Series: Chicago Stars #7
Published by Avon on 02/06/2007
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Narrator: Anna Fields
It wasn't every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road, not even in Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard's larger-than-life world. He slammed on the brakes of his brand-new Aston Martin Vanquish and pulled over in front of her.
The beaver marched right past, her big, flat tail bouncing in the gravel, and her small, sharp nose stuck up in the air. Way up. The beaver looked highly pissed . . .
She was definitely a girl beaver because her beaver head was missing, revealing sweaty, dark hair pulled into a scraggly ponytail. He'd been praying for a little distraction from his own depressing company, so he threw open the door and stepped out onto the shoulder of the Colorado road . . .
Funny, sexy, and touching, Natural Born Charmer is the unforgettable love story of a golden boy who might be losing his luster and a spirited woman who's learned never to depend on anyone but herself.
Natural Born Charmer is the last book in the Chicago Stars series, and it ended this series of companion novels perfectly. The two main characters are Blue, a down-on-her-luck artist, and Dean Robillard, a star player for the Chicago Stars football team.
Both Blue and Dean are extremely likable main characters. That’s not to say they didn’t frustrate me a bit, but I still really cared about them. It was clear from the start that Blue and Dean have a lot of chemistry together, but as they get to know each other, it’s also clear that they connect on a more personal level as well. You just know that these guys belong together, although it takes them sometime to figure that out for themselves.
Blue and Dean are wonderfully fully-fleshed out characters, and Phillips peppers Natural Born Charmer with just as many fleshed out secondary characters. There are many, and I loved most of them, but I grew to really love Nita. She’s an elderly, extremely wealthy woman. In fact, she practically owns the town, and she’s a bit rough around edges. But as I got to know her, I ended up falling in love with her. She added so much to this story.
I’ve come to expect quite a bit of humor from Phillips’ books, and she certainly does not disappoint with Natural Born Charmer. The humor starts on page one with Blue and Dean meeting for the first time, and guys, it’s a memorable first meeting scene. I loved it. And the humor definitely continues on throughout the novel.
But even though there are lots of humorous elements to Natural Born Charmer, there are also some heavier issues that are talked about. Lots of family issues show up that have affected and are still affecting both Blue and Dean. They have to work through these issues. There’s also a second storyline involving a young girl, around 10 years old, that adds some more depth to the story.
I absolutely loved listening to Natural Born Charmer. I loved all the humor in this book, and the conversations between Dean and Blue were often hilarious. They always have clever comebacks, and it’s just about the best thing ever. I’m eating these books up like candy, and I can’t wait to listen to more.