Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars Series #6)

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You met star quarterback Kevin Tucker in This Heart of Mine. Now get ready to meet his shark of an agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed.

Annabelle's endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement . . . even her hair's a mess! But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and ...

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Overview

You met star quarterback Kevin Tucker in This Heart of Mine. Now get ready to meet his shark of an agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed.

Annabelle's endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement . . . even her hair's a mess! But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

Why does the wealthy, driven, and gorgeous sports agent Heath Champion need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she's entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of success — the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?

Soon everyone in Chicago has a stake in the outcome, and a very big question: When the determined matchmaker promised she'd do anything to keep her star client happy . . . did she mean anything? If Annabelle isn't careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town.

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Bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips has a ball in this funny and irresistible sequel to This Heart of Mine. This one pits Heath Champion, Kevin Tucker's scary sports agent, against the adorable, somewhat disorganized matchmaker Annabelle Granger. Heath, nicknamed the Python, has finally gone into training for marriage, but finding the right poised, accomplished woman is tough on a high-powered schedule. He reaches out to the gold standard of matchmakers, Portia Powers, and, reluctantly, to a small-time operator, Annabelle. The greatest underachiever in her family, Annabelle has inherited her grandmother's old matchmaking firm, Marriages by Myrna, and is modernizing it under the a name, Perfect for You. She badly needs a big client like Heath. Annabelle's matchmaking and her encounters with her own family and the extended family of the Chicago Stars are a riot, as is the unlikely romance between the overcontrolling Portia Powers and former linebacker Bodie Gray. By the time Heath realizes his dream girl was the result of the wrong dreams, readers are cheering: We know who his dream girl really is. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
Phillips's latest captivating romance (Ain't She Sweet; Breathing Room) follows a pair of reluctant lovers from their combative first acquaintance to a happily ever after. Perpetually discombobulated but adorable Annabelle Granger inherits her grandmother's matchmaking business, renames it Perfect for You and targets Chicago's super-rich, super-aggressive sports agent Heath Champion, better known as the Python, as her first client. Intrigued by this spunky, determined upstart, Heath-who is dead set on finding the ultimate trophy wife by age 35-agrees to give Annabelle a chance despite his contract with Portia Powers of Power Match. Soon Annabelle is introducing him to the Windy City's most extraordinary women, none of whom seem to meet Heath's discriminating standards. Could it be because chemistry has sparked between the matchmaker and her client? From trading barbs the two progress to exchanging kisses-and more. But when Heath finally meets his should-be dream girl and Annabelle's business threatens to go bellyup, they each must face their deepest feelings and make some difficult decisions in the name of love. Phillips has once again created a delightful page-turner. Agent, Steven Axelrod. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Annabelle Granger desperately needs an A-list client like sports agent Heath Champion to launch the matchmaking service she inherited from her grandmother. Luckily, she has an in with the Chicago Stars; unlucky for her, Heath already has a matchmaker. Annabelle doesn't let little details deter her. Phillips returns to her Chicago football world, bringing back Phoebe Calebow in all her sharp and brilliant glory. Male characters play more than a supporting role here, and reader Anna Fields has a naturally deep voice that is up to the task, making Heath appealing despite his workaholic, one-track mind. She is less successful with Annabelle, who sounds too old and self-assured for the part. However, the subplot with alternative matchmaker Portia Powers almost steals the show, and Fields couldn't be more effective showing the brittle exterior masking deep-seated fear and longing. Not as brilliant as It Had To Be You, the story is still funny and fast-paced and recommended for public libraries.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060734565
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Series: Chicago Stars Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 185,264
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.04 (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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Match Me If You Can

Chapter One

If Annabelle hadn't found a body lying under "Sherman," she wouldn't have been late for her appointment with the Python. But dirty bare feet stuck out from beneath her nana's ancient Crown Victoria. One extremely cautious glance under the car revealed they were attached to a homeless man known only as Mouse, who was famous in her Wicker Park neighborhood for his lack of personal hygiene and fondness for cheap wine. An empty screw-top bottle lay near his chest, which rose and fell with the sounds of his wet snorts. It testified to the importance of her appointment with the Python that she momentarily considered trying to maneuver the car around the body. But her alley parking space was too tight.

