Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars Series #2)

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Come heck or high water, Gracie Snow is determined to drag the legendary ex-jock Bobby Tom Denton back home to Heaven, Texas, to begin shooting his first motion picture. Despite his dazzling good looks and killer charm, Bobby Tom has reservations about being a movie star — and no plans to cooperate with a prim and bossy Ohio wallflower whom he can't get off his mind or out of his life. Instead, the hell-raising playboy decides to make her over from plain Jane to Texas wildcat.

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Overview

Come heck or high water, Gracie Snow is determined to drag the legendary ex-jock Bobby Tom Denton back home to Heaven, Texas, to begin shooting his first motion picture. Despite his dazzling good looks and killer charm, Bobby Tom has reservations about being a movie star — and no plans to cooperate with a prim and bossy Ohio wallflower whom he can't get off his mind or out of his life. Instead, the hell-raising playboy decides to make her over from plain Jane to Texas wildcat.

But nothing's more dangerous than a wildcat with an angel's heart in a town too small for a bad boy to hide. And all hell breaks loose when two unforgettable people discover love, laughter, passion — and a match that can only be made in Heaven.

From the author of It Had to Be You comes a deliciously, sexy contemporary romance. Former pro-football star Bobby Tom Denton has agreed to lend his fame and his name to a movie. But when he doesn't show up, the film company sends straight-laced Gracie Snow to bring him to the set--with surprising results. Original.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380776849
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Chicago Stars Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 479,647
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips has found fans all over the world with her warm and wonderful contemporary love stories that manage to touch both hearts and funny bones. She's the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Favorite Book of the Year and was also honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is a wife, the mother of two grown sons, an avid hiker, and—unlike some of her characters—notoriously inept at any sport requiring a ball.

Biography

Susan Elizabeth Phillips believes if Jane Austen were writing today, novels like Pride and Prejudice would be sitting on the bookshelf alongside the love stories that she and her fellow romance novelists pen. "Oh, and one more thing," she said, wagging her finger at a Chicago Tribune reporter in 1999, "Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy should have kissed at the end of that story, and if I'd have written it, they would have -- and it would have been a good kiss, too."

Such sass is Phillips' calling card, and since her 1994 football romance It Had to Be You, she’s been stitching threads of humor into her romance novels.

"I'm not a particularly funny person in person. I can't tell jokes, but it just seems like it happened when I started to write," she told The Romance Reader in 1997. "It wasn't anything that was planned. I'm a very intuitive writer; I just sort of let the characters talk to me, and they started saying funny things, so I wrote them down."

A schoolteacher until her first son was born, Phillips began writing in the early 1980s with her best friend and neighbor. The two were both regular readers and decided to try their hand at a book of their own, plotting their story during nightly bike rides with their toddlers in tow. They got the name of a publisher at Dell who liked the book and published it under the pen name Justine Cole.

Her friend moved into a legal career, but Phillips continued writing and publishing, this time under her own name. She released what she calls her "big books," titles like Fancy Pants and Honey Moon featuring Hollywood starlets and jet-setting London socialites.

Her stories, she has said, moved outside of the mainstream after that. She gives her romantic characters emotional wounds and personal difficulties that often impede their inevitable happy endings. But without such obstacles, there would be no story.

"I've grown increasingly interested in writing about family dynamics and much less interested in sticking a psychopath with a gun in any of my books," she said in an interview with the web site iVillage. "Technically, I've simply learned how to capitalize on my own distinctive voice and how to be a better storyteller."

The healing process that the characters go through is what makes the novels work. "Creative plotting adds sparkle, and entertaining, well-drawn secondary characters round out the novel, but it is the growing, healing relationship between the protagonists and how they finally form a family that touches the heartstrings and makes this contemporary romance an unforgettable read," the Library Journal wrote in a review of Phillips' 2000 book First Lady.

The dialogue, she has said, is also important. The exchanges in romance novels are satisfying to women who love to communicate, she told USA Today. "Women really like to talk. That's one of our processes. We talk to gather information. Women love the connection that comes from conversation," she said. "My husband says we broadcast. He thinks through things before he talks, but he says women just kind of broadcast until they zero in on what they want to say."

Phillips has also disputed the notion that romance novels are nothing more than books about "throbbing thighs." They aren't about sex, she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992, but are instead complicated fictions about women taking charge of their lives and being the stories' heroes.

"The woman always wins the man," she said, "and he always gets tamed in the end."

Good To Know

Phillips wanted to publish her first novel under the pseudonym Chastity Savage, but her best friend and co-author nixed the idea.

Though two of her books -- It Had to Be You and This Heart of Mine -- have football plots, Phillips doesn't consider herself much of a sports fan. "In my mind, if you don't have to wear mascara to do it, it doesn't count as recreation," she told Book Page.

Her family helps her keep the details straight. Husband Bill was her technical adviser on describing Dallie Beaudine's golf game in Fancy Pants, and son Zach's interest in knives, guns, and dead insects surfaced in Teddy, the son of the novel's leading lady. He also wrote and recorded a companion CD to her title This Heart of Mine, which is available from her web site.

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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?"...

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A cute, fun romp.

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Tender, Touching and Funny

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2001

    Good

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2004

    outstanding

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2003

    Incredibly Funny

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    Truly heaven in a book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    Heart-Wrenching

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2001

    Absolutely the Best!

    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!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2000

    This book is just Heaven...

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    A lone she-cat speaks.

    "Hello, beloved ancestors of StarClan. I am Daisypelt." her golden tail swishes back and forth, "I have no Clan nor family nor identity. I am here, but I am not. I need some place, some cats, some name, anything. It is all I ask. StarClan, I know you cannot change my destiny. But what can you do for me? Is there anything I can do to make life better?" Her green eyes glisten with tears and she cries quietly. If you help Daisypelt, she will respond at the next result. If locked out, the next one after that.
    Thank you.
    From Daisypelt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Night

    I do not know. Stacl cannot reveal everything."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Deathheart

    Looks at Night nervously. "What happenes if im not his mentor?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Mothkit

    I made a prophecy about my sister and 4 other kits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    TO ALL

    Can you please make a propechy about a she-kit with a nite ((No typo)) black pelt, she has golden eyes & lives in AshClan at Burning Lights result 5?

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    Posted January 4, 2014

    Leafdapple

    Paded in.

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    Posted December 31, 2013

    Mistynight of Stormclan

    Pads in. Her kit Goldenkit follows.

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    Posted December 31, 2013

    Darkfire

    Kk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Spottedstar

    Is in dream looks around and sees stats

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    Posted December 29, 2013

    Blizzardkit

    Sure pounces on you gently

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Turtletail

    Hm-wha-now!? What prophecy!

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