‘Call Me Irresistible’ by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

'Call me Irresistible' by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Me and SEP (Susan Elizabeth Phillips) go way way back. I discovered her novel ‘Fancy Pants’, sitting all alone on a little old bookshelf, in a small bookstore somewhere along the east coast. And since then I have religiously read every single one of SEP’s books – at least twice; a few a dozen times.

I think she is fabulous. I think her stories are amazing, and heartfelt, and although not wholly realistic still semi-tinged with a sense of reality. And I don’t care if you think I am trashy for reading romance novels – because sometimes a little trash spices up a person’s personality. Case in point, three quotes from this latest tome all delivered eloquently and emotionally from one of SEP’s characteristically strong female characters {another aspect of her story-telling that I love – I for one never enjoy reading about weepy, wet-raglike women}:

‘You’re not company, you’re an infestation.’

‘They take electroshock therapy together. That way they get a group discount.’

‘If I were going to put a price tag on my lady parts I’d find a more appetizing buyer.’

Her latest novel, ‘Call Me Irresistible’ is the continuation of the ‘Fancy Pants’ story – or more specific the continuance of one specific characters’ story – and I must admit that I have been waiting for this novel for quite some time. I read it in one day. I could not put it down. I did not want to put it down. And while I can not sit here and preach that this … ‘this is high literature’ … I can say that this was an extremely satisfying story. And beyond the love and the lust, there was {and always is} a deeper story of friendship sprinkled with humor and wit.

Please note, I refuse to delve deeper into the story because with 100 year old, well-know, well-critiqued works of literature I have no fear of spoiling the story. But here, this story is but months old, and I refuse to deprive anyone of the particulars that make this story so tantalizing – in other words … go read the book!

6 thoughts on “‘Call Me Irresistible’ by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

  1. E! Really! Maybe it is because you didn’t read the novels leading up to this story and are not as invested in the characters as I was going into this story? Maybe? I hope! I love SEP and am totally bummed now … 🙁

    Switch to the Weird Sisters … that one I KNOW you will love. I will bet the farm on that recommendation.

  2. Carolann, I love you. And I read just about everything you tell me to read. And I love a good trashy romantic novel. But this? I am halfway through and … I just can’t. I keep hoping a meteor will crush everyone in Lynette. I won’t spoil anything for anyone else, but I’m pretty sure that’s not what is going to happen.

  3. Literary soul sisters! I love it!

    I think It Had to Be You is the one I see all the time, ironically. Writing both names down to be sure I don’t forget. And I’ll definitely let you know when I’ve read them!

  4. A. No one has ever quoted me before … loved it.

    B. You will love SEP. I know it. I see your book list on goodreads and I think we are literary soul sisters.

    C. Start with ‘fancy pants’ or ‘it had to be you’ … both great books to get into the SEP mindset.

    Please let me know what you think!!

  5. Ohh, I’ve heard of Susan Elizabeth Phillips but I’ve never read her work yet. Sometimes it’s difficult to know when you’ll stumble across a charming, unique writer in such a big market of romantic/chick-lit fiction. I’m glad to know you enjoy her so much – I’ll definitely be sure to pick up one of her novels next time I see one. I love a good, unpretentious, engaging little read like that. “Sometimes a little trash spices up a person’s personality,” completely agree! I always consider the Dorothy Parker gem, “A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika.”

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