Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

On his break from a season and driving along the highway in Colorado, Dean Robillard passed by a walking headless beaver. A very pissed girl in a beaver mascot, that is. What starts as a hilarious interlude becomes an amusing companionship and from there, things escalate to the gypsy, the unexpected.

There are few books which had me laughing on the first paragraph and this is but a first, methinks, that got me on the first sentence. It's been a while since I last read a SEP novel and I am surprised I find it still refreshing.

What entertained me throughout are the characters, Dean and Blue, and their funny banters. While Dean is the typical dashing hero, Blue is just downright gold. Think jaded football star meets quirky bad-ass painter. I totally love Blue! She's one of the handful heroines so endearing I wish to be on her shoes, not because of the ideal things that's happening to her but for what she just is.

The seventh and the latest of the Chicago Stars series (not sure if it is the last), this is by far my favorite out of the three I've read (though this book is almost like the fifth, This Heart of Mine, with more polish). Witty and engaging, there's a dash of family drama, an old eccentric, small town foibles, fame issues, other love stories and dancing against the scenic views of a Tennessee farm.

Book Summary:

It wasn't everyday a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road, not even in Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard's larger-than-life world. He slammed on the brakes of his brand-new Aston Martin Vanquish and pulled over in front of her.

The beaver marched right past, her big, fat tail bouncing in the gravel and her small, sharp nose stuck up in the air. Way up. The beaver looked highly pissed...

She was definitely a girl beaver because her beaver head was missing, revealing sweaty, dark hair pulled into a scraggly ponytail. He'd been praying for a little distraction from his own depressing company, so he threw open the door and stepped out onto the shoulder of the Colorado road.

Funny, sexy and touching, Natural Born Charmer is the unforgettable love story of a golden boy who might be losing his luster and a spirited woman who's learned never to depend on anyone but herself.

Title: Natural Born Charmer
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Comedy
Published: 2007
Publisher: William Morrow
Rating:  (4 cups - Hilarious and witty, angsty and heartwarming in its irony. A good solid romance.)