She'd allowed plenty of time to get dressed and make the trip downtown for her 11 a.m. appointment. Unfortunately, obstacles kept creeping up, beginning with Mr. Bronicki, who'd caught her at the front door and refused to leave until he'd had his say. Still, this wasn't an emergency yet. All she had to do was get Mouse out from under Sherman.

She gingerly prodded his ankle with her foot, noting as she did that the emergency mixture of Hershey's chocolate syrup and Elmer's glue she'd applied to a scuff mark on the heel of her favorite pair of strappy sandals hadn't entirely camouflaged the damage. "Mouse?"

He didn't stir.

She prodded him more vigorously. "Mouse, wake up. You have to come out of there."

Nothing. Which made it time to revert to more drastic measures.With a grimace, she bent over, gingerly picked up one filthy ankle, and gave it a shake. "Come on,Mouse.Wake up!"

Nada. If itweren't for his slurpy snorts, he might have been dead.

She shook him more vigorously. "This happens to be the most important day of my professional life, and I could use a little cooperation here."

Mouse wasn't interested in cooperation.

She needed more leverage. Gritting her teeth, she carefully slid up the skirt of the buttercup yellow raw silk suit she'd bought yesterday for 60 percent off at a Field's Day sale and crouched by the bumper. "If you don't get out from under there, I'm calling the police."

Mouse snorted.

She dug her heels into the ground and yanked on both filthy ankles. The morning sun beat down on her head. Mouse rolled over just far enough to wedge his shoulder under the chassis. She yanked again. Beneath her jacket, the white sleeveless shell she'd chosen to complement Nana's pearl teardrop earrings had begun to stick to her skin. She tried not to think about what was happening to her hair. This hadn't been the best time to run out of styling gel, and she prayed the ancient can of industrial-strength Aqua Net she'd found under the bathroom sink would tame the bedlam of her red curls, always the curse of her existence but especially so during a humid Chicago summer.

If she didn't get Mouse out in the next five minutes, she was in serious trouble. She made her way around to the driver's-side door. Her knees cracked as she crouched down again and peered into his slack-jawed face. "Mouse, you have to wake up! You can't stay here."

One grimy eyelid flicked open then slid shut again.

"Look at me." She poked his chest. "If you come out from under there, I'll give you five dollars."

His mouth moved and a guttural rumble oozed out, along with a string of saliva. "G'way."

The smell made her eyes water. "Why did you have to pick today to pass out under my car? And why my car? Why not Mr. Bronicki's car?" Mr. Bronicki lived across the alley and spent his retirement coming up with new ways to make Annabelle crazy.

Time was running out, and she was starting to panic. "Do you want to have sex? Because if you come out, we could maybe talk about it."

More drool and another putrid snort. This was hopeless. She jumped up and dashed toward the house.

Ten minutes later, she managed to lure him out with an open can of beer. Not her best moment.

By the time she'd maneuvered Sherman from the alley to the street, she had only twenty-one minutes left to navigate the traffic into the Loop and find a place to park. Dirt streaked her legs, her shirt was crumpled, and she'd broken a fingernail when she'd opened the beer can. The extra five pounds that had accumulated on her small-boned frame since Nana's death no longer seemed like such a big problem.

10:39.

She couldn't risk the construction gridlock on the Kennedy Expressway, so she cut over to Division. In the rearview mirror, another curl sprang free of her hair spray, and perspiration glistened on her forehead. She detoured down Halsted to avoid more road repair. As she maneuvered Sherman's tanklike bulk through the traffic, she scrubbed at her dirty legs with the damp paper towel she'd snatched up in the kitchen. Why couldn't Nana have driven a nice little Honda Civic instead of this bilious green gas-guzzling monster? At five feet three inches, Annabelle had to sit on a cushion to see over the steering wheel. Nana hadn't bothered with a cushion, but then she'd hardly ever driven. After a dozen years of use, Sherman's speedometer didn't quite register thirty-nine thousand miles.

A cab cut her off. She laid on the horn, and a trickle of perspiration slid between her breasts. She glanced at her watch. 10:50. She tried to remember if she'd put on deodorant after her shower. Of course she had. She always put on deodorant. She lifted her arm to make sure, but just as she took a sniff, she hit a pothole and her mouth bumped against the buttercup yellow lapel, leaving behind a smudge of tawny lipstick . . .

