Sep 11 2011 7:15pm

Welcome Back, Football: Celebrating the Return of Fall with Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Stars

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsAh, fall. Time for cooler temperatures, new TV, Yep—the new season has officially kicked off, and I, for one, am psyched. 

(If you don’t care a whit about the return of college and pro football, I get that too. Until I started attending my school’s games—go Gators!—and working for the student paper, the sport’s appeal was totally lost on me. But I think we can all agree on at least this much: there are some sexxy beasts out on the field, and they can make for some hot romance heroes. So there’s that.)

For me, this time of year means revisiting the story of at least one favorite couples (how to choose?!) in Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Chicago Stars series, which, if you haven’t read it (*gasp*), is about the love lives of a fictional Chicago football team (owner, coach, players, agent...), the Stars:

  • It Had to Be You (Phoebe/Dan)
  • Heaven, Texas (Gracie/Bobby Tom)
  • Nobody’s Baby But Mine (Jane/Cal)
  • Dream a Little Dream (Rachel/Gabe)
  • This Heart of Mine (Kevin/Molly)
  • Match Me If You Can (Heath/Annabelle)
  • Natural Born Charmer (Dean/Blue)

How will you be celebrating the return of fall and/or football? Have any other recommendations for romances incorporating football or football players? Do share!

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Darlene Marshall
1. DarleneMarshall
I almost skipped past this until I saw the "Go Gators!" It's great to be a Florida Gator and an Alligator alum.

I'm not a huge football fan ('cept for the Gators, of course), but I do love SEP's football books. Maybe it's time for a re-read.

Darlene (UF '78, Telecommunications)
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I like SEP's football books, not because I'm a football fan but because I like the glimpse into an athlete's mind--a thing entirely unlike my own.

(And I went to a women's college, so there's no collegiate football connection. Drat!)
Heather Waters
3. HeatherWaters
@darlenemarshall -- That's awesome! Go Gators! I don't get to say that nearly enough in NY. (UF '08, Journalism & English) Such a small world, isn't it?

@MFrampton -- Yeah, I mean, I don't think you ever even read about the guys playing, so it's all about their larger-than-life personas and then their real personalities. I enjoy it.

(You're always welcome to come down south for a game...)
Darlene Marshall
4. DarleneMarshall
@redline--Yep, we're a Gator family, hubby is '80 JD, son is '09 Philosophy. Still in Gainesville, enjoying the new season with Coach Muschamp. Give me a shout if you ever get back down here.

I couldn't think of another football romance I've read besides SEP's, but I did read a Rachel Gibson book once about hockey. I don't know if it helped or hurt my enjoyment that I knew nothing about the game.

BTW, I'm told the Gotham Gator Club meets at The Gin Mill on the Upper West Side to watch the games. Go Gators!
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