Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

First line: More than a few residents of Wynette, Texas, thought Ted Beaudine was marrying beneath himself.

From the inside cover: R.S.V.P. to the most riotous wedding of the year...

Lucy Jorik is the daughter of a former president of the United States.

Meg Koranda is the offspring of legends.

One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible - Ted Beaudine - the favorite son of Wynette, Texas. The other is not happy about it and is determined to save her friend from a mess of heartache.

But even though Meg knows that breaking up her best friend's wedding is the right thing to do, no one else seems to agree. Faster than Lucy can say "I don't," Meg becomes the most hated woman in town - a town she's stuck in with a dead car, an empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom. Broke, stranded, and without her famous parents at her back, Meg is sure she can survive on her own wits. What's the worst that can happen? Lose her heart to the one and only Mr. Irresistible? Not likely. Not likely at all.

Call Me Irresistible is the book Susan Elizabeth Phillips's readers have long awaited. Ted, better known as "little Teddy," the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from Phillips's first bestseller, Fancy Pants, and as "young Teddy," the hunky new college graduate in Lady Be Good, is all grown up now - along with Lucy from First Lady and Meg from What I Did for Love. They're ready to take center stage in a saucy, funny, and highly addictive tale fans will love.

My thoughts: The very first Susan Elizabeth Phillips book that I read was Fancy Pants and I thought it was such a fun book. I loved 'little Teddy' and was excited when his story was finally written.

Meg is the child of very famous parents, and as the novel opens we find out she's never had to do anything for herself. Suddenly finding herself cut off from her parents, she is forced to stand on her own. In the wake of the wedding that wasn't between Ted and Lucy, her best friend, Meg is left broke, homeless, and ostracized by the town that puts the blame for Lucy's running out squarely on her shoulders. It's how Meg handles the aftermath that really makes her character come to life. Watching
her roll up her sleeves and build a life all on her own had me cheering for Meg as she discovers she is strong, capable, and worthy all along. 

Ted is determined to make Meg pay for her part in his non-wedding, as are the rest of the towns people. But everything Ted throws in Meg's path she overcomes and ends up turning the tables on Mr. Irresistible. While we don't get into Ted's head until more than halfway through the story, it works - the reader sees exactly what Meg sees when it comes to Ted and we get to figure it all out as she does.

I loved Meg and Ted's impossible tale and how both characters grew and matured, becoming extremely likable people as they journeyed from bitter opponents to wary allies, to friends, lovers and soul mates. It was also great to catch up with all the familiar characters from Susan Elizabeth Phillips' earlier books. I can't wait to find out what Lucy ends up doing - which SEP is currently working on!

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

4 comments:

  1. This is my next book in my TBR pile ... after reading your review, I can't wait to start on it!

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  2. I'm not familiar with the author, but this one sounds fun. I love my library!

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  3. I love SEP. I think as a writer, she writes charming stories. I have read every single one of her books more than once. I love her series books and the way she brings back characters.

    This one, however, felt like bits and pieces of the other books rolled into one. There was no freshness. The new characters (Ted and Meg) are actually burdened by the return of SO MANY of the old characters and never get a chance to fully stand out as their own. Ted is just like bits of Dallie, bits of Kenny, bits of Dex. You never get a sense of the gawky kid that he was one he first came on board in Fancy Pants or the awkward young man in Lady Be Good.

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