Match Me If You Can. Copyright © by Susan Phillips. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Interviews & Essays

Heart to Heart Interview with Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Heart to Heart: In Match Me if You Can, Annabelle Granger is trying to build a contemporary matchmaking service on the bones of her grandmother's old matchmaking firm. What a wonderful premise! What kind of research did you do in this field before writing the book, and did any of it surprise you? We notice that Annabelle doesn't think much of the Internet dating services.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Personally, I think some of the online services can be good tools for meeting people, but that's just me, the clueless author, and I'm smart enough not to mention this to Annabelle, who believes in the personal touch. (Sometimes way too personal, in my opinion.) As I talked to matchmakers while I was researching the book, I was most surprised by how guarded they were, very concerned about projecting a professional image and making sure no one confused them with an escort service. Talking to them was almost as bad trying to pry information out of the Secret Service while I was researching First Lady.

HtoH: Is this the last book in your Chicago Stars series? Or can we expect a sequel of some kind, even if it features a member of a rival team?

SEP: A rival team? You think I'd write about a rival team? This interview is over! (All right, I've done some deep breathing, and I'm going to assume you didn't intentionally set out to insult my team loyalty.…) This Heart of Mine, as my readers know, was supposed to be the last of the Chicago Stars books, but then Annabelle and her matchmaking business came along. She needed a client who was hardheaded, fiercely competitive, sexy, and difficult, which always makes me start thinking about football. And, since Jerry Maguire is one of my favorite movies, Heath Champion, Kevin Tucker's shark of an agent, was born.

HtoH: What are the special challenges and pleasures of writing a series of connected novels, with some of the characters who have starred in other books making cameo apearances in others?

SEP: Just like my readers, I love catching up with old friends, but since I never planned to write a series, I didn't keep a detailed chronology as I was going along. This means I'm constantly going on my web site bulletin board (www.susanelizabethphillips.com) and asking my readers about a former character's hair color, jersey number, or one of a thousand other details I've forgotten and am too lazy to look up. My research methods are mildly embarrassing, but effective.

HtoH: How did your writing career begin? Did any particular authors influence you?

SEP: It's a fairly long story, which I've posted on my web site, but here's the mini version. I began writing a historical romance with a friend when my children were small. We were doing it just for fun and couldn't have been more shocked when the first publisher we sent the manuscript to bought it.

I suppose I was most influenced by The Boxcar Children. I was seven years old when I opened those magical pages for the first time and discovered the power of reading. Life has never been the same since.

HtoH: What 's coming up next?

SEP: I just knew you were going to ask that, and I'm mortified to confess it's another Chicago Stars book. This really is the last one! And it's not my fault. A character wandered into Match Me if You Can who knocked my socks off, and I couldn't resist finding out more about him. I have a feeling that everyone who reads Match Me will be able to pick him out. Hubba hubba.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

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    Cute! Fun!

    The romance between Heath and Annabelle was predictable but the clever, witty journey to get there was worth it. Annabelle, a soft touch, tries to revamp her grandmother's matchmaking business for a new generation and Heath, a hard nosed lawyer and sports agent come together on a professional level. While trying to find a match for Heath, she falls for him herself. Cute! Fun!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    A joy to treasure.

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips scores a sensational, funny, tender story in Match Me If You Can. _________ Annabelle Granger is determined to change her place as the family screw up. She is laying it all on the line to make Perfect for you the matchmaker service she inherited a success. Annabelle sets her sites on Heath Champion, top sports agent. If she can make this match the exposure will help Perfect for you. __________ Heath has decided its time to add a wife to the mix. Someone who will be the perfect partner. He already has a deal with Power Matches owner Portia Powers. But he is intrigued by this quirky woman who steamrolls her way into his life. Dates are coming left and right from both women. But it¿s Annabelle and Heath that shake each other¿s world. Has the matchmaker made her match? _________ Match Me If You Can is a book to treasure. The dialogue is witty, snappy, the passion is hot and the family and friends are a joy. I loved peeking in to former friends for the Chicago Stars. It was like checking in with old and dear friends.______ You can¿t go wrong with this book, it¿s a keeper.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    Love it, Love it, and Love it!!!

