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Heaven Texas Come heck or high water Gracie Snow is determined to drag the legendary ex jock Bobby Tom Denton back home to Heaven Texas to begin shooting his first motion picture Despite his dazzling good looks and killer charm Bobby Tom has reservations about being a movie star — and no plans to cooperate with a prim and bossy Ohio wallflower whom he can’t get off his mind or out of his life Instead the hell raising playboy decides to make her over from plain Jane to Texas wildcatBut nothing’s dangerous than a wildcat with an angel’s heart in a town too small for a bad boy to hide And all hell breaks loose when two unforgettable people discover love laughter passion — and a match that can only be made in Heaven

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Heaven Texas
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • English
  • 05 June 2016
  • 9780380776849

About the Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPSSusan Elizabeth Phillips is the creator of the sports romance beginning with her 1989 bestseller FANCY PANTS An internationally acclaimed author her books have been published in over 30 languages She’s the only four time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award and a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award Susan'

10 thoughts on “Heaven Texas

  1. Emmie Emmie says:

    I've been rereading SEP's books this past month and falling back in love with her novels as well as catching up on some new ones which I enjoyed immenselyHowever Heaven Texas is NOT one of those books The romance starts off distastefully with Bobby Tom Denton living the life of a rich shallow sexist NFL player who treats women like disposable 'sex' objects Fine usually this serves as a starting point for the 'hero' who will display inner worth and grow along the way Instead Bobby Tom's behavior and attitude not only refuse to improve but instead over the course of the novel plummet into the realm of HORRIFYINGAs Gracie's trying to leave Bobby Tom and restore her means of self respect Bobby Tom breaks out of jail after a night spent assaulting his friends and being a mean drunk sonovabitch chases her down in a stolen suad car and as she's running from him in terror a tiny 5'4'' woman against a tall heavily muscled professional football player he's yelling at her to stop and ends up tackling her on the side of the road Following this as he's physically dominating her she's begging him and crying for him to Stop only to be rescued by the cops who arrest Bobby TomUpon seeing Bobby Tom resisting arrest which results in his getting roughly handled by the arresting officer Gracie leaps on the cop's back and starts screaming that he let Bobby Tom go freeThis isn't a romance It's a codependent horror story about a spoiled selfish man's devolving into an abusive misogynist asshole and the woman who loves him despite how horribly he treats her and who cannot escape him The reason Gracie called off their engagement in the first place was because he'd brutally rebuffed her efforts to help him and then he'd tried to force her to have sex with him dominating her as she's once again yelling at him Stop and beating him until her hands are hurting He apologizes of course never meaning for her to have hurt herself trying to get him to stop abusing her only for this behavior to be repeated in the climactic final scene without any sign of Bobby Tom or any aspect of the novel acknowledging this repetition establishes a pattern of abuse There's no resolution simply Gracie loving Bobby Tom despite his terrorizing her as he finally proclaims his love And somehow this is supposed to be a happy ending?The ending is absolutely appalling as the Mayor and Bobby Tom's family arrive on the highway and the cop who was in the process of arresting fugitive Bobby Tom is castigated for upholding the law Bobby Tom is released he gets a few sharp words about getting into drunken brawl with a childhood friend but any efforts to hold him to account for his horrifyingly abusive behavior is dismissed as everyone starts joking about how Gracie can't marry Bobby Tom until she passes the Football Test What follows is Bobby Tom dumbing down the uestions so Gracie is worthy of marrying this abusive piece of shit who just so happens to have won two Superbowls and is Heaven Texas' favorite sonThis novel is a throwback to the 'rape is romantic' tropes of the 70s and 80s And I'm happy to say that SEP revisits this formula of handsome blonde charming Stars uarterback and spunky unattractively dressed woman with great personality in Natural Born Charmer only SEP finally gets it right with Dean Robillard and Blue Bailey I'm deleting this book from my Kindle and I wish I could burn it from my memory I've never been so disappointed by the ending of a romance novel before as I watched what essentially amounted to a woman fleeing her ex in terror suddenly turn into her getting sucked back into his dysfunction and defending him from the only goddamn person in town who was holding him accountable for being a abusive asshole who's breaking laws right and left The painful irony is that earlier in the novel Bobby Tom becomes outraged at the suggestion that his mother's lover raped her This book was in desperate need of a deus ex machina to swoop down from on high and rescue Gracie from Bobby Tom Usually at the end of these novels there's this pleasant feeling as you close the book and you imagine the couple's happy future Instead I'm imagining how Bobby Tom's struggles to find meaning and direction in his life after having to uit the NFL due to an injury well that'll no doubt be taken out on Gracie Instead of watching a rough hero reform this novel gives us a sexist guy who initially appears charming and misunderstood on the surface and shows his horrifying descent into abusing a woman who loves him who actually has enough self respect to try to leave her abuser only for him to chase her down and tackle her and refuse to let her leave himThis is a horror story that attempts to romanticize the heros misogyny and violence against the heroine Gracie's terror in the final scene and how it suddenly evaporates into sympathy for her abuser's pain leading to their getting back together and getting married it makes me shudder at how it glorifies the sexism and violenceI realize I'm rambling and repeating myself at this point This isn't a cool and collected review I'm genuinely horrified by how Bobby Tom's descent into villainy is brushed aside by everyone in town and by Gracie herself that final scene between Bobby Tom and Gracie is what I'd expect from a villain in a romance novel right before the hero swoops in and beats the shit out of him rescuing the heroine professing his love they all live happily ever after yadda yadda yadda Yet there is no one to stop Bobby Tom not even the police can stop this superstar football God born and raised in Heaven Texas More like Hell Texas Poor Gracie There's no escaping Hell no matter how fast she runs

