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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062076167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062076168
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Letter from Susan Elizabeth Phillips to Jennifer Crusie

Dear Jenny,

It’s once again time to talk about how wonderful you are. No, wait… My new book, Call Me Irresistible, is coming out on January 18, 2011, so it’s time to talk about how wonderful I am. Except I shamefully tried to do exactly that in our last interview, which was about you and your fabulous Maybe This Time, which was such a delicious read that I devoured it in one evening. Truly. It was better than chocolate, so funny and heartwarming, which, let’s face it, is a hard task for even the most gifted writer to pull off, but you did it, babe, and I have no idea why I tried to sabotage that interview. I’m ashamed.

Back to me. So go ahead. Ask me some questions. Make them easy. I’m not half as smart as you. But I’ll put my banana bread up against yours any day.

Love,
Susan



A Letter from Jennifer Crusie to Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Dear Susan,

My banana bread leaves your banana bread sniveling in the pan from its inadequacy. However, I might write another book again someday and then you’ll owe ME an interview, so I won’t mention that. HA. And I will be Adult and not make the interview about me.

Love,
Jenny




Amazon Exclusive: Jennifer Crusie Interviews Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Jennifer Crusie: Welcome to Jennifer Crusie’s interview with her Close Personal Friend, Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I’m Jenny Crusie and I’m thrilled to be interviewing Susan because she’s not only my Close Personal Friend, she’s also the Queen of Romantic Comedy! Oh, and because she has a new book coming out. And because that’s what Close Personal Friends do. So Susan, tell us about Maybe This Time.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Sigh… Once you tell your Close Personal Friend how much you love her book, she never lets you forget it.

JC: Sorry, sorry, I meant Call Me Irresistible. What was I thinking? Probably that “irresistible” is a bitch to spell, unlike “Maybe,” “This,” and “Time.” So you have a new novel coming out FINALLY. Not that I’ve been impatient or anything, but ye gods, woman, you have fans and none of us are getting any younger. What took you so long? And when do I get my Close Personal Friend of Susan Elizabeth Phillips copy?

SEP: So glad you pointed out the difficulty of spelling “irresistible.” Where was my brain? As for taking so long… Writing is hard! Didn’t anybody ever tell you that? (An advanced copy of the book is coming to you in the mail. Along with a truly superb loaf of banana bread.)

JC: Sorry, sorry, I’m just thrilled that Call Me Irresistible is coming out. Finally. For one thing, I get to see some of my favorite characters again like Meg from What I Did for Love and Lucy from First Lady, not to mention Ted from Fancy Pants and Lady Be Good. Is it fun for you to revisit them? (Not that I care, it’s fun for me, so bring them back anyway, that’s what I say.) Oh, and will readers have to have read all those books to understand this one? Because if so, good marketing.

SEP: I love revisiting old characters. Just like revisiting old friends. (Not that we’re old. Or even remotely mature.) The thing about my books is that they all stand alone, even those with familiar characters. And, boy, does Call Me Irresistible have a lot of familiar characters. If readers want to pick up the older books, more power to them. But they don’t have to. That would be like homework. Except more fun.

JC: You remember back when I told you not to marry Charles and you got all huffy about it? Meg does the same thing to Lucy in this book and she listens. What kind of heroine tries to break up her pal’s wedding? (Tell Charles I said hi.)

SEP: My husband’s name is Bill, not Charles. (This interview isn’t going nearly as well as I’d hoped.) Meg, the heroine of Call Me Irresistible, sees clearly what Lucy Jorik, the bride, can’t—that Lucy and Ted Beaudine aren’t the perfect match everyone believes them to be. Lucy flees her wedding just as she’s supposed to be saying, “I do,” leaving Meg to face the wrath of Wynette, Texas… and Ted Beaudine.

JC: Okay, the last time I saw Ted he was a kid, so his appeal as a leading man wasn’t evident (cute, though) but now he sounds like The Perfect Man: a civic minded, athletic, sweet, rich genius. Did Meg turn into superwoman in between books to earn this paragon? Because I’m feeling inadequate enough without having to live up to a Perfect Heroine.

