Maria’s Must-Read for the Month: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Call Me Irresistible


There is nothing quite like a good book to make time fly and let you escape the mundane trials and tribulations of daily life. I read lots of stuff, serious, nonfiction, you name it…but I have a hungry soft spot in my heart for a good romance novel. And Susan Elizabeth Phillips always delivers.

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would enjoy contemporary romances about sports stars and football players, I would have called you ridiculous and insane. Just goes to show what I know. I have now read all of Phillips’ novels, and I wait with bated breath for each new one to arrive in stores. This month I was lucky. Very lucky. Someone who shall go unnamed loaned me an advance copy of Call Me Irresistible. I started it on a Friday night and finished it Saturday around noon. (Now, THAT is a real luxury.) The book is out as of January 18!

This one has a special place in my heart. The hero lives off the grid in a “net zero” house! He’s got organic milk in his fridge! The heroine gripes about all the pesticides that go onto golf courses! But that alone is no reason to read a SEP (Susan Elizabeth Phillips) book. We read her because she is very, very funny. Her dialog is cracking and sharp. And the chemistry is always divine.

Okay, you don’t read her because you want to be someone in her books, or because she captures reality in any way, shape, or form. You read her for pure, unadulterated escape. She captures flawed people and makes them funny and appealing, and she captures perfect people and makes them…funny and appealing. No one takes themselves too seriously in any of her books, and neither does she. But she’s not cynical, either.

I often recommend Susan Elizabeth Phillips to women who are just starting to read romances. She is a “gateway drug” to the whole genre. But one fix a year is not enough, so we read other authors. Fortunately, there are lots of great romance authors out there. SEP is one of the best.

Try it. You’ll like it!

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5 Responses to Maria’s Must-Read for the Month: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Call Me Irresistible

  1. Amanda January 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I’m a HUGE fan of Diana Gabaldon, but haven’t made my way to the more modern romance stories. I’ll have to try this one. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Maya January 22, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    This book was just wonderful, like all SEP’s.

  3. Erin January 31, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    OMG I bought this book yesterday and read the whole book in one day. I loved it. I have not read books like this, usually I’m reading non-fiction. This was so much fun, now I’ll have to read her other books.

    What a fun relaxing day to just kind of get away from work and the stresses of life. This is a good read.

  4. Sue Smallwood January 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    I tried it and I did like it. Humorous, organic, and hot. Thanks for the recommendation!

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