Somerville had them all fooled. The blonde bombshell, va-va-voom vixen
shielded a hurt innocence and sharp intelligence within. As an
overweight, graceless child unloved and unwanted by her father, she had it
out with him and ran
off from home to lead a life of which he
couldn't approve. In turn, the old man stuck it to her in his will by forcing her to inherit
his football team (and her teenaged half-sister) for a few short months,
to prove that she could really make something of herself. A mixed
blessing at best, since Phoebe loves her little sister, but can't stand
football. And she can't stand the team's hunky coach, either!
Stars Coach Dan Calebow is hard,
driven, and cold. How could he be anything but, with a nickname like
"Ice"? Though dedicated to his sport, he was more inclined to living
fast and loose when it came to women. Dan used to love them hot and
wild but a bad marriage and empty, brief physical encounters have left him
craving a baby-loving kinda gal who can warm his frozen heart. But
right now his top priority is getting hoochie-mama-turned-temporary-team-owner
Phoebe's luscious backside outta
the big boss's chair so he can get his team, and his life, back on track.
Can these two damaged souls discover how much they truly have in common
with each other
before it's too late?
worked for me:
I must say this is the first time I've
ever seen football mixed with romance in a story. That certainly
made it unique and did allow for several funny quips from the heroine.
I also liked underlying theme of
healing and bonding, especially where the two sisters were concerned.
(Molly has her own story covered in "This
Heart of Mine", for those folks who enjoy family series.)
Size-wise Phoebe was built a bit curvier than is currently en vogue, a la
Jayne Mansfield. (Actually the descriptions in the book had me
picturing the hero and heroine as Tom Berenger and
What didn't work for me:
been a bit uncomfortable with rape scenarios in my romance novels, though
in this case the heroine is trying to recover from an assault that
occurred years earlier.
I felt that the
contrived conflicts made the characters seem juvenile.
read, especially if you like truly despicable villains and prefer your
hero and heroine to be firmly at odds with each other. A few good
comic as well as dramatic moments shine in this story, but it may not be
humorous enough for some readers nor suspense-filled enough for others.
Warning: This book has some steamy sex scenes and coarse
language in its pages.
If you liked "It Had to be You" you might also enjoy:
"Love at Large",
"Some Girls Do",
"The Independent Bride",
"This Heart of Mine",
"Born to be Wild",
"The Bridesmaid's Reward", "Plum Girl",
Carlyle Reveals All", "Runaway Bay", "Fast Women",
"Welcome to Temptation",
"Faking It", "His
Seductive Revenge", "Dear
Cupid", "Looking for
Laura", "Too Much
Temptation", "Say You're Mine",
"Carried Away", or "Walking After
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