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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  12,583 ratings  ·  630 reviews

Ain't She Sweet? Not exactly . . .

The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But fifteen years have passed, and life has taught Sugar Beth its toughest lessons. Now she's come home—brok

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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2004)
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Karla

5 Stars! A book you can sink your teeth into. It consumed me. In no way did I think these characters could endear themselves to me, particularly Sugar Beth, but much to my surprise not only did I like them, I was rooting for a good outcome!

No one, I mean no one, can write snarky witty dialogue like SEP can, and how she managed to make me like some of these characters is beyond my thinking at the moment.

I don’t even know where to start with this one, but in the beginning, I just couldn’t see how
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Jasmin
Have you ever experienced reading and enjoying it, until the author says something, which is quite unforgiveable that it destroyed almost everything?

Well, I did. Susan Elizabeth Phillips had done that mistake.

One of the characters of the book described a pug, UGLY.

I love pugs.

How can this pug be ugly?

Pugsley, my pet dog, God bless his soul, is really adorable. How could anyone call him ugly?

And now, Pugsley is crying.


But despite my seething anger, I continued on, chanting She called a pug ugly
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Duchess Nicole
I loved this book...except for the moments I hated it.


This review is for the audiobook version. The narrator did a fantastic job on everything except for the hero's voice. It was awful. It sounded like some eighty year old British guy...no exaggeration. It was terrible So unsexy that it really ruined the romance aspect for me. Oddly enough, she did a fantastic job at all of the rest of the voices. Inflection and accents and everything were just spot on.

Aside from narration, this book was one of
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Mo
The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But fifteen years have passed, and life has taught Sugar Beth its toughest lessons. Now she's come home—broke, desperate, and too proud to show it


Liked this one a lot. Had read it years ago but had sort of forgotten what it was about. Sugar Beth was such a strong cha
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Rosina Lippi
First: I listened to this as an audiobook, and I’m going to evaluate the book separately from the reading.

The book is, for my money, probably going to be my favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It’s funny and sweet, but it’s also quite thoughtful. It’s a twist on Cinderella and her stepsister — because you don’t know which one is which, and by the end, you’re still debating. In a good way. Can they both be Cinderella, with dashes of stepsister? Pretty much, because the main female characters (Sug
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Maria
It is six o'clock in the morning. I have no reason to be up right now except for the fact that finishing this book gave me the worst night's sleep I've had in a long time. Man this book bothered me! (Please excuse the following rant, I really need to get this out of my system!!!)

First off, I love SEP, and I have a habit of finishing her books in one sitting because of how good they are. This time I finished the book in one sitting because I was so frustrated I couldn't bear to go to bed with it
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Ally Blake
I once heard another author say they struggled for years to read this Susan Elizabeth Phillips book because they couldn’t imagine enjoying a book about a heroine named Sugar Beth. I know how they feel! Every time I picked it up I thought, mmm, maybe later...

Oh my god. Really!!! This is one of those rare books that I spent the entire time thinking I WISH I’D WRITTEN THIS!!! This with a heroine who was the most popular girl in town, stepping on anyone who got in her path along the way, who now dow
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Sophie ♥
Jan 10, 2014 Sophie ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick lit and contemp readers, SEP fans
"She rolled her eyes, back in the game. “Are you telling me that little bit of guilt is all it takes to make you tuck your tail between your legs? And you call yourself a man.”

He’d been reading too much Victorian erotica because he wanted to bend her over a chair and . . . do something quite nasty."


"Did you scare her? I swear, Colin, if you said one thing to upset her . . .”
He slapped a foil-covered casserole on the counter. “Why would I upset her when I was conserving my energy to upset you?”


Sh
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Jane Stewart
Delightful. Nice, fun story.

I usually don't like books if I don't like the heroine. However, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading about this awful, bad, bad girl Sugar Beth. She did terrible things to others when she was young. She tortured Winnie with humiliation and dumped her boyfriend Ryan. She then ruined her own life with poor choices. But things changed later. She had a fighting, bickering relationship with Colin which was fun to see. Later in the book, there were a couple of sur
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Ceecee
Sep 06, 2012 Ceecee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers looking for a different kind of romance story
The reason that this book is my favorite romance of all time is because it was totally different from the romances I read, back in the day when I really liked reading romances.

