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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars, #1)

It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars, #1) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips I love sports romances but I didn't think I was going to like this one as much as I did. It is similar in plot and theme to Rachel Gibson's [b:True Love and Other Disasters|5841487|True Love and Other Disasters (Chinooks Hockey Team #4)|Rachel Gibson|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1301065826s/5841487.jpg|6013627] but the characters are more stereotypical in Ms. Phillips's version and it took a while for me to care about them much. I didn't find either of them relatable or even particularly attractive. The tight underdog-makes-good plot, a little suspense, the secondary characters, a cute dog and Ms. Phillips's breezy writing helped a lot. This wasn't a super winner for me. I'd actually give it around 3.5 stars, but it was a good start to the series.