SEP: Not to worry. As you pointed out, Ted really does have it all: looks, money, charm, and that annoying genius I.Q. As for Meg… Unlike our sexy paragon of a hero, Meg is so deliciously imperfect. Kind of a screw-up, although her heart’s in the right place. She also has big problems. She’s broke, stranded, and unemployed in a town where everybody’s out to get her…and where Ted Beaudine holds all the power.

JC: What is it with you and Texans? Not that I have anything against Texas except, you know, politics, but you’re practically a tumbleweed groupie. Did you have a great one-night stand there that you’ve never quite let go of? Did you look across a room and meet the eyes of a tall, dark ranger and then Charles made you play golf? Because your erotic fascination with that state is well-documented. Give us all the details. And pictures. Pictures or it didn’t happen.

SEP: My husband’s name is NOT CHARLES, it’s BILL! And who are you calling a groupie? I seem to remember a certain wild night, a certain famous rocker… I’ll say no more. As for my Texas settings—and no offense to my Lone Star friends—but that state is a writer’s dream. You can make any dang fool thing happen in Texas and readers will believe it. Thank you Sam Houston and all your fine descendents.

JC: I never had a chance to be a groupie once you told him I threw rolls at you. You asked me some really good questions in our last Amazon interview (smart, talented, and beautiful; you really do have it all, oh Queen of the RomCom), so I’m throwing two of the best back at you: “How do the stories you want to tell now differ from the ones you wanted to tell when you started writing? How are they the same?”

SEP: Do I detect a little sarcasm with all these Queen references? I should never have borrowed your tiara. Great, insightful questions, by the way! (Please don’t bring up the roll incident.) My core story will, I think, always be the same. I love books that make me laugh and get a lump in my throat, sometimes on the same page. I love sexy heroes, funny heroines, and happy endings. Basically, there’s not much difference between what I used to write and what I write now. Except now I’m a lot better speller.

JC: Thank you, Susan for these insightful and fascinating answers. And now for our last question: WHAT’S NEXT? Tell me all about what you’re working on so I can harass you so you can finish it faster and I can read it. And because I’m a pal, proofread it.

SEP: I’m not giving too much away by saying that, by page thirty of Call Me Irresistible, Lucy Jorik has fled her wedding, and we don’t see her again for the rest of the book. Leaving us to wonder… Exactly what happened to our runaway bride?

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Phillips crafts a laugh-out-loud and romantic story with panache that mostly makes up for some gaping plot holes. Onetime PGA star and smalltown mayor Ted Beaudine (met in 2005's Fancy Pants) is about to marry Lucy Jorik, the daughter of a former president, when she's persuaded to break it off by her best friend, Meg Koranda (2008's Glitter Baby), the aimless daughter of Hollywood royalty. Everyone in Wynette, Tex., loves Ted, but Meg feels Lucy deserves a passionate partner, not a god of self-control. After the disaster of calling off the wedding at the last minute, Meg's parents cut her off, stranding her in the hostile town. As Meg finds her own path and helps Ted discover his heart, the townspeople stoutly (and hilariously) defend their golden boy. However, some readers may not appreciate that Meg's good deed is punished so often and severely en route to happiness. (Jan.)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

I really felt disappointed with Meg and Ted's story.
Bronwyn
I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one night.
spaz
She always has such great characters and is very funny.
B. Ricci

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73 of 84 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm on January 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just read it over the weekend. I'm not going to say that I hated it (it's not the worst SEP book I've ever read), but I won't be re-reading it and it wouldn't be the SEP book I'd recommend to anyone.

It read like a mish-mash of SEP's previous books. If I had to choose, I'd say that this book is a mish-mash of "Ain't She Sweet" (entire town against the heroine) and "Match Me if You Can" (girl from over-achieving family has to figure out what she's good at and she ends up with ultra-successful guy that every girl wants to be with).

I actually loved both of those books, so I probably enjoyed "CMI" more because of it. (Just because the theme interested me.) However, there were a lot of problems with THIS book that I didn't have with the previous books.

First of all, I've read "First Lady", but I have not read "Fancy Pants" or "Lady Be Good". Nor will I ever read them, because I feel that SEP's work becomes quite dated quite quickly (probably because of her obsession with designer stuff) and reading those books is very much like watching an old episode "Dynasty" or "Dallas". It just doesn't work for me.

So, for me, I kind of walked into this book with no knowledge of Meg or Teddy. (I haven't read "What I did for Love" either, because I knew it was about Jolie/Aniston/Pitt.) So, I was ready to read the book on its own merits without worrying about the history of these characters.

