Being from Mississippi, I love any book that is set in the my home state and this one is no exception. Sugar Beth Carey has come back to Parrish, Mississippi and she has brought her reputation for wrecking havoc with her. This is a great read.
Ms. Phillips has a wonderful talent for sympathetically drawing flawed, human characters with redeeming qualities. I love her books because even though you may know the two protagonists are going to end up together, it's the journey that proves fascinating.
Out of all of Susan's books. This was my ultimate favorite. I would read it again and again. I recomend anyone to read this book if they are looking for something funny, sad and yet very good romance. I don't think I laughed so much or cry so much as for a book. This is a book for those that are looking for this combination!!
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, what with a tarnished and obviously flawed heroine and an unattractive hero (I'll admit to being shallow about these things when reading romance novels!), but I LOVED this book. It didn't take me long to fall in love with the characters and I thoroughly enjoyed their story. This book made me laugh at least as many times as it made me want to cry.
I was expecting something a little more trashy instead of this delightful work of fiction. Story is well written and takes you on the journey of a woman who has battled through life with her wit. Compelling, I read it all in one sitting.
Beware: This author is cruel. Her stories will inflict sore aching ribs, shortness of breath, teary eyes and sleepless nights!
Aint She Sweet? is about a spoiled, rich southern beauty returning to her home town out of necessity after years of being gone. As a young girl, Sugar Beth Carey had dispensed more than her share of snobbish attitude, thoughtless pranks, and even malicious acts to those surrounding her. She's had a lot of years to grow up and mend her ways. But when she returns home a wiser and more sensitive woman, all of her old enemies are still there, just waiting for their pound of flesh from the woman they still see as self-centered and spoiled. Sugar Beth is willing to let them have a bit of deserved payback from her...but only to a point.
This author has a complex, intelligent style of writing, along with a wicked sense of humor. I laughed out loud at least a dozen times while reading this story. The verbal sparring of the main characters put me in mind of Kate and Petruchio from "Taming of the Shrew". When Sugar Beths chief enemy, hunky Colin Byrne, installs chain across Sugar Beth's driveway, she responds by pushing her dog through the hedges to do his business in Colin's manicured yard. When Colin coerces Sugar into being his housekeeper and allows her to use only the back door in what was once her family home, she retaliates by using his Waterford crystal as a dog dish and generally makes Colin's life as difficult as she possibly can, knowing that he's enjoying his opportunity to humble her too much to fire her. As Colin and Sugar Beth cross swords in their battle of wills, their mutual resentments gradually transition into mutual respect and then into even deeper, more complicated and unsettling feelings.
The character development skills of this author are impressive. Possessing amazing insight into emotional relationships, she strikes resonant chords within my own emotional memories and touches me like no other author I've read. I felt I actually knew the people in the story and cared about what might happen to them. The characters all had depth and subtlety. Even the dog had a personality that made me like him! As the principle characters were fleshed out and their inner thoughts revealed, I found myself considering how often I might also share in their flaws such as misjudging the intentions of others. As much as I hate to do so (and get embarrassed when caught in the act), I shed more than a few tears over the heartaches of these fabricated people of Parrish, Mississippi. Ms. Phillips has quite a gift for sucking readers into her stories. Aside from the prerequisite happy ending, Ms. Phillip's plots are unpredictable, and can include some jaw-dropping surprises.
Being a long-time Mississippi resident, I can say that this author, despite being a Yankee, bless her heart, truly nailed the ambiance of living in the Deep South, where this particular tale takes place. I'm going to go find my "Coca-Cola Cake" recipe now, and give a call to my Aunt Nellie Jo. (Yes, really, y'all.) I do declare that, yes, we really are proud of our state's famous writers, just as Ms. Phillips mentioned in her story. Some of our Mississippi Writers Guild members even do great impersonations of those renowned authors in presentations to school children and other interested parties. Ain't no lie! Ms. Phillip's other books have varied settings, but she certainly is no slouch when it comes to doing her research.
I've developed dark circles under my eyes now from sleep deprivation and it's all the fault of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I kept looking for a place to stop and put her book down, but when I'd get to the end of a chapter, there would inevitably be some outrageous twist in the plot that would mercilessly hook me and drag me bleary-eyed right into the next chapter. I hope she feels guilty!
"Ain't She Sweet?" is the first book by this author that I have read, but SEP books have become an instant addiction. Susan Elizabeth Phillips has become my new favorite author. I've only had one other fave author in nearly 50 years (J.R.R. Tolkien - and a daughter named "Eowyn" as a result), so that's not a frivolous compliment. I'm on the fourth book now in less than two weeks and plan to read them all...and collect them to keep on my bookshelves to reread again. I'm babbling on so. Must be a "Sugar high"!
Ain't She Sweet was the 1st book that I read by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I have been hooked on her writing ever since. This is one of her best! Her books always contain women with a strong personality and a man that you love to hate and hate to love.
