Hudson's Luck

A Forever Wilde Novel
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Series: Forever Wilde Novels, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Hudson:

Don't ever accidentally propose to your girlfriend. In front of her family. Especially if her dad is your boss. Because when you make it clear you've made a mistake, he's likely to send you out of the country to get you as far away from his brokenhearted daughter as possible. 

It happened to me. Now I'm stuck in Ireland trying to redeem myself so I can get promoted and have the life I've planned for: successful career, loving wife and kids, a comfortable, financially secure home life in Texas. 

But all of that seems to evaporate the moment I walk into the historic pub and see the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. Only, he's not a woman.

Charlie Murray is most definitely a man - the kind of man who causes me to take a second look for the first time in my life. And a third look, and a fourth. I can't help but want to get to know him better...to get close to him, touch him, maybe even kiss him. But I'm straight. Or so I've always thought. Even if I'm not, how in the world could a feisty Irishman ever fit into the safe, predictable life for which I've always planned?

Charlie:

Don't ever accidentally fall for the straight guy. Especially when he's trying to pry your family's business right out from under you. I should know. Because when Hudson Wilde walks into my family's pub and begins babbling so adorably, I can't help but fall just a little bit in love. But I'm looking for Forever Man, and the sexy American is certainly not him. He's so confused about what he wants, even choosing something from the dinner menu throws him into a fuddle. But those eyes...how can I resist?

So maybe I’ll give in. One steamy night before he heads home and I go back to life at the pub. We'll never see each other again.

Until, of course, his business deal sends me to Hobie, Texas, right into the middle of Hudson's steady life, more gay Wildes than can fit on a dance floor, and an ex-girlfriend who may or may not be content remaining an ex. 

But the more time I spend with Hudson, the more I think he might be my Forever Man after all. And I may be his. Is it possible we could both be so lucky? 

©2018 Lucy Lennox (P)2018 Lucy Lennox

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Gay for you isn't normally a favorite trope of mine but I really enjoyed this book. Hudson & Charlie are cute and sweet and pretty hot too. I am really enjoying this series and love that all the other characters from past books are still in the new books. Like visiting old friends.

Michael Pauley is good even if his sex scenes sound more angry than excited to me.

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Love this family

I've been looking forward to listening to this book ever since i listened to Hudson's accidental proposal in the previous book. I mean a book about someone that clueless had to be adorkable and funny. Maybe it was expectations, but it just didn't live up to what I imagined this book to be. I mean where was that clueless guy I fell for?

After a botched non proposal, Hudson has been working hard at getting his life back on track. Only his boss sends him to Ireland for a pet project of his - and he hates flying. Knowing that his future career hangs in the balance Hudson will do everything he can to procure the small Irish pub. If only he didn't fall for the owner of the pub..

Charlie loves his family pub, it's been in his family for generations, it's in his genes. So when some American comes in and tries to franchise the pub, he is anything but happy, but it might also be the only way to keep the pub in the family after a few bad investments put it in danger.

Hudson and Charlie have chemistry from the very beginning. It borders a bit on insta-love (it's definitely insta-lust) but at the same time the book spans over a long time where they're apart so it still works in a way. And the Wilde family is always so warm and wonderful to spend time with.

Some things work much better in print than in audiobook. One of the things audiobooks really highlights is the pacing of the book or scenes that just don't end. Most often that happens to be sex scenes, and let me tell you listening to the same sex scene for more than half an hour is tedious and boring. It makes, me at, least wanting to scream get on with it already. Sure I get and understand that that first time needs attention and detail, but please not 30+ some minutes of it. Things need to move forward with the story too.

Another thing that bugged me was Hudson's constant back and forth with Charlie. I get that being attracted to guys was new and unfamiliar, and caused a lot of questions and ransacking, but the hot and cold was too much at times.

I love listening to Michael Pauley. He has this soothing voice that I just can't get enough of and great pacing. I also really liked his Irish accent for Charlie, though I wish he'd use the Irish accent for all of Charlie's chapters - including the starting phrase of each chapter, but that's minor.

This might just be me, but Lennox's books have lost some of the magic they had in the beginning. They don't draw me in or captivate me as much as they used to. I need something more, that little extra to keep from being just any run of the mill contemporary romance. Don't get me wrong, Lennox sure knows how to write a good book, they just don't bring anything new or feel all that exciting anymore. At the same time, I'm also a bit addicted to this family and need to know all of their stories and what happens next in the small town of Hobie.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Michael Pauley Redeemed in Hudson’s Luck

As a general impression Michael Pauley is not my favorite narrator as his pleasant voice, in my opinion, lacks enough distinction so one can easily differentiate which of the two main characters are speaking in the dialog situation. In this book one main character is Hudson Wilde with a Texas accent the other character Charlie Murray is Irish and has a distinct Irish accent. Mr. Pauley produced a satisfactory soft Texas accent and a not over the top Irish accent. The result was a pleasurable listening experience.

Ms. Lennox work remains reliable to the point of being predictable. In her books there seems to be a need for several (often to many) communication errors resulting in misunderstanding between the main characters driving them apart before they realize the error and reunite on the path to happiness. This tried and true plot device is all well and good, however, if it is used to often the story becomes a soap opera and personally I become annoyed and tune out. Happily, this book has some of this device but not too much of it to spoil the book.

