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Ain't She Sweet?

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  20,903 ratings  ·  1,247 reviews
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 g ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published 2006 by Piatkus (first published February 17th 2004)
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5 Stars

I'm blown away.

Suddenly all other books look pale in comparison. Even those I've five-starred before.

You know that saying about readers and different tastes?

I wish it wasn't true.

Because I want all of you to see its beauty.
I want all of you to experience everything I felt while reading it.
I want all of you to adore it as much as I do.

I am not ready to move on to the next book. Am not ready.

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

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
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible

No surprise here! I loved it when I read it and I loved it just a little more when I listened to it.

Keeping this one short and sweet! ❤

Most of you already know that Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one my most favorite authors. I had gone on a binge not too long ago and read through quite a few of her books, falling in love with most all of them. I had saved a few for my inevitable need for a little of the magic she so easily delivers with her writing.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I've never been around to attend my high school reunions when they pop up, but sometimes I wish I could go just to see how far some of those wannabe socialites have fallen from their high horse. I know it's kind of mean, but let's just say my school years were not kind. In Ain't She Sweet, a whole town is granted this satisfaction. When the once powerful and cutthroat Sugar Carey comes home with her tail between her legs, all the roles are suddenly reversed. No one likes her anymore, no one
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
I thought I'd write a review on this book this time around but....

Feb 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-a-fan
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
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, romance
3 June 2018 reread: This is as good as I remembered. I acquired the audio via Overdrive to see if that made a difference. It did, but not for the better (which was a surprise as I generally enjoy a Southern accent and this has lots of those). I didn't like the emotional interpretation, particularly near the end when Sugar Beth is uncertain. The narrator added frantic and more despair than I think was warranted. Also, the narrator inflected some of the Grand Sophy quotes (each chapter starts with ...more
Review written June 16, 2016

3.8 Stars - An ironic, emotional and entertaining black sheep returner romance in great SEP style

'Ain't She Sweet?', a standalone (non series) romance from 2004 written by one of my absolutely most admired and beloved m/f romance authors in this traditional "light & nice" contemporary genre. Always much joy and heart.

...So even this time.
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A nearly perfect SEP story, but for me, a few weaknesses in the audiobook edition. Thus, a lower rating ranking this tim
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 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 o
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Multiple reread, 5 stars!!!
Brilliant, beautiful story!! love this book! Just love it!!!

It's my 3 or 4 re-read. I love this book! I adore MCs.
Shitty parents don't deserve being parents!!!

Reread in 2019.
Excellent! Still one of my favourite books!
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Armina by: Rhea

Buddy read with Gavin (though it was not planned as such ^_^)


So very, very funny! Strong and well-developed heroine and hero. Fully fleshed out secondary characters. Sarcastic to the bone and at the same time wildly romantic. The smoothest change of POVs I've read in a very long time. Sensual sex scenes. Southern. :)

You can see that I enjoyed this a lot. It was a bit formulaic but I've always loved the enemies to lovers trope and here it was executed in a very believable and grea
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another stunner! I will never expect less from SEP!

May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The contemporary romance genre is not one of my favorites, but if there was more books like Ain't She Sweet then it would be! This was a surprisingly fast paced and fun romance. I loved the witty dialogue, the sarcastic humor, and the complicated characters. Sugar Beth was a great character and totally unlike any other I've ever encountered. She was strong, tough, and cynical, but not afraid to admit that she had made some mistakes in her younger days! Her relationship with the eccentric English ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Another great book by SEP. She has become one of my favorite writers and hasn’t ever let me down. Although most of her books have an element of hate-to-love, they are all unique and I never get bored.

Ain’t She Sweet is the story of the shunned “It girl” making her way back to the small town where she grew up. Sugar Beth used to be the envy of all, but now she’s broke and down on her luck. She comes back to her hometown in Mississippi looking for a valuable painting she inherited from
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
Rosina Lippi
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sophie ♥
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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?”

Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Audible dropped some ratings ...
*The Angry Reader*
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m considering giving this 5 stars because I’ve spent 3 years looking for another woman like Sugar Beth. I’ve prolly read 1000 books since I read this one - but it’s still in my head. I think that’s worthy of 5 stars.

****original review July 2015****

4.5 stars. I deducted half a star bc I didn't love the relationship btw Sugar Beth and Colin. They just didn't give me tingles. But every single other thing about this book did. I loved Sugar Beth's past and her present - her journey and where she
It's not that this book is perfect. There are a lot of things that I, personally, couldn't care less about. For example the whole story about Winnie's marriage. ( NOBODY GIVES A SHIIIIIIT )
Or, I really couldn't see Colin's allure. He was pretentious as hell. I like that his conscience worked and that he felt bad for what he put Sugar Beth through, but I never really warmed up to him. That's the thing with SEP's heroes. I have still to find one who I'm going to actually like. It's her heroines wh
Nikki ღ Navareus
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY!!!
Recommended to Nikki ღ Navareus by: A.

This was such a sweet story. Sugar Beth was such a horrible person when she was younger. She was spoiled rotten, ruining relationships and ending up hurting everyone who ever cared about her. Sugar Beth made a game of terrorizing and making miserable her half sister Winnie all through school. SEP transforming Sugar Beth into such an amazingly strong, charismatic and lovable character despite her despicable history was a true gift. I loved everything about Sugar Beth. She was so upbeat and strong
Jane Stewart
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Loved this! Hilarious banter with a great enemies to more type story.
What a surprisingly delightful book this was. I loved the banter between Colin and Sugar Beth. It always put a smile on my face. Plus the narrator of the audiobook did a great job. Final rating 4.5 stars but rounded up to 5 :)
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Mar 09, 2016 added it
Recommended to Heather K (dentist in my spare time) by: BWT (Belen)
Had a hard time getting into the story. I'm DNFing for now but I might return to it later.
Dec 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
~3.5 stars~

This was no where near my favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips read but it still made for a pretty sweet romantic read. the heroine was a total bitch but I felt she redeemed herself.
May 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the creator of the sports romance, beginning with her 1989 bestseller, FANCY PANTS. An internationally acclaimed author, her books have been published in over 30 languages. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award, and a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.


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