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Number-one New York Times best-selling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her beloved Chicago Stars series with a romance between a Chicago Stars quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers - and a major diva.

“Re-entering the world of the Chicago Stars is like a beloved friend come to call.” (Number-one New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr)

Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, the backup quarterback for the Chicago Stars, is a team player, talented sideline coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with a low tolerance for divas. 

Olivia Shore, international opera superstar, is a driven diva with a passion for perfection, a craving for justice, too many secrets - and a monumental grudge against the egotistical, lowbrow jock she’s been stuck with. 

It’s Mozart meets Monday Night Football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand. Along the way, the combatants will engage in soul-searching and trash talk, backstage drama and, for sure, a quarterback pass. But there’ll also face trouble as threatening letters, haunting photographs, and a series of dangerous encounters complicate their lives. Is it the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister? 

This is the emotional journey of a brilliant woman whose career is everything and a talented man who’ll never be happy with second place. Tender and funny, passionate and insightful, this irresistible romantic adventure proves that anything can happen...when two superstars collide.

©2021 Susan Elizabeth Phillips (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Rodica
  • 01-07-21

Ok i guess..

The narrator should have listened to the other Chicago stars books.. Phoebe Ca le bow? Really?! Yikes! I really miss Anna Fields.. no one like her…

The average narration took away from the book and it did not come across as funny and deep like all the other books. I wish I had just read it instead if listening to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-21

CAL E BOW? Ouch

Narrator should be required to read previous books in a series.. Phoebe CAL E BOW…..ouch!

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  • Janice Rogers
  • 02-07-21

I MISS ANNA!

Last few books are just not doing it for me and SEP is one of my all time favorite authors. I think part of the problem has been the narrators. And yes, like other people have mentioned.... Cal E Bow! I cringed every time I heard it. Also, what is with some of her books seem to be redone? and new narrator? I'm so glad I already bought them with Anna Fields narrating

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  • Michele
  • 19-07-21

Narration Is Awful

I might try to read this story but I couldn’t get through an hour of this book with this narrator. The story might end up okay but just could not do it.

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  • Linda
  • 05-07-21

Disappointed that Audible ignores comments

Good story. Loved the opera background and looking forward to Carmen and the Magic Flute in Houston. Miss the dual love stories of books past. It’s “Kale Bow” not “cal e bow”. I wrote the same thing in reviewing Nicole Poole’s narration before. How hard is this? First of all the narrator should have listened to previous books. Second the director/editor/producer should have caught this before publication on Audible. Numerous comments in same vein have been ignored. Does Audible just not care? The dummies will keep buying? Does the author not care? Puzzling since the fix is so easy. This is the 21st century. Record Poole saying “kale bow” and substitute it for “cal e bow” in recordings. My guess it would take an engineer less than 10 minutes. Nicole Poole is coming into her own. It seems we all miss Kate Fielding/Anna Fields but Poole is doing a creditable job for this beloved author.

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  • KeltinGermany
  • 03-07-21

Disappointing ! I returned it.

I have been a BIG fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books for years - I have read and re-read almost all of them. But ‘When Stars Collide’ falls flat. Missing are the quirky characters, the laugh-aloud humor and the beautifully detailed descriptions that make her other books such a joy. The opera diva and the football star are one-dimensional and the plot (a sort of mystery) is predictable from the start, I returned this book while there were still five hours of listening to go - I just couldn’t take any more of this disappointing drivel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-21

Stars' Famous Owner

I was doing fine with this book until the name of the Chicago Stars owner came up. Apparently the narrator didn't bother to check the audio versions of any of the prior Stars books, or verify the pronunciation with the author. If she had, she'd know that in the previous books "Calebow" has only two syllables and a long "a". Disconcerting to hear the aberrant pronunciation repeatedly.

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  • Avid series reader
  • 02-07-21

Better Than Her Last Book

Phillips recaptured some of the "I can't wait to read what happens next" magic that characterized her earlier books focusing on
pro football players. I'm glad she returned to "home territory".

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  • Stock Phrase
  • 01-07-21

It put a smile on my face

Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Take one opera diva enmeshed in a revenge plot worthy of Monteverdi. Add a (predictably) good-looking football player who specializes in serial monogamy. Put them together on a tour to sell luxury timepieces. Let's see what happens.

I enjoyed hearing about this new heroine, Olivia, and getting a peek inside the world of opera. Unlike many of SEP's heroines, Olivia isn't down to her last X dollars. Her imminent "bankruptcy" has to do with her voice, not her finances. The plot to get Olivia out of the way is more tortured than is usual in SEP stories, but it was in keeping with the operatic theme.

By contrast, the hero feels very familiar. An aging football player, he's rich, good-looking, and passionate, but there's more to him than meets the eye. A new wrinkle is that this hero has been doing backup duty for years; peripheral vision problems keep him from being the very best. Always being number 2 can wear on anyone. Can the hero handle being Mr. Opera Star?

My favorite scene is near the middle, in the desert. I'll spoil it if I say too much more. Is it realistic? Maybe, maybe not. Did it put a smile on my face? Yes, yes, it did. As did the book.

PS. The actor reading this, Nicole Poole, did an excellent job. I will be on the lookout for more of her work.

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  • Elaine
  • 30-06-21

One of Susan Elizabeth Phillips best books EVER :)

Many of this author’s audiobooks rest in my large collection. This one I wanted to listen to all in one sitting!! There were so many twists & turns, so much interesting new information, good romance, great narrator! Loved every minute! Five stars ALL THE WAY!!!!! More Chicago Stars please!

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