Chicago Stars #7
April 29, 2008
Available in: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio, e-Book (reprint)
Natural Born Charmer
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.
As the summer progresses, the wandering portrait artist and the charming football star play a high-stakes game, fighting themselves and each other for a chance to have it all.
Originally published February 2007 in hardcover by William Morrow.
Flawless writing with sassy wit and a rich cast of complex characters blend together brilliantly in Natural Born Charmer, a romantic sexy, literary confection….” —Chicago Tribune
“…superbly written, engaging, and funny…” —The State
“Combine a bunch of misfits carrying emotional baggage with lots of humor, and you have another Phillips masterpiece. The dialogue, emotions and offbeat scenarios elevate this book to genuine reading joy. Phillips not only plucks at heartstrings, she plays a full concert.” —Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times BOOKclub
“…steam rises from the pages.” —Richmond Times Dispatch
“Phillips has penned another sexy, funny, but deeply touching romance. …one of the best yet.” —Kristin Ramsdell, Library Journal
“…splendidly satisfying tale of love, family, and redemption. Generously seasoned with plenty of tart humor and snappy dialogue, and graced with a delightfully amusing pair of protagonists trying desperately not to fall in love. Natural Born Charmer is simply irresistible.” —Booklist
“…the bestselling novelist delivers a love story wrought with delicious sexual tension and charged banter.” —Publishers Weekly
“A colorful, tender tale of the delicacy and indestructibility in each of us, and the rich surprises love can bring.” —Bookpage
Named Bestselling Romantic Comedy by Borders Books
Audie 2008 Winner, Best Audiobook Romance
Debuted at #4 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list
Quill Nominee as Best Romance of 2007
Outstanding Romance of 2007, American Library Association Genre Fiction Award
Audible.com’s Best Audiobooks of 2007, Romance (#2 Ranking)
One of the Best Audiobooks of 2007, Library Journal
Booklist’s 2007 Editor’s Choice, Audio for Adults