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*Starred Review* Louisa Cantwell knows that she must marry someone with a great deal of money, but she can’t bring much in terms of pedigree, dowry, or even beauty to the matrimonial bargaining table. However, with the help of some figure-enhancing devices, a pleasing personality, and the innate gift for knowing exactly how to flatter a man, Louisa manages to snare at least two potential suitors. Felix Rivendale, Marquess of Wrenworth, accepts the fact that he must eventually marry. But he keeps avoiding the inevitable because he has yet to meet a woman who truly fascinates him. Then he meets Louisa. She assumes that Felix, known in society as the “Ideal Gentleman,” is way out of her league, so she is more than a bit puzzled when he extends a proposal to her. She is less surprised when she discovers that the proposal has nothing to do with marriage. With scintillating wit and sophisticated sensuality, RITA Award–winning Thomas (Tempting the Bride, 2012) launches an entrancing new historical trilogy. Handling characterization, pacing, and setting with perfect finesse, Thomas has created a romance that is pure magic. --John Charles


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
“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 

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425268888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425268889
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sherry Thomas writes both historical romance and young adult fantasy.

On the romance side, she is one of the most acclaimed authors working in the genre today, her books regularly receiving starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.

On the young adult fantasy side, there isn't much to report yet, her debut book, THE BURNING SKY, book 1 of the Elemental Trilogy, has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and been named to the Autumn '13 Kids' Indie Next List.

Sherry writes in her second language. She learned English by reading romance and science fiction--every word Isaac Asimov ever wrote, in fact. She is proud to say that her son is her biggest fanboy--for the YA fantasy, not the romances. At least, not yet...

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2013
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There's reading magic in a Sherry Thomas romance. It's the great way she writes, the imperfections and depth of her characters, the very rough path to the HEA where I actually feel the pain of the H or h, something I'm often clinically removed from with romance by other authors, and the great feeling of relief and happiness the books give me when the H and h do finally get to their HEA.

Ordinarily, the poor little unloved rich boy hero who grows up to avoid the trap of love is not a character I feel much sympathy for, but the prologue of this book has me aching for young Felix Rivendale. A pawn in his parents' marriage, his mother shows affection for him only when she sees it will hurt her husband, and the father is distant and doesn't even trust that Felix shares his DNA. Orphaned at 17, Felix adopts his protective "Ideal Gentleman" persona, which will show him to be an example of all that is perfect in a man. But he will only allow himself friendship and affection for others, because love makes you powerless and vulnerable. He learned that long ago when he yearned for a mother's and father's love in vain.

Enter Louisa Cantwell, from a poor, slightly scandalous family. Louisa is insecure but pragmatic. She knows she lacks money, pedigree, accomplishments, and, in particular, beauty. Yet she must marry well because after the eventual death of her mother there will be no money left for her to care for her epileptic younger sister. So Louisa adopts her own persona. After years of practice she develops social skills, is attractive, interesting to men, warm but not too warm, sweet but not too sweet, and has learned to improve greatly upon what nature has given her in the beauty department. But she feels like a illusion.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Willread on November 6, 2013
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Oh, how I love a romance that tickles my brain and not just my heart (and other parts of me). It`s not that this book isn`t romantic or hot - but it`s so very well written and cleverly thought out too that I loved it from page one. Of course, I`ve loved everything Sherry Thomas has written so that was no surprise.

Louise is in desperate need of a husband - she has four sisters but none of them can or will marry and one of them will need to be taken care of for the rest of her life. For the time being they live with their mother on her income but that income will disappear the moment Louise`s mother dies. Louise is not very beautiful, she does not have any money and even her heritage isn`s good enough to attract rich men. What she does have is determination and will. She prepares for her one season for years and acts the perfect demure country girl towards any man she meets.

(Un)fortunately she meets Felix, a very rich man with very huge mental scars. He plays the perfect gentleman to keep everyone at a distance but is intrigued by Louise and the way she can see through his act - just as he can see through hers.

The book is about trust - and it`s very hard to trust someone who lies and cheats ... and holds your heart in their hand. If you want to read a book about "perfect" love where they always treat each other nicely, then this is not the book for you (I suspect that this is not the author for you), but if you want a book that really explore the human mind and how we can hurt the people we love because we don`t love ourselves, then go ahead and buy this book.

Despite their scheming and acting, Louise and Felix are nice people. They are not selfish or evil but they act the way they do to protect themselves - which is quite understandable.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Danker on November 7, 2013
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Sherry Thomas breaks the mould in romance writing, in that she is able to recreate topics previously done to death - badly damaged and exquisitely handsome, filthy rich H meets and becomes immediately enthralled by crooked-teethed, plain, impecunious h - and yet do so in a way that is unique, intelligent, emotionally complex, highly passionate, sexy and deeply satisfying.
This is, in part, because she understands how to create emotionally powerful heroines who fascinate materially powerful men, often for reasons the latter find puzzling and even disturbing. (Ergo, this h's close-lipped smile deliberately hides crooked teeth and her fascinating bodice enhancers are designed not only to enhance small breasts, but also to distract any male who might otherwise be daunted by her formidable intellect or long-planned and detailed schemes to attract a marriage proposal that includes a commitment to protect her family.)
And, of course, Thomas creates scrumptious, even if diabolical, self-absorbed men. In the case of this H, he is also in some ways honourable, but also emotionally cruel so therefore needing to be brought to his knees, or at least to some insights that will create real trust between the newly married couple.
Every female romance reader's dream.
The Luckiest Lady in London has been well described by other reviewers, so a synopsis would be repetitive. Suffice to say that this is a fabulous romance and that Thomas continues to impress, with absolutely no signs of creativity dip or writer fatigue.
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