    This was probably Susan E. Phillips best book in the Chicago Stars series. There were so many laugh out loud moments and the storyline was great. Heath Champion the sexy sport agent for Kevin Tucker (This Heart of Mine)has decided he wants a wife so he hires Portia of Power Matches and the heroine Annabelle Granger of Perfect for you to introduce him to potiental wives. Annabelle is friends with Molly (This Heart of Mine) who first helps Annabelle (who is considered the screwup in her family) land Heath as a client. As she searches for potiental wives for Heath the sparks begin to fly between these two. Great dialogue between all the characters in this book will keep you laughing and entertained. The secondary romance between Portia and Bodie who is Heaths 'bodyguard' is also good. Another treat for fans is the return of some of the old gang like Phoebe/Dan and Molly/Kevin. Highly recommend this book. Great read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    Why I'm an addict

    This book displays SEP witty and sarcastic humor throughout every scene. The diatribe is something I seek in all books and this one is a definite page turner. It does not have the intimate profiles as some of her books, but this can be bypassed with her captivating movement throughout the book. I loved all the characters and even though at times some may seem a little cliche, this book seems to encompass what it takes to make a SEP success. Highly recommend if you want modern and sarcastic dialogue with a twist of romance.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fine animated contemporary romance

    Sports agent Heath ¿Python¿ Champion decides he needs a societal acceptable trophy wife to further his career. The agent of football superstar Kevin Tucker (see THIS HEART OF MINE) does not want to go through the motion of finding someone or bother much beyond the superficial when it comes to the courting ritual. He hires Portia Powers of Power Match, but she wants to control his every move. --- He then turns around and hires cute but wacky Annabelle Granger, who recently inherited her grandmother's matchmaking business. Between the two companies Heath meets a horde of eligible lovely women, but none of Chicago¿s finest is good enough for him. Instead he begins thinking of attractive Annabelle who he finds very kissable when they are not arguing and even more kissable when they are. However, Annabelle is the last person a social climber wants by his side so he keeps asking himself why does he want to make a permanent match with the madcap matchmaker? --- Heath and Annabelle are a fun couple due to their vigorous spats, their vivacious kisses, and finally their undisputed conclusion that each is wrong for the other¿s career goals. In other words love is a wonderful irritating nuisance. MATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a fine animated contemporary romance starring a delightful duo. --- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    I loved this book!!! The characters were very likable, and some

    I loved this book!!! The characters were very likable, and some of the situations were very funny! This is one I'll read again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Great

    This was a quick and fun read that was well-worth the money. I won't delete it from my nook, even when I buy a print copy. Annabelle is charming and funny and Heath, even though he's gorgeous he definitely has his flaws which endear him. I loved this book because it made me laugh and it wasn't too cliched or mushy. It's great to read!

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    This was the very first Susan Elizabeth Phillips romance I ever

    This was the very first Susan Elizabeth Phillips romance I ever read. I don’t know if that’s why it became one of my romance favorites, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I enjoyed this book for its humor and romance/love story. There was a great balance between the two that made it a quick read. The antics and relationships between all the characters are what created the quirkiness and humor. There is some heat in the romance area, but not continually throughout the story.

    I enjoyed Annabelle’s attitude especially when dealing with Heath as a client of hers. Could Heath really be that vain? There was never a dull moment in the book and it had a very good ending. I also enjoyed the matching making job outlook. Something new I had never read before.
    I would definitely recommend this book to all readers of romance. Don’t let the sports theme turn you off, it isn’t the full basis for the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    A must on the summer read list!

    A fun, enjoyable, well written story. perfect vacation book! i fell in love with this author and had to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    One of my favorites from this author!

    This was a fun story building in the story line of the 'Chicago' series. Lots of familiar characters, and a great love story between strong personalities. Loved the romance, and the small love story that also develops. Ms Philips does a great job of having supporting characters develop a love story too, and in the end they mean somehting to the overall story! This makes it more ineresting, and fun to read. And the leading ladies always have relatable quirks, but they are strong, feminine ladies. And the men are men!

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Great story and characters

    This series is an excellent blend of humor and romance with captivating character and a great story. From the first book to the last. One of my favorite authors over all.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    I loved this book!

