Review: Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Tuesday, September 13
My rating:




In high school Sugar Carey had reigned supreme. She alone had decided what or who was cool. Her spiral perm had been the perm against which all others were measured, and her opinion on which boys were acceptable to date the only one that counted. A beautiful, blonde - if not always benevolent - dictator, she had a reputation for being the wild child in her home town, the girl most likely to set the world on fire, and leave a trail of destruction in her wake. When she left home she swore she'd never return. Only now, fifteen years and several husbands later, she's run out of money, luck and options...But Sugar arrives back home to discover that everyone else is living her life. Her half sister is married to Sugar's high school sweetheart, the teacher she schemed to get fired is now a successful novelist and owns her old house. She also discovers that people have long memories - especially where Sugar is concerned...

**** 

What I loved:

- Beautiful characters, loved them all!
- This was definitely not what I expected, and I loved every second of it! It was a story of redemption, and so thoughtfully told that you couldn't despise any of the characters. They were all flawed, nobody was blameless, and that made the way the plot unfolded all the more heartwarming.
- I liked the slow burn, enemies to lovers element of the story. 
- Sugar Beth goes from prom queen to pariah to plain-old-awesome in this story, and I loved being along for that ride. To this day, she is my favourite contemporary romance heroine.
- There were no special snowflakes, no golden vajayjays, no insta-anything. These characters earned their right to a HEA. 
- I really enjoyed how Susan Elizabeth Phillips can change my mind about her characters without telling me that I should change my mind. This is just so skillfully written.

What I didn’t love:

- Sugar Beth's half sister is a bit of a bitch. For a lot of the book, I didn't like her at all, and then you see what she went through in high school and I sort of thought yeah, ok, maybe I'd be a bitch if I was in her shoes, too. But really, at some point don't you just have to let high school go?

Overall…
 
Yes. Just... yes. After avoiding this genre like the plague, this is the book that dragged my heart into contemporary romance novels.

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