Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, the backup quarterback for the Chicago Stars, is a team player, talented sideline coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with a low tolerance for Divas.
Olivia Shore, international opera superstar, is a driven diva with a passion for perfection, a craving for justice, too many secrets—and a monumental grudge against the egotistical, lowbrow jock she’s been stuck with.
It’s Mozart meets Monday Night Football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand. Along the way, the combatants will engage in soul-searching and trash talk, backstage drama and, for sure, a quarterback pass. But there’ll also face trouble as threatening letters, haunting photographs, and a series of dangerous encounters complicate their lives. Is it the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister?
This is the emotional journey of a brilliant woman whose career is everything and a talented man who’ll never be happy with second place. Tender and funny, passionate and insightful, this irresistible romantic adventure proves that anything can happen…when two superstars collide.
When Stars Collide (Chicago Stars, #9) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Published by William Morrow on June 29, 2021
Genres: 3 Flames: Rated R, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Sports Romance
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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
WHEN STARS COLLIDE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I have been waiting a long time for another Chicago Stars book from Susan Elizabeth Phillips. When Stars Collide was worth the wait. I loved it.
The wit and banter had me laughing out loud. The mystery and intrigue had me guessing until the last minute.
Olivia and Thad had so much in common, both being elite professionals in demanding careers. Yet superficially they seem opposites. He, the quintessential cocky quarterback; she, the operatic diva. They are thrown together on a whirlwind watch promotional tour and after a rocky start, they begin to connect. When mysterious gifts and notes begin showing up at the hotels they are staying at, Thad’s protective instincts make him determined to keep Olivia close, whether she likes it or not.
I learned so much about the world of opera from When Stars Collide. There were various jazz references as well and I found myself searching YouTube for clips of every song mentioned in this book.
When Stars Collide, a great contemporary romance and a great addition to the Chicago Stars series.
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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them. Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance. She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women. She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature. Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers. They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.