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It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

yodamom's review

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4.0

*I am not a fan of the cleavage cover mine had a city view.
This was my first read of this authors work and I listened on audio. The narration was fantastic the reader keep me glued to my ear phones. The story was bittersweet, heartbreaking, sweet, wonderful and very romantic.
I thought the chase was well timed out, there was enough time and strife for me to become invested with these characters. Ms. Phillips did a fabulous job of developing the side characters even, they all became important and important to the story. The despicable nasty characters filled their ugly roles and were very believable and understandable. I will be reading more from this author.

anggia's review against another edition

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emotional funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

popgoesbitty's review

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5.0

CWs: rape, sexual abuse involving a child

I mean, what can I say. Phillips wrote the book on contemporary romance, right? I salute.

Is the content dated? Of course. Did I cringe? Yes. Do I have enough fingers and toes to count the number of straight white people? No.

Did I also read this with my chin dropped the whole time because of how INCREDIBLE Susan’s contributions are to the romantic comedy sub genre? Yes.

darcys01's review

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1.0

The Chicago Stars series was described to me as a romantic comedy series that was very popular. So while I was given the latest book, I thought I'd go back and start from #1. This all happens early in the book so I don't know if this qualifies as spoilers or trigger warnings..... An emotionally abusive father, childhood bullying and rape to me is not what I expected or the head space I want to be in while reading. I listened to the book about 2 hours and finally said no more.

cobaltbookshelf's review

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2.0

Phoebe is cute but romance is completely bland.

her_eyes_flashed's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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klippy's review

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5.0

I have yet to read a Susan Elizabeth Phillip's book I did not enjoy!!!

nelia_661's review against another edition

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Selten ein so sexistisches und absolut degradieren des Buch gelesen 

auroraisobessed's review against another edition

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3.5

I love the style in which these books are written in, I like the characters she throws into the mix as well, but I just CANNOT get behind her problematic views about sexuality, particularly in the mmc. 

She has a bad writing habit of having men mess up BIG time, and then forgiving them very quickly for their (substantial) mistakes. 

book_concierge's review

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1.0

Back Cover: 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.

My reactions:
Okay, I knew this was a chick-lit romance going into it, but my Stars (pun intended)! This was so stupid I lost 20 IQ points reading it. I’ll give Phillips one star because she manage to write a couple of steamy sex scenes (though most of them had me gritting my teeth because the situations were so unrealistically stupid). Did I mention losing 20 IQ points? Oh, well, it satisfied a couple of challenges.