on August 23rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A star quarterback and a feisty detective play for keeps in this sporty, sexy, sassy novel—a long-awaited new entry in the beloved, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author’s fan-favorite Chicago Stars football series.
Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s not happy.
Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. “The fact is...I’m your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just...mildly unhinged.”
Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs. Instead, he’s hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. But Coop’s life might be in danger, and Piper’s determined to protect him, whether he wants it or not. (Hint: Not!) If only she weren’t also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding Piper find her very dead husband.
And then there’s Cooper Graham himself, a legendary sports hero who always gets what he wants—even if what he wants is a feisty detective hell bent on proving she’s as tough as he is.
From the bustling streets of Chicago to a windswept lighthouse on Lake Superior to the glistening waters of Biscayne Bay, two people who can’t stand to lose will test themselves and each other to discover what matters most.
When Susan Elizabeth Phillips is at her best, she writes on a different writing plane than anyone else in the business. Her quirky characters, witty dialogue, and memorable scenes, make me eager anticipate whatever she publishes. While First Star I See Tonight is not my absolute favorite of her books, it is reminiscent of some of her best works.
The Chicago Stars series is absolutely a “must-read” series and one that I find myself thinking of and coming back to year after year. Whenever I want to introduce someone to the romance genre, it is this series that is my “go-to” series. First Star I See Tonight goes back to this series and brings back some of most beloved characters from previous books. However, this book also reads just fine as a stand-alone book as well.
Piper Dove is a detective who has been hired to keep an eye on recently retired, mega-stud, former quarterback for the NFL Chicago Stars, Cooper Graham. Honestly, the first half of this book was absolute delight, and if I could give it 10 stars, I would. I was laughing out loud at the situations that were presented and dialogue was absolutely hilarious. The first half of this book IS Susan Elizabeth Phillips at her best.
Now for the negative. The second half of the book broke my heart. She morphs this fun and frolicking romance into a suspense novel and it all goes downhill from there. I felt like Piper and Cooper started acting out of character, and the “who is out to hurt Cooper” suspense plot just fell flat.
I usually love Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s secondary characters and the added bonus love story that usually accompanies the main love story. With this book, I just never really cared that much about the eccentric neighbor, the Middle Eastern princess, or the underdeveloped characterizations of the teenage girl and her mother.
What is shocking is that I still rate this book a “4”. I guess the first half of the book is so close to perfection that I feel like this book deserves no less. It is a shame that the last half took such a nosedive and tainted the potential of another SEP favorite.