    I could not put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    Make sure you have time to read this in one sitting!

    I picked this book up at a Waldenbooks and thought that it looked cute. I'm an avid reader of all kinds of books, however, there are only a handful of books that I finished reading and immediately wanted to re-read again. The characters are so easy to relate to and you really root for them. Unfortunately, I did not realize this was part of a series until after I read it and researched the author. HOWEVER, I do not feel like I missed out by reading this book first. If anything it made me want to go back and read the series from the beginning to get more information on the characters. When I received my nook for Christmas, this was one of the first books I "re-bought" because I needed to have it at my fingertips!

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    It was okay!

    I got this because there were so many good reviews, but if all her books are like this, I think there are better romance authors out there. I liked Maggie a lot as well as her friends, but I couldn't get into rooting for the relationship. I wasn't hoping, anxious, or excited. I thought the book was rather long for the story it told, maybe it was meant to get you attached to the characters, for which I thought was not done very well. You grew to know them, but the plot was far too drawn out, and I felt like the main characters are quite independent, making the story fall a little flat for me. It wasn't a bad book just not anything I would really remember.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Awesome - hilarious witty banter

    Match Me if You Can is the sixth book in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars series. Annabelle Granger is desperate to land Heath Champion as a client for her new match making company, Perfect for You. With such a prestigious client, her new company will be sure to succeed and in doing so will get her family off her back. She is basically the black sheep in the family. Heath Champion is a very well known sports agent who is as ruthless as he is handsome. He is looking for a wife and has unrealistic expectations of the type of woman he is ready to settle down with. Annabelle has her work cut out for her if she is to be successful in finding him his perfect match.

    I had a lot of fun listening to Match Me if You Can. First of all the narrator Anna Fields does an excellent job of getting the humor just right. She is able to use really good inflection when delivering those zingers. There is a lot of really great dialogue between Annabelle and Heath. These two go back and forth throughout the book and readers who love a lot of banter between the hero and heroine are going to really enjoy this book.

    I loved Annabelle. She is my kind of heroine. She is funny, smart and completely driven and focused. She was a little insecure but it was only a small part of her character. Heath too was an excellent match for her. He is just as driven, funny and smart. He too has his own little insecurities to get over. I thought this was a great read with many memorable scenes. The dialogue is fantastic and is chock full of rich characters. I even found the secondary love story between Portia and Bodey a treat. Two thumbs up. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This book was so good... I had that "good feel" feeling at the end. It was not like the typical romance novels where the girl and boy are together romantically the whole time but do not figure out they are "in love" till the end. It was a very different read and I enjoyed that. I also liked how the characters from the other "Chicago Series" is in the story line and getting an update on them. I really like SEP's books and would recommend them for reading.

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

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    Laugh out loud Romantic

    I absolutely adored the characters in this book. Susan Elizabeth Phillips does a fantastic job drawing you in to each and every character. What was so great about this particular book was that you got two love match stories in one book. Although I have read this series in backwards order so far..(I read #7 first, now this) I am going to start from the beginning now and I am sure I will love the rest as much as this one!! Love, Love, Love it!!!!

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    Loved it

    I thought it was such a cute book. Def. good for a rainy day or a day you just want to sit back and read. I loved Anabelle and Heath together. You really catch onto their chemistry straight out of the gate.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Match Made in Heaven

    This is was my very first read of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I was enchanted from page one! Annabelle Granger is a regular gal who has a love for matchmaking and when she meets the handsome and eligable bachelor Heath Champion she jumps on the chance to set him up. Soon she finds herself falling in love with him when she would least expect it.

    I love how all of her characters somehow meet one another throughout the stories, the intricate detail that is involved in making a story like this and having it read as beautifully as she has is truly magical. My heart melted as their relationship blossomed.

    I would give this as a gift to everyone who loved a chick lit, and I already have! You will not regret this wonderful story!

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    Another great SEP book!

    This book is one of the "THE CHICAGO STARS BOOKS" series. They don't have to be read in order, although there are often cameos from past characters, so reading in order is fun.
    The order:
    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
    NATURAL BORN CHARMER

    Match Me if You Can was one of my favorites in this series. The characters and writing are wonderful.

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