Welcome to the TLC Book Tour for Call Me Irresistible
Meg Koranda has come to Wynette, Texas, for the wedding of her best friend, Lucy Jorik, to Wynette’s favorite son, Ted Beaudine. He is so perfect that Meg can practically hear angels singing every time he enters the room. He and Lucy are a strikingly attractive, perfect couple. Too perfect. Meg can tell that Lucy is making a mistake. And as Lucy’s best friend, she knows it is her obligation to discuss it with her friend. So she does. The result? The wedding is abruptly halted just as it is beginning. And Meg instantly becomes the town pariah.
Unfortunately for Meg, she is stuck in Wynette because her wealthy parents, a former super model turned high-powered Hollywood agent and successful film actor, have cut the purse strings. Meg dropped out of college and has traveled the world — on her parents’ dime. But before she arrived in Wynette, they cut her off. Because they refused to continue making payments on her car, she has limped into town in its clunker replacement which she not-so-affectionately refers to as “The Rustmobile.” Her parents have also canceled her credit cards, which means that she cannot pay her hotel bill and escape Wynette. She is homeless, broke, stranded . . . and desperate.
When Ted walks outside, birds start to sing and sunbeams follow him around. To Meg, his perfection is beyond annoying. In fact, Ted is so revered in Wynette that he was elected mayor, even though he didn’t run for office! When Meg attempts to skip town, he makes a deal with the hotel manager: Meg can avoid being arrested for vagrancy and work off her debt as a hotel maid. Ted is clearly enjoying watching Meg suffer, determined to continue making Meg’s life miserable for as long as she is in town. After all, she ruined his wedding day.
But as the old saying goes, a very fine line separates love and hate . . . Could love possibly bloom between Mr. Perfect and Ms. Screw-Up?
Call Me Irresistible is charmingly and irresistibly entertaining. Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips strikes a perfect balance with this “I hate you, but, oh, no! I think I’ve fallen in love with you” tale about a twenty-seven-year-old woman who neither truly appreciated the luxurious, easy manner in which she was raised nor learned to make her own way in the world. Few details are provided about Meg’s past other than the fact that she dropped out of college and has traveled extensively, remaining financially dependent upon her parents until now. She has hit bottom and done so in a small town where she is viewed as the woman who halted Ted and Lucy’s beautiful wedding, just as it was starting. Most residents believe she did so because she wanted Ted for herself. After all, what woman could resist Ted’s infinite charms?
Meanwhile, on the surface at least, Ted does not seem particularly heartbroken about his aborted nuptials. He is focused on snagging a major investor for an ecologically-friendly golf course and resort that Wynette desperately needs to develop in order to stimulate its economy and create new jobs. Ted is ready to do whatever is required to broker the deal, including pressuring Meg to spend time with the much-older Spencer and dating Spencer’s business-savvy daughter who, like every other woman who encounters Ted, quickly sets out to snare him. Meg initially perceives Ted as pragmatic, self-absorbed, and incapable of feeling the kind of real passion that would compel him to give his heart to a woman completely and without reservation. But as she gets to know him, she gradually realizes that appearances are often deceiving and when she feels herself falling for him, tries to convince herself that it is nothing more than fleeting physical attraction that will flame out after a brief fling.
Wynette is populated with a colorful cast of eccentric and often hilarious supporting players, including Birdie, the hotel owner, and her teenage daughter, Kayla, in addition to the other ladies who make up the Public Library Rebuilding Committee, all of whom initially despise Meg. Phillips incorporates a dark plot twist: someone begins terrorizing Meg, unequivocally attempting to run her out of town.
Call Me Irresistible is fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny, but also a poignant story of a woman who finds her inner strength and resilience, learning, at long last, to be independent and accountable for herself. It is juxtaposed with a tale about a man who must learn to relinquish some of the order, discipline, and focus on attaining goals that have provided the benchmarks of his life and surrender to his emotions and feelings in order to have a fully loving relationship.
Phillips can be forgiven for the predictability of the overarching plot, because the journey to its resolution is delightful and the complications Meg deals with along the way are anything but predictable. The series of odd jobs she must perform in order to support herself, the ingenuity she displays in order to survive in a town where she is not only its newest resident, but also its most reviled, and the manner in which Meg and Ted find their way to a future together are unique. The result is a humorous, touching story that will leave you wanting to read more about the characters who inhabit quirky little Wynette. Fortunately, Ted, Meg, Lucy and some of the other characters have been featured in previous titles from Phillips. Click here for more information.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of Call Me Irresistible free of charge from the author in conjunction with the TLC Book Tours review and virtual book tour program. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own. This disclosure complies with 16 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Enter to Win a Copy of Call Me Irresistible
One lucky reader, selected at random, will receive a copy of Call Me Irresistible, generously provided by the author.
Entries will be accepted through Thursday, September 29, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific time)!