#BookReview- Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips #Romance #SummerReading @sepauthor


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Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard is the luckiest man in the world: a bona-fide sports superstar and the pride of the NFL with a profitable side career as a buff billboard model for End Zone underwear. But life in the glory lane has started to pale, and Dean has set off on a cross-country trip to figure out what’s gone wrong. When he hits a lonely stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can’t imagine. A young woman . . . dressed in a beaver suit.

Blue Bailey is on a mission to murder her ex. Or at least inflict serious damage. As for the beaver suit she’s wearing . . . Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curveballs? Witness the expensive black sports car pulling up next to her on the highway and the Greek god stepping out of it.

Blue’s career as a portrait painter is the perfect job for someone who refuses to stay in one place for very long. She needs a ride, and America’s most famous football player has an imposing set of wheels. Now, all she has to do is keep him entertained, off guard, and fully clothed before he figures out exactly how desperate she is.

But Dean isn’t the brainless jock she imagines, and Blue—despite her petite stature—is just about the toughest woman Dean has ever met. They’re soon heading for his summer home where their already complicated lives and inconvenient attraction to each other will become entangled with a charismatic but aging rock star; a beautiful fifty-two-year-old woman trying to make peace with her rock and roll past; an eleven-year-old who desperately needs a family; and a bitter old woman who hates them all.

As the summer progresses, the wandering portrait artist and the charming football star play a high-stakes game, fighting themselves and each other for a chance to have it all.

Natural Born Charmer is for everyone who’s ever thought about leaving their old life in the dust and never looking back. New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips takes us home again . . . and shows us where love truly lives.

Biography

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS is a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, whose books are published in over 30 different languages.

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My Review

Blame it on SEP’s recent release of When Stars Collide (read my review here) but I’ve decided to do a reread of my favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips books- of which there are many!

Natural Born Charmer opens with NFL superstar Dean Robillard coming upon a headless beaver walking down the side of a dusty road. On closer inspection, he sees the strange costume covers a hot, sweaty, annoyed female and the relationship begins.

Blue Bailey doesn’t like to be beholden to anyone but when a sexy stranger in a fancy sports car offers her a ride, she accepts only to realize he’s a bored sports jock looking for entertainment.

Blue needs help and strikes up a deal as Dean’s travel companion. She figures if she can get to a good-sized town, she can make some money as a portrait painter. What she doesn’t count on, is the attraction she feels for the complicated hero who saved her from living on the streets.

Favorite Lines

He took in her wardrobe. This was just wrong. Bo Peep had been kidnapped by a Hells Angels gang.

Natural Born Charmer- Susan Elizabeth Phillips

“People need to concentrate on what’s right about themselves. If you only think about what’s wrong, or about all the mistakes you’ve made, you get paralyzed. Are you going to fill up your head with garbage—everything you don’t like about yourself—or are you going to be proud of who you are?”

Natural Born Charmer- Susan Elizabeth Phillips

There are several storylines that merge on Dean’s farmhouse he’s having renovated by a woman his broker hired- only to find she’s his estranged mother.

Add in a jaded rockstar, a snarky septuagenarian, a traumatized teen, and a town of eccentric characters and you have the makings of an unforgettable read.

This reread is going onto my reread-the-reread bookshelf! lol

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32 Comments

  1. Thank you for the review, Jacquie! Your reviews are always very mouthwatering, to read the book asap. 😉 Have a nice day! xx Michael

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    1. This one is worth a read, Michael 🙂

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      1. Thank you for recommending, Jacquie! Have put it on my TBR. xx Michael

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  2. Thanks for the review, Jacquie!

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    1. She’s the best, Jill!

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  3. Jan Sikes says:

    This sounds like a great read, Jacquie! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Try the first few pages, Jan. You’ll be hooked!

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  4. Staci Troilo says:

    So,,, did you like it? lol

    Sounds like a real winner. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Lol, yes, I can safely say I loved it 🙂

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  5. Beaver costume really did it. You have me curious.

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    1. It’s a hilarious start to a wonderful book, Michele 🙂

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  6. Kymber says:

    You had me at beaver costume! LOL This seems like a really creative book with lots of fun to be had. 😀

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    1. She’s one of my favorite authors, Kymber. Her books (especially the earlier ones) are filled with unforgettable characters.

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  7. balroop2013 says:

    Lovely review Jacquie. Thanks for sharing this unforgettable read!

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    1. I like books that are light-hearted, yet still catch your heartstrings 🙂

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  8. This story has a lot of possibilities, Jacquie. I’m intrigued.

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    1. It’s awesome, Jacqui!

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  9. What a fun review, Jacquie! I’m about to read my first book from her, When Stars Collide, and am looking forward to it.

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    1. Her earlier books are better (in my opinion) but I’m sure you’ll enjoy the story 🙂

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  10. You had me at headless beaver. Super review, Jacquie.

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    1. It’s a great book, John. Well worth the read 😊

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  11. This sounds highly entertaining, Jacquie. That initial scene with the headless beaver cracked me up. Great review. Enjoy the rereads.

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    1. Imagine coming across a view like that! Lol

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      1. I wouldn’t have stopped the car. Lol

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Great review, Jacquie:) What a way to meet! Sounds like a fun read.

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    1. It’s so good, Denise 🙂

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  13. Mae Clair says:

    What fun, rereading favorite books. Now you have me wanting to do it, too, LOL.
    This sounds like a charmer, Jacquie!

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    1. Every once in a while, I get the urge to go back to some of my favorite books from the past. It’s funny how much I forget about the stories 🙂

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  14. Thanks for this review, Jacquie!

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    1. She’s a wonderful writer!

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  15. This book certainly features an interesting pair, Jacquie.

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    1. This is a fun read, Robbie, with a great lesson in forgiveness, added in.

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