ARC Review: Simply the Best by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Take one hard-driving sports agent…

Throw in a failed chocolatier…

And her superstar football player brother…

Add a quirky pink and purple food truck…

Then, to really screw things up, mix in a very unfortunate murder.

Brett Rivers is the hottest sports agent in the business—fast and furious, swift and deadly. Failure? Not an option.

Rory Garrett is—let’s be honest—a disaster. She has a big heart, an empty bank account, a passion for making exquisite chocolate, and a huge inferiority complex from living in the shadow of Brett’s most important client, her football legend brother.

Brett and Rory should never have met, and they absolutely, positively should never have had to deal with the consequences of one stupid, drunken night…one disastrous lie…one career in jeopardy…one missing football player…and a very dead body.

It’s going to get messy…and dangerous…and heartbreaking…and sexy. To Rory, Brett represents skewed values and a devious mind. To Brett, Rory is forbidden fruit, off limits, do not disturb, and no entry—definitely no entry.

A woman who has succeeded at nothing and a man who’s succeeded at everything confront the challenge of their lives as they struggle with themselves and each other. When it comes to love—what price are any of us willing to pay to be simply the best?
To me there is nothing better than falling in love with a book. You know those books that grab you from the first page. You fall for the characters and to you they are the funniest, sweetest people and you want to be around them. Add that to a story that keeps you guessing and it's a hit. 

As someone who was born in Chicago, I always love story based there or in the surrounding areas. I've been a fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips Chicago Stars from the beginning, but I have to say that I think this one has to be hands down her best of the group. I think the only down fall to the book is the title. It made me think of the song which kept singing in my head. A small price to pay for a good story.

I totally loved both Rory and Brett. These two are perfect together. They play off each other wonderfully and can almost know what the other person is thinking. It's like they've been together forever. You can tell right away that these two might want to be single and free, but they already caught each other. 

I'm glad that even though they kind of jump into the sleeping together part that they took the time to get to know each other. I also liked that Brett who doesn't want marriage and children, or any real long-time relationship spends so much of his time keeping Rory safe in this story. Your ideas/goals only last as long as you don't find "the one." 

These two works so well together trying to make sure her brother isn't blamed for something he didn't do. I think what one of the things he does for Rory that at the time doesn't do is validate her ability to make chocolate. Something she's very proud of. He loves it so much and it makes her happy that he does. 

Now these two might be my favorite characters but there are ones I don't care for in the story. Rory's stepmom isn't one I liked right away. I didn't care for how she treated Rory but, in the end, you see how they both work it all out. At times I wondered how she'd ever get along with her brother, but I liked how they worked it out and saw what the other went through. 

If you couldn't tell I loved this book and was so happy to read it. I usually tell you that to read a series in order, but this one doesn't touch on the Chicago Stars as much as some of the others. But I do think you should go back and read them if you haven't. 


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