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First Star I See Tonight, Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

First Star I See Tonight is part of SEP's long-running Chicago Stars series. While there are many books in that series that I absolutely adore, this one just got on the inside of me and wouldn't let go.

Story 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 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.

My Thoughts/Opinion

First Star I See Tonight's two main characters were so easy to fall in love with. I wanted them to get their HEA so badly! SEP's writing is also so quick-witted, I found myself LOLing often. But the kicker for me was ultimately the characters laying bare their fears, and what that meant for opening the door to their future.

Favorite Quote/Scene: "I don't think I can do this."
"I hope you're wrong, because I gave you my word of honor. I said if you talked to me today, I wouldn't try to contact you again." His head dipped and when he looked back up, she saw so much misery in his eyes she felt as if her own raw emotions were staring back at her. "This is all I've got, Piper," he whispered. "I can't do the last part for you. Either you show up...or you don't."
And that was all. He walked away.

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