  2. Karen Karen says:

    5 STARSimage error

  3. Shawna Shawna says:

    4 4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance I liked SEP’s witty writing laugh out loud humor and steamy love scenes but the hero’s crappy treatment of the heroine made me spitting nails mad at times I just kept thinking “why does she put up with his sht”?? Retired football legend Bobby Tom Denton might be a sexy as sin insatiably flirtatious happy go lucky infectiously funny womanizing hellraising aw shucks ma’am cowboy with killer bedroom skills and a sht eating grin but he’s also an egotistical immature cocky and sometimes mean jerk who treats Gracie like a pity friend mercy fck who should be kissing his royal purple cowboy boots for almost the entire book Gracie Snow is a prim uirky sexually frustrated 30 year old virgin Ohio wallflower who’s insecure about her supposedly Plain Jane looks but she’s also funny smart strong willed giving sweet feisty selfless loving spirited and kind And she deserves a whole lot than someone who acts like they’re doing some huge inconvenient cosmic favor by just spending time with her I actually found myself thinking that Gracie might be better off just driving into the sunset without Mr Bobby Tom Denton and I was a little disappointed with the ending because I wanted about two chapters and an epilogue of some serious groveling on his part I really liked the secondary romance between Bobby Tom’s widowed mom Suzy and the former local bad boy turned wealthy powerful corporate executive Wayland Sawyer In fact I thought their intriguing relationship almost stole the spotlight from main couple Bobby and GracieOverall I really enjoyed this fun sexy contemporary romance but I would have liked it even and given it full 5 stars had the playboy charmer been taken down a peg or ten and done a little added soul searching and a whole lot begging

  4. Christina ~ Brunette Reader Christina ~ Brunette Reader says:

    After having read and really liked a couple of the recent books in the Chicago series I backpedalled to this vintage title 1995 and was just as much pleasantly surprised What I've come to recognise as SEP's trademarks by now were all already there from the engaging and smooth prose to the scrumptious dialogues taking romantic comedy and in this case the opposites attract trope to a higher levelYes she needed to become a little less accommodating and yes he often tended to be a little too smug for his own good but plain Gracie Snow and NFL golden boy Bobby Tom's love story was so deliciously fun sexy and sweet and the perfectly ticking sense of humour brought the small town cast and all its antics to life so vividly as to make this book an older gem that hasn't age a day to savour from start to finishBuddy read with Jill

  5. peachygirl peachygirl says:

    SEP keeps tricking me into liking these shallow sexist jerks What kind of sorcery is this???

