The Luckiest Lady in London

The Luckiest Lady in London

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by Sherry Thomas, Corrie James
     
 

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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

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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?

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah MacLean
…this novel edges into historical fiction with its transporting prose even as it delivers on heat and emotion and a well-earned happily ever after…Thomas serves up a classic romance story line…[Louisa and Felix] are altogether wrong for each other until, of course, they are altogether right—something readers will see long before the characters do, which makes their courtship, too-quick marriage and inevitable love that much more rewarding. The sex isn't bad, either.
Publishers Weekly
★ 09/30/2013
Thomas (Tempting the Bride) emphasizes the pitfalls of the aristocratic marriage bargaining game in Victorian England with this stellar trilogy launch. Felix Rivendale, Lord Wrenworth, is often called the Ideal Gentleman for his looks, wealth, and manners. He’s far above the reach of Louisa Cantwell, who must find a wealthy husband to help provide for her mother and four sisters. They meet at a ball and Felix is intrigued when Louisa unintentionally reveals her “infatuation” with him—and then just as clearly shuts it off. Their encounters, mostly carefully orchestrated by Felix, are full of sparkling wit and sensuous innuendo. While Louisa believes that she is falling in love with Felix, she knows better than to trust him, as he does nothing without a self-serving purpose. Thomas’s characters are intelligent and multidimensional, and each scene is expertly crafted and rich in details. Readers will be immersed in the story from the very first page until the breathtaking conclusion. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (Nov.)
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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
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-11-01
Felix Rivendale, Lord Wrenworth, has spent his adult life burnishing his reputation as the most sought-after gentleman in England, so he is flummoxed when Louisa Cantwell--an unknown nobody--captures his attention and his interest; he's not concerned about his heart, however, since he's convinced he doesn't have one. Every man and woman in London is besotted with Lord Wrenworth, considered by one and all to be The Ideal Gentleman. So lofty are his wealth, manner and reputation that Louisa, attending her first season at age 24 and with almost nothing to recommend her beyond her wit, even temper and formidable preparation, has never even truly considered him as a possible catch. Yet, astonishingly, in one breathtaking and heartbreaking moment, she meets him and catches his attention, simultaneously convincing herself that he remains unattainable yet wishing with all her heart he wasn't. From that moment, Louisa and Felix enter into a seductive courtship that quietly breaks many straight-laced Victorian rules without anyone knowing about it, keeping them explosively attracted to each other. Louisa is always suspicious of Felix's motives, and Felix is determined to protect himself from anyone's capacity to get close enough to see beneath his purposefully constructed perfection. This becomes even more problematic once he actually offers for her and makes her his wife. Thomas delivers a masterpiece of attraction, seduction, mistrust and masks, beguiling readers with two people who are so perfect for each other, they can't even trust their own emotions, since they both know how deceptive and dangerous the other can be. A beautifully written, exquisitely seductive, powerfully romantic gem of a romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781494530235
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
03/05/2014
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
Praise for The Luckiest Lady in London
Chosen as One of 2013's Best Romances by Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews
Chosen as One of 2013's Best Love Stories by NPR

“Thomas is known for a lush style…[and] transporting prose even as [she] delivers on heat and emotion and a well-earned happily ever after.”  —The New York Times Book Review 
"A masterpiece...A beautifully written, exquisitely seductive, powerfully romantic gem of a romance.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Stellar....Thomas's characters are intelligent and multidimensional, and each scene is espertly crafted and rich in details.  Readers will be immersed in the story from the very first page until the breathtaking conclusion."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Thomas continues to be a refreshing voice in the genre with her lively plots, witty dialogue and intelligent characters. She compels readers to think, feel, laugh – and, ultimately, heave a deep sigh of satisfaction.”—RT Book Reviews  (Top Pick!)

