars series and always pull it out during the football off season (because I can’t get enough of my football). She’s a wonderful writer and you’re going to love Heaven, Texas!

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