Erryn reviews ‘Hudson’s Luck’ (Forever Wilde Book 4) by Lucy Lennox. The ebook was published June 24, 2018, 349 pages. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I admit it, I am a WILDE addict.
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 broken-hearted 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 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 I’ve always planned for?
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?
Hudson’s Luck is the fourth book in the Forever Wilde series but can be read on its own. Beware it includes 93k words of delicious man parts touching, grandfathers meddling, neighbors nosy-ing, dogs fornicating, cats being cats, horses… ah, crunching apples? or something… and one very flirty Stevie.
If you are a Lucy Lennox fan, there is a little something for you in ‘Hudson’s Luck’. Made Marians? There might be a cameo appearance of the older women. Enjoying the Wilde saga? Doc, Granpa, and the whole crew are there. Two gorgeous men with fascinating backstories? You’ll love this book.
Hudson Wilde is the eldest of Bill and Shelby Wilde’s 10 children—and the straightest. He’ll tell you as much. In fact, he was eventually planning to propose to his girlfriend, Darci. Well, technically she’s now his ex-girlfriend. They would still be together had he not presented her with his newest invention in a small box on their anniversary.
I once had a male friend who knew his girlfriend was expecting a ring. He planned to give her earrings at Christmas in front of her family – in a box that could easily have been mistaken for a ring box. Horrified, I gave him a piece of my mind about the cruelty of playing someone like that. Especially someone he supposedly cared about. Privately, I felt it was probably not a good match. He’s now married to a woman who is a good match for him – she doesn’t put up with his guff. Oh, and he has four children, including a son who is just as precocious as he is. Karma, baby.
Back to Hudson. After the faux pas with the boss’ daughter, he is put on a plane and sent to Ireland to evaluate a potential investment. As an ambitious businessman, Hudson is ready to make amends. What he doesn’t expect is to meet the most exquisitely gorgeous creature on earth.
With emerald eyes, long auburn hair, a slight frame, and creamy white skin, Charlie Murray is often mistaken for a woman. He’s chosen to embrace his femininity and be honest about who he is. When a hunky Texan strolls into his family pub in Ireland, he sees only eyes as blue as the sky and a broad hunky body. A misunderstanding has Charlie believing Hudson might be interested in him and this is where things get fun.
Hudson is straight.
I’ll say it again.
I’ve read plenty of gay-for-you (GFY) books and I’m not sure this is that kind of book. It’s a great trope, but this book doesn’t fit neatly into that category.
In ‘Wilde Fire’, Ms. Lennox started providing what almost equated to a spoiler at the end of many of the chapters. Thankfully, she hasn’t done that in this book. Instead, each chapter begins with ‘notes to self’ or ‘words to live by’. Since the book is written in the first person, alternating point-of-view, these are often comical little ‘in the know’ jokes.
Before Hudson’s entrance into the bar, the chapter begins with: ‘Hudson’s Note To Self: Not everyone offering you a sausage is referring to dick’. On the other hand, the zany and frankly nosy lady on the plane had suggested Hudson needed a ‘missile in his silo’. And Charlie’s sister, Cait, confides to Hudson that Charlie ‘sucks dick like a Hoover’. So perhaps he had sausages on the brain.
Is Hudson straight, bi, or gay?
Does it matter?
I have caught myself looking at someone on the street and wondering: man or woman? Male or female?
Then I stop and ask – is it any of my business? Of course not. How someone chooses to live their life is up to them. It doesn’t affect how I live my life and it most certainly shouldn’t affect how I treat that person. (On a side note, after I wrote this review, I was discussing it with a close friend who is one generation older than me. She asserted that she did need to know what gender the person was choosing because that would change how she interacted with that person. I found that fascinating since she admitted when she’d been 20, it wouldn’t have mattered. But I digress…)
“Um, can we talk about the gay elephant in the room?” Doc asked slowly, continuing to stare at his grandson.
Hudson’s ears turned pink, but he managed to keep his composure. “It might be more of a bi elephant or a pansexual elephant. Or it might be one of those stubborn elephants who refuses to be labeled but doesn’t mind wearing rainbow colors. Like Elmer from that book you have in Pippa’s room. You know the one.”
His voice was rock steady, and his index finger had stuck out to wrap around my pinky finger while he spoke. I squeezed it encouragingly. This man was braver than brave.
“Point taken,” Grandpa said with a straight face. “But I’m afraid we’re going to have to throw you a big Welcome to the Gay party. You know that, right?”
Doc pointed his thumb at his husband. “He’s right. And Stevie will insist on being an emcee. We’ll serve cocktails and mini wieners. Nico will make us all eat bananas in slow motion. I’ll have to pick up more mixed nuts. It’s going to be a thing.”
Hudson groaned and threw a dish towel at Doc. “Don’t make me regret being open with you.”
Grandpa came around the counter and took Hudson in his arms. “I’m so fucking proud of you, Hudson Wilde. I don’t say it enough, but you’re an incredible man.”
This is a long passage that captures this book – and Hudson’s situation – perfectly. In the past few decades, things that were previously illegal and immoral are now (for the most part) legal, accepted, and openly embraced. 80% of Americans support gay marriage. That is a massive change from just a dozen years ago. That doesn’t just mean acceptance for gay and lesbian relationships. It’s the opportunity for people to pursue romantic relationships with people they are attracted to – regardless of the label. Regardless of gender. Regardless of sexual orientation. And as long as the other person is interested, then there should be no judgment. My much-younger sister has grown up in a world where she is free to choose the person who best matches her. I (in my mid-life state) am able to seek out partners whose energy matches my own. If I am attracted to that person, I don’t have to worry about being discriminated against – at least legally. And if someone chooses to judge me negatively because I’m not dating a het cis man, that’s on them, not me.
Spoiler alert – I’m still single.
But I understand Hudson’s dilemma. What if the person you’re attracted to isn’t who you were expecting? Are you brave enough to take a chance on love?
Had you asked me several months before how I felt about man buns, I would have laughed you out of the room.
But were you to ask me now?
I’d get a man bun boner before you even finish the question.
(Hudson’s comment about Charlie sporting a man bun). I used to feel the same way. No way on man buns!
But when Sam Heughan rocked one?
Suddenly, I’m very flexible.
I have focused on Hudson (he is the Wilde and the man on the cover, of course), but Charlie deserves equal attention. He’s got a bad track record with men. He’s had his heart knocked around a few times. So for him to take a risk on a man who keeps insisting he’s straight? (Have I said Hudson is straight? Because he is, right?)
What happens in Cork does not stay in Cork, as Charlie and Mama fly to Hobie to fulfill a deal with Hudson. This book has almost all of the Wildes and after two men (not naming names) run into each other at the bar – fun ensues. One ducks down, trying to stay hidden while the other calls him sweetheart? Well, as Hudson thinks, ‘Life in Hobie was never boring’.
There are tons of great one-liners and times when I was laughing out loud and/or rolling my eyes. I was able to predict the set-up for the next book – (YAY!) Saint’s book. (And my prediction was confirmed by a note at the back of the book).
As I said, there is something for everyone in this book. As with all the other Wilde books, I enjoyed it. I’m still partial to Felix, but that’s just me. I know many readers will fall in love with Hudson and Charlie. What I am really excited about is Michael Pauley’s narration for the audiobook – hopefully available within about a month. Charlie’s Irish accent? If women are swooning on the page, what will listeners do when they’re enjoying the performance? I can’t wait to find out.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lucy Lennox is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree earned way back in the 1900s.
She enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She has some snarky kids and is married to someone who is better at math than romance but who makes her laugh every single day and is the best dancer in the history of ever.
She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because that stuff is hot.