Phillips, Susan Elizabeth. Call Me Irresistible (2011). 385 Pages. HarperCollins. $25.99
Wynette, Texas | Book Six
There is a sort of chronology to these books, but they certainly don’t have to be read in order. In roughly story-order, this one is book six. Earlier books in the series told the tale of Theodore’s parents– Fancy Pants is about his early years. Seemingly he makes another appearance in Lady Be Good, and then features as the hero in Call Me Irresistible. Meg Koranda’s parents are in Glitter Baby, and Lucy Jorik’s parents are in First Lady. I’ve read a few of those, but I’m taking my time coming up with opinions.
From the Cover
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 that 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.
More than a few residents of Wynette, Texas, thought Ted Beaudine was marrying beneath himself. It wasn’t as if the bride’s mother was still the president of the United States. Cornelia Jorik had been out of office for over a year. And Ted Beaudine was, after all, Ted Beaudine.
The thing about Susan Elizabeth Phillips heroines is that they never have it easy. Most of them were born to privilege, or at least have some concept of it. In this case, Meg was born to a life of privilege, and has spent most of that life traveling around the world, refusing to get truly involved in anything, or to attempt to be good. That all ended when her parents cut her off– too bad they waited till she was thirty and had no idea what she was doing.
Meg, however, is in a unique position to recognize that Lucy Jorik, her best friend, is making a huge mistake. She’s known the other girl for so long that she can see that as amazing as Ted Beaudine is, he’s not in love with Lucy, and Lucy isn’t really in love with him. Unfortunately, because of how much they all love their Teddy, none of them are happy when he gets jilted at the altar, and they all focus their blame on Meg, because she’s the only one still in Wynette.
The good people of Wynette aren’t going to make a single thing easy for her, either. They make her work hard for every penny, they don’t cut her any slack, and none of them will offer a helping hand. Meg has to fight to get by the way she has never fought for anything in her life, and it does wonders for her.
Teddy, meanwhile, seems untouched by Lucy’s departure. Something which remains difficult to determine; Meg is hardly a reliable narrator when it comes to him, and we don’t get any chapters from his point of view. Where most Susan Elizabeth Phillips books make use of multiple points of view, the vast majority of this book is about Meg.
As Meg and Ted spend more and more time in each other’s company, it becomes increasingly obvious that they’re meant for each other. Unfortunately, nobody figures it out until there is no alternative. It’s a bit drawn out, which can be frustrating at times.
One of the strong points was the dialog; at no point did it feel stilted, or as if it were forced. The characters were fun, even if they were the last to figure out what the reader already knew; they were going to end up together. The how is what makes romance novels unique, and I certainly enjoyed this one.
This volume scored a 4.5/5, for being just a smidge frustrating toward the end. The rest of the time, it was a fun book and I was glad to be reading it.