First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars Series #8)

First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars Series #8)

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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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 of 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062405630
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Series: Chicago Stars Series , #8
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 3,885
File size: 1 MB

About 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.


Chicago, Illinois

Place of Birth:

Cincinnati, Ohio


B.F.A., Ohio University

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First Star I See Tonight 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like so many of Ms Phillips books, I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. Funny, clever with seriously enjoyable characters this book was worth every minute I spent reading it and will be one I will read again and again. I especially enjoyed seeing a few characters from the past Stars books. Just enough presence to give me that warm familiar feeling but without overpowering Piper and Coop's story. Only a few authors still write at this level in romantic fiction so I truly appreciate when a story this well written come my way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love being back in the world of the stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors for years. Her books never let you down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in a day. I can never get enough of SEP's novels, especially the Chicago Stars series. And it was wonderful to visit Heath and Annabelle again. It would have been eve better if Kevin and Molly made an appearance. Great book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading about the Stars again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book...loved them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. So much fun! What a great continuation of the Stars series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot!! Love her books!
Anonymous 1 days ago
This book was so much fun to read. The heroine was smart, sassy, and so easy to like. The hero was so much fun too. I really enjoyed their chemistry and full-throttle snarky relationship. One moment I was laughing out loud, the next, I was swooning. I can't wait to read more books in this series.
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Shelley Murray More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 stars This is one of those instances where I'd have never picked up the book with its original cover, and THANK GOODNESS for a re-release with a new cover! Because this great clinch cover for the win! (And yes, I am totally judging books by their covers... At least at first, scrolling through websites and deciding what to click on and read the blurb for. IT MATTERS.) I LOVE Piper. She's whip-smart, and also kind of bonkers. Her detective Dad raised her to be super tough and street-smart, but at the same time was really over-protective and tried to shelter her from really living the same type of life he lead - which makes for one fairly messed-up adult at times. With her big bag o' disguises, her Tinkle Bell, her cocksure attitude and endless trove of snarky one-liners, Piper definitely sassed her way right into my heart. Cooper was a little less memorable for me. I read First Star I See Tonight on a weekend I was doing a readathon, so I read it smashed in between four or five other books, and I honestly can't remember Coop that well. He's overbearing and kind of obnoxious with how competitive he is, but at the same time rather endearing when it comes to how he loves gardening, or his friendships with certain people (like Heath, or Jada's family). I feel like if I hadn't gone on to read a few other books after reading this one (and before writing this review...) I'd have more to say about Coop, so the deficiency here is certainly mine and not his/the author's, haha. Also I think it would be a struggle for anyone to stand out next to the firecracker that is Piper Dove. And then of course their chemistry together was AWESOME. I did find a couple elements of this book problematic, though now I can't remember exactly what. Problematic enough that I groaned aloud "Oh, COME ON" to the room of people I was reading with, and twice had to complain about "Gross, listen to this" about something I felt was in poor taste on the part of the author to put in there. (Again, too many books between reading and writing this review! I need to get a notebook to write thoughts down I guess, since my brain can't hold on to them...) This is book 8 in the Chicago Stars series, but can be read as a stand alone. I haven't read any of the other books in the series so I really can't say if there are spoilers for earlier books in the series, but it didn't seem like it. I do need to go read Heath and Annabelle's book now (book 6, Match Me If You Can) because I adored them as side characters in First Star I See Tonight and now I need to read more about them RIGHT NOW.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in 2 days...loved it!