Further praise for the novels of Sherry Thomas
“ONE OF THE RISING STARS OF HISTORICAL ROMANCE.” —Booklist
“THOMAS…HAS MADE A NAME FOR HERSELF WITH HER EXQUISITE USE OF LANGUAGE.” —Library Journal
“Sherry Thomas…is a rebel, a rule-breaker, and, above all, a romantic…[Her] writing is nothing short of a revelation.”—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author
“Ravishingly sinful, intelligent, and addictive. An amazing debut.”—Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author
“Enchanting…An extraordinary, unputdownable love story.”—Jane Feather, New York Times bestselling author
“Sublime…An irresistible literary treat.”—Chicago Tribune
“Sherry Thomas’s captivating debut novel will leave readers breathless. Intelligent, witty, sexy, and peopled with wonderful characters…and sharp, clever dialogue.”—The Romance Reader
“Thomas makes a dazzling debut with a beautifully written, sizzling, captivating love story...Her compelling tale of love betrayed and then reborn will make you sigh with pleasure.”—RT Book Reviews
“Deft plotting and sparkling characters…Steamy and smart.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Thomas tantalizes readers…An enchanting, thought-provoking story of love lost and ultimately reclaimed. Lively banter, electric sexual tension, and an unusual premise make this stunning debut all the more refreshing.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Historical romance the way I love it.”—All About Romance
“Big, dramatic, and romantic.”—Dear Author

Sherry Thomas's accolades for her previous novels include:
Best Romances of 2010, Kirkus Reviews  Best Romances of 2012, Library Journal  # 10 in Top Romances Since 1970 List Dear Author  Top Read of 2009, All About Romance 

Meet the Author

The USA Today bestselling Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, winning the RITA Award two years running, and appearing on innumerable "Best of the Year" lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Dear Author, and All About Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and sons.

