Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Call Me Irresistible
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Publisher: Wm Morrow
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-135152-5 (Hardcover)
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present/Wynette, Texas
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Susan Elizabeth's Website/Blog: www.susanelizabethphillips.com
As anyone and everyone knows, Ms. Phillips has offered the world consistently good fiction for a while now. In this newest offering, she has concentrated on a very small town in Texas where everyone knows everyone, and their favorite "son" is about to do something no one ever imagined.
We begin easily enough with Lucy Jorik. Lucy is the adopted daughter of the ex-President of the United States. Although Lucy certainly has a bit of "fame" going for her, she's no match for the "perfect" man she's about to walk down the aisle with...Ted Beaudine. Ted is the elite in Wynette, Texas. He has been the townspeoples' everything for so long, that he is basically deemed a saint by the small population. Not only did he make his first gazillion dollars at the age of twenty-six, but he's also the mayor of the small town and all the residents either want to be his best friend or his girlfriend, depending on what their mothers' say.
The people are a little put out by the fact that Ted isn't going to marry one of their own Wynette girls. But Lucy is such a nice, quiet, calm woman that the residents of Wynette have learned to deal with her. The only trouble on the "big day" comes when Lucy's best friend Meg arrives in town to stand up as her matron of honor. Meg Koranda is the daughter of extremely famous individuals. Her mother was a famous fashion model called Glitter Baby, and her father is an Oscar award-winning actor, Pulitzer prize-winning writer...you name it, he's done it. Meg happens to be the "let down" of the family. She's never found her niche, and has enjoyed living her life off her parents' money, power, and fame. What she also does is tells the truth, and she can't help noticing that when Ted Beaudine looks at her very best friend there's not a flicker of love or passion in his eyes. She knows right away that he's simply marrying Lucy in order to have picked the girl who everyone thought he should...and not because they're in love.
Meg's views, once said out loud, have Lucy turning her back on the aisle and making herself a runaway bride as fast as possible. The whole town now looks at Meg as the horrific demon who hurt the boy they love with all their hearts, and they're after blood. Meg can't get out of Wynette fast enough, but when she tries to check out of the Inn she suddenly finds out that her parents have canceled all her credit cards and she is left in a town that despises her, completely broke with absolutely no way of getting out.
To avoid jail, Meg has to find a job and a place to stay until she can settle her bill at the Inn, and she must deal with all the townspeople who desperately want to make the Hollywood girl pay! From cleaning toilets to working a drink cart on the local golf course, and living in a boarded up church that Ted Beaudine happens to own, Meg finds herself in the most embarrassing situations anyone can imagine.
Now Ted Beaudine is up against another issue - he is trying to land a big contract for a new golf complex - a deal that will bring hundreds of much-needed jobs to his hometown. He can't lose the complex - too many people depend on him to remain Saint Ted and save their very lives by bringing money, tourists, and employment to Wynette. And when he has to lean on the one woman he can't stand in order to make the deal happen, the story goes from funny to downright hysterical.
The characters are extremely charming, and the romance that ensues between the mortal enemies is strong, emotional, and downright sexy. Ms. Phillips has once again written a story that offers a great plot, an unforgettable supporting cast, and a romance that will ignite the passion in your soul. Enjoy!
Until next time,
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