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I have listened to all the books in the series and found this one good, but two and three are better. Mary Michael is an intelligent woman in a time and industry where women are wives and mothers and seldom anything else. While Mary Michael is married he is more a loving father than a husband. A desire for children has her considering a tryst with Captain Lucky. As with most romance stories, the ending is slightly predictable, but the journey is worth the voyage.
Lucky’s Lady is the last book in the Caversham Chronicles. I have thoroughly enjoyed this interesting series. While Lucky’s Lady is not my favorite, it is an excellent conclusion to this wonderful series.
Sandy Raven writes emotionally-charged romances with intricate plots and unforgettable characters. Lucky’s Lady has both these ingredients. This book is fast-paced and flows beautifully with an excellent balance between dialogue and narrative. For such a long book, it did not have any parts that slowed the story.
While I struggled a bit with some of the choices Mary-Michael makes throughout the book, I like her character a great deal. She is intelligent and hard-working and although she does not have a complete marriage with her elderly husband, she does have a deep affection for him. She has a constant war between doing what her husband suggests and her growing attraction for Lucky. I could feel her anguish and guilt over, first her infidelity and second over the deception with her lover.
Although Lucky makes a dashing and handsome hero and has a wealth of charm, I did have a great deal of trouble with his morals. He thinks it’s perfectly all right to engage in adultery with a married woman. There is something about his character, though, that had me loving the rascal anyway. He does recognize that what is between him and Mary-Michael is much more than physical and when he realizes he is in love with her, he is willing to do whatever is necessary to keep her safe.
The attraction between Lucky and Mary-Michael is combustible from their first meeting and only grows stronger as the story progresses. Ms. Raven’s love scenes are sensual and filled with emotion, and I enjoyed them a lot.
I listened to the audio recording performed by Dennis Kleinman and Victoria J. Mayers. This was an unusual narration. Mr. Kleinman read all the narrative for Lucky and all that character’s dialogue. Ms. Mayers did the same for Mary-Michael’s character as well. While this kept the problem of the male sounding too female and vise versa for the female, I found this took some time to get used to, and at times the dialogue sounded abrupt. Nonetheless, both narrators read with the right amount of emotion. I would listen to both narrators in the future.
If you enjoy complex characters with good depth and a unique plot, then you will love Lucky’s Lady as much as I did. While this is a standalone novel, I do recommend reading the rest of the books in order. Happy reading!