About First Star I See Tonight• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (August 23, 2016)
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.
I picked up this book not having any idea of the history of this series. I knew it was about the Chicago Stars Football team, I knew it involved a private investigator, and I knew it was set in Chicago. I love sports, I love mysteries, and I love Chicago so I knew this would be a book I enjoyed. What I didn’t expect was the comedy and humor. There were so many interactions between Piper and Coop that I had to smile, laugh and shake my head. The chemistry between them is not a wham, bam in your face kind of chemistry. The relationship between them is mostly attraction at the beginning and then with the banter, the quirky conversations, and the arguments you can see that feelings start to grow.
The setting of Chicago is what I was most excited about when I offered to review First Star I See Tonight. I live close to Chicago and always love a book with a setting that I can relate to. I was sad that there were not more landmarks used within the story. There was mention of a couple places but there would have been ways to mention so many more.
While First Star I See Tonight is the 8th book in the Chicago Stars series, this is the first book I have read. Susan Elizabeth Phillips did a great job of making the book a true standalone story. I am sure that the other books in this series are equally wonderful this book was amazing!
About Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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. Visit Susan at her website, susanelizabethphillips.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.