Monday, January 31, 2011

Review: Call Me Irresistible

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

Lucy Jorik is the daughter of a former president of the United States.

Meg Koranda is the offspring of legends.

One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible—Ted Beaudine—the favorite son of Wynette, Texas. The other is not happy about it and is determined to save her friend from a mess of heartache.

But even though Meg knows that breaking up her best friend's wedding is the right thing to do, no one else seems to agree. Faster than Lucy can say "I don't," Meg becomes the most hated woman in town—a town she's stuck in with a dead car, an empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom. Broke, stranded, and without her famous parents at her back, Meg is sure she can survive on her own wits. What's the worst that can happen? Lose her heart to the one and only Mr. Irresistible? Not likely. Not likely at all. From Goodreads

Making the Grade: A-

I love it when you read a book and it makes you experience a fast array of emotions - smile, laugh, cry, embarrassment for the characters, even to a small degree hate them, but by the time the final page is read, you need to see the main characters get their HEA. Any book that can wring all those emotions out of me gets the A- review. Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips  is just that book.

Meg Koranda ventures to Wynette Texas for the wedding of her best friend Luck Jorik to Ted Beaudine. It doesn’t take long for Meg to stir things up, but really she was just being truthful when she told her best friend that she shouldn’t marry the God of Wynette, Mr. Perfect himself Ted Beaudine. So when Lucy leaves poor Ted at the alter and makes a quick get away, everyone in town is looking for someone to blame and poor Meg is right in the crosshairs. The town of Wynette sure can hold a grudge.

Meg may be the daughter of two very rich and famous people, but since they cut off her access to the family funds, she’s been trying to make ends meet on her own. With a hundred bucks to her name and no way to pay her hotel bill or support herself , Meg plans on making her own quick get away before the good folks of Wynette can lynch her for ruining the wedding of the century. But she barely makes it to the city limits before the police are hot on her tail and threatening to put her in jail and leading the charge is none other than Mr. Perfect himself Ted Beaudine.

I loved Meg. She showed remarkable resilience, determination and a profound sense of loyalty to work her way out of her current predicament. I thought she got the raw end of the deal when the close nit people of Wynette turned on her - but they would do anything to protect their favorite son With no money, no friends, no family to support her, I couldn’t help but feel for Meg as she was forced to clean bathrooms, go without food and showers and live in her car while she attempted to work off her debt. How can you not love the girl?

Ted Beaudine is perfect - literally. Birds sing when he goes outside and when the sun shines on him, it looks like he‘s wearing a halo. He never gets mad or displays a negative emotion. He is the town saviour. All the women love him, the men respect him and all the hopes and dreams for the town are riding on Ted’s shoulders. That’s a big burden for one mortal man to carry! So it’s no wonder the folks of Wynette rallied around him when his bride left him at the alter. The only one who didn’t seem all that broken up over his failed marriage attempt was Ted himself.

I wasn’t sure how Meg and Ted were ever going to be able to have any kind of relationship given the town’s animosity towards her and the fact that Ted had been set to marry her best friend just a few weeks ago. Meg was the only women around for miles who didn’t practically become catatonic every time Ted was in sight and she certainly challenged Ted at every opportunity. What started out as outright mistrust and anger at each other, to agreeing to use each other for their mutual benefit, SEP developed their relationship slowly and believably.

I laughed - the golf caddying scenes were hilarious. I got choked up at Meg’s incredibly forgiving attitude toward the people of Wynette who had shown her nothing but their distain and hostility. She could have blown them and their precious chance to obtain a lucrative new golf course out of the water on more than one occasion and she didn‘t. She showed her true character when she could have ruined many lives and she took the high road. I loved her for that.

SEP delivers a sexy, funny, heart-warming love story and even though I finished Call Me Irresistible in one day, it was well worth the hardcover cost.

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Leslie said...

This was such a fun book! I too loved Meg and thought Ted's "perfection" played well off of Meg's imperfections.

I laughed, teared up and got irritated which is typical of an SEP book. She gets your emotions going. :)

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I've seen this one advertised a lot..I was hesitant to read, but I'm going to have to add it to my wishlist now!

Julie said...

I've had this author on my 'to check out' list for a while now and am reading many positive reviews. Maybe that you like her is a sign that I should take her off my 'to check out' list and add her to my 'to buy' list. :)