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?
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"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.
I don't want to live in a world without books!
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?
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.
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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