Title: Call Me Irresistible
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow (HarperCollins)
Release Date: January 18, 2011
List Price: $25.99
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers program
Blurb: Screw up Meg Koranda breaks up her best friend’s wedding, and must survive living in the town where the erstwhile groom is the Golden Boy.
Why I chose this title: I’m a fan of SEP so I requested it, but it was the LTER algorithm that chose me
Review: When I finished this book, I felt very torn. I soon realized it was because the story itself seems to be torn in two directions. Does it want to be a romance, or does it want to be women’s fiction with a strong romantic element? I’m going to try and not give away turning points in the story for those who don’t want to be spoiled. The story opens with Meg facilitating the break up of her best friend, Lucy Jorvik and Lucy’s fiance, Ted Beaudine. All three of these characters are the children of previous sets of SEP’s heroes and heroines. In that respect, SEP hits the craving of romance fans to see how well their favorite characters are doing in their lives, ie. getting a glimpse into the “happily ever after” (HEA). However, this story struck me much more as being Meg’s story rather than Meg’s and Ted’s. Part of this is because we get to see into the head of what seems to be every character, *but* Ted until after what seemed to be the crisis point in his romantic relationship with Meg. We see how he changes, or doesn’t, through the filter of Meg and the other characters. With the opening premise of the story to really work in the context of this being a romance, I really needed to *see* how Ted emotionally dealt with being dumped at the altar. I think I would have liked this book more if the HEA didn’t give off the feeling of being shoehorned into the story.
Final thought: Not one of SEP’s better books, but satisfying with her trademark sense of humor.