Erryn, Bethany, and Dana review ‘Hudson’s Luck’ (Forever Wilde Book 4) by Lucy Lennox. The ebook was published June 24, 2018, 349 pages.The audiobook was narrated by Michael Pauley. It was released on July 13, 2018 and is 9hrs and 8mins long. Copies were provided to Bethany and Erryn in exchange for honest reviews.
Why I read this book:
Erryn: I admit it, I am a WILDE addict. I have listened to every audio and Michael Pauley doing an Irish Accent? Yum.
Bethany: I have yet to read anything by Lucy Lennox so when I was given the chance to listen to this one, I thought “sounds good and I’m always wanting to check out new authors.”
Dana: I have listened to all of this author’s previous audios in the Made Marian series, the Twist of Fate series, and the Forever Wilde novels. So, yes, I am a fan of the author and the narrator. I happened to buy this book for myself, but when I finished it before my co-reviewers posted their review, I decided to join in. 🙂
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.
See Erryn’s review of the book here.
My favourite Texas family is back!
The Wildes are headed by the patriarchs Granpa and Doc, who have been together for decades, raising many grandchildren. A good portion of them are gay, but that, I believe, is more happenstance than nurturing. But there is a good nurture vs nature debate, as well as more of the men’s histories in the book. All delightful and part of why this series works so well.
Tilly and Irene from the Made Marian series make cameo appearances in the opening scene. Hudson Wilde is on a plane with them – trapped in a contraption he is convinced will crash. As always, the women provide comic relief, laughing uproariously at Hudson’s unfortunate ‘not’ proposal – that looked like a proposal to the boss’ daughter. As far as he’s concerned, the trip to Ireland is much better than being canned and it is probably good for him to escape his humiliation. If only he didn’t have to squeeze into a tin can hurtling through the air to do it.
When the, uh, elderly women suggest he ‘try batting for the other team” and then ask “if he has ever” had sex with a stranger, Hudson is clearly exasperated. He is a heterosexual serial monogamist who has dated a nice succession of nice women, yet has never settled. At 36, he is the eldest of ten children and succeeding professionally has always been his goal. He has dated sweet women, like the boss’ daughter Darcie, but he has never committed.
So when he walks into a bar and encounters the most beautiful creature he’s ever set eyes on, he’s stunned to find that even after he discovers Charlie is a man, the attraction hasn’t wavered.
Charlie, though, pegs Hudson as ‘looking like a forever man’. Since the Texan obviously isn’t stay long, and because Charlie has had a long string of asshole boyfriends, he has no intention of getting involved with the handsome and hunky man.
Best of intentions, right?
Hudson’s reason for being in Ireland could hurt the Murray family, but he’s counting on completing this deal. Being attracted to an Irishman? Nope. Not going to happen. The Fig and Bramble Pub is the setting for the book in Ireland and I loved it. Plus, apparently the sausage is amazing.
Hudson marvels at Charlie’s attachment to this corner of Ireland near the Cliffs of Mohr. The pub and Charlie’s gig as a dog trainer is eerily similar to Hudson’s love of the Wilde property in Hobie, Texas and his own Horse Kojak who he hardly has time to ride.
I love that this, like all of Lucy’s books, are told in alternating chapter point-of-view between the two men and, as a bonus, there are little hints at the beginning of each chapter.
Hudson’s Words to Live By: Oral sex is like competitive sports – go big or go home.
Charlie’s Luck: There is no such thing as a forever man.
Hudson’s Luck: When I finally get Charlie in my bed, my brother is in the next room.
These little revelations are insights into the men, although their behaviours are just as indicative. At various times, there are revelations. Kind things the men have done without any expectation of recognition. Quite the opposite, in fat. When Nico (Hudson’s brother-in-law) reveals he knew something generous Hudson was doing while in high school, Hudson is mortified.
Although the book is a slow burn at first, when the men do finally get together, wow, talk about combustion. Hudson might be new to having sex with men, but he’s a quick study. He even turns out to be a bit bossy. Yet there are moments of tenderness – such as when Hudson brushes hair out of Charlie’s face. Or when he walks into Doc and Granpa’s kitchen and plants a big kiss on Charlie’s lips – claiming him literally and symbolically. Of course, he tried to act like it’s nothing, but the elder Wilde men want to talk about the ‘gay elephant’ in the room. I have part of that scene quoted in my review of the book. The older couple also get excited about the idea of Stevie catering a coming out party for Hudson and I have to admit, it would be epic. Speaking of Stevie, he admits to Charlie that he’s been ‘crushing on the wrong guy for quite a while…pretty sure he’s bi, but he’s way out of my league. He treats me like a kid’.
The flamboyant and lovable Stevie does, at times, seem immature. But there was a scene in ‘Wilde Fire’ when he showed profound insight and understanding, alerting Seth that Otto might be in (figurative) trouble. I have high hopes for Stevie. Especially when a certain older man enters in a room full of Hobie residents, and, with a booming voice, asks “Is that Stevie? Sweetheart, get out here. We need to talk”. And…? Cut to black.
I am expecting to hear more about this fabulous secondary character in the next Wilde book – Saint’s. This is the one I’ve been waiting for. Meanwhile, Charlie and Hudson do eventually get together, addressing the Atlantic Ocean distance issue. Hudson even ventures and orders a mocha latte instead of his plain black coffee (deemed very vanilla). I didn’t cry while listening to this book, but I was put through a range of emotions.
