Title: Call Me Irresistible
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Narrator: Shannon Cochran
Audiobook Length: 11 hours, 57 minutes
Synopsis (Courtesy of Powell’s Books):
“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.”
Thoughts: There is something to be said about reaching past one’s normal genre and reading a novel that would regularly be ignored. Such is the case with Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Call Me Irresistible. Firmly ensconced in the romance genre, Call Me Irresistible is one novel for which I am glad I ignored my predilections to avoid romance. While I typically prefer romance novels I do read to have something more to it, like a mystery or suspense, there is something about Meg Koranda that made Call Me Irresistible absolutely delightful.
At first glance, Call Me Irresistible was going to be too much to stomach – impossibly wealthy and beautiful characters with all of life’s assets and creature comforts, insanely overeager townies, meddlesome and gossipy women, predictable story, traditional character development, i.e. the stereotypical elements of a stereotypical romance novel. However, this is all offset by the humor Ms. Phillips brings to the story. To call the townspeople of Wynette quirky is an understatement. They take the idea of protecting one of their own seriously, often to hilarious results. The true charm of the novel, though, lies with Meg.
Meg is the antithesis of everything that was initially bothersome at first. While she was born into a life of privilege, her life is not charmed now, and the growing pains she faces as a result brings an air of reality to the entire novel. Her inability to give up, to face the most ridiculous of situations head-on, and to refuse to take the easy way out makes her the most admirable character in the story. Her growth from a spoiled rich kid to a responsible adult is as silly and entertaining as it is heartening.
Shannon Cochran does a delightful job narrating and bringing to life the individual quirks and foibles of each character. Her performance is understated, letting the words carry much of the humor and charm of the story. Her voice is soothing to the ear and in no way distracts from the story. In all, it is exactly what one hopes to experience with an audiobook.
Call Me Irresistible is fun, engaging and simply charming. I fell in love with Meg and Ted’s love/hate relationship and was in no way bothered by the more predictable aspects of the story. There were a few unanswered questions/plot holes that continue to irk me, but considering that all of these characters were introduced in Ms. Phillips’ previous stories, I wonder if she is leaving them for future novels. In spite of the gaps, Call Me Irresistible was one novel I did not want to end. It was a great way to lightening up the atmosphere at work and improve my mood.
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