First Star I See Tonight
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (August 23, 2016)
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 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.
Even in a crowd, Cooper Graham stood out like a beacon in a candle factory. He was ridiculously masculine. Beyond ridiculous. He was the Holy Grail of men, with thick brown hair the color of burnt toast drizzled in honey. He had a square jaw, broad shoulders, and a cleft in his chin that was such a cliché he should have been embarrassed.
Every cell in her body came alive. Wide-awake. Cock-of-the-morning, crowing from the roof of the henhouse, sun blazing high in the sky… that wide-awake.
Graham smelled like money and fame, not that she could exactly describe what either one smelled like, but she knew it when she sniffed it…
A woman who didn’t find him frickin’ irresistible! It galled him. Compared to his usual women, she was a guy, for god’s sake. A guy packaged in an incredibly appealing, incredibly tough little body. Which basically contradicted everything he’d been trying to tell himself about her.
Piper left the Champion house feeling as though she’d made a new friend, but since Annabelle Champion lived among the city’s movers and shakers, while Piper lived above a Dumpster, it was a questionable assumption.
This was my first experience reading Ms. Phillips’s highly amusing words and I find I now feel a strong compulsion to read every book, short story and note she has ever written. I enjoyed her clever and insightful writing style from the first page to the last. The plot was smartly constructed, unfailingly interesting, and totally engaging. There were several different subplots that seemed unrelated yet occasionally intersected throughout the story until dovetailing together at the end. The story hosted a compelling cast of characters, each being endearingly flawed, appealing, smart, and quirky. The writing was humorously descriptive, endlessly entertaining, wryly observant, and wicked funny with the characters often taking their clever banter to the competitive level of a prize fight. I am tempted to clear my calendar and binge on the rest of her listing.
About Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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.