by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

January 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-201775-8
Reviewer Graphic Button William Morrow

It’s a wedding for the ages in Wynette, Texas. Beloved Wynette son, Ted Beaudine, is about to marry Lucy Jorik, a daughter of a former United States President. It is a match made in heaven, right?

Meg Koranda does not think so. She thinks her best friend is putting up a front, not showing the uncertainty she feels about her marriage. These two may be a match made in heaven, but Meg cannot help suspecting that Lucy and Ted are not right for each other. So, she helps Lucy escape. The wedding is off and all the blame lands squarely on Meg’s shoulders.

Meg is the privileged daughter of wealth but she is fancy and footloose. The people of Wynette seem to despise her so when she tries to sneak out of town without paying her hotel bill (she will mail the money later!), she is in for the shock of her life when she is forced to work off her debt. Ted is not going to make her escape easy.

And thus begins the very convoluted, hilarious, and sometimes painful romance of Ted Beaudine, Mr. Irresistible himself, and Meg Koranda, a woman who seems only to bring disappointment to her loved ones. This book felt so much like the engrossing and scintillating romances of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ past that I just could not put it down! Revisiting Wynette was fabulous but Ted and Meg were the delight of this book. They light up the pages with their heated animosity, their shared love of the environment, and yes, even their shared joy in Wynette. Because trick of tricks, Meg comes to value Wynette just as much as Ted!

Call Me Irresistible made my heart go pitter pat. It was great revisiting past characters (Francesca, Dallie, Kenny and Lady Emma) but more than anything I liked seeing Ted all grown up. He is still that gangly genius boy at heart but Meg makes him shine and believe in himself in ways he had forgotten. This book was a genuine pleasure to read. Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you are a superstar!

Reviewed in December 2010 by Sarah.

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