Lady Be Good

Lady Be Good

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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“[A] sexy and whimsical modern fairy tale.”

Greensboro News & Record


“The always-funny Susan Elizabeth Phillips…has the heat turned up all the way for this one.”

Detroit Free Press


The only four-time recipient of the Romance Writer’s of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award, the incomparable Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of America’s most beloved authors—and Lady Be Good is one of the perennial New York Times bestseller’s hottest, funniest, and most delightfully wild romance novels. The uproarious tale of a proper English headmistress hell-bent on destroying her reputation and a disgraced Texas athlete playboy determined to salvage his own, Lady Be Good is funny, sexy, and irrefutable proof of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s assertion that “Next to Tracy and Hepburn, no one does romantic comedy better than Susan Elizabeth Phillips.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380794485
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/29/2004
Series: Avon Romance Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 236,073
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Susan Elizabeth Phillips soared onto the New York Times bestseller list with Dream a Little Dream. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a hiker, gardener, reader, wife, and mother of two grown sons.


Chicago, Illinois

Place of Birth:

Cincinnati, Ohio


B.F.A., Ohio University

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Kenn Traveler was lazy. That explained why he'd fallen asleep in TWA's Ambassador Club at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport instead of promptly meeting British Airways Flight 2193 at the gate. Pure laziness, plus the fact that he didn't want to meet Flight 2193.

Unfortunately, the entrance of a noisy pair of businessmen awakened him. He took his time stretching, then yawned for a while. A nice-looking woman in a short gray suit smiled at him, and he smiled back. He glanced at his watch and saw he was half an hour late. He yawned again. Stretched.

"Excuse me," the woman said. "I'm sorry to bother you, but . . you look so familiar. Aren't you —"

"Yes, ma'am, I am." He tilted his Stetson and gave her a grin that still had a little yawn clinging to the edges. "And I'm flattered you recognize me outside the rodeo ring. Most people don't."

She looked confused. "Rodeo? I'm sorry. I thought you were.. You look so much like Kenny Traveler, the pro golfer."

"Golfer? Me? Oh, no, ma'am. I'm way too young to play an old man's game like golf I like real sports."

"But —"

"Rodeo. Now that's a real sport. Football, too, and basketball." He slowly unfolded all six feet two inches of himself from the chair. "When it comes to tennis, though, that's when things start getting iffy. And golf isn't something a real man wants to get too close to."

The gray suit hadn't been born yesterday, and she smiled. "Still, I seem to remember watching you win the AT&T and the Buick Invitational on TV this winter. I swear I thought Tiger was going to break into tears during that last round at Torrey Pines." Her smile faded. "I still can't believe that CommissionerBeau —"

"I'd appreciate it, ma'am, if you didn't speak the name of the Antichrist in front of me."

"Sorry. How long do you think your suspension'll last?"

Kenny glanced down at his gold Rolex. "I guess that might depend on how long it takes me to get to British Airways?"


"Real nice talkin' to you, ma'am." He tipped his Stetson and ambled from the lounge.

One of his unhappy ex-girlfriends had pointed out that Kenny's amble was really the closest thing he had to a full-out run. But Kenny'd never seen much point in wasting energy anyplace but on the golf course. He liked to take things slow and easy, although lately that had been tough.

He ambled past the newsstand, refusing to look at the newspapers that were carrying the story of his recent suspension by acting PGA Commissioner Dallas Fremont Beaudine, a suspension that was taking place in the middle of the hottest winning streak in the history of professional golf and was going to keep him from playing in the Masters less than two weeks away.

"Hey, Kenny."

He nodded toward a businessman who had that overeager expression people frequently wore when they spotted his semi-famous face. He could tell the man was from the north because he said his name all-proper instead of pronouncing it "Kinny" like God's people did.

He kicked up his amble half a notch just in case the businessman took it in his head to relive Kenny's triumphant final round at Bay Hill last month. A bighaired, tight-jeaned woman gave him the twice-over, but she didn't look like a PGA fan, so Kenny figured it was his good looks had attracted her.

A former girlfriend had said that, if Hollywood ever made a movie of Kenny's life, the only star pretty enough to play him on the screen was Pierce Brosnan. That had sent Kenny right through the roof. Not because she'd called him pretty, which he could sort of understand, but her casting choice. He'd told her right then that the only way he'd ever let Pierce Brosnan play him was if they rumpled Pierce up first, got rid of that prissy foreign accent, then fed him enough chicken-fried steak so he didn't look like the first storm out of West Texas would blow him over. But most of all, they'd have to teach old Pierce exactly how God intended for a man to swing a golf club.

All the walking was making him tired.

He stopped to rest at a cart selling nuts and candy, bought himself some Jelly Bellys, flirted just enough with the Mexican cutie working there to convince her to pull out the banana-flavored ones. Although he liked his Jelly Bellys mixed up, he didn't like the banana, but, since it took too much effort to pull them out himself, he generally tried to talk someone else into doing it. If that didn't work, he just ate 'em.

