Book: Call Me Irresistible
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Publisher: William Morrow
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Release Date: January 18, 2011
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Will Ted Beaudine actually lose his head over Meg Koranda? Will she really, really make him pop like a volcano and explode? Just wondering about it is half the fun of reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s newest contemporary romance Call Me Irresistible. It is her fault entirely that I got no sleep last night!
SEP takes us back to it all, to the root of her amazing stories: Glitter Baby, Lady Be Good, Fancy Pants and First Lady whose characters infiltrate and bolster Call Me Irresistible…it was like hanging out with old friends again with a martini in my hand, alot of mischief, some tongue wagging, brisk dialogue, and hilarious banter…snappy set-downs….and Wynette….a crazy town with crazy politics and once again two great characters who can’t stand one another.
This time the story is about steely calm Ted Beaudine, the son of Dallas and Francesca Beaudine-her “Teddy” the golden boy who can do no wrong. Ted is the over achiever, plays a mean round of golf, got his BA and Masters simultaneously, is super rich, has multiple patents, and always does everything calmly and methodically-lovemaking, even marriage. And. He. Never. Ever. Loses. His Cool.
So when his wedding day comes and he’s picked the perfect bride it’s no surprise that it all goes to hell in a handbasket. Jilted at the altar, his bride-to-be Lucy Jorik hits the trail for greater pastures, and it’s her BFF Meg Koranda who’s left to pay the piper. Apparently she’s the one that talked Lucy out of committing and Ted hates her….and that is nothing compared to the whole town ganging up against her.
Watching Meg and Ted is like watching a train wreck, careening towards you, without a chance of dodging it, but you are so riveted by the disaster in your sights that you cannot turn your eyes. That’s what SEP does….she brings you along for the ride, to watch these two proud towers of people crumble and fall. She explores the inner mechanisms, what makes a character tick, exploits all the weak points to enamor the audience, curries favor, and reaps a huge emotional investment.
This is why Susan Elizabeth Phillips novels work…they are extraordinary feats, with nuggets of wisdom embedded in them, flawed and zany characters who for the most part have to inevitably accept themselves, and next each other.
The ride for Meg and Ted is difficult. She’s a screw up, a Hollywood daughter who cannot find her way, who doesn’t know what to do with her life. From Hollywood to scrubbing toilets in Wynette, and sleeping in her car-she’s hit rock bottom and still has to fight her way out of it to make it to who she can really be. And she can’t do that without Ted. But she will fight him all the way…from the doorstep…to the bedroom…till she reaches his arms..
Call Me Irresistible embodies all the sweet and sour of life, it will make you teary, make you wistful, laugh hysterically. I loved it…lost sleep over it and it was worth every minute of it. Especially the part when Ted pops his top for good. Bravo Susan!
A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)