  6. ♥Sharon♥ ♥Sharon♥ says:

    Rolling with this series Looking forward to finally finding out why my good friend Karen has this in her review Hmmmmm

  7. Natalie Monroe Natalie Monroe says:

    “You have an unusual house Have you lived here long?A couple of years I don't much like it myself but the architect is real proud of it She calls it urban Stone Age with a Japanese Tahitian influence I sort of just call it ugly” Imma let you in on a little secret This is the novel I read after Fifty Shades of Grey to purge myself of that monstrosity of a romanceerotica In many aspects their plots are similar virgin old fashioned heroines; billionaire good looking male leads and non committal sex at least at first But like Obsidian and Twilight one of these things is better than the other and it sure as hell ain't the one that tries to pass off Tess of the D'Urbervilles as an analogy for their epic love storySo without further ado why Heaven Texas deserves to be better known than Fifty Shades of GrayReason #1 Gracie is homely and doesn't give a fuck She was of medium height neither shirt enough to be cute nor tall enough to be willowy Although she was flat chested she was the next closet thing Her eyes were neither a warm brown nor a sparkling blue but a nondescript gray Her mouth was too wide her chin too stubborn She concentrated on being grateful for the important gifts God had given her intelligence a uirky sense of humor and an insatiable interest in all aspects of the human condition Gracie has other shit to focus on She runs a nursing home and concentrates on doing her damn job as a production assistant Although she thinks herself unworthy of Bobby Tom's attention initially she changes and finds self worth on her own terms It's okay to be insecure It's not okay to be so self deprecating that you talk down every single one of your ualities until a man comes along to restore your self worth Reason #2 She's not a blind doormat This fierce love she felt for him wouldn't keep her from seeing him clearly the good and the bad his monstrous ego and too soft heart his keen intelligence and deadly manipulative charm Her love wouldn't let her compromise her principles either She fights Bobby Tom over and over from hauling his ass to the movie set at the start to refusing his money because she doesn't want to take anything from him Everyone takes something from Bobby Tom be it a loan or a promise to show up at someone's birthday party She can't give him anything that he doesn't already have so she's settling for taking nothingReason #3 Bobby Tom is not an abusive asshatThis is a very important reasonGracie gets drunk at one point and throws herself at him lacy lingerie and all Bobby Tom yet un reformed womanizing ass coaxes her back into her clothes Later when she's sober they work out out an agreement allowing them to bang their brains out consensuallyThe one and only time he attempts to shut Gracie up with his dick this happens Her hands were throbbing with pain She took one last swing at him and settled back on her heels Her chest heaved as she clutched her blouse closed His physical aggression hadn't been about sex it had been about power and at the moment she hated him for it He pressed something cold between her hands ice cubes wrapped in a dishtowel I never did anything like that to a woman in my life Gracie I'm sorry I'd do anything in the world to take back what happened He fucking apologizes It'd been a dick move and he knows Christian Gray would rather hang himself with his steel gray tie than admit he did something On account of how he likes to be in control and all His go to move is shutting Ana up with sexSkip Fifty Shades and read Heaven Texas All the gooey fuzzy sensation of devouring a romance with none of the rape culture crap Am I right Ellen?