The Good Points:

If a person likes SEP's writing style, this book is very much true to the best of SEP's writing. The characters have a good sense of humor (especially Meg) and their conversations are fun. It's fast paced without being too fast-paced. The hero and heroine have good chemistry and neither one of them do things that make them Too Stupid to Live.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By JP Reader "Me" on January 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Meg Koranda blows into the town of Wynette Texas to be a Maid of Honor at the wedding of her best friend, Lucy Jorik. Unfortunately upon meeting the Groom (Ted Beaudine) Meg has a bad feeling that the wedding shouldn't occur. Something is wrong. In spite of the fact that the Groom is nearly as perfect as any man could possibly be (Including mysterious halos of light dancing about his head and bands of trumpets choosing the exact moment he appears to begin their practice) Meg feels that he is simply all wrong for her best friend Lucy. And she says so.

And Lucy impetuously agrees and does a runner.

Leaving Meg to face a town of angry town folk who are angered at the insult to the golden favorite son, angry parents, and Ted himself - who although seems far less upset than he really should be isn't quite yet ready to issue Meg a thank you. Throw in the fact that Meg's parents have chosen that exact same week to cut off her financial support and the Jorik's forget to pay her hotel bill as they take off after their fleeing daugher .... And Meg has a problem.

The book is laced with the humor and quirkiness that made the name "Susan Elizabeth Phillips" a staple of romantic comedy. We witness Meg (finally! In the view of her parents) learn to be self-sufficient and we witness Ted (finally! In the view of Meg) throw off his anointed one persona and claim his right to be occasionally selfishly human.

I agree with some of the viewpoints here that Ted's POV is underrepresented through most of the books, however I suspect that was mostly a deliberate decision. In the beginning chapters Ted Beaudine is little more than a town figurehead. He does what he believes he should do, what the perfect man does.
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Centennial reader on January 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
...and how long will I keep buying them in hardback? This book was such a disappointment. I'd already noticed several books ago how often SEP repeats herself...Heroine is down, way down on her luck; she lands in an unfriendly place and is mercilessly bullied by the locals. Sometimes she arrives in town in a ridiculous outfit (Fancy Pants, Natural Born Charmer). Sometimes she and other characters float around their natural surroundings dancing for joy (Nobody's Baby But Mine, Natural Born Charmer); sometimes the heroine has a huge inferiority complex owing to a super-accomplished family (Call me Irresistible, Match Me If You Can) or super-gorgeous hero (This Heart of Mine, Heaven Texas). I could go on I'm sure but I barely remember What I Did for Love and some others. It saddens me that the last SEP I really enjoyed was Ain't She Sweet. That book shares key plot points with this one(abandoned and despised heroine forced to humiliate herself) but had a much, much better payoff in the end in that the "redemption" resonated. It could be the characters were better drawn and more likable (honestly, when all is said and done, Meg's a big wimp and Ted is boring). I don't know. I do know that when asked, SEP jokes that she gets her ideas from a warehouse in Tulsa. Maybe it's time to find another one.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By L. Burch on January 27, 2011
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Believe me it wasn't easy for me to hit that one star button. I preordered this book in Oct because I knew it was about "my" Teddy you know the sweet little boy who carried the world on his tiny shoulders that just made you want to hug him tightly and make his world okay.......Or the teenage Teddy who made you sigh and wish you could find someone just like him.....So when I started reading this book I was so excited...Finally I was going to see Teddy become the man I knew he was destined to be....Uh...I was SO wrong...I couldn't find him on page 1 and I still didn't find him on page 385. Because he didn't exist in this book...Now true there was a man named Ted Beaudine/Mr. Irresistible...But this unemotional...detached and dare I say it...sexless man was NOT the Ted I loved in Fancy Pants and Lady Be Good.

After finishing the book last night...I closed it ...opened it again and thought to myself this book didn't make me laugh...giggle....it didn't make my heart flutter...and I hate to say it but I didn't even like "this" Ted....But it did make me feel one thing..... disappointment.

SEP is a wonderful writer....I have many of her books and they are all a little tattered because they have been read many...many times. But this book will never be bookworn it will stay just like I bought it .... ..a book with a beautiful cover with nothing in between.
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