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An enjoyable, fun listen

The fourth book in Lucy Lennox’s Forever Wilde series, Hudson's Luck, is different because the Wilde brother at the heart of the story, Hudson, isn't gay or bisexual. He's always considered himself straight...until he meets Charlie Murray.

Hudson is adorably clueless, and his stammering and tripping over his own tongue can be very charming. Charlie is strong, fierce, loving, funny, and just so wonderful I wanted to package him up and keep him forever. I'm a sucker for men who embrace their femme side, and Charlie was a treat to get to know and see him knocking over all of Hudson's expectations and plans one by one.

My pet peeve in stories, miscommunication, does come into play here, but Charlie and Hudson are so great together and Michael Pauley does such a wonderful job bringing the characters, locations, and drama to life that I found myself enjoying the listen rather than getting annoyed enough to throw a book. In that respect, I would say the audio definitely enhances the story. Michael does provide character voices, including doing an Irish brogue for Charlie and fam, and his pacing and performance of the emotional nuances continues to make him an entertaining performer.

If you listen, or read, you'll get to enjoy the large and rambunctious Wilde family, see the trials and tribulations Hudson and Charlie go through to get their happy ending, and even get to enjoy a cameo from a trio much adored in Lennox's other Marian series.

Sexy, fun, funny, and sweet with a bit of miscommunication, some light angst, and a very happy ending Hudson's Luck was an enjoyable, fun listen.

I'm looking forward to continuing on with the Wilde family, especially up next with Saint's story!

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hudson

So very sweet gentle loving Charlie was sweet crazy . Lucy redeem her series. with this book thank goodness for that.

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A lucky tap

Hudson and Charlie’s first meeting kindled a spark as red hot as Charlie’s red mane of Irish locks. When you love someone, one’s heart will find happiness. The rollercoaster emotions that accompany the twist and turns up’s and downs is worth the ride life is all about.

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not my favorite

I love both this author and narrator... but this was a bit of a miss. The story lacked a good punch and drama seemed forced. Michael Pauley does superb narration and voices... but Charlie's Irish voice was a little too Lucky Charms leprechaun sounding.

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Another Brilliant Story@

I loved Michael Dean's accents. He did a great job as usual. Loved Hudson and Charlie. I always am left wanting more.

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Luck of the Irish

Charlie and Hudson are so stinking cute. Charlie is one of my favorite characters in this series. Michael Pauley really brings the story to life.

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Couldn't stop listening!

All of the Forever Wilde series is awesome, but this is definitely my favorite one so far. As usual Lucy Lennox has outdone herself with this book and Michael Pauley's narrating keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-19

No that is not an Irish accent

I personally could not stand the narration in this book and usually I like Michael Pauley. I struggled to listen to this because to this because of Charlies voice which is meant to be Irish. I am Irish and it made my ears hurt. However, if you are not from Ireland it is unlikely you will have the same issues as me.

I really do enjoy this series and am looking forward to listening to the next installment. This story was not my favourite but still good. I would like to make a small correction about some a character said in the story and that is that Ireland is not part of the UK 😠😂 again I am Irish and it is a cardinal sin for us Irish-born to get classified as part of the UK, and I'm sure Charlie would agree with that!

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  • Kieran Ash
  • 04-10-20

fantastic listen

such a good listen and frequently saucy at times ;) getting to know more of the Wilde family makes you feel a part of their family makeup. very well written and characters come to life

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  • Max Turner
  • 01-31-20

disappointing for the gender non-conforming crowd

I've liked a lot of this series and the Made Marian series, and whilst there were the occasional cringe moments, this one was a series of them. mostly down to the the way it seemed to allude to Hudson only being attracted to Charlie because he feminine. I don't think it was intentional on the part of the author but that aspect, which colours most of the plot, was a big yikes from me.

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  • jenny
  • 01-07-20

No book

Gets 20 min in not even end of chapter 2 and then stops tried downloading still not working

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  • Rory Brown
  • 12-18-19

Awesome

well worth it, great story, great narration, great series, this story is so well written and do well Narrated Micheal Pauley is a great narrator and gives a terrific performance

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  • Joshua collard
  • 08-04-19

great read

I love the tilly granny and Irene cameo at the start kinda wish they made another appearance at the end but all in all a good read

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  • Elizabeth Jukic
  • 07-08-19

Forever Wilde Book 4

Really great story. Hudson and Charlie have a great story to tell. Interesting plane travel and wonderful characters and family. A definite must read. Five out of five.

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  • Alison Swinbank
  • 02-20-19

Enjoyable romp? Hell yes!

This was a thoroughly engaging romp through cultural differences and how to embrace love even with OCD! Not sure who my favourite character was - Hudson and Charlie are adorable, but Stevie and Grampa+Doc were delightful! Do yourself a favour, find the time to listen and enjoy 💐💐💐

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 08-30-18

Lucy and Michael perfection

Charlie and Hudson are fantastic together. I loved the storyline. Can't wait to continue hearing about Mama's antics. Loved how Augie asked if Milo had gotten her pregnant.

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  • robyn white
  • 07-29-18

loved it

hudson and charley are meant for each other i enjoyed this audiobook so much really loved it.