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I have leapt on every Lucy Lennox audiobook when they were released, consuming them almost immediately because Lucy Lennox + Michael Pauley = one awesome listen. With ‘Felix and the Prince’, however, the audio was to be released a month after the book, so I snapped up the novel and read it.
So why did I grab the audio? Well, Michael Pauley was one of the main reasons. He’s one of my favourite narrators. He is a performer and I feel even more connected to the characters than when I am just reading their story on paper, and that’s saying something, because Lucy’s storytelling is always so powerful. As with all the other audiobooks, Michael does a great job, including the accents for the inhabitants of Gadleigh Castle. The only thing (very small) is his accent for Lio. I think it was supposed to be aristocratic, but it wasn’t consistent. When Michael handles an emotional sex scene, though, who cares about a slight accent? Like I said, small.
Lio and Felix. I was so happy to hear their story again. Felix is going through a dry spell while Lio has never had someone special. Neither comes to Gadleigh Castle searching for anything other than isolation during a time of tumult. Not looking and yet so perfect for each other.
Felix’s self-esteem issues almost derail the relationship because he doesn’t see himself as beautiful. Lio, hiding the truth from Felix, fears their relationship is doomed because he can never come out of the closet.
When real life intrudes, my heart broke just a little bit. I knew it would work out, but I did wonder about the logistics of having a gay sovereign monarch. Lio was as special to me as Felix. He’s seen the world and the cruelty that exists. His experience volunteering in warn-torn countries has spurred him to help raise money as well as donate to worthy charities. This makes him empathetic to the suffering of others.
Felix’s childhood was filled with ups and downs. The story of how he came to love glass is poignant. I loved the intricacies of the glass-blowing process. That there is magic sand on the island adds to the enchantment of the small isle.
Real life intrudes, of course, and it’s up to these two stubborn but loving men to find their own happy ending. I love the secondary characters in the Wilde series as well as this book in particular. Lio’s valet who has served him for 20 years and his sister Hen are there not just to support him, but to knock sense into him a time or two. Felix has Grandpa and Doc. Their relationship was introduced in the first Wilde book and their interference in Felix’s life is again appreciated. We all deserve to have a Doc and Grandpa in our lives.
Oh, and real men do wear pink hats and underwear. Thank you Lucy and Michael.
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Where does Felix and the Prince rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The story is one of my favorites so far and ranks up with the 'Made Marian' series also narrated by Michael Pauley and written by Lucy Lennox. Love the humor and the pace of the stories.
What did you like best about this story?
The descriptions of the glass thoughout Gadleigh Castle was incredible. The level of detail laid out in the story helped in imagining the primary location in the story. The pull of Lio and Felix to one another was wonderful and you couldn't help but smile.
Which scene was your favorite?
There are two scenes actually which standout. The talk between Grandpa Wilde and Lio in the lounge was my favorite. The funniest was early in the book with Felix doing the cheer to himself when he was going to get together with Lio for the first time.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Ignore the Prickly Bits
Any additional comments?
This was another wonderful narration by Michael Pauley. He has done such a great job bringing Lucy Lennox's stories to life. The voices and the consistency between books is admirable. Lucy Lennox's stories tend to have a large multitude of characters but he tries to make each characters voice distinctive. Also he speeds up and slows down to keep you interested in the story depending on the tone the writer is trying to set. Definitely one of my favorite narrators. Good job Michael.!!
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Romantic, picturesque, funny.
Another enjoyable romance novel by a very talented author.
I really liked the narrator and the way Lennox plays with the attraction of power and fame ultimately being an obstacle to love.
As always my heart feels warmer after reading a Lucy Lennox novel and that's all I ask for.