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Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars Series #2)

Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars Series #2)

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by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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It seems like an easy assignment for an assertive but sweet woman like Gracie Snow: track down her friend, Bobby Denton, a famous ex-jock, and bring him to Heaven (Texas, that is) to shoot a movie. How could he refuse a glamorous offer like that?

Easy, if you've got a big ego, a 1957 T-Bird and prefer cruising the highways for girls. Still, Bobby can't get Gracie,


It seems like an easy assignment for an assertive but sweet woman like Gracie Snow: track down her friend, Bobby Denton, a famous ex-jock, and bring him to Heaven (Texas, that is) to shoot a movie. How could he refuse a glamorous offer like that?

Easy, if you've got a big ego, a 1957 T-Bird and prefer cruising the highways for girls. Still, Bobby can't get Gracie, an angel, out of his mind. Why not head to Heaven and raise a little hell? Gracie can look out for the consequences.

"Susan Elizabeth Phillips makes you laugh, cry...makes you feel good." (Jayne Ann Krentz)

Gracie Snow debe conseguir que el legendario futbolista de los Chicago Stars, Bobby Tom Denton, regrese a su hogar en Heaven, Texas, para rodar allí su primera película. Pero domar a un tejano egoísta que conduce un T-Bird del '57 puede ser demasiado para una cándida chica de Ohio. A pesar de su deslumbrante aspecto y de su letal encanto, Bobby Tom se resiste a convertirse en una estrella de cine y no tiene intención de colaborar con una virgencita mandona a la que no puede mantener alejada ni de sus pensamientos ni de su vida. Por lo tanto, el playboy futbolista decide evitarla a toda costa. Pero nada es más peligroso que una gata salvaje con el corazón de un ángel y un pueblo demasiado pequeño para que un hombre malcriado pueda esconderse. Además, todo eso se desvanece en el aire cuando dos personas descubren el amor, la risa y la pasión de tal manera que parece hecho en el cielo. Bobby Tom ha nacido bendecido por los dioses: tiene la apariencia de un modelo, los ojos azules como el cielo y ha sido el mejor receptor en la historia del fútbol americano hasta que una lesión lo aparta de los terrenos de juego. A partir de ese momento, vive sin objetivos claros y para rematarlo acepta rodar una película de acción. Aunque . . . que haya firmado no quiere decir que vaya a rodarla ya ¿verdad? Cuando finalmente la productora se cansa de esperar que se presente en el plató, encarga a Gracie Snow la misión de acompañarlo al lugar de rodaje -por condición de Bobby Tom, su pueblo natal, Heaven, Texas- para que se cumplan los plazos establecidos. Gracie Snowha vivido toda su vida entre ancianos en una residencia propiedad de sus padres y, cuando por fin sale de allí, quiere vivir la vida a tope, libre como un pájaro. Lástima que su primer trabajo en la productora sea encargarse de un hombre mimado y pagado de sí mismo como Bobby Tom Denton. Bobby Tom resulta ser un duro trabajo a jornada completa por el que acaba sintiéndose muy atraída. ¿Será Gracie capaz de demostrarle que es la única mujer que sólo desea su compañía?

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Chicago Stars Series , #2
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5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Chapter One

"A bodyguard! I don't need any damn bodyguard! "

The silver toes of Bobby Tom Denton's purple lizardskin cowboy boots flashed in the sunlight as the ex-football player stalked across the carpet and planted the heels of his hands on his attorney's desk.

Jack Aikens regarded him cautiously. "Windmill Studios thinks you do."

"I don't happen to care what they think, Everybody knows there isn't a single person living in all of Southern California who's got a lick of sense." Bobby Tom straightened. "Well, maybe some of the ranchers do, but not other than that." He folded his lanky frame into a leather chair, propped his boots on the desktop, and crossed his ankles.

Jack Aikens observed the man who was his most important client. Today Bobby Tom was dressed almost conservatively in white linen trousers, a lavender silk shirt, his purple lizardskin boots, and a light gray Stetson. The former wide receiver didn't go anywhere without a Stetson. Some of his girlfriends swore he even made love wearing it, although Jack didn't quite believe that. Still, Bobby Tom was proud of being a Texan, although his professional football career had forced him to spend most of the last decade living in Chicago.

