Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ fans will love her latest romance, “First Star I See Tonight.” It’s pure Phillips, with a feisty heroine, a handsome and super-successful romantic interest, and a plot filled with humor, romantic tension, and a touch of danger.
Fans will also enjoy a chance to meet up with people from past stories as this book is filled with characters from the Chicago Stars, Phillips’ made-up Chicago suburban football team. In fact, Piper Dove, the main character/detective, is a Bears fan, much to the amusement and chagrin of Cooper Graham, a recently retired Stars player who has gone into the nightclub business.
Their first meeting is, of course, filled with some delicious humor. Phillips’ ability to create flawed characters who are almost immediately lovable and quirky is just part of her success. The story touches on current issues such as women’s rights and Muslim identity, while its slightly flawed characters show that even the heroes among us — and the two main characters end up qualifying as hero-material — are not perfect.
Social issues aside, the romance is hot and heavy, and Phillips even manages to infuse plenty of humor into their first sexual encounter. There is a reason that Phillips is an international bestselling author and the only four-time recipient of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) “Favorite Book of the Year Award.” Her writing is flawless as she manages to combine an unlikely romance with some exciting heroics.
Please note: This review is based on the final, hardcover book provided by William Morrow, the publisher, for review purposes.