Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars Series #2)

Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars Series #2)

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380776849
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/1995
Series: Chicago Stars Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 191,000
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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.

Hometown:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Birth:

Cincinnati, Ohio

Education:

B.F.A., Ohio University

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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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Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
sweetpeaSP More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
bkbiz More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
JaneSRhoades on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading her books. She can make me laugh out loud which is a nice break from the news and work.
Conkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another funny, funny book...when Gracie meets Bobby Tom's mom... hilarious ! The story is also liberally dotted with poignant moments and "punch-in-the-gut" moments. I didn't realize the Chicago Stars series was written in the mid 90's until this posting; Ms. Phillips books "age" well, which I can't say about some of my other favorite authors' early works.
Again, Ms. Fields is a joy to listen to. Truly the right narrator can enhance a storyline, which she does admirably.
sjmccreary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grace Snow, age 30, grew up in a nursing home owned by her parents, surrounded by senior citizens, and being told by her mother that she was the latest in a long line of homely women. After her father died and her mother sold the nursing home and retired to Florida, Grace is on her own for the first time in her life. She lands a job with a movie producer whose father had been a resident of the nursing home before he died. Grace's first assignment as a "production assistant" is to deliver the production company's newest star, Bobby Tom Denton, to the filming location. Denton, a famous playboy professional football player who owns two superbowl rings, was forced to retire after a serious knee injury. He signed the movie contract on the condition that the filming be done in his hometown of Tallarosa, TX, a small town facing eminent death as its major employer is threatening to move away. Curiously, however, Bobby Tom is late showing up to begin filming, and Grace is sent to make sure he appears. Their first meeting takes place at Bobby Tom's house with a party in full-swing. A mousy Grace shows up, wearing dowdy ill-fitting clothes, bad hair and no make-up, making a sharp contrast to the beautiful, bikini-clad, big-breasted "bimbo's" sharing the hot tub with Bobby Tom. She is met at the door by one of Denton's buddies, mistaken for the stripper they ordered, complimented on her "librarian" costume, and advised to put on more makeup. The story progresses, with Grace attempting to take charge of Bobby Tom and get him to the filming location, and Bobby Tom making one excuse after another to delay their arrival. Once in Texas, Grace is tasked with acting as Bobby Tom's personal assistant and is forced to continue to try to rein him in. I loved this book. Of course, neither of our main characters are who they appear to be, and the process of each of them discovering both themselves and each other is the heart of the book's charm. The supporting characters are wonderful, and well-developed, and there is a very nice sub-plot concerning Bobby Tom's mother. The "hometown hero" bit is stretched a little too far in the last chapter, but it is a minor offense, and doesn't detract from the overall impression. There are several bedroom scenes, a few are explicit, but all have a very satisfying build-up of tension coming in. This is definitely a "feel good" book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys romance novels.
mschweer432 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heaven, Texas is book two in the Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It is the story of Bobby Tom Denton who has been forced into early retirement due to a devistating knee injury. Since he has only ever known himself as a football player, he doesn't know what he is going to do with his life so he agrees to play the leading role in a new movie. Gracie Snow comes into his life as his "bodyguard" who is to make sure he shows up for filming on time. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. Bobby Tom was hard for me to connect with because he is too flashy and not at all like any man that I have ever met. Gracie is too much the opposite of Bobby Tom for me to feel like they could really have a connection. But as I read, I came to love these two characters for those very reasons. And normally I'm put off by far fetched romances about a virgin falling in love and taming a hard partying ladies man. This kind of story line is just too far fetched for me and I usually have a hard time connecting. But that is not the case with Heaven, Texas. Bobby Tom didn't fall in love with Gracie easily and it felt real when it finally happened.This is another one of my favorites by SEP. During the course of the book I fell in love with the main characters and the town of Telarosa, Texas. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. I felt like the story evolved easily, kept me entertained, and renewed my faith in true love.
PiedPiper1211 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SEP has rapidly become one of my top 5. Normally I enjoy her strong-willed, intelligent heroines but Gracie sets my teeth on edge. She is too naïve by SEP¿s standards. In all fairness I have yet to finish the book. Here¿s hoping my opinion can be swayed in the next 125 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy nearly every single character in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books, except this one! I just can't bring myself to like the lead characters in this book. The leading man is an arrogant jerk, the women are weak and needy, and I had no empathy for any of them. Even the townspeople were more caricatures than people. I wish you would rewrite this one! Just not up to the same personalities as all your others, of which I have read them all.
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Great book. Exactly what I have come to expect from SEP. Absolutely loved it. Definitely recommend this book. You will want to re-read this one. It's a keeper
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes fun stories with delightful characters. Anna fields is one of the best narrators I've come across.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! A must read, love that the author brings in characters from first book