Review: Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Review: Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsHeaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Series: Chicago Stars #2
Published by Avon on 04/01/1995
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Anna Fields
Source: Library

Come heck or high water, Gracie Snow is determined to drag the legendary ex-jock Bobby Tom Denton back home to Heaven, Texas, to begin shooting his first motion picture. Despite his dazzling good looks and killer charm, Bobby Tom has reservations about being a movie star -- and no plans to cooperate with a prim and bossy Ohio wallflower whom he can't get off his mind or out of his life. Instead, the hell-raising playboy decides to make her over from plain Jane to Texas wildcat.

But nothing's more dangerous than a wildcat with an angel's heart in a town too small for a bad boy to hide. And all hell breaks loose when two unforgettable people discover love, laughter, passion -- and a match that can only be made in Heaven.

If you’ve been following my blog the last few weeks, it’s probably pretty obvious that I’ve been binging on Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars series, and loving every minute of it.  Heaven, Texas is the second book in this series, although I haven’t been reading this series in order.  Phillips continues to deliver with this series, and I really really liked Heaven, Texas.

Heaven, Texas focuses on Bobby Tom Denton, a starter for the Chicago Stars football team who, due to an injury, was forced to retire early, and Gracie Snow who is try desperately trying to get a little more excitement in her life after running a retirement home for most of her life.  So Gracie starts working for a Hollywood producer, and her first assignment is to get Bobby Tom down to his hometown in Texas to start filming a movie he agreed to star in.

Gracie was seriously adorable.  She’s full of stubbornness, and she’s determined to do her job well, even though Bobby Tom pretty much makes her life a living hell from the beginning.  I really liked that even though she was thirty (not that thirty is old!), she wasn’t afraid to try out a new life.  Bobby Tom is a fun character, and he’s incredibly generous.  Of course, he’s also a bit self-involved, and doesn’t always think about how his actions affect others around him.  He really had some growing up to do, but he did do it, and I loved him all the more for it.

I really enjoyed seeing Gracie and Bobby Tom fall for each other.  There were a lot of hilarious scenes, and they definitely have chemistry, but Phillips also made sure to showcase how they formed a solid base for a strong relationship.  

What I wasn’t a fan of was the secondary romance between Bobby Tom’s mother and a wealthy citizen of Heaven, Texas.  There are some bits of that storyline that made me very uncomfortable.  Not only did I really feel uncomfortable with that romance, it also really dated the book.  That really brought my enjoyment of this book down, which is why there is a three start rating.

I liked Heaven, Texas.  I would have loved it if it weren’t for the secondary romance.  Heaven, Texas has a lot of humor, something that I always love in books, and I thought the chemistry between the two leads was fantastic.  But the secondary romance between two other characters didn’t work for me.


2 Responses to “Review: Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips”

  1. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I’m so glad you fell in love with Gracie and Bobby Tom! I agree that the secondary romance was not my favorite of hers though I don’t remember having too much of an issue with it. I’ll have to do a re-read and see what I think now since I read this almost ten years ago. Great review!

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