With his magazine cover good looks, woman-eating grin, and imposing pair of diamond-studded Super Bowl rings, Bobby Tom Denton was pro football's most visible glamour boy. From the beginning of his career, television audiences had loved his country boy manner, but those who'd played against him weren't fooled by good ol' boy charm. They knew that Bobby Tom was smart, driven, and as tough as they came. He'd not only been the most colorfulwide receiver in the NFL, he'd also been the best, and when a disabling knee injury five months earlier in last January's Super Bowl had forced him to retire at the age of thirtythree, it was only natural for Hollywood to be interested in making him the newest hero of their action adventure movies.

"Bobby Tom, the people at Windmill have a right to be worried. They're paying you several million dollars to make your first movie with them."

"I'm a football player, not a damn movie star!"

"As of last January, you became a retired football player," Jack pointed out. "And it was your decision to sign a movie contract."

Bobby Tom whipped off his Stetson, plowed one hand through his thick blond hair, and shoved the hat back on, "I was drunk and looking for new direction in my life. You know better than to let me make important decisions when I'm drunk."

"We've been friends for a long time, and I have yet to see you drunk, so that's not going to work as an excuse. You also happen to be one of the smartest businessmen I know, and you sure as hell don't need the money. If you didn't want to sign that contract with Windmill, you wouldn't have done it."

"Yeah, well, I've changed my mind."

"You've been involved in more business deals than I can count, and I've never known you to break a contract. Are you sure you want to start now?"

"I didn't say I was going to break the damn contract."

Jack rearranged two file folders and a roll of Turns. They'd been friends for a decade, but he suspected he didn't really know Bobby Tom much better than the barber who cut his hair. Despite his affability, the former football player was a deeply private person. Not that Jack blamed him. Everybody in the world wanted a piece of Bobby Tom, and the athlete had learned to protect himself. In Jack's opinion, he didn't always do a good job of it. Every ex-jock, shapely female, or hometown buddy with a hard luck story had come to regard Bobby Tom as an easy mark.

Jack peeled the silver foil coin off the end of the Turns roll. "Just out of curiosity, you know anything about acting?"

"Hell, no."

"That's what I figured."

"I don't see what difference it makes. Movies like this, all anybody has to do is kick ass and undress women, Hell, I've been doing that since I was eight years old.

That sort of comment was vintage Bobby Tom Denton, and Jack smiled. Regardless of what his client said. he had to believe Bobby Tom planned to make a success out of his movie career. He'd never known the ex-football player to take on anything he didn't plan to do well. from acquiring land to buying into new businesses. On the other hand, he certainly was taking his time about it.

Jack settled back in his chair. "I talked with Willow Craig from Windmill a couple of hours ago. She's a mighty unhappy lady, especially since you're the one who insisted that all the location shooting be done in Telarosa."

"They needed a small town in Texas. You know how bad the economy's been down there, and this'll help out."

"I thought you were doing your best to stay away from your hometown for a while, especially with all this craziness over that big festival they're planning to rejuvenate the town."

Bobby Tom winced. "Don't remind me,"

"The fact is, you have to get down there. Windmill has already moved in their equipment and personnel, but they don't have you there so they can start shooting."

"I told them I'd show up."

"Just like you told them you'd show up for all those meetings and wardrobe fittings they had scheduled for you in L.A. two weeks ago."

"That was chicken shit stuff. Hell, I've already got the best wardrobe of any player in the NFL. What do I need fittings for?"...