Heroines were not Mean Girls, like Sugar Beth was. Really. Heroines were goody-two-shoes, who had troubled pasts, but they were also spunky (who still says spunky?), and everybody just luurrrved them. Not Sugar Beth. And what kind of heroine's name is Sugar Beth? I almost didn't read this book for that, no kidding. Thank
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Megan
A romance classic for a reason. I almost didn't want it to end.

Sugar Beth is an awesome character. She did horrible things and made terribly poor choices in her youth, and at the book's start, she's grown up a lot and is on the tail end of a redemption arc. Though her intention is a short and sweet homecoming (get in, get the painting her late aunt bequeathed her, and get out), life get complicated and she's forced to stay longer in a hometown where she is, very decidedly, not welcome. Despite S
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valee
Well, I really liked this one, just not as much as the Chicago stars or Kissed by an Angel.

My problem was that even though we saw Sugar grow and Colin get what he needed, still the characters were not as appealing as the rest of SEP's characters. I liked more the others because they faced real traumas through their lives. Although once I realized how hard it had been for Sugar to get through a father like that I could sympathize with her a bit more, but not much because of all the terrible thing
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KimKirt
Wow, Sugar Beth was one strong heroine. I like my heroines strong, don't get me wrong, because I really roll my eyes when reading helpless female books, but dang, this one really was to the other extreme. I actually felt annoyed with Sugar Beth at times, and then that annoyance would transgress to the other characters for being so mean spirited towards her, I mean, grow up, get over your high school grudges and move on. The vendettas in this book were a little over the top.

That said, my jury is
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Kath
I just couldn't rate this as a 3 thought there were parts of this that I found very good. I just have to say that this is one of the sorriest bunch of characters that I have ever read about. I know many find this as one their favorite SEP favorites and SEP is one of my faves.....but this is just ick.

While I liked Sugar Beth as an adult and her sassiness, I was able to understand why she was such a horrible teenager and that was quite sad. On the other hand, her half sister Whinny is just patheti
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Flannery
There were things I really enjoyed about this book (the dialogue, as per SEP usual) and things I hated (the description of what Colin looked like--a velvet ribbon holding back his hair?suspenders and a silk shirt? say whaaaat?). I didn't really care too much about the Gigi storyline, but there were parts that made me so angry for Sugar Beth, parts that made me teary, and lots of parts that made me chuckle--really, it was a pleasure to read and I devoured it in one afternoon.
Snigdha Prakash
I need to sit down properly and write the review for this one.
Not that I'm not sitting or anything...you get my point. :P

First things first...
Susan Elizabeth Philips...my humble request to you..please write novels like this a little more than often..
No,really. Please.

So we come to Ain't She Sweet...
Wow...I mean,huh...wow
Not at all what I'd been expecting..so this book has been a real surprise to me.
A surprise that I liked. A lot.
This is a story about a bitch who has left hurt a lot of people in
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Wanderlust
Cover & Title - four out of five.
Favorite line - “When he overheard the boys whispering that he was a queer, he said he regarded that as a compliment since so many of the world’s great men had been homosexual. Alas, I’ve been sentenced to a life mundane heterosexuality. I can only hope that a few of you will be more fortunate.
Favorite Character - Sugar.

Now this book had cheese factor in spades but i truly loved it anyway.
My favorite things -
1. Colin's humor, he had some really awesome lin
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Suzanne
More complex than most romances - recommended. Sugar Beth comes back to her small town and suffers at the hands of people she scorned in high school. I loved Sugar Beth.