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The Luckiest Lady in London 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Sexy, provocative and simply delicious! If you’re looking for a guilty pleasure read, look no further! Set in London 1888, Felix Ravendale, Marqess of Wenworth has perfected the persona of “The Ideal Gentleman”. To everyone in the Ton, he appears simply perfect, above reproach and the standard to which all other bachelors are held. But Felix is far from the gentleman he appears to be. He shuts himself off from true relationships due to the horrible childhood he suffered at the hands of his own parents. After witnessing such spite and manipulation by his parents, he is certain he will never allow himself to fall victim to the clutches of love. Louisa Cantwell comes from questionable background and can barely claim that she is a true lady, and does so only due to her mother. She comes from a home that desperately needs a daughter who can marry well and support all of the other siblings, and she’s the one to do it. She’s practiced the art of being a lady and knows exactly which bachelors are within her reach. When she sets off to London to have her season, she knows she must marry and marry well. But little did she know she’d run into the “Ideal Gentleman”. Both Felix and Louisa are not the people they appear to be in public and even upon their first encounter, both seem to see through the public persona of the other. Drawn to each other by an extreme sexual desire, Felix and Louisa embark upon a wild, sexy, steamy, and scandalous love story that leaves both Felix and Louisa both madly in love and extremely vulnerable. Can these two lovers overcome all the obstacles thrown at them or are they willing to let fear and memories come between them? Can Louisa break through the wall that Felix is determined to keep erected around his heart? I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book and I cannot wait to read more by Sherry Thomas! The hero and heroine in this story were funny, witty, passionate and risqué! The dialogue between Felix and Louisa was sexually charged and well written, leaving me dying to keep turning the pages! I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. The book seemed to be broken into two parts which worked well and made the story move along in a great way. The first part is the story about Felix and Louisa while Felix is trying to win Louisa over. You get to see Felix as a charming and persuasive yet manipulative man while Louisa struggles to resist the outcome of marriage to him. Once married, Felix seems to shut himself off from Louisa because he is afraid of repeating the mistakes of his parents. Louisa is left trying to figure out how to re-establish the passion and connection they shared before marriage. Unraveling the mysteries and secrets that seem to drive Felix’s actions becomes key to solving the marital problems between Felix and Louisa. Absolutely one of the best and sexiest Historical Romances I have read in quite some time. A Must Read! Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Hot Reviewed by AprilP Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so tired of the same old romance. This was intelligent, witty and human. Very, very glad I gave it a shot. FYI - if you like a romance that is about the depth of a relationship, this is a great pick. If you just want steamy sex, and brainless virginal heroines, this is not the book for you. For me, Louisa was a bit like Mary from Downton Abbey. Sharp, smart, proud - but this heroine loves her sisters!
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
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? I really enjoyed this book. There were lots of twists and turns and it kept me on my feet and wanting more. This book was very well written and the story was told very well. I loved every page of it. I really liked the fact that Lord Wrenworth was looking out for his sister in marrying Louisa Cantwell, but shortly after fell madly in love with her. However Louisa took a little bit longer to admit that she was in love with him. I love the fact that after Louisa was mad at Lord Wrenworth that he tried everything to still make her happy. I will read this book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author pulls you in from the very beginning and develops areal plot, real characters -- flaws and all. For a romance novel, this is ine of the best. It is not your typical romance. Just read it and go back in time.
Emptrix More than 1 year ago
 Sherry Thomas once again pulls a character from the world of characters she has already presented to us. The current protagonist is Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, styled "The Ideal Gentleman". Felix was first referenced in Private Arrangements by Lord Tremaine, as Lady Tremaine's first adulterous affair. Now, in this latest story, we learn about Felix, his history and from his own perspective, an explanation of why  he thinks and acts as he does. Louisa Cantwell is the female protagonist who turns Felix's world chaotic, while at the same time turning Chaos upon herself. Sherry Thomas has written another poignant story which  plays on human frailty, self delusions, and the fundamental hamartia of two flawed people who are their own worst enemies, and who cannot see the proverbial forest for the trees! Part of Sherry Thomas' brilliance as an author is her ability to bring characters to life, who are people the reader can understand and relate to in very human ways. She makes it easy, if not almost mandatory, that we  form attachments to her characters in fundamental ways. Sometimes you want to slap them and ask "WHAT were you thinking [Felix or Louisa]?". Sometimes you find yourself with tears flowing because your heart has been touched with sorrow or joy. Felix and Louisa are the only two who see themselves and each other for exactly who they are. This is to their  detriment and their great joy. These are serious characters though they have great humor and the story often  breaks up deeply serious and emotional scenes with wonderful barbed and intelligent humor. This is a wonderful, love . . . hate . . . love story! It punches you in the gut, then pulls you up by your hair to metaphorically see and experience an incredible story of love and passion. There is an HEA basically in spite  of the characters. This is another Sherry Thomas classic! Impeccably well written, words as art. I adore this author both as a  person and as one of the best historical romantic fiction writers ever! Thank you for the tears and the belly laughs Sherry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sherry Thomas is one of my favorite writers. I don't know how she does it but there are so many scenes where my heart is in my throat and I ache for the characters. Also, I love how the character's are flawed in such a way that their humanity shines through.