  8. Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog) Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog) says:

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips has a uniue way of combining romance with laugh out loud humor and then mixing in unusual characters to create an engaging rom com story Heaven Texas has her distinctive funny sexy style written all over it This is the second book in the Chicago Stars series but can be read as a standalone While I didn’t like this book as much as It Had to Be You I still found it to be uite enjoyableThe story surrounds Bobby Tom Denton a good ole southern boy He’s a ladies man who prefers leggy blondes with huge boobs and lots of makeup Bobby Tom is sexy irresistibly charming generous to a fault affable but very stubborn “I happen to be immature undisciplined and self centered pretty much a little boy in a man's body although I'd appreciate it if you didn't uote me on that” He’s a 33 year old two time Super Bowl champion who is struggling with an identity crisis after a career ending injury Bobby Tom is due to begin filming his first movie in his small hometown in Texas Gracie Snow is a production assistant for the film and she has been tasked with escorting Bobby Tom from Chicago to the movie set on time At 30 years old she never thought she’d still be a virgin Gracie is a Plain Jane and one huge walking fashion disaster – from her bad haircut to her ill fitted matronly clothes Gracie has led a sheltered life She’s sweet altruistic curious witty giving and very bossyGracie and Bobby Tom get off to a rocky start but they get to know each other better when they set off on a road trip to Heaven TX They finally arrive at his hometown where he receives a hero’s welcome “The cowboys named it Heaven because it had the best whorehouses between San Antone and Austin” It becomes clear that everyone wants something from Bobby Tom money an autograph time a favor sex The town seems to be filled with selfish people who think he owes them for his success It irritated me the way Bobby Tom let everyone walk all over him Women are lined up around the block day and night to get some of that Bobby Tom lovin’ so in an effort to fend off their advances he and Gracie concoct a story about them being engaged Since nobody would believe he could fall for someone as homely as Gracie he arranges for her to have a complete makeover Although the lines between fantasy and reality are in danger of being crossed Gracie enters the scheme with open eyes and a vow to take nothing from Bobby Tom Her sense of honor wouldn’t allow her to take anything from him the way everybody else did She would give herself to him out of the fullness of her heart not with the hope of receiving anything in return And when it was over this man who had been kissed by the gods would at least be able to remember that Gracie Snow was the one person in his life who had never taken anything from him I love how independent and feisty Gracie is She puts Bobby Tom in his place when nobody else will Even though she’s led a sheltered life she’s not afraid to try new things She’s willing to risk her heart for momentary happiness and wonderful memories She often refers to herself as homely and acknowledges her fashion faux pas but I never thought of her as being ugly Her humor her selflessness and her many acts of kindness make her appealing The makeover merely brings out the pretty girl who was always lurking there but who was never taught how to flourishBobby Tom and Gracie make a fun pair and I love their verbal sparring as well as their easy joking There are a couple moments that manage to be simultaneously hilarious and sexy I’ll never look at Neapolitan ice cream the same way again “Sweetheart I don’t think there’s going to be any pain if that’s what you’re worried about Now I’m no gynecologist but you’re thirty years old and whatever barrier might have been there when you were a youngster has got to have evaporated from old age by now” However I wish there was sexual tension between the two Maybe it’s the repeated reminders that Gracie doesn’t look like Bobby Tom’s type she doesn’t have big breasts and she’s not gorgeous but they seem like friends with benefits than real lovers Bobby Tom likes her but he never tries to make her feel desirable He likes having sex with her but it seems about scratching an itch than feeling attracted to her In fact he tells himself that she’s a charity case but acknowledges he enjoys her company than anyone else It makes him seem shallow in my eyes for most of the book and I wanted to shake Gracie for selling herself shortThere’s an interesting little side plot involving the economic stability of the town and Bobby Tom’s mother who is a grieving widow Many zany characters are introduced as old relationships are tested and new friendships are forgedThe unforgettable all hell breaks loose ending is not to be missed It alone is makes the book worth reading The story concludes without an epilogue however leaving an air of uncertainty What are Bobby Tom’s plans for the future? Will he continue acting or go into philanthropic work? What will Gracie’s role be? Where will they live? Has Bobby Tom come to terms with prematurely ending his football career? Luckily Susan Elizabeth Phillips has now posted an Epilogue on her website