I, of course, cannot end this review without mentioning the brilliant Michael Pauley. He has narrated all of Lucy’s books and when she announced he was doing this one, I wondered how it would go. In one line, he has a Texan doing a mock Irish accent. Well, I needn’t have worried because he was great. I had a friend from Ireland in university and I thought Michael’s accent was very close. Might have had a bit of a crush on my redheaded Irish classmate – at least for a day or two (or maybe a semester…)
But I digress.
Michael narrates these books beautifully, giving each man a distinctive voice.
And, for the record, Hudson, don’t feel bad.
You’re not the only one who has never seen ‘The Princess Bride’.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Like I mentioned above this was the first book by Lucy Lennox that I have read (in this case listened AND read) and it certainly won’t be the last. You see I was just a few minutes into this audio that I realized, I not only would be getting every book in this series along with the audio version, I needed to see other books that she has written, and I was so excited to see she has another popular series. YAY. So here I was a few chapters in and I’m getting all this background from Hudson about all his gay brothers and his grandfathers’. Wait, what? So I tell Hudson to hang on I need to check out the first few books. And I did something I never do. I bought book one and started reading it while also listening to Hudsons.
While yes all of these books can be read as standalones, I needed to see how it all started. My goodness where has this series been hiding when I needed something good? But let’s get back to Hudson’s story. Let me start off with the narration. This was the first time listening to this narrator and I was in awe of his brilliant talent. It was also my first book where one of the MC’s lived in Ireland and spoke with a heavy Irish accent, and Michael Pauley did such an amazing job that I can’t wait to listen to more that he narrates. His ability to voice so many different characters and keep them constant makes me so happy because I was never confused as to who was speaking. And going back and forth from a Irish accent to a Texas accent was flawless. Oh and he nailed the Texas accent, and I should know, it’s my home state.
Now to Hudon and Charlie. One of my favorite troupes is when the straight man falls for the gay man. Not that he realizes he has been bi his whole life, just the kind of book where he falls for that one man that completes him. The one man he realizes he finally sees a future with. You see Hudson is the oldest of 10 children and has always felt he had to be responsible, always helping take care of the younger children. He at times felt more like a parent that a child, so he felt he needed to do the reasonable thing. Follow in his father’s footsteps with a finance degree and eventually the perfect wife, perfect children, perfect life. So when he comes face to face with a fiery red-head who is indeed NOT a woman, it turns his well constructed world on its axis.
I adored Charlie from the start, so much sass and snark with that one. I loved how he owned up to the fact that he was femme. But that didn’t mean he would take shit from anyone, especially the “straight yank” who in turn leaves him inside out. Meeting Hudson, he knows he should not fall for the straight American that would be going back home. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting him, even though he knows he is setting himself up for heartbreak. And he tells himself as soon as Hudson leaves Ireland he can move one. Until the reason Hudson was in Ireland to begin with sends Charlie to America.
Then something magical happens, Hudson realizes his feelings for the man, and Charlie can’t help but want him even though they both know there is a time limit on their budding romance. And here is where my panic kicked in. Realistically in the back of my mind I knew there would be a HEA for these two but I just wasn’t sure how much they would have to go through to get it. And man I felt like they were tested, A LOT. You see they did come out the other end relatively unscathed, but you know what they say about hard work paying off.
I highly recommend this book, it is one that I know I will be re-reading and re-listening to. And it wasn’t just Hudson and Charlie that I loved, the entire Wilde family is AWESOME, I want to be a part of it. Like I said earlier this can be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading (or listening to) all of them as characters from books 1-3 made appearances. While writing this review I have already finished book one and started book two. I can say without a doubt Lucy Lennox know how to write an epic book.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
I mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again. I am a fan of this author. For the most part, I know what I’m getting when I read Lucy Lennox. A sweet romance, with very sexy times, and low angst. That’s not to say it’s boring or anything. The author infuses the story with humor and touching moments. After I am done reading, I am always left with a happy warm feeling. So even though sometimes I like a roller coaster ride of a story, there are other times when a Lucy Lennox book is just what you need.
I am a lover of series books. Whether the series follows one couple or if I get to know all the characters in the authors “world” as main and secondary characters. I especially love stories about family. Some of my favorite series have followed siblings finding their love stories and how their lives all intertwine. This is how the Forever Wilde series is. Except it’s not just brothers, but cousins also who have all become close, staying with their gay grandfathers on a ranch. They are all too special for me to pick just one.
In one of the previous books, the Wilde character fell in love with a prince from another country. I knew that meant that he wouldn’t see his family quite as much when and if they got together, so when I saw that this book was going to take place partly in Ireland, I was worried that it would pull another Wilde brother from the family. Hudson Wilde and Charlie Murray are very much similar on the inside. Both very close to family, love where the out of the way places their families live. I was worried… How would this work? In the end, both men loved each other enough to make sacrifices in order to stay together. That’s not to say there weren’t hurdles.
Hudson is sweet, but socially awkward. He’s a little bit of a germophobe, and he has never been interested in a man before. What I like a lot is that when he does find he is attracted to Charlie, he doesn’t spend forever worrying about these feelings. Perhaps because he has so many gay relatives? Whatever the reason, I’m glad it didn’t have to be dramatic when it came to him deciding whether or not to explore his feelings. The hard part was opening up to his family because there is a part of Hudson that is introverted and doesn’t like to be teased. He definitely has trouble opening up. Charlie is the more easy going character and he is very likable. His looks are a little feminine and everyone is quite attracted. He was the perfect partner, but he just needed to know what was going on in Hudson’s head.
It really is a sweet romance. I loved listening to it, because Michael Pauley really is a great narrator. He always gives a really solid performance and this was no exception. I would definitely recommend this book. It could be read as a stand-alone, but as Bethany discovered, why wouldn’t you want to read all the other books?
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 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.