Friday, September 21, 2012

SEP Review: Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Hi all!

Being on vacation and spending hours in an airport, plane, train, etc made me buy a book from the first airport; all the current popular bestsellers were there but I snatched Call Me Irresistible as soon as I saw it and dashed to the cashier. I even managed to complete it thanks to all the endless hours of just sitting.

Series: Wynette, Texas #6
Release date: 27th of March 2012
Imprint: Avon Books
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 361 in Paperback
Source: Bought from an airport
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.
I really liked this book! Now I’m going to rave on why:
I simply utterly absolutely entirely love love love the snappy, hilarious, funny, sharp, fall-out-of-your-chair awesome dialogue that Susan Elizabeth Phillips is totally a master of. She just hits you with such great banter and conversations that you are left breathless. Honestly, having read a couple of her other books, she again and again establishes in each new book her trademark gripping dialogue.
But that’s not all, she is also brilliant in creating hilarious situations, heartbreaking angst and incredibly happy moments and epilogues.
BUT... that’s not all, she also creates colorful characters with intriguing personalities, distinguishable personas, people you root for with your whole might, who all play important roles and everyone single one has a purpose.
Another trait I find appealing is the big misunderstanding, for some reason that never gets old for me, because who doesn’t love a tough, hot hero having to fight, grovel and beg for the wrongs done to get the girl and be and give her everything she deserves. I’m biting my fingernails from excitement each and every misunderstanding redemption attempt and this book had a lovely version I thoroughly enjoyed.
Call Me Irresistible included all the reasons I love reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips books. She just aces at these aspects of her stories.
The moral of reading this book?: I should really start getting up to date with my Susan Elizabeth Phillips to-be-read list (basically every book she has ever written, minus the couple that got me very much interested in her in the first place) because the couple I’ve picked up were precisely my cup of tea, with all the traits, plot devices, characters, etc that I particularly enjoy. She’s a great romance author and even with not an extensive repertoire in reading her books, she’d already one of my favorites!
Meg: While being slightly disappointed that she was quite irresponsible and dependent, despite her age, to her family and friends, she picked herself up and developed a backbone and found her independence beautifully, so the end result is what matters. She stood up, made something of herself from her own will and power and snagged a hot guy along the way! You go girl! Overall, Meg was soooo charming, quirky and unique, loved her smart mouth, her determination, her vulnerability, her sacrifices, her ability to swallow her pride to do the right thing. She was my kind of heroine, sweet, nice and funny. She was adorable.
Ted: The perfect man who actually isn’t so perfect. He had a lot of admirable traits that for him when all jumbled together worked as a handicap. He was responsible, hardworking, self-controlled, genius, etc, but these characteristics stared to work against him as a person and his needs, happiness, etc. Despite this, being the ideal flawless man he was, he didn’t even realize how jaded he was till he met Meg who was at first glance a complete opposite of him. I can’t completely explain why I found Ted very fascinating, there was just something compelling about him that made me like him despite all his supposed “flaws.” I didn’t, however, appreciate how he initially treated Meg as the main culprit in his misfortunes but I was intrigued by his sulky childish revenge seeking behavior, it made him human as opposed to the-bird-will-start-to-sing, halos-of-light-will-appear, all-will-become-quiet-in-awe at the flawless guy he was made out to be.
There were several inhabitants of Wynette that I found likeable and great additions to the main story: Torie, Kenny, Skeet, Dallas, etc. All had their own quirks, and even while being side characters, really shined with their personalities and presence.
As much as I adored this book I do have a bone to pick: I was annoyed by the majority of the town treating Meg like the “big bad”, they were just flat out mean while no one possessed any substantial proof of her so-called part in the fiasco, everyone basically assumed the extent of her influence on Lucy’s decision. And them exploiting Meg for their own purposes and treating her as someone they can just snap fingers and get rid of when necessary really bothered me. And, honestly, that is the reason why this book gets a 4 not a 5. I just couldn’t look over the treatment despite Meg facing everything like a champ and getting over every snub, insult, humiliation while not making everything as big an issue that they were.
The author is Susan Elizabeth Phillips… I guess that is all there is to say and the fact that this book rocks!

4 stars!



  1. It does sound like a cute story. Thanks for sharing your review!

  2. Thanks for the feedback! It was more than cure, I recommend fully!