  9. Ingie Ingie says:

    Written January 26 20145 Huge Stars stunning romantic and hilarouis fun I loved every single page a true joy to read simply amazing goodOur dear hero Bobby Tom Denton“I happen to be immature undisciplined and self centered pretty much a little boy in a man's body although I'd appreciate it if you didn't uote me on that”bull's eye but what a fun and irresistible Texas guy Heaven Texas is adorable cute funny and incredibly well written I think anyone who like me loves a charming wallflower heroine and a priceless charmer but sometimes so narrow minded football hero will enjoy giggle with and remember this story for a long long time Sometimes are these old goodies still the very best Right? This uite old romance was written nearly twenty years ago but is this novel still up to scratch? The answer is YES still in top condition It was just such a heavenly sweet and charming story with some good nostalgic 1994 feeling in it Simply a new favorite for this ladyIt's all about the wonderful inexperienced but so resolute Gracie Snow who got a new job as an assistant for a small film company Her first assignment is to bring the former football star and to be movie star Bobby Tom Denton from Chicago to the recording site in his small hometown in Texas But Bobby Tom is a stubborn man He is the hero who sometimes have difficulty seeing beyond his halo Here try the scantily clad girl with a bad permed hair which in no way matches the women he likes busty well trained long slender blondes to complicate his lifeBut sweet Gracie Snow is a very stubborn woman It will be a match out of the ordinary The American dream guy is challenged by rather uniue homely homegrown girl from from Ohio“You're supposed to be my assistant not a baby sitter“One and the same” ‘He settled his hat back into position She was a rookie in her first big game and he’d never let her see how close she’d come to unseating a champion’ There is plenty to say both about the plot all the characters and my own feelings but I'll settle for a few brief comments# You must have a twinkle in the eye to not get angry at this sometimes so narrow minded hero But in the end you can not resist him He is The Charm Boy # Our heroine is a superb female role model and I wish there were heroines like her The absolutely cutest kind# Tom's mother is a widow and her Suzy's love adventure is just as exciting as the main characters Yummy good# This is a true feel good story or a so called rom com read and enjoy Amusing smart well written charming steamy amazing memorable entertaining romantic heartwarming sexy cute tender dramatic exciting yes you probably understand that I loved itI LIKE I still giggles I read an fantastic novel Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and my good friend Kathleen gave me the excellent advice to pick up Heaven Texas next time I needed a sweet and strong Daisy like heroine again Thank you Kathleen You know what I might like and thanks to her I found this lovely 10 year after epilouge Read it at A tempting teaser view spoiler ‘The children hugged their parents and set off with their grandfather Bobby Tom watched them go and turned to his wife “What kind of mother abandons two innocent children to grandparents who are going to stuff them with junk food and keep them up past their bedtime?”“A mother who wants some uninhibited sex with her husband” hide spoiler

  10. Writerlibrarian Writerlibrarian says:

    A very average Phillips with some recycled plot points from other books or maybe it's the other way around since I haven't read them in order of publishing dates The good old southern boy character is getting a bit stale The strip tease in front of friends the first time the heroine meets the hero is also somewhat icky by now I really didn't like the lead male character Bobby Tom just the name made me just want to run the other way the character is a boy men a very cliché Peter Pan type of hero Gracie Snow the lead female character is just well paper thin not physically although it's not said but intellectually emotionally The two lead characters kind deserve each other Why did I keep reading you might ask? Well because even if her lead characters were very average Phillips managed to created two very interesting characters in the male's lead mother Suzy a 52 years old widow and Waylan Sawyer the town's bad boy turned philanthropic wealthy man I wished that the book would have been focused on them Suzy's still grieving her husband's death after all these years and Waylan has come back and found out he's still very much in love with the girl he couldn't even think of approaching all those years ago Their story I would have wanted to have of but it plays second fiddle to the young couples shenanigans Too bad there aren't that many well written older womanman romance out there

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