As any voracious reader knows, there are so many books out there, it can be hard to choose just what to read next. So what could be better than a hand-picked recommendation from someone in the know? Every Wednesday the XOXOAD team likes to find out what some of its favorite authors are reading; today we’ve asked Lisa Renee Jones, author of the searingly sexy No In Between, to tell us!
With the release of NO IN BETWEEN, I’m actually listening to it on audio. I adore Grace Grant’s narration and she makes me feel like my characters, who are very close to my heart, are in my home with me. However, just before the release of NO IN BETWEEN, I was re-reading an old favorite series, Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars. There are seven books (It Had to be You, Heaven, Texas, Nobody’s Baby But Mine, Dream a Little Dream, This Heart of Mine, Match Me if You Can, and Natural Born Charmer), but they can be read in any order. I don’t re-read or re-watch things. I just don’t. But there are a few series that have broken my habit. Chicago Stars is one of them.
My favorite book in this series is THIS HEART OF MINE.
Molly Somerville loves her career as the creator of the Daphne the Bunny children’s book series, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. She has a reputation for trouble that started even before she gave away her fifteen-million-dollar inheritance. Then there’s her long-term crush on the quarterback for the Chicago Stars football team her sister owns—that awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can’t even remember Molly’s name!
One night Kevin barges into Molly’s not-quite-perfect life and turns it upside down. Unfortunately, the Ferrari-driving, poodle-hating jock isn’t as shallow as she wishes, and she soon finds herself at a place called Wind Lake. Surrounded by paintbox cottages, including a charming old bed-and-breakfast, Molly and Kevin battle their attraction and each other as they face one of life’s most important lessons. Sometimes love hurts, sometimes it makes you mad as hell, and sometimes—if you’re lucky—it can heal in a most unexpected way.
I’ve read THIS HEART OF MINE about ten times. My paperback is worn and yellow. The amazing thing about this book, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, is that her stories have characteristics that I swear I don’t like, such as a secret baby trope. But her writing proves she can make me enjoy them. I have read her over and over, intending to analyze how she entices me to enjoy what I normally would not, and then I get so lost in the story and forget to keep analyzing the structure.
I can’t recommend this series enough. It’s fun, the men are alpha (and I love me some alpha men) and the endings are perfect. And don’t we all love a perfect ending that doesn’t make us feel like it’s predictable? That’s another gift Susan has. Perfect endings 🙂