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PegGlover More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars First Star I See Tonight is a well-written and humorous contemporary romance. Although this is the eighth book in the Chicago Stars Series, it can easily be read as a standalone. Piper has no interest in falling in love. She doesn’t do emotions. Piper was tough, competitive, and snarky; just like her dad taught her to be. When Piper’s father died, she bought his business, Dove Investigations. She was determined to be the best private investigator in town. Cooper Graham loved his life. He was thirty-seven-years-old, a Chicago Stars legend, and retired. Cooper left football while he was on top so that he could stay that way. His new passion and vision was to create a nightclub empire. When Cooper discovered that a nutty woman, wearing different disguises, was following him on a daily basis, he shrugged it off. At first, it didn’t bother him, but when the crazy stalker started coming into his nightclub, Cooper had had enough. What could Piper possibly say to Cooper to appease him? She couldn’t exactly tell him, who hired her to investigate him, or why; could she? But, that’s exactly what he wanted to know. And, Cooper got whatever he wanted. Well, apparently, not this time. Before Piper left the nightclub without answering his questions, she nonchalantly told him, that someone was pilfering his profits. Cooper was livid. How could this wacky woman accuse a trusted friend, of stealing? Unfortunately, Piper was right; so Cooper hired her. Initially, Cooper was not attracted to Piper. So, why was he falling for the stubborn, independent, and smart-mouthed woman? Because, Piper wasn’t like any other woman, that he's ever met. Piper was not romantically, interested in him. Piper could also be sexy as hell when she wanted to be. The last thing Piper needed was to fall for a conceited, arrogant ex-football player, like Cooper. Piper avoided relationships at all costs. But, like Cooper, Piper had a big, mushy heart underneath her tough exterior. There are several subplots, adding depth, to this well-written, humorous, and captivating novel. The First Star I See Tonight is a delightful and entertaining read. Susan Elizabeth Phillips never fails to make me laugh. I just love her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best one yet. Piper is Phillips' best heroine yet. Smart, plucky, quirky, yet human and she can take care of herself. Cooper isn't the mean hero that Phillips often uses in her books. I couldn't put it down and was disappointed (in a good way) when it ended. Looking forward to her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love all the charecters in her books, easy read, great story,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters! Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my new favorites!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every page and wished it didnt end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading The First Star and absolutely loved it . I love the fact that so many of the characters from the other books were involved . I was surprised that I hadn't heard that she had another book out since I check Barnes and Noble weekly. Once I joined the group I saw where there was a new book . Thanks for being such a wonderful author and I can't wait for the next book !
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
This reviewer loved the sassy, thinks quick on her feet, determined to get the job done heroine, especially her hilarious witty comebacks. Though the hero was mostly a good guy I certainly have to agree with other reviewers who found him overly cocky and loving his fame way too much. Yes, the “everyone loves him because he’s a famous ex-football player” theme was laid on pretty thick, folks. I personally think no one loves him more than himself though! (lol) Keeping all that loving focused on himself, it is no wonder he’s so reluctant to realize his true feelings for the heroine until near the end. Shaina Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” song came to mind. Yeah, I can definitely picture this guy carrying a mirror just so he can admire himself throughout the day. I bet if I frisked him I would find signed autographed photos ready to hand out in a flash to all his adoring fans. Since I didn’t receive an ARC, I simply doesn’t have the time to write a lengthy, detailed review pinpointing exactly what I did or didn’t like, so I’ll have to briefly summarize. Just know I found this worth reading because of the heroine’s character. You go, girl! Keep showing them how it’s done! Well, that is until around the 75% mark. That was when the storyline went drastically downhill for me. Looking back, I think the author would have been better off to have wrapped things up sooner rather than letting the last 25% wander all over the place. Basically starting with the Super Bowl ring scenario, I starting having some “What the heck?” moments and head shaking. Let’s just say, it appears Coop loved that ring more than life itself. Definitely more than he cared for the heroine. After getting furious at the her for what she did with it trying to protect him, it’s like they are now complete strangers, and he is only tolerating her presence. Sure, what she did seemed stupid to me, but her heart/mind/body was always about being there for him and putting him first. When he barges in her apartment (that he owns) one night drunk with lipstick on his neck and smelling of perfume, yet plans to sleep there because he is too tired to drive home, I started to doubt the heroine’s backbone. She should have left and even slept in her car if she had to in order to get the heck away from him! Aaagh! What a jerk! What a doormat! No, he didn’t sleep with OW, but he does allow them to drool/paw over him nightly at his club, because it’s