Express Lane Review: It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Express Lane Review: It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsIt Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Series: Chicago Stars #1
Published by Avon on 01/01/1994
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Anna Fields
Source: Library

What if a woman who knows nothing about sports inherits a professional football team? The Windy City definitely isn't ready for Phoebe Somerville, the outrageous York knockout who’s taking over their home town team. And Phoebe is definitely not prepared for the Stars' head coach Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. This is the book that began it all. The Chicago Stars are about to take the field... and they’re not the only ones playing for keeps.

Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!

Point One: It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the first book in the Chicago Stars series, and even though it’s the last one I’ve read, I really liked it.  Not as much as Match Me if You Can or Natural Born Charmer, but it’s what started this awesome series, and I definitely enjoyed it.

Point Two:  It Had to Be You is a little bit darker, and not as humorous as my favorites in this series, Match Me if You Can.  Phoebe has had some seriously traumatic life experiences, ones she’s still trying to deal with at 33 years of age.

Point Three: Dan Calebow, the hero of the story, isn’t always the nicest guy.  He’s particularly not nice to Phoebe, especially at the beginning, because he’s formed some opinions about her.  He isn’t my favorite hero ever, but Phillips did give us enough during those times when Dan wasn’t being a jerk, to make me not completely hate Dan.  Also, Dan in his glasses was totally sexy.

Point Four: Even though Dan frustrated me a bit, I was still rooting for Dan and Phoebe to get together.  It was so clear that they would make such a strong  couple, and I couldn’t wait to see how the worked things out.

Point Five:  Even though It Had to Be You was not as humorous as others in the series, there were definitely some laugh out loud moments.  I absolutely LOVED the scene where Pheobe met with the owner of the stadium.  It was possibly my favorite scene in the whole book.

Point Six:  It Had to Be You was a great start to the Chicago Stars series.  It might not be my favorite in the series, but I still really liked it, and I never wanted to stop reading.



4 Responses to “Express Lane Review: It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips”

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Absolutely! Although there was a miss in this series – Nobody’s Baby but Mine – I pretty adored these books. Match Me If You Can is my favorite.

  1. Camille @ Girl meets Books

    I love SEP. My favorite is Match Me If You Can and This Heart of Mine but there’s also something about how Phoebe and Dan came to be together and how they’ve overcome a lot of things in their lives just to get to their current points in life. But I agree that reading the book, you just know they should be together. 🙂 Thanks for the review.

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