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Publisher Description

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

October 13
William Morrow

Customer Reviews

NicknameTG ,

This book is sneaky.

I never expected to like this book. Early reviews were not raving. They were quietly positive. The feel was that people liked the book because they Love the author. So I read it once. Then strangely I saw this on audiobook at the library and checked it out. I'd forgotten I'd read it. I didn't read this book with "southern flare" initially. The audiobook did. It bothered me. So I searched my bookshelves, dusted this book off, and re-read it.

And something amazing happened. I laughed. And laughed. And snickered. I rooted for the characters even though I knew how it was gonna end and that it was like every story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and boy gets girl.

But the words! The words were magical. They made me wonder about the author. Is she clever in real life? Do her and her husband banter like the characters do in real life? Could she have possibly met her husband walking down the side of a dusty road wearing nothing but a head-less beaver costume? Which was a weird question. I get that. But I wondered it anyway.

My point is that this story came alive to me. Love is messy and fun and exciting. It's funny and difficult and bizarre. It's different for everyone and for very one is a different story. But I started forgetting this story wasn't real. The characters are complex and smart, witty and deep at the same time. They hide their hearts behind banter that's believable, sometimes shallow, but endearingly realistic at the same time.

I've come back to this story again and again. I no longer need to dust the book off when I reach for a good story off the shelf. It's always ready and waiting to entertain.

Try it sometime.

Schwoeglah ,

Loved it!

Have read many of SEP's books. Almost all are fantastic but I particularly loved this one. Where can I get a gypsy wagon?

Bookworm j ,

Natural Born Charmer

Another great read!!! Love how characters pop up from book to book!

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