DallasDunlavy More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be the least romantic book I have read for a while.  The hero is a jerk, first asking the heroine to be his mistress, then treating her cruelly immediately after their wedding night.  I find the "big misunderstanding" plot to be a colossal bore!  Not recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was worth the read, but wasn't that memorable a week on. Always try to review my books shortly after reading, but couldn't get around to this one, and now, I've forgotten the book - except that it amused me. But not greatly so. 
abbysmom52 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't expecting this to be such a superb book. I thought it was just going to be another light historical romance. It turned out to be a description of two people who were believable and motivated by something beyond just sex. I plan to become a regular fan of her books. Just bought another. Good plot, believable characters, and beautifully written. I highly recommend it.
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SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this book! It has everything I crave in a 5-star book: snappy dialogue, great characters, a fun plot, and of course a delightful HEA. As soon as I finished reading Luckiest Lady in London, I wanted to start it all over again! Louisa Cantwell is as pragmatic and ordinary as they come. Not a great beauty or terribly well-endowed in the bosom department, she is the epitome of average. Except when it comes to her near-ruthless pragmatism. Louisa comes from a mildly poor family. Her father was a failed fortune hunter and although her mother still enjoys a dower income that can support the household for now, once her mother dies, Louisa and her three sisters will be left with nothing. Each of her three sisters have issues that could prevent them from marrying, so it falls to Louisa to marry the richest man she can realistically convince, cajol, or connive into matrimony. Intelligent and determined, Louisa spends years perfecting her social graces so that when a generous Aunt agrees to put Louisa through a Season in London she is as prepared as possible to make a brilliant match. Like Louisa, Felix Marquess of Rivendale hides behind the persona he has built for London society - "The Ideal Gentleman." He is shrewd, wickedly intelligent, and is convinced love is a weakness that will destroy any relationship as it did to his parents. Growing up, Felix's mother despised Felix's father and as a result Felix's father grew cold to everyone around him. As a child, Felix was caught in the middle, forced to act as a pawn in his parents' game of mutual manipulation and deceit. As he grew up, Felix began learning how to play his parents' game and became a master manipulator in his own right. He learns to deduce exactly what people are thinking, guessing with startling accuracy what secrets the people of London society hide behind fluttering fans and cups of whiskey. One of the things I loved most about this book is that Louisa and Felix are a perfectly imperfect pair. Both hide their true emotions behind a wall - the mask they built for polite society - while underneath they both simmer with barely retrained passion. Louisa wants Felix and isn't afraid to let him know it. But she doesn't trust him and she isn't afraid to tell him that either. Felix is seven kinds of emotionally scarred thanks to his unloving, manipulative parents. Much of this book was about these characters and how they needed to grow together to make their marriage work, despite these issues lying between them. The dialogue is playful and teasing, but can be heart-wrenching and poignant too. A beautiful tale of learning to love others when you don't even love yourself. Of learning what it means to let go and trust someone with your heart and soul, knowing they can break you with only a single word. Originally posted on Plot Twist Reviews [dot] com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read with indepth characters that I wasn't always happy with, but that is what makes them feel so real! Good love scenes, not skimmed over but not too graphic. Just over 200 pgs on my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining book, that kept me interested from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt expect it to be this good and I amglad I got the book. It was very emotional and sweet. I liked how a selfish hero is brought down by love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems asif it skipped around
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. It starts of slow, so keep going. It takes a few chapters to get to know and like both main characters. Once you do, the book picks up and you like them enough that you want them to have their HEA.
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The best book I've read in a long time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a bit wordy but I loved it.  I could not stop reading and finished the book in two days.
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Paperback_Wonderland More than 1 year ago
This was so much fun! I wish all HR characters were written like this: as rational, pragmatic people. Louisa has several unmarried sisters, and a widowed mother, therefore she must marry, and marry well if she wants to be able to assure they'll be cared for - especially her youngest sister, who suffers from epilepsy. She doesn't set her sights high, she merely needs a husband who can support them to live in comfort. So she makes a list of potential candidates and prepares herself by padding her breasts and pretending to be interested in everything gentlemen have to say. Enter Felix - The Ideal Gentleman. Everyone in society thinks him to be perfect and it's an image he works hard to maintain. Felix's parents hated each other and used him as a weapon in their marriage, so Felix is determined to choose some empty-headed young lady for a wife - but only when he's in his 40's (which are still some years away), so he won't be encumbered by that hassle that is being in love . But then he meets Louisa, who sees through the Ideal Gentleman façade and who doesn't bother to hide her distrust and her lust for him. No point to it, really, since he's not part of her plans. It's so refreshing to see a heroine in charge of her sexuality, with no hangups and shames - I'd say in HR, but at this point the baffling focus on naïve young virgin heroines with no say on the sexual facet of their relationships crosses all genres... and it's getting tiresome. Not here! Louisa knows what she wants, and has no problem wanting and getting it, and Felix finds this as refreshing as us readers. The drama may have dragged for a bit too long, but it was never annoying or forced. Their relationship and the way they grew as a couple and characters more than makes up for it. It was also charming the way they both shared an interest in astronomy and mathematics! If you're looking for a comfy HR to go with a warm cup of tea to pass these cold Autumn days, this should definitely be at the top of your list!