Audiobook review: The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas
Note: I listened to this book in December 2019.
Louisa has planned her whole life for her season in London, with her goal to marry a decent man who is wealthy enough to support her family. However, one meeting with Felix and she’s nearly come undone. The Marquess of Wrenworth is certainly wealthy enough, but not the one for Louisa. First, she’s well below his notice, and second, she senses he’s not the gentleman he portrays. Soon the pair are caught up in a dangerous flirtation that could ruin them both.
The Luckiest Lady in London is unlike any book I’ve listened to before. Felix and Louisa are married just after the midpoint of the story, with the bulk of their romance building after that point. I love that both are like FBI profilers in a sense. They can read personalities and know motives. Both are hiding their true persona to put on a society smile. And while she shies away from him, he intrigues her. Their back and forth is sexy and demanding, and leads to a marriage proposal.
However, both are damaged. Felix has a cruel streak inside and keeps it hidden until he fears he’s let Louisa too close to his heart. She sees the real man and fears letting him have too much power over her. And she can never trust his motives. It’s so sad, and over the course of the story, the pain they inflict upon themselves and one another hurts – it hurt me as my heart broke for them. But this is a romance, and over the course of time, through some genuine reflection, the pair finds their HEA.
Narration: the story is shared via alternating the third person POVs of Louisa and Felix. Ms. James has a strong narrator voice, using an appropriate British accent. It is slightly deeper than her Louisa voice, but still feminine. She does a good job using a deeper voice for her male characters. Each character has a unique voice, fitting for gender and age.
About the Book:
Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Felix himself almost believes this golden image. But underneath is a damaged soul soothed only by public adulation.
Louisa Cantwell needs to marry well to support her sisters. She does not, however, want Lord Wrenworth—though he seems inexplicably interested in her. She mistrusts his outward perfection and the praise he garners everywhere he goes.But when he is the only man to propose at the end of the London season, she reluctantly accepts.
Louisa does not understand her husband’s mysterious purposes, but she cannot deny the pleasure her body takes in his touch. Nor can she deny the pull this magnetic man exerts upon her. But does she dare to fall in love with a man so full of dark secrets, anyone of which could devastate her, if she were to get any closer?
Author: Sherry Thomas
Narrator: Corrie James
Series: The London Trilogy #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Audiobook Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: audiobook Tantor
Length: 8 hours and 42 minutes
Source: Audible Membership
Audio Speed: no notation
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