You met star quarterback Kevin Tucker in This Heart of Mine. Now get ready to meet his shark of an agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed.
Annabelle’s endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement . . . even her hair’s a mess! But that’s going to change now that she’s taken over her late grandmother’s matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City’s hottest bachelor as her client, and she’ll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.
Why does the wealthy, driven, and gorgeous sports agent Heath Champion need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she’s entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of success — the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?
Soon everyone in Chicago has a stake in the outcome, and a very big question: When the determined matchmaker promised she’d do anything to keep her star client happy . . . did she mean anything? If Annabelle isn’t careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town.
The story in a nutshell…
Annabelle Granger has faced failure after failure in her life against the backdrop of her achiever family. But now she’s determined to carve her success with the matchmaking agency she inherited from her grandmother and which she plans to turn into a successful and hopefully profitable business. That’s why she needs to land a high profile and very important client by the name of Heath Champion, ‘wealthy, driven, and gorgeous sports agent’ and make his match the most successful match of the century. As for Heath, the perfect wife would be the final proof that he has left his roots and past behind. But since meeting Annabelle, he begins to question whether his idea of perfection is one to be had and the one he needs to truly be contented in life. As Annabelle introduces Heath to one great woman after the other, she not only glimpses into the man they called The Python but to the impossibly endearing character inside.
What worked for me?
This, for me, is one my book perfections. I just loved everything about it. It’s one of my favorite books of all time and one of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ best, in my opinion.
The set-up is just awesome; Annabelle as Heath’s matchmaker, you can just imagine all the shenanigans that were bound to happen. And I assure you that there were a lot, some totally hilarious, some seriously funny, and some completely right on the money in terms of tone and that needed push that it gives to character and plot development.
I love Annabelle’s stubbornness, her hardworking nature, her ability to understand what other people need, for instance in terms of the kind of people each of her clients would have been looking for. I love her strength and good heart. She may second-guess her heart sometimes especially when it comes to Heath but at the end of the day, she knows she’s a woman who deserves to be loved and cherished wholeheartedly and would hardly settle for anything less.
On the other hand, I love Heath as well. Being in a cutthroat business like he is, as a sports agent, he is still able to maintain his moral compass, in a way and he truly cares for his clients. I love his determination and his hardworking nature as well. He’s very focused on his goal and his plan for the perfect life and his idea of the trophy wife might be a little misguided but you’ll love him even more when you learn more about him and his past.
Plus, these two just sizzle with each other, their chemistry just claims you straight off the pages. I love their banters, all of their banters. Nothing seemed forced when it came to SEP’s writing. And I genuinely love that the first development in their relationship was one that made them friends, first and foremost. Sexual chemistry aside, they really, really like each other as a person and I think that was a very solid foundation for their relationship.
Also, SEP writes the most unique and awesome supporting characters. Although Portia and Bodie were not my favorite amongst the many supporting characters that SEP has written, their story was still an interesting one to read.
What didn’t work for me?
Not. A. Thing.
My over-all take on it?
A winner from Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I still think this is one of her best to date. Great set-up, wonderful characters, amazing character trajectories, and lovely, just lovely chemistry between Annabelle and Heath.
If you haven’t read SEP yet, I beg you to try out her books especially her Chicago Stars series. You can read a sort-of excerpt from my Quote-tastic Monday post 🙂
My rating: 5+ stars! A well-loved favorite of mine!
About the Author:
The Huffington Post says the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips provide a “gateway drug to the whole [romance] genre,” which she assumes is a good thing. Bookpage magazine calls her “the crown jewel of romantic comedy writers,” which is definitely a good thing. Since she wrote her first novel on a typewriter in her kitchen, her books have been published in over 30 languages and appear on bestseller lists all over the world.
In addition to being a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, she is a hiker, lazy gardener, horrible singer, passable cook, passionate reader, wife, mother of two grown sons, and grandmother of two adorable little ones. Her newest book, THE GREAT ESCAPE, is now available in hardback and will be released in trade paperback in April 2013. You can visit Susan on Facebook or on her website, where she’s added a special Members Only Lounge.
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