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Hudson's Luck

A Forever Wilde Novel
Written by: Lucy Lennox
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Series: Forever Wilde Novels, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: LGBT
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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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Loved it!

I loved it even more with the Irish accent!
So funny and heartwarming. Great read.

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Wisdom and Luck

Hudson and Charlie are men of fate. If Hudson hadn't been dumped by Darcy, talked to the elderly lady on the plane (WAS THAT TILY???) who made him question himself, he may never have taken that extra notice of Charlie when he went to the bar. He may have brushed it off, or reminded himself he was in a committed relationship, and we may not have been blessed with the lovely story that was Charlie and Hudson falling in love.

The depth of each of these characters that Lucy was able to create was one of my favourite parts of this story. I always enjoy when an author takes the characters out of their comfort zone, and this is especially stirring with Hudson who both needs things just so and hates flying. Hudson has so many layers; he is both honest but tentative in what he says, not because of wanting to hide things but because he does like to do anything without a meticulous plan. Charlie is a lovely creature who is both proud and embracing of his masculinity but also his femininity. His love for his family and culture shine throughout this story in his mannerisms, songs he sings when no ones is looking and in how he interacts with people.

The author describes Ireland and the history of the pub in a way that makes the reader feel like we are experiencing the fresh air and the smells with the characters. The tour felt authentic in its information without being too much and still inserted opportunity for the characters to get to know one another and get in some playful back and forth.

As always Lucy has a wonderful world built around a large rowdy family in a small town in Texas. The emphasis on LGBT social issues and internalized oppression where it pertains to labels and self expression was realistic and imperative. One would think Hudson especially would have no issues coming to terms with and admitting to others about being queer. A huge misconception of the LGBT community and those being raised in LGBT friendly homes is that homosexuality and the like is contagious so bringing that to light in the story was brilliantly done.

The ending was beautifully romantic, and butterfly enducing! Lucy definitely has a way with the big gesture and creating romantic moments. In addition we are given a little glance of the coming story between Stevie and his silver fox. yum. Lucy gave each chapter something special with a little piece of personal reflection at the start of every chapter.

Michael Dean. Is there even need for more? ;) Michael brings an element to the story and I think we all know what that element is. CHARLIE. His Irish lilt was to die for. I never knew something like an Irish "feck" could do it for me. His way with story telling captures the listeners in a way that pulls them into the story and makes it near impossible to put down. You are drawn to the Drawl from all the Hobie Texan's and the story comes to life with all the tones and expressions throughout spoke and inner speech.

Over all this is a lovely addition to the Made Marian/Forever Wilde series! Can I give any more stars? I definitely would.

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Not The Greatest

I have a few complaints, but there was one big one that put me off of this book. Honestly, this story could have really worked, but what persistently bothered me was Hudson's constant insistence that he was straight. I realize that for some people it's difficult to accept, but this just wasn't written well enough to be taken that way. I felt badly for Charlie; he didn't deserve the garbage that Hudson put him through.

In general, I enjoy Michael Pauley's narration, but this book didn't work for me. The Irish accent felt off, but Hudson's parts were great.

I won't be reading any more books in this series.

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Great performance and story

I really enjoyed this story. The 2 MCs have great chemistry. The storyline is interesting, the romance is cute and there's some humor thrown in. I like the old ladies from Made Marian making an appearance in the beginning

Michael did an amazing job. He's my favorite narrator. He has a great voice and performs scenes perfectly. You can feel the emotion in his voice. I've heard others complain that he doesn't alter his voice between characters in other books and that is true, it just never bothered me. Those people will be happy to know that in this book he uses an Irish accent for Charlie and a country accent for Hudson and plays the females and elder men very distinctive and well done.

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Funny and extremely hot

Wow, I was starting to get bored with the usual recipe, but this was a a real treat. Definitely recommend this one

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2019-07-25

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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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  • Annika
  • 2018-07-18

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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  • James
  • 2018-08-12

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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  • Belen
  • 2018-08-05

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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  • Susan Bauer
  • 2020-06-03

Love It!

Love love love this one. All the Wilde books are wonderful, but this one holds a special place in my heart.

Charlie is so sweet and kind and funny. Hudson is hilarious in his shock at finding a man attractive, but I love how he just goes with it.

Love Aunt Tilly and the Grandma's make a short appearance and the fact the are incorrigible as ever.

Its a bit of an insta-attraction and slow burn all at once.

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  • Dominique bast
  • 2020-04-03

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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  • Douglas
  • 2020-01-20

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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  • Andrea
  • 2020-01-15

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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  • Laura Foster
  • 2020-01-12

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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  • Clara
  • 2019-11-11

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.