Susan Elizabeth Phillips with Christina Dodd and Jayne Ann Krentz — 'Simply the Best: A Chicago Stars Novel'

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns with the next book in her Chicago Stars series, where a successful sports agent and the sister of his biggest client engage in a take-no-prisoners battle of the sexes.

There's no better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than at the bookstore! Third Place Books welcomes romance superstar Susan Elizabeth Phillips to our Lake Forest Park store for the next installment of her Chicago Stars series, Simply the Best, with fellow romance authors Christina Dodd and Jayne Ann Krentz. This event is free and open to the public.

This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Purchase of Simply the Best: A Chicago Stars Novel is required to join the signing line. Please limit to three additional titles to be signed by Phillips.

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About Simply the Best. . .

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?  


Praise for Simply the Best. . .

“Re-entering the world of the Chicago Stars is like a beloved friend come to call.”
—Robyn Carr

“Susan is the absolute queen of contemporary romance.”
—Kristin Hannah

“No one tops Susan Elizabeth Phillips”
—Jayne Ann Krentz

“RITA Award–winning and bestselling romance author Phillips’ latest virtuoso literary performance and new addition to her outstanding Chicago Stars series delivers a full score of irresistible delights. From savvy characterization, sassy humor, and sparkling dialogue to a smartly composed plot... this brilliantly conceived contemporary romance will have readers shouting, Brava!”
Booklist (starred review) on When Stars Collide

“Captivating. The thrilling suspense plot and intoxicating chemistry will hook new readers and returning fans alike. This is a page-turner.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) on When Stars Collide

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books have been published in over thirty languages. Guided by the motto, “Life is better with happily-ever-afters,” she loves writing about love in all its forms. Among her accomplishments, Susan created the sports romance with her novel Fancy Pants. She is best known for her Chicago Stars and Wynette, Texas series, as well as multiple stand-alone books. Visit Susan’s website at

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of over fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes romantic suspense under three names: Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Frank.

New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd writes “brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor that are pure Dodd” (ALA Booklist,) and much to her mother’s delight, Dodd was once a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. Please accept Christina's invitation to enjoy her newsy, funny, book-centric mailings at (yes, she is the proud author with the infamous three-armed cover.)

Want a signed edition of the featured book, but can't make it to the event? Order through our website or over the phone, and write your request for a signature or personalization in the comments field at checkout. Please call the hosting store if you're placing your order within 24 hours of the event.

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