Title: The Luckiest Lady In London
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Sherry Thomas
Publisher: Penguin, 2013
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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?
Can a push-pull, cat and mouse, game of lust and seduction lead to a happily ever after? The game that Louisa and Felix play is not for the faint of heart. It is full of lies and machinations and one up-manship. All this is deftly handled by the superb writing of author Sherry Thomas.
Deliciously clever dialog underscores the sizzling sexual tension that vibrates between the protagonists. This story is all about the manipulations devised by the hero and heroine. They have made love into a competition. Ms Thomas deftly handles the characterization of Felix and Louisa so that we not only understand their dispositions and moral fiber, or lack thereof, but we sympathize with them also. Side characters play only very minor roles.
I highly recommend this book to all romance readers.