It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars, #1) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

What an amazing read, and although I don't often read sports-romance books (especially football..hey I'm Canadian if anything, I'd read a romance with hockey..Eh?..LOL) this was really good!

This happened a lot while reading this story

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I really, really, really liked Dan. I loved his complexity, strength, loyalty, gentleness, and his own desire for a HEA.
He is not what I'm used to in a 'hero', but he was written beautifully! He just seemed SO real, with many layers.
I was wonderful to read how frustrated, and angry Dan would get when trying to talk to, or even relate to Phoebe

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.. and Phoebe, you were AMAZING! Your upbringing and what happened to you broke my heart, but GIRRRL.. YOU. ARE. A. SURVIVOR! You did what you had to do in order to survive and what amazed me about your character was that you did not become cold and bitter, but if anything you were insecure (but never let it show), and yet still so strong and able to adapt to any and all situations brilliantly!

All you ever wanted was to be accepted and loved.

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Definitely one of my favorites!