Natural Born Charmer
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Rating 5

Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard is the luckiest man in the world: a bona-fide sports superstar and the pride of the NFL with a profitable side career as a buff billboard model for End Zone underwear. But life in the glory lane has started to pale, and Dean has set off on a cross-country trip to figure out what’s gone wrong. When he hits a lonely stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can’t imagine. A young woman . . . dressed in a beaver suit.

Blue Bailey is on a mission to murder her ex. Or at least inflict serious damage. As for the beaver suit she’s wearing . . . Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curveballs? Witness the expensive black sports car pulling up next to her on the highway and the Greek god stepping out of it.

Blue’s career as a portrait painter is the perfect job for someone who refuses to stay in one place for very long. She needs a ride, and America’s most famous football player has an imposing set of wheels. Now, all she has to do is keep him entertained, off guard, and fully clothed before he figures out exactly how desperate she is.

But Dean isn’t the brainless jock she imagines, and Blue—despite her petite stature—is just about the toughest woman Dean has ever met. They’re soon heading for his summer home where their already complicated lives and inconvenient attraction to each other will become entangled with a charismatic but aging rock star; a beautiful fifty-two-year-old woman trying to make peace with her rock and roll past; an eleven-year-old who desperately needs a family; and a bitter old woman who hates them all.

REVIEW: I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! By the time I had gotten to this book I was on the fence with this series because some books were good and some were okay and some have been excellent. This is one of those that was excellent. I loved the interaction of all the characters and how by the end of the book it was the story of a family instead of two people. Dean has become one of me favorite characters. This is a book that everyone should read in my opinion.



  1. aunt rowena

    Once again I agree with you!! I loved Dean, and can’t understand why some reviewers felt he was mean to Blue. I have it on audio, and have listened to it about 3 times. I have all the SEPs on audio – and like you, I don’t love all of the Chicago Stars the same but they grow on me so even the ones I don’t like as much are still favorites!! (does that even make sense?) I love how she manages to work in secondary romances and previous characters and I feel like I’m with family when I listen to them!


  2. Beth ( CPQ)

    I totally agree! Loved this book so much I’m reading the series from the start as part of the fall reading challenge. Dean, had his moments, Like when the team members came to visit, and he let them treat her like the help. (not my favorite moment) He did however prove to be a deep man, with his vulnerabilities. Loved it!


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