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REVIEW: Irresistible by Susan Mallery

Dear Ms. Mallery:

book reviewThis is the first Buchanan book that I read but the second in the series. I think its my favorite Mallery book I’ve read in my recent glom.

Elissa Towers is a woman who has made some past bad mistakes and is still paying for them, but she’s righting her ship and trying to make a life for herself and her daughter, Zoe. She lives in a poorer part of town, sharing an apartment complex with Mrs. Ford, an elderly woman, and a newcomer, Walker Buchanan.

All Elissa knows about Walker is that he was in the military and doesn’t appear to have a job. She doesn’t really want to know more because men are a bad thing and she’s done with bad things. But one day she’s struggling with her taking the tire off her car and Walker shows up and lends a hand. One thing leads to another and Walker has bought her a new tire.

This makes Elissa unhappy and she proceeds to tell him that not only does he not have the right to buy a new tire, but she also has no interest in going out with him, EVER.

"Fine. But you don’t have to pay me in cash. We could work out a trade."

White-hot anger blew up inside of her. Here it was-‘the truth. Behind that pretty face was a disgusting, evil, heartless bastard. Just like nearly every other guy on the planet.

Of course. Why was she even surprised? She’d been momentarily attracted to Walker, and based on her stellar track record, that meant there had to be something wrong with him. She’d expected a massive flaw. But she hadn’t thought it would be this.

"Not even if you were the last man alive after nuclear winter," she said between gritted teeth. "I can’t believe you’d suggest that I would be willing-" She wanted to slap him. "It was a tire. It’s not like you gave me a kidney."

He had the nerve to actually smile at her. "You’d sleep with me if I gave you a kidney?"

Walker is at loose ends. He thought he would stay in the military until they kicked him out. Instead, after seventeen years, he leaves and now he’s not sure what he wants to do other than find Ashley, a girl that a young man in his unit spoke about with reverence. Ben wrote a letter for Ashley and Walker is going to deliver it even if it takes him months and hundreds of Ashleys. Ben took a bullet that was meant for Walker, died for him.

There was something wonderfully poignant about Walker’s search for Ashley, his disconnect from the world, and his struggle not to fall for Elissa or her daughter. =Elissa had plenty of reasons to swear off men, the most recent one being the father of Elissa’s daughter. She struggles mightily to ward off the feelings she has for Walker. Even when it becomes physical, Elissa tells herself that it is only temporary; that she just needs a temporary release.

Walker keeps telling Elissa that she can’t trust him; that he can’t be relied upon. And the reason for this is pretty heartwrenching. It’s some thing that is real and powerful enough to have affected someone for the rest of their lives and it was interesting to see how Walker ended up working through it. There are a couple of scenes in the book that are real tearjerkers and the one in which Walker let’s go of his past and his guilt and his self hatred was one of them.

Elissa reminds me of a Nora Roberts heroine. Capable, smart, honest with herself.

It’s apparent that Walker and Elissa fit together like two pieces of the puzzle. Elissa has the family that Walker always searched for but never realized he wanted. Walker is the man that Elissa can finally rely upon, who won’t use her up and walk away even when he believes he is not that man. B+

Best regards,


This book can be purchased in mass market from Amazon or Powells or ebook format.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Cindy W
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 08:41:17

    I am currently listening to Delicious by Susan Mallery on audiobook, the first book in the series, Cal and Penny’s story. It sets up the family, you’ll want to check that one out. I have about an hour left in the book and am really enjoying it. I will definately be listening to the rest of the family!
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  2. Patty L.
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 09:40:40

    This is my all time favorite Susan Mallery book. I fell in love with Walker right along with Elisa. He was so wounded, that your heart broke when you discovered the reason.

    LOVED THIS BOOK. A B+ is a great grade, but I think an A would have been better. Just saying. LOL

  3. Marissa Scott
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 09:45:50

    This was an AMAZING book. Loved it!

    If you’re gloming Susan Mallery, you have got to read the Marcelli sisters- The Sparkling One, The Sassy One, The Seductive One- if you’ve not already. These are, in my opinion, the best Mallery books ever. All “A” grades from me.

  4. TracyS
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 10:22:55

    Last fall I had a case of tonsillitis that knocked me on my butt for 5 days (5 days of 101*-103* fevers ugh.) and I glommed the whole Buchanen series. I LOVED this book. Walker and his “issues” were so real and so heartbreaking. Like Patty L, I fell in love with Walker right along with Elisa. I love books where the men ARE the man they think they aren’t. *sigh*

    Although, part of me wondered if I loved the book so much because I was delirious with fever and if I read it again I would find it wasn’t as good as I thought. I guess that’s not it! :0)

  5. Keishon
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 11:26:09

    Must read this, thanks.

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