Call Me Irresistible: A Novel

Call Me Irresistible - Susan Elizabeth Phillips Lucy Jorik and Ted Beaudine, are both children of royalty in some sense. Lucy is the daughter of a former US President (First Lady) and Ted is the beloved son of Wynette, Texas' favorite son, professional golfer Dallas Beaudine (Fancy Pants). All would be perfect except the bride gets cold feet at the altar with a little help from her friend, Meg Koranda.The entire town is angry with Meg when Lucy runs away, leaving her fiance at the altar and her friend, Meg, stranded in a hostile town, flat broke with no means to pay her hotel bill. The citizens of the town, including Ted, are determined to make her life miserable.What makes the story interesting and compelling is Meg and Ted's subsequent relationship. Meg's family chooses this opportunity to cut her loose financially, rightly so, and she must prove to her family and herself that she can make it on her own. Initially, her relationship with Ted is acromonious but later shifts into something different. Meg's ability to take it on the chin and come to the realization that it's more important to satisfy herself than anyone else is what makes the book worthwhile. Her interactions with Ted somewhat chronicle her maturation and the resultant relationship is substantive and rich.What is disappointing is the mean-spiritedness of the people of Wynette. It is understandable that they would be cool and unfriendly initially but the lengths to which they go to make Meg's life miserable was uncomfortable to read. Even more disappointing were the characters from previous stories who will never be redeemable going forward based on their bad behavior. I personally am not interested in ever reading about them again.All in all, if you can get past the ugliness of the townsfolk, you will enjoy the story of Meg and Ted. It's worth the read. I found them beyond interesting.