Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Release Date: February 6, 2007 Publisher: Harper Collins Book #7 in the Chicago Stars series Number of pages: 385 Kindle Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 11/5/17 to 11/6/17
What a cast of characters! I knew I would love Dean’s story. And Blue is the perfect woman to bring him down a peg or two. The verbal sparring between the two of them was hilarious and fun to read. But since I could also read about their internal thoughts I understood what that sparring was hiding.
One of my favorite things about this story was watching Dean grow as a person. Not only has he had to deal with having a beautiful face himself and his natural athletic ability that kept many fake people in his orbit, but he also had to deal with having a beautiful and wild mom while growing up. Plus, a father who everyone kept a secret. It’s no wonder the man had trust issues and used his cocky nature to hide that vulnerability.
As for Blue, her vulnerability was more raw. It was “yeah I’m damaged, what are you going to do about it?” type of attitude. But that attitude had taken over Blue’s persona so much she started to believe she wasn’t worth much. She was full of bluster but didn’t believe her own hype. Dean saw that pretty quickly and tried to deal with it in an indirect way so as not to get Blue’s back up.
Now throw in a tween with low self-esteem, a recovering addict trying to make amends, a middle age man coming to grips with all the mistakes he made in his past, and a crotchety old woman who feels she’s been wronged by an entire town. It’s madness, it’s fun, it’s heartbreaking, it’s mayhem, it’s perfect.
Only one more book left in this series and it makes me sad. SEP does such a great job at pulling me into her world and keeping me entertained. I always laugh and cry while reading her stories, and that’s the best kind of book in my mind.