Friday, March 20

Lady be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I'm on SEP kick. As someone who is new to her books I am doing my best to catch up on her entire back list. It's been very fun. SEP has many novels, and they all sound so good that I never know which one to read next. I've been asking people which is their favourite and going from there. Lady be Good is the one Rowena suggested and she agreed to re read it so that we could buddy review together. Thanks Wena :)

Lady Emma Wells-Finch, the oh-so-proper headmistressof England's St. Gertrude's School for Girls, is a woman on a mission - she has two weeks to lose her reputation. Arriving in Texas with skirts flying, umbrella pointing, and beautiful mouth issuing orders, she knows only one thing will save her from losing everything she holds dear: complete and utter disgrace!

World-famous playboy-athlete Kenny Traveler has kickedup his boot heels one too many times, and now he's suspended from the sport he loves. Only one thing will restore his career:complete and utter respectability! Unfortunately, he's been blackmailed into chauffeuring bossy, single-minded Lady Emma, and she's hell-bent on visiting honkytonks,chasing down tattoo parlors, and worse.. lots worse.

When a gorgeous man who can't afford another scandal meets a hardheaded woman who's determined to cause one, anything can happen. But love? Oh, dear. That's impossible.That's outrageous. That's... inevitable!

Chantal: Lady Be Good was fun, you picked a good one for me. A British Lady getting together with an American golf pro. Very interesting coupling, but it worked out perfectly.

Rowena: I thought so too. Oh man oh man, this book definitely stood the test of time for me and SEP has Kenny Traveler to thank for that. That man is just something else, don't you think? His lazy personality and just the way that he was made for one entertaining read if ever there was one.

Chantal: Oh, yes, he is a mans man. Tough and strong and alpha but not a jerk. My two favourite parts are when he beat up the Duke, and this part right here,
“Now, this is where I draw the line! It’s bad enough everybody in town’s going to be thinkin’ I’m sleeping with a depressed, lice-ridden, hemorrhoidal foreigner who likes to be tied up and might be pregnant, although—since she’s just about cornered the market on condoms—I don’t know how that could have happened. But I will not—you listen to me, Emma!—I absolutely will not have anybody thinkin’ a woman of mine needs a vaginal moisturizer, do you hear me?”
Omg, LOL. it makes me laugh and laugh!

Rowena: Oh gosh, I LOVED IT when Kenny beat up the Duke. Gosh the Duke got on my nerves. And yeah, there were many laugh out loud moments throughout this entire book and that was definitely one of them. I laughed really, really hard when Emma woke up with her new tattoo. LMAO!

What did you think of Emma?

Chantal:Good question. I thought she was a tad foolish in her plans to ruin herself. You could tell right off the bat that it would not work and it didn't make much sense to go about it the way she did. I can let her foolishness slide on the fact that she was pretty sheltered and didn't have much life experiences or get the chance to learn any street smarts in her life.Other than that I found her to be rather charming. It was good that she stuck to her guns with her silly plan. There is nothing like I less than an inconsistent heroine, but Emma was nothing but consistent. Did you like her?

Rowena: I thought she was quite charming. She had a wealth of knowledge that told you she was extremely smart but at the same time, she was so street dumb that you couldn't help but think, how in the world did she ever think any of that stuff she planned would work. I enjoyed getting to know her and I enjoyed the situations she got herself into and I really enjoyed seeing her fall in love with Kenny.

Chantal:I enjoyed when she pretended to be a lesbian. That was unexpected but so crazy that it suited her to try it.

Rowena: I loved Kenny and Emma together. They remind me of that one song by Jack Jackson, Better Together. That's how I thought of them. They were just too cute.

Chantal: I can picture them well as a real life couple. Her accent, his humour. They fit together.

Rowena: What did you think of the one scene where Kenny is at the baby race?

Chantal:The baby race was an interesting scene. At first I thought it was comical, but then when the baby started to cry and Kenny still acted very pushy and win win win, it became uncomfortable. That scene showed an entire new vulnerable side to Kenny. I think we needed to see that. A little less perfection made him seem all the more real. It made me like him even more. Yeah, he had a bad moment, but he made up for it, and he'll never do it again.

Gosh, I love this author.

Rowena: Exactly, I couldn't have said it any better. I think I needed to see that scene where Kenny loses his shit over something so small to get to know the real Kenny. After that scene, I understood Kenny more and I saw where his issues stemmed from and I admired him all the more. I knew that the front he showed the world was just that....a front.

I love SEP too. She is definitely one of my auto buy authors because she writes my favorite kinds of books, funny books with witty characters and some depth. They're not always easy reads but they're just right for me and this book was no exception. It remains one of my favorite SEP books that I've ever read and no amount of rereading has changed that. I think the more that I read this book, the more that I love it. Kenny and Emma are like old friends of mine and I never get tired of reading about them. This book packed so much in it, a lively set of characters, a strong hero and heroine, secondary stories that keep you wanting more and scenes that jump right off the pages. This book is a great read and I think everyone should read it.

Chantal: Oh, yes, and all of her books, so far, have been like that for me. I get sucked into them, I become part of the story. She weaves magic in her writing. I love her!

I know you do the number rating rather than a lettered system. What do you give it?

Rowena: Hmmm, I'd give it an A. It entertained the socks right off of me and for me, it just gets better with each reread. I always forget something from the time before and I always fall right back in love with these characters so yeah, I'm confident with that. I give it an A.

Chantal: Right on. An A from me. Like you, I will re read this one time and time again :)


nath said...

Hey girls!!! All right, this sounds like a very good book! I'm curious now... but I'm not sure if I should give it a try or not, considering SEP books have never really work for me... ^_^;

Kate Diamond said...

I read this so long ago that I don't remember most of it. But after that quote about vaginal moisturizer, I might just have to give it another go!

Also, you should come over and enter our "welcome back" contest on the DSW site!

andrea said...

I LOVED lady be good!... I also recomend Match me if you can!...