Meet the Author

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.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Cincinnati, Ohio
B.F.A., Ohio University

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Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bobby Tom Denton the famous jock with the Chicago Stars has been injured. This injury ended his football career. He signs a contract to star in a motion picture in his hometownof Heaven, Texas. Bobby Tom has second thoughts about this movie deal and decides to go to Heaven, Texas when he is good and ready. Gracie Snow was hired by the production company of the movie to escort Bobby Tom back to Heaven, Texas. They don't care how she does it, they want him there. Gracie meets Bobby Tom and think he is stuck on himself. Gracie puts her foot down and tells him he is going to show up to do this movie. Bobby Tom gives in and they go to Heaven, Texas together. He decides to get this bright idea to tell everyone there that Gracie is his fiance. There is always somebody there that wants Bobby to meet a relative of theirs, this way Gracie will be his shield. Some of the towns people think that something is strange about this because Gracie is just a small petite plan Jane, not someone Bobby would go with much less marry. Once they agree to this plan sparks fly. I really liked this book. This is the second book in the Chicago Stars football team series. Ms. Phillips always writes an excellent story. I really enjoyed it!
sweetpeaSP More than 1 year ago
I found this story to be funny, entertaining, and unique. This is the story of Bobby Tom Denton from `It had to be you' novel. Bobby, an ex-football player, who finds himself stuck with a cute, bossy, inexperienced assistant. A cute, fun romp!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the first book that i have read from SEP. After reading such a orignal book i got hooked on her other books. all of her books are all orginal i can't wait to read the other ones. Heaven, Texas is my favorite SEP book. If you don't read this book you don't know what your missing out on.
bkbiz More than 1 year ago
Heaven, Texas is one of the best romances I have ever read. The dialogue is at turns laugh out loud funny and heart-wrenching. Susan Elizabeth Phillips creates characters that are more than caricatures. They are people we can care about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There were tears in my eyes because I was laughing so hard. Bobby Tom Denton surely met his match in Gracie Snow, the prim and proper woman who seems to be the only one with the power to tie him down! Praises must be given to Mrs. Phillips along with flowers and thanks you notes for such a good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought 'Heaven Texas', was inspirational , it teaches you to tell your true feelings even though your too afraid of the out come. And another thing why the book is so awesome is because all women/people wan't to find the right person at the right time. But sometimes it doesn't happen that way. and ever women want's the person to be tall, dark, handsom, blue eyes, and muscular. but most of all sweet but tries to hide it by being tough, and under neath boyish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SEP's amazing talents comes alive in the most thought out romance novel I have ever read. The full-filling humor and and uncontrolable emotions sear your heart. Bobby Tom Denton, charming, cocky, chauvenistic, and smart with a boyish grin gets infatuted by Miss Gracie Snow. She is stubborn, a dork, witty, and unattractive until she gets a makeover after halling down Bobby Tom's butt to Telarosa, Texas for his movie. He comes up with a scheme to prevent the old mamas of his town coming up to him to meet new women. In this shceme Gracie becomes his 'fake' fiancee. With Gracie's new makeover shes a little hellion, but is still innocent in the ways of lust and only Bobby Tom can teach her. The whole time Gracie is falling in love with him, and Bobby Tom has no idea that he is in love with her, but he is. When he does figure it out, Gracie does not believe him, and he only has a little time left to prove his love for her before she runs back home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've gotten hooked on Susan Elizabeth Phillips books after reading 'It Had To Be You', and I've read everyone she has and several of them 6 or 7 times each. I've lost count on how many times I've read 'Heaven Texas'. She is absolutely the best in Romance. She's funny, romantic, crazy and down to earth. Great characters and great plots. Fantastic reads,again and again!!! I can't wait for the next one!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, once I've started, I couldn't put it down! The plot was good, and the romance was even better... This book made me laugh, cry, and it also made me want to kick Bobby-Tom. I loved this books and to tell you the truth I read this book like 8 times, and I still don't get tire of it.
Anonymous 10 days ago
I enjoy nearly every single character in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books, except this one! I just can't bring myself to like the lead characters in this book. The leading man is an arrogant jerk, the women are weak and needy, and I had no empathy for any of them. Even the townspeople were more caricatures than people. I wish you would rewrite this one! Just not up to the same personalities as all your others, of which I have read them all.
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Great book. Exactly what I have come to expect from SEP. Absolutely loved it. Definitely recommend this book. You will want to re-read this one. It's a keeper
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes fun stories with delightful characters. Anna fields is one of the best narrators I've come across.
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Loved it! A must read, love that the author brings in characters from first book
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