"My all-time favorite romance novel...already I've read it twice." Columbus Dispatch
"A wildly romantic, very funny story that is completely chick-lit, but never crosses the line into the dangerous territory of the cookie-cutter romance novel. 'Ain't She Sweet?' does not proceed down exactly the path the reader might expect." Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Fast-paced...cheeky." Publishers Weekly
"No one writes funnier romance than Susan Elizabeth Phillips." Detroit Free Press
"'Ain't She Sweet?' is one of those books that define romance novels...Wonderful characters that will capture your imagination and your heart...Scenes you'll never forget... Read this book...[It's]a gift that is guaranteed to leave you feeling gooey and happy." Columbia State
"Funny and sexy...[it] sparkles." Memphis Commercial Appeal
Could hardly put this book down and not because I wanted to find out what happened next but because I fell in love with all the characters! What a wonderful story with such a sweet message. Sugar Beth is hardly the normal heroine but I fell in love with her anyway. Of course I spent the first part of the book wondering if the author didn't want us to hate her as much as like her. The verbal sparring was excellent and the one liners were classic! I really enjoyed this book for many reasons, excluding the neat little packaging at the end, but mainly because this story was about flaws. Strangely enough I began to love the characters not in spite of their flaws but because of them. See how far we can come...
A great read. True Southern comfort and "small town charm". Great humor and a wonderfully romance. Love the solid characters. You almost fill you know them. While are two great central characters, the entire cast are the heroines and heroes. I would loge to see this in a movie.
It took me awhile to appreciate Sugar Beth. A spoilt child who returns to her home town with a chip on her shoulder. After seeing how she was treated by the townsfolk though, even if she did deserve it, really bothered me. Watching her grow and come into her own had me cheering her on!
Sugar Beth Catey's come back to Parrish, MS, 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. A romance with bite in it.
I didn't think I would like Sugar Beth but I did. I especially liked that she wasn't all apologetic and regretful at the start and that she maintained some of her snotty ways. It's also great because no one is really a bad guy here and everyone has a story to tell.
The side story of trying to find the painting is very similar to "Heroes Are My Weakness" plot (not sure which book came first) but the characters are just slightly different enough to make it interesting.
A lot of humor and sassiness that I have come to count on with Phillips books. Well worth the read.
Sugar Beth Carey has come back to her hometown of Parrish Mississippi to live. Formerly, she grew up in this town as a sassy mouthed, wicked, spoiled little rich girl. Now she is broke and desperate. This change in circumstances makes for a spicy story showing that human nature is mostly forgiving and good.
Some unexpected things happen in this book that make it funny, fast, and a good read.
"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 accidently."
I enjoy enything this author writes and this one is one of her best.
Sugar Beth Carey's come back to Parrish, Mississippe, 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 shaprened into lethal points. Winnie Davis, her longtime rival is fully armed witht eh money, poer 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.
Sugar Beth Carey comes back to Parish, Mississippi and to her former love interest, Colin Byrne. A funny, heartwarming, and oh- so- spicy story of love, friendship, and the possibility of happily-ever-after.
This is a sweet contemporary romance. The main characters get together fairly quickly...the tension comes when they have to decide whether they want to stay together when the down-and-out heroine gets a chance to return to the big city and a great job opportunity.
From the back jacket: No one is more surprised than Colleen Collins when she's offered a job writing fluffy magazine articles about rural Texas cooking. The big-city investigative reporter knows nothing about goats, prickly pears, or peafowl, and to make matters worse, she can't even cook. But thanks to a political scandal that cost Collie her job, her boyfriend, and now -- with this demeaning assignment -- her self-respect, she has no choice but to drag herself out of bed and head to the Texas hill country.
After only a few days in the charming little town of San Saline, Collie finds her affection gorwing for its bigherted residents. And despite her intentions to the contrary, she's finding it impossible to resist the infuriating True McKitrick, a local boy made good whose mere presence makes her feel utterly alive...and inexplicably at home. Soon, this unlikely romantic pairing is stirring up more than just desire. It's making Collie wonder about the lfie that once seem edperfect -- and the chance of starting over...with a man who's True.
THE MAIN CHARACTER SUGAR BETH CAREY HAS COME BACK HOME. SHE IS BROKE BUT TOO PROUD TO LET ANYONE KNOW. SUGAR BETH'S OLD HOME IS BEING LIVED IN BY HER OLD NEMESIS AND HE WILL DO WHAT EVER IT TAKES TO DESTROY SUGAR BETH LIKE SHE DESTROYED HIM!!
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 exactly accidentally.
Now Colin's 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 princes to her knees. But 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 fallin' in love with the wickedest girl in town.
A funny, heartwarming, oh-so-spicy story of love, friendship, and the possibility of happily-ever-after.
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 her longtime rival is filly armed with the money, power and prestige that had once been Sugar's. But worst of all is Colin, the man whose career Sugar destroyed and not exactly accidentally. Now Colin is living in sugars old mansion and trying to figure out a way to bring Sugar to her knees. But Sugar is not the same girl she use to be.....