Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Even 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.
Still, 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, any one of which could devastate her, if she were to get any closer?
©2013 Sherry Thomas (P)2014 Tantor
"Thomas's characters are intelligent and multidimensional, and each scene is expertly crafted and rich in details." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
This is my first Sherry Thomas story, and it sent me to the web searching for more, It is so well-written with interesting dialogue, fully fleshed-out characters and a plot that has twists and turns that are psychologically motivated and completely believable. Felix Rivendell is the perfect gentleman, but his difficult upbringing leads to dark motives in his otherwise perfect demeanor. Rebecca Cantwell needs to marry, and she seems to be the last person a suitor like Felix would seek. But he sees in her the complement to his own dark personality, and because she distrusts him, he mistakenly believes she understands his dark side. Despite incredible and incandescent sexual chemistry, it turns out his motivations are not clear to her, and he must prove his love in a way that makes her trust him. How he does that makes him a thoroughly lovable hero and the story a delightful listen.
Remember, this is only my personal opinion -- but I simply found this a very disappointing story. I have enjoyed other books by Sherry Thomas and so was surprised by the tone and lack of storyline. The plot was just too strange for me. I could not at all believe it. I did not come to care at all about the characters and so gave up half way. There was very little dialogue. Under these circumstances, the narrator did a very fine job.
The way the characters understood each other. Neither was what they appeared to be and they were the only ones who recognized it.
Louisa because she was the epitome of a plucky heroine.
She performed all the characters flawlessly.
Yes, then I wanted to start all over.
I love Sherry Hill's writing, she makes her characters complete with real human conditions. This story is filled with romance and anguish. Boy wants girl, gets girl and then decides he doesn't want her. The obstacles they both overcome to understand each other is touching and heart warming. Corrie James does an excellent job narrating this story.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I really enjoyed this book. It is a delightful story about trust, image and finding love. The characters are exceptionally portrayed as intelligent, realistic people.
Felix, Lord Wrenworth is the Ideal Gentleman in London, mothers wanted their daughters to marry him and gentleman wanted to be like him. It is unfortunate that it was just a façade he created to hide the truth. He feels like a fraud thinking he is as unworthy as his parents treated him.
Louisa Cantwell is from a poor family, she is looking for a husband that will not only care for her but also her family, she is worried that some of her four sisters may not make marriage matches. At her first ball she meets Lord Wrenworth and immediately senses things are not what they seem. She detects dislike from him and knows he see through her charade. What she does not know is why after that evening he continues to seek her out. To help matters, her sponsor, Lady Balfour continues to make sure they meet at various places – accidentally of course.
When he first suggests his plan, making her his mistress, she knows he is no Ideal Gentleman and quickly says no, but when he is about to wear her down he does the unthinkable and proposes marriage. Although she now has what she wants, she now wants so much more from him.
This is a wonderful story about falling in love. I so enjoyed Louisa, she is smart and knows what she needs to do in life, not only to survive but also take care of her family, yet when she reaches her goal, she wants and deserves so much more. I also like how the author portrays her as a woman that knows her sexuality and lets Felix know, there are some very interesting conversations that take place. The two of them together are amazing, and the chemistry between them sizzles. The problems start with trust and getting past the illusion Felix has created about himself, The Ideal Gentleman, a man that is perfect in every way. I like that they both could see through their charades as soon as they met, he knew she was looking for a wealthy man and she knew he was not as perfect as he portrayed.
The plot progression is good but you should realize there is no big drama or action that takes place, just the angst of two people struggling with getting to know each other, trusting enough to let the other in and getting through the emotional pain from past and present. The relationship grows slowly with a few emotional bumps in the road to make things interesting. She does not trust he will never get tired of her and he does not believe she will love the real Felix. However their connection progresses and I especially enjoyed that they shared a love of math and astronomy which brings them together. The transformation of their relationship is so engaging as we watch them both changed in the end.
Corrie James was good with the delivery of the story
A girl can't have too many book boyfriends!
I've recently read three novels by Sherry Thomas, only to discover that they are all linked in a series that neither Audible nor Amazon describe as related. This book is actually the first of the three, followed by Private Arrangements, and ending with His at Night. I can't say that it mattered -- each book is fine as a stand alone, and the characters are only loosely mentioned in the other books, but I do plan to read them in order next time. I highly recommend them all, especially as read by Corrie James.
The Luckiest Lady in London has the same passionate and serious tone as the other two books in the series, and for an HR, the sex was hot!
In this one, our heroine, Louisa Cantwell, is devoted to her family -- especially to the future welfare of an epileptic sister. Once their mother dies, they will lose their income, and being practical, she knows that she must make the most of her season if she is to marry well.
Enter The Perfect Gentleman, an appellation our hero has given to himself, with tongue firmly in cheek. He has his reasons for being cynical and disingenuous with society, but one look at Louisa, and his cover is nearly blown. Watching him rationalize his attraction to her even as he uses all his intellect to lure her into a scandalously intimate relationship, was entertaining. And Louisa has a few surprising needs of her own, as well as an intellect to match his.
They are interesting, and in the end, endearing characters. And the sex scenes are steamy. There is a minimal amount of misunderstandings, all deftly handled by Thomas, so no eye rolling. I couldn't put this one down.
Corrie James did an excellent job since she completely disappeared inside the reading of this book. What more can be said for a reader other than that they were able to do that?
What a disappointment, I was looking forward to this book. I was boring, the hero and heroine were boring, their personalities were boring and dull. I couldn't even finish it it was that boring.
I didn't care for the narrator very much either.
It has no story line
Learn how to tell a story
It was ok; didn't have much to work with.
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