The British Airways gate was deserted, so he leaned against one of the support columns, pulled a handful of Jelly Bellys from the bag, and tilted them into his mouth while he thought about things, mainly how much he wanted to wring the neck of a certain Francesca Serritella Day Beaudine, celebrity wife of the Antichrist acting PGA commissioner, and a woman who was supposed to be his friend.

"Just do this one small favor for me, Kenny," she'd said. "If you'll take care of Emma for the next two weeks, I guarantee I'll talk Dallie into cutting the length of your suspension. You'll miss the Masters, but —"

"Now, how are you gonna do that?" he'd inquired.

"Never question my methods when it comes to dealing with my husband."

He didn't. Everybody knew that Francesa didn't have to do much more than look at Dallie Beaudine to melt him down, even though they'd been married for twelve years.

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Romance_rookie More than 1 year ago
Lady Be Good is loosely related to Fancy Pants, another book by the illustrious Susan Elizabeth Phillips, AKA SEP. Kenny Traveler is a professional golfer who has been suspended from playing in tournaments for bad behavior. He is determined to clean up his act and lay low for a while to get back in the good graces of the golf commissioner. He has been asked to chauffeur Lady Emma Wells-Finch around Texas as she does research for a paper. She is the head mistress of a private institution for young ladies in England. She has never been attached to any scandal and is looking to ruin her reputation. Her motivations are complicated. Put Emma and Kenny together and they are fire and ice. God, I love SEP! Her books entertain me endlessly. Right off the bat, Kenny and Emma both mistake the other. Emma thinks Kenny is just a hot body with no brains and Kenny is struck by Emma's beauty but once she opens her mouth her bossy demeanor has got to go! Kenny loves toying with Emma's serious, straight-laced personality and shaking up her world. Boy does he ever! But don't let Emma fool you, she shakes up Kenny's world and surprises him at every turn. He thinks she is going to react one way, but she never fails to turn the tables. I really enjoyed this story. Kenny and Emma's characters are great. Kenny is a super, spoiled rich kid with whom nobody has ever really gotten to know. Emma is practically an orphan who has never had a family to call her own. These two manage to find and balance each other out. Emma is the first person to really see Kenny. I love that the major focus of this book is these two characters and their relationship is front and center. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a master story teller and this is a wonderful read. Fortunately, for those of you who haven't ever had the pleasure of reading her can start with this one. Even though it is loosely connected to Fancy Pants you don't have to have read that one to enjoy Lady Be Good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of S Phillips' books & can't say this was one of her best ones. The characters were funny,but,the story was way drawn out,unlike her other fast paced books. Still a good read though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it.I love love LOVE it! And that is all I can say. Susan E. Philips is an amazing writer who can make you addictive to any of her books. I love this book and espeacilly the characters. You're in for a good tale , if you decide yo read Laby Be Good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As many times as I've read this story, I enjoy it just as much as though it were the first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On of my favorite books by her. I've read it numerous times. Even though you don't have to I recommend reading Fancy Pants first. Fancy Pants is not as good but there are reoccurring characters. Lady Be Good is funny and you can't help but loving the main characters.
BookChick79 More than 1 year ago
I found the beginning of the story a little dry, and equally found the story line at times unbelievable. However, by the end of the novel, I was excited to see what happened and it turned into a real page-turner for me. I loved the two main characters and all the supporting characters had such life and interest that it only enhanced the book more. The twists and turns, were at times unbelievable but it kept the book interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have read many of SEP books - all are really good - this one had me laughing out loud several times... loved the characters. I really enjoy when characters from other books come back to visit.
Amy_Atwell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kenny Traveler, currently suspended golf pro, is offered a chance to redeem himself if he behaves himself while playing tour guide to a visiting Brit scholar. Lady Emma Wells-Finch arrives in Texas for her working holiday hoping to immerse herself in a scandal large enough to break her engagement to a wealthy Duke who¿s blackmailing her with her job.Kenny thinks Emma is bossy, too controlling, too much like his mom. Emma thinks Kenny is lazy but soon realizes he¿s smart, reliable, and really very seductive. It occurs to her that an affair with Kenny is just what she needs. It occurs to Kenny that an affair with her will land him in even more hot water. Great Texas locales, great secondary characters, Phillips keeps us right there with Kenny and Emma and shows us straightforward character growth. Sparkling dialogue and a couple GREAT twists to the plot--oh, and her sex scenes are really well written, clever, unique, and heart-wringing.
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You can't go wrong with Susan Elizabeth Phillips! You really can't go wrong. All of her books are fun, funny and engaging. (I've read them all multiple times.) This one is one of my favorites though. It's pacing is wonderful. The characters are 3 dimensional- all of them not just the leading man and lady. Both Kenny and Lady Emma are "fish out of water" in their own ways and their road to finding where they each belong is well worth the journey.
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Another great read from a master writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But it was so embarrassing in the beginning. You really felt bad for Emma for the way he acted towar her. Funny but also fairly mean... imo.
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