Today’s book is Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ AIN’T SHE SWEET
Sugar Beth Carey’s come back to Parrish, Mississippi, and she’s brought her reputation for wreaking havoc with her. She’s broke, desperate, and too proud to show it, even with her old enemies lining up for a chance to get even. Her former girlfriends have their eyebrow pencils sharpened into lethal points. Winnie Davis, her longtime rival, is fully armed with the money, power, and prestige that had once been Sugar Beth’s. But worst of all is Colin Byrne, the man whose career Sugar Beth had destroyed — and not exactly accidentally.
Now Colin’s a famous novelist living in Sugar Beth’s old mansion, and this modern day dark prince is using his writer’s imagination to figure out how to bring the town’s beautiful former princess to her knees. But despite her sassy mouth, feisty spirit, and hardheaded ways, Sugar Beth’s no longer the spoiled rich girl they all remember. No, now she’s a woman to be reckoned with … and a great big reckonin’ is about to happen, not least of all for one dark prince who might — just might — be thinking about falling in love with the wickedest girl in town.
Ain’t She Sweet? A funny, heartwarming, oh-so-spicy story of love, friendship, and the possibility of happily-ever-after.
I resisted this book for months. I didn’t start reading romance until I was in my mid-30s so I tended to find an author, glom and binge and then find other authors through that one. I think I found SEP via my glom of Jenny Crusie. I’d get this book recommended to me via amazon and other people and I’d say, “good god, why would I want to read about this person? Ugh, she’s the kind of girl who made high school hell for me and many others.” But this was before I knew of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ magic for taking an unlikeable character and redeeming them so thoroughly.
So at last I gave in and bought it. I eyed it in my TBR pile for another week or two and finally opened it up to take that chance.
And I’m so glad I did because that book began my love affair with SEP’s writing. I not only loved the book, but I loved the writing. The humor in the dialog and the situations. The fearless way she took this character and made me care about her. The romance, which was sexy and funny and frustrating, just like it can be in real life. I’ve been a big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips ever since and if you haven’t read her, or haven’t read this book yet, here’s your chance to discover what an amazing book (and author) you’ve been missing.
I’ll choose a winner from replies to this post and announce in next Monday’s Winners Post. Good luck!