Review: Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Publisher: Avon (2004)
ISBN: 0380794489

Lady Emma Wells-Finch, the headmistress of an English girls school, wants to cause a scandal during her visit to Texas in order to convince a pompous Duke she would make an unsuitable Duchess. She mistakes pro-golfer Kenny Traveler for a gigolo and hires him to divest her of her virginity, hoping the Duke’s spies will discover her affair. The deed is nearly done when she discovers Kenny’s identity, stops the action and starts another game in which she has the upper hand.

Living down his childhood with an unstable mother who allowed him to be a bully and a father who disapproved of him, Kenny has been suspended from the Pro-golf tour. He’s blackmailed into squiring Emma around in order to be reinstated. Since she’s hell-bent on creating a scandal, it’s up to him to keep her out of trouble. Any way he can.

He’s lazy. She’s bossy. He’s used to getting his way. She’s headstrong. He won’t stand up for himself. This maddens her. He’s gorgeous and women drool over him. He thinks she’s got the sexiest mouth he’s seen. All the ingredients add up to a great love story.

If you’re thinking about re-reading a book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, pick this one. I’d forgotten how much I loved it. Phillips is always good, but this is one of her best, with witty dialogue and laugh-out-loud scenes. It’s a joyous, fun book, with great writing and characters who are flawed and well-rounded.

Phillips’ next book, What I Did For Love, will be out in February. It sounds like the perfect book to chase away the February blues.

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5 Responses to Review: Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

  1. Kath Calarco says:

    Edie, you know I don’t usually read romance, but the first one I ever read was SEP’s “Match Me If You Can”. I LOVED that book. And boy, was I ever grateful to have read at least one of her novels because last year I received a telephone call from…Susan Elizabeth Phillips. You already know why, but for the rest of your followers, I was chosen to receive a scholarship to attend last years RWA Conference, and SEP was the announcer (?).

    So, one out of the five romances I’ve read really paid off, even though I didn’t attend the conference (another long story that will only bore your followers).

    I’m going to pick up this one at the library today, or reserve it. I could use her humour. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  2. LaDonna says:

    Hey Edie, I’ve been a Susan fan for years! She ranks among the best, and I’d follow her anywhere. πŸ™‚ I shall read this book, by golly! It must’ve fallen off my radar…

  3. Edie Ramer says:

    Kath, you’ll LOVE this one too! I can always use her kind of humor.

  4. Edie Ramer says:

    LaD, I don’t know how you missed this, but what a treat you have ahead of you!

  5. Kath Calarco says:

    Edie, I just put in a request for this one at my library, and when I saw the copyright date I thought, “WOW! SEP had been around a long time!”

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