Book Review – First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars #8) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Blurb

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 to 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.


My Review

 

I had a really HARD time getting into this book.

It took me two tries.

The entire first scene of Piper meeting Cooper was just too ridiculous for me. I had to take a break and come back to it with an open mind.

Fortunately the break helped and I did end up enjoying the rest of the book.

What I liked the most about First Star I See Tonight was that neither Piper nor Cooper liked each other at the beginning, which was refreshingly different.

The book was entertaining, and Piper a real character. She was strong, willful, self-reliant and a gun-swinging super women. She definitely didn’t need a man to take care of her. Which turned out to be very appealing to  Cooper. He had never known a women like Piper before. Someone that paved her own path, someone that had a concrete goal in mind and was not afraid to get her hands dirty in the process.

Cooper finally found someone in Piper that understood him without having to lay himself bare. They were in sync, liked the same things in life and had chemistry galore.

I thought Cooper was wonderfully down-to-earth for a former quarterback. He wasn’t a horn-dog nor a womanizer. He liked to garden which I thought was adorable. And he still needed to find out what he wanted to do with his life. He was also quite trusting – it was sweet and but made him also incredibly vulnerable at times. It was rare to have a male hero that wasn’t jaded yet and still believed in the best of people.

Their life was never boring with his life being in danger. And they worked together like a team. He appreciated her expertise and know-how. And she liked his caring personality. But when it came to really figuring out what they could have together they reached crossroads that neither was willing to pass.

For Piper that was the only thing that made her run. Run from her feelings, and run from the possibility of a future with Cooper. Underneath that hard outer shell and tough persona she was a fragile women that didn’t believe in a HEA for herself.

Closer to the end I thought Piper was maybe a little TOO independent and too set in her ways. She was tough as nails, and thought she knew what she wanted in life –  running her investigation business. And unfortunately she didn’t see a future with Cooper.

At the end he was the one that knew what he wanted and he found a way to make Piper see the light at the end of the long tunnel.

 

3.5 stars

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