Monday, August 29, 2016

Blog Tour: First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: August 2016

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 of 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.

I've read most of the books in the Chicago Stars Football series and with the exception of a couple of them, I have really enjoyed the romances.  Nobody's Baby But Mine will always be my favorite.  I was looking forward to trying out First Star I See Tonight.  It can definitely be read as a stand alone. For me, this one was another just "OK" book in the series.  Piper is a private detective hired to follow Cooper.  He ends up hiring her to do security work in his night club. Someone is out to sabotage Cooper. Along the way, a lot of other quirky and silly things happened to them. 

I think that was part of my problem with the book.  Everything was quirky and silly.  Almost like it was trying too hard to be that way.  It took away from the romance that I was looking for between the couple.  Neither of them seemed to like each other.  Even when they finally hooked up it was almost like a chore.  So in the end, I couldn't believe the HEA.  It's not a bad read and there are some funny parts. I just didn't love it as much as I wanted to.

About the author:

Susan Elizabeth Phillips soared onto the New York Times bestseller list with Dream a Little Dream. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a hiker, gardener, reader, wife, and mother of two grown sons.

Visit Susan at her website,, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter andInstagram.

Tour Stops
Wednesday, August 24th: Books and Bindings
Thursday, August 25th: Into the Hall of Books
Friday, August 26th: Booksellers Without Borders
Monday, August 29th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, August 31st: Staircase Wit
Thursday, September 1st: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, September 1st: A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog
Tuesday, September 6th: As I turn the pages
Wednesday, September 7th: Leigh Kramer
Thursday, September 8th: Queen of All She Reads
Friday, September 9th: Seaside Book Nook

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.