good for business, and, yeah, he’s so hot people just can’t help themselves from wanting him. (TRIPLE huge eyeroll). I longed to at least hear him say one time, “Ladies, please don’t touch the merchandise!” (lol) Btw, he’s still mad and constantly griping she’s trying to watch over him and keep him safe. Yeah, I got plenty sick and tired of that repeating mantra. The next morning he even thinks to himself he wants her out of the apartment and out of his life. Then they switch back like nothing happened after she clears him of a certain wrongdoing that could have put his behind, well, behind bars. Sorry, I just couldn’t pass up that pun. By Chapter 20, she admits to herself she loves him, so forces herself to break up with him. You guessed it, plum crazy is a two way street in this one! It kept going back and forward with some multi-pronged subplots finally getting resolved, but by then I just wanted it to end. In fact, I wanted to erase the last 25% from memory and make up my own dang one, while I still cared about them bei
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips since I devoured Fancy Pants in the 90’s. Her writing and character development draw you into the story to the point that nothing else matters until you finish the book. Then you wait impatiently for the next book. She is an automatic read and I keep her books because they are always good for a re-read or two. With First Star I See Tonight, her talent excels. This is my favorite book written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Piper Dove is one of the best characters of all the books I have read through the years (starting in the early 70’s). I highly recommend this book, I plan on a reread before the end of the year or maybe the end of the week. Enjoy.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
The Chicago Stars series is so much fun, and I was really looking forward to reading the latest novel. It did not disappoint! Piper Dove and Cooper Graham were not looking for love. In fact, they were both kind of prickly! Cooper, a just retired quarterback for the Chicago Stars, has opened a nightclub, and wants to expand to several. Piper is a private investigator, hired to check him out. When they meet, sparks fly, and not the good kind! It's not until a third into the book, that she starts to intrigue Cooper. He slowly starts to pursue her, but Piper has a lot of baggage. Brought up by her father, Piper is not interested in her appearance, doesn't flirt, and only thinks men are good for one thing- and she tells him that. Cooper doesn't have a problem being that man, but her ethics get in the way, and she pushes him away. This is the classic will they or won't they, but this author excels at telling love stories that have humor and a lot of heart. Her characters always have to overcome an internal obstacle, and in this book, I was afraid that Piper would never give in. She doesn't see her own worth and doesn't believe anyone who tries to convince her of it and Cooper has to be very creative in his approach. If you haven't read the other Chicago Stars novels, don't worry. A couple of characters make an appearance, but they aren't pivotal to the story, so this story can be read as a stand alone novel. You should read the others if you haven't, because they are just as much fun as First Star I See Tonight.
Bigedsgirl1 More than 1 year ago
SEP has done it again! I was almost afraid to read this latest book in the Chicago Stars series, because I fell in love with the previous books and their unforgettable characters, and I wasn't sure if the new book would measure up. Well, not only was this new addition fast paced, filled with laughter and tears, and sometimes laughter that caused tears, as well as some of the best dialogue ever written, but just as with the other books in the series, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Thank goodness it was the weekend. Now, I simply have no choice but to re-read the entire series from the beginning, because reading a Chicago Stars book for me is as addicting as Lays potato chips, and I can't stop at just one.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the best written stories I’ve read this year. It’s the story of Chicago Stars’ retired Quarterback Cooper Graham and detective Piper Dove. Piper is investigation Cooper for a client by following him around Chicago. As their interactions continue Piper is found out and has to stop working for her client. However, Cooper hires her to help solve some irregularities at his nightclub. The longer these two work together, the more they discover that they care for each other. There are other events that happen in this book that involve Piper and Cooper but mainly indirectly. There’s the freeing of a servant from a royal family. Then there’s the solving the mystery of who is trying to sabotage Cooper’s nightclub to ensure that he will not get the financial support he’s been seeking for expansion. There’s also the person who’s been out to hurt Cooper. Piper becomes his bodyguard to keep him safe. This was a fun and entertaining story with loveable characters that you want to know and hang out with. Susan Elizabeth Phillips displays what she does best, writing a story that enfolds the reader with humor and a wonderful story line. Her characters were well written, authentic and complex. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end, as I read this book in one day. I could not put this book down. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. I highly recommend this book to other readers.