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Friday, October 7, 2011

Review: Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

imagePublisher: William Morrow Paperbacks 
ISBN: 0062076167
Pages: 416 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary  
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Summary from publisher:

R.S.V.P. to the most riotous wedding of the year!

Lucy Jorik’s the daughter of a former U.S. president.
Meg Koranda’s the offspring of legends.
One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible—Ted Beaudine—the favorite son of Wynette, Texas.
The other is determined to save her friend from a mess of heartache.

Meg knows breaking up her best friend’s wedding is the right thing to do, but no one else agrees. Faster than Lucy can say “I don’t,” Meg’s the most hated woman in town—and stuck there with a dead car, an empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom. Broke, stranded, without her famous parents watching her back, Meg believes she can survive by her own wits. After all, what’s the worst that can happen? She’ll lose her heart to Mr. Irresistible?

Not likely. Not likely at all.

My Review: 

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of those writers that my Mom and I both love. We pass around her books whenever we get one.

I have read the first books in the Wynette, Texas series before (Fancy Pants and Lady Be Good) and loved them. I was expecting the same level of greatness from this one especially since I remember loving Ted in those books. I loved Meg. She was such a lively character. She was funny, she was vivacious, she had her faults but I loved her in spite of them. I did have some trouble with Ted. He treated Meg like crap. I usually have no problems with that—I like bodice rippers—but he seemed particularly petty. I also didn’t like that he was a complete patsy for the town. He was the golden boy and the dictate his life. I just don’t like that at all.

I liked this book and I enjoyed reading it as I do most of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books. It was fun and fast-paced. It also had the same quirky type of humor that I love from books like this. I did have trouble seeing some of my favorite characters (especially Francesca and Emma) being so rude and cruel. I don’t like seeing characters I liked be a part of the mean girls club. I just wanted Ted to tell them to go stuff it but he didn’t. I also wanted to see Meg tell them all to go to hell—but she didn’t.

Overall, this one was okay. I liked it and it was a fun read but there were just some aspects of the book that just niggled.


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies  made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.


  1. I love Susan E. Philips's books. They are always quite amusing.
    I definitely have to get this one, too.
    Thanks for this review.

  2. I love that you and your mom share books - I WISH my mom was a reader!

    I'm sorry this one didn't quite meet your expectations, but thanks for being a part of the tour.

  3. This book was soooo bad! I was so disappointed because it was Ted’s book, but come on! That guy got attacked by a body snatcher or something because there’s no way it was the same Ted from previous books!

    SEP loves abusing her heroines but she went too far here, not to mention that she was copying herself because that scene where she is forced to serve dinner to Francesca’s guest was the same scene from Ain’t She Sweet, but worse! Which brings me to Francesca, is this same person who took homeless women to her home and let them sleep there? Another victim of the body snatchers.

    I don’t know why Meg took that much crap from everyone, even her own family!
    I’m a fan of SEP but some of her books are painful to read and this was one of those. She also made a mistake, in my humble opinion, by not giving us Ted’s POV, by the time she does it was too late!

    I really hope Lucy’s book makes up for this one…

  4. @Brie

    I'm in the same boat. I have been waiting for Ted's book for so long and it was just so disappointing. I was so upset when Meg never got the victorious "Go to Hades" and I needed for Ted to have some say because he just wasn't the guy I remember.

    I was also befuddled by what happened with Francesca and Emma. They were borderline evil. I know you need bad characters in the book but don't take your former heroines and make them act like mean girls. I will never read Fancy Pants or Lady Be Good the same again.

    I have hope for Lucy's book but I am still going to have my mother preread to be safe.

  5. I feels like the publisher wanted to get as many SEP characters in to this one in the hopes of getting readers to read the others. For example, in this book there are characters from Lady Be Good, Fancy Pants, and Glitter Baby. To the publishers, if you want new readers to read the back list, let the author write the excellent book she is capable of writing and readers will automatically check it out. There is nothing compelling in this book that would make new readers read this, where as they should. Fancy Pants and Lady Be Good are great, fun reads.



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