The question of the book is - how long do we have to pay for what happened in high school? I think Sugar Beth has to pay too much, which is why I give the book only 4 stars. No matter how the author piled it on, I don't think Winnie Davis was justified in what she does to exact revenge. The entire Winnie sub-plot was a misstep, b
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Samantha
This is my first SEP book and I had to admit it might just be my last. Where shall I begin? First of all I couldn't stand the heroine's name. It was infuriating. Once I got past that, I was disturbed at the fact that the people of this town were angry at her for childish reasons. There was her so called friends who held a huge grudge because she left town. I mean are you kidding? Let it go! She moved out of town...nobody said she was entitled to stay there forever. It was like they lost their Qu ...more
Nisha
I generally avoid bitchy heroines, but oddly, I understood Sugar Beth and actually started rooting for her, even before her redeeming qualities started showing. I tend to be a sucker for self-deprecating humor and Sugar Beth's regrets (and the alienation she was subjugated to). Rejection from love (any forms, parental, friends, lovers) always made me emotionally invest. Colin, to me, was really hard to imagine. I don't know why, but whenever there was a physical description, I imagined Guy Pierc ...more
Brenda Margriet
I really did NOT like Sugar Beth and Colin for much of the first part of this book. It is a testament to SEP's skill that I kept reading, regardless, and discovered, along with Sugar Beth and Colin, how wonderful they were.

Liked Winnie's storyline, too, even though I did feel they fixed the deep rooted issues of 14 years of marriage pretty quickly.

Sugar Beth is not likable, and in many ways it is because she doesn't love herself. And Colin, while it is understandable he wants revenge, is incredi
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Ian
There are a few similarities between this book and Call Me Irresistible by the same author. A woman in a small town, broke and down on her luck, being persecuted by pretty much the entire town. A teenager turns to the heroine for advice. The plucky heroine endures the cruelty and the town gradually warms to her.

I think Call Me Irresistible had a much harder, bordering on the vicious, edge. For that reason alone I preferred this book. It's formulaic but it works and I enjoyed it a lot.
Yona
I didn't really expect to like this one, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
Christy
Maybe 2.5 stars
Didn't really like anyone in this book and for once, I thought Anna Fields's narration was meh. She made Colin sound way too upper crust and stuffy and left nothing likable in his voice, and I was going to scream if I had to hear the guys baying "Suuugggaaar" outside her window one more time. This book seemed particularly unrealistic too.
Beverly
Ah, I just love Susan Elizabeth Phillips so much. I am never reading reviews for her books ever again prior to reading the book myself. I was reading reviews about how some people hated it and it didn't live up to the expectations of her other books and I got worried that I wouldn't like it and my view of this author would be tainted, but it didn't turn out like that. I loved this book!

I know that what Sugar Beth did when she was in high school was terrible, but I never, not for a single moment
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Ju
4.5 stars

Basically, this is a very serious book.

“She was a woman of strong principles and sterling character, the kind of woman who, in days of yore, had driven ordinary men to scale castle walls or sent a prince door-to-door with a glass slipper in his pocket.”

Once upon a time, fifteen years ago to be precise, there were two girls. One - the queen of the school, selfish and self-centered. The other - a geek, shy and outcasted. The first has everything: beauty, popularity, money, best friends f
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Gaby
Este libro llegó a mis manos gracias a Carla (CarBra) y no puedo más que agradecerle el préstamo. (¡Gracias totales Carla!!!!)
Es el primero que leo de esta autora que ya venía escuchando nombrar desde hacía rato y tengo un par más para ponerme a tono con su obra.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP) narra en tercera persona y a lo largo de 368 páginas el triste regreso de Sugar Beth a Parrish, luego de quince años.

La historia comienza con los primeros sentimientos de Sugar Beth al reencontrarse con su
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Just A. Bean
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By Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Grade: A
Ain’t She Sweet? No, not really.
She’s the baddest girl in town…isn’t she?
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 presti
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Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Sugar Beth Carey was a grade A bitch for much of her life. It wasn't that she acted a bit bitchy. She was the real deal. For those of you that believe in karma, well, we can say that Sugar Beth has spent the last few years reaping what she'd been sowing. So forced to return to her home-town, Sugar Beth is now the counties most hated woman.

Well, when you first meet Sugar Beth, you think 'How am I supposed to ever like this woman?' Of course by the end of the book, you are firmly in her corner. U
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