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This Heart of Mine | [Susan Elizabeth Phillips]

This Heart of Mine

Molly Somerville knows she has a reputation for trouble. She did give away her $15-million inheritance, but, hey, nobody's perfect. Yes, Molly's happy about almost everything...except her long-term crush on the daredevil quarterback for the Chicago Stars. That awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can't even remember her name! One night, Molly's penchant for running into trouble runs her right into Kevin himself, turning her world upside down.
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Publisher's Summary

Molly Somerville knows she has a reputation for trouble. She did give away her $15-million inheritance, but, hey, nobody's perfect. Yes, Molly's happy about almost everything...except her long-term crush on the daredevil quarterback for the Chicago Stars. That awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can't even remember her name!

One night, Molly's penchant for running into trouble runs her right into Kevin himself, turning her world upside down. Heartbreak follows, and just when she's certain things can't get worse, Kevin forces his way back into her life. She and Kevin battle their attraction while trying to cope with an aging sexpot actress and a pair of teenage newlyweds.

Their careers and lives are in crisis, yet they can't seem to stay away from each other. Sometimes falling in love hurts; sometimes it makes you mad as hell. And sometimes, if you're very lucky, it can heal in a most special and unexpected way.

©2001 Susan Elizabeth Phillips; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Pure up-to-the-minute entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
"Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes a story that wraps around your heart and doesn't let go." (Oakland Press)

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    kathy lewisville, NC, United States 11-02-10
    kathy lewisville, NC, United States 11-02-10
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    "Absolutely SWEET!"

    I loved this book. Molly is quirky, awkward, and simply irresistible. The narrator does a fantastic job reading this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Rosemount, MN, United States 10-15-10
    Sara Rosemount, MN, United States 10-15-10
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    "Fantastic"

    Yet another fantastic SEP book! I cannot get enough of her books!! Great narrator, and I love the fact that you know the family from other books!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Washington, DC, USA 08-28-08
    Diana Washington, DC, USA 08-28-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Last of the Chicago Stars"

    I'd forgotten how charming and funny Kevin and Molly are since it's been a few years since I first read the book. This is a fitting end to the Stars books which are all wonderful, although HEAVEN TEXAS remains my favorite.
    Sad to think that we won't hear Anna Fields again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 07-09-07
    LeftyMom North Carolina 07-09-07 Member Since 2007

    leftymom

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    "Sweet story"

    This is Molly's story (first introduced in It Had to Be You.) Just like the last story I was laughing out loud. There were a few parts that could have been better written (like the romance between Kevin's real mother Lillian and Burt) but I still enjoyed it. Just love the narration by Anna Fields.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacki CA 09-02-14
    Jacki CA 09-02-14 Member Since 2009

    Time spent commuting passes by much easier listening to books. I prefer romance books but I do enjoy other books as well.

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    "Fun and Touching Read"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm trying to catch up on my reviews. I actually listened to this quite a while back. I think it might be time to listen again because it's a really nice read. SEP can always be counted on to write good, fun stories and this doesn't disappoint. I probably should have been a little put off by the way it started and maybe I was a little the first time I listened, but I'm not. The way the story develops the relationship between Molly and Kevin is very real to me. Molly seems a little pathetic at first, but she quickly come into her own and she became completely relatable to me. Kevin was strong from the beginning. You could certainly understand why he would be so upset with Molly in the beginning. As the story progresses and Kevin starts to get to know Molly you will totally fall in love with him too.

    The Chicago Stars series are all wonderful books. I wish SEP would consider adding more. Although, I do understand it wouldn't be the same without Anna Fields as the narrator. Anna Fields was one of the best narrators out there. Sadly, she died in 2006 in an accident in her home during a storm.

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    Lindsey Grissom 08-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    What disappointed you about This Heart of Mine?

    SPOILER: the heroine rapes the hero. That's how they hook up. They both KNOW it's rape and even talk about it being rape, and she says that she was just behaving "outrageously" and can he forget about it.


    Has This Heart of Mine turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I still love romance but I'm going to be a lot more careful about SEP books (and I loved her before this one!)


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I'm not a fan of this narrator. I'd even forgotten I'd returned another book in this series because of the narrator. I stuck it out for this one until the rape scene.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I can't believe this was ok in 2001.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margarita New York, NY 07-27-14
    Margarita New York, NY 07-27-14 Member Since 2013

    All business but contemporary fun!

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    "Amazing love story"
    Any additional comments?

    Kevin & Molly come together at a true SEP fashion, under very random/ hard to believe situation that results in a terrible hardship early on. However the heart breaking experience forged a deep bond between the two that make them stick together as they try to fight the attraction to each other in the most fun, witty and charming way. Another stunning book by SEP.

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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 07-08-13
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 07-08-13

    Queen Squared

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    "Another heartachingly sweet tale in this series!"

    The 5th installment in the SEP's Chicago Stars is as heart-achingly sweet as the previous four books. Unlike so many romance novelists, SEP doesn't let her characters take an easy or overly-corny path to true love. In this book, good girl Molly Somerville finally gets, or perhaps snaps up, the chance to do something about her long time crush on bad boy Kevin Tucker. But their relationship ultimately reveals that Molly is more of a bad girl than her family ever realized and Kevin Tucker's past as a preacher's kid has made him more of a good guy than his bad boy antics would lead one to believe. It makes him the perfect guy for Molly, not because opposites attract but because her insecurities as an unloved kid means she needs someone who can prove their love to her.

    Like pretty much all of the other books in this series, This Heart of Mine also features a sub-plot love story that, while less detailed, is just as important to the plot. Featuring a Hollywood actress and well-known painter, this secondary love story is as over dramatic and explosive as you'd expect.

    But perhaps the best part of this book is the Daphne the Bunny excerpts from Molly's children's books. The voices Anna Fields does for the various characters are delightful. And the inclusion of these sections will satisfy your inner writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-02-13
    Marlene COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Absolutely my favorite SEP book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of This Heart of Mine to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I have listened to the audio at least a dozen times, I absolutely love Anna Fields reading and SEP's humor.


    What other book might you compare This Heart of Mine to and why?

    This book is similar to Natural Born Charmer. It has the same author, narrator and is part of the same series.


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    Anna Fields brought this book to life. I could almost feel the characters roll their eyes, that's how good she was.


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    Melissa CENTRE, AL, United States 02-03-13
    Melissa CENTRE, AL, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Really enjoyed this book."
    What made the experience of listening to This Heart of Mine the most enjoyable?

    Anna Fields did a great job narrating, loved her change in accents.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Heart of Mine?

    When Molly put the salmon in the lake to change the guys mind about buying the Bed & Breakfast.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment that Kevin decided that Molly meant more to him than football.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had a great story line and I really loved listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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