As Luck Would Have It by Alissa Johnson



As Luck Would Have It by  Alissa Johnson, Narrated by Carmen Rose
Audiobook Released: February 2017, Tantor Media
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After years of wild adventures overseas, Miss Sophie Everton is in no hurry to return home to the boring strictures of the ton. But she's determined to reclaim her family's fortune-even if she has to become a spy for the Prince Regent to do it. Before she can get her first assignment, she lands right in the lap of the dark and dashing Duke of Rockeforte. She's faced hungry tigers that didn't look nearly as predatory. Somehow the blasted man manages to foil her at every turn-and make her pulse thrum with something more than just the thrill of danger. Both are caught in a daring dance of espionage and desire. But to make a true love match, they'll have to learn to trust in each other . . . and, of course, a little bit of luck.



Sophie has spent the last 12 years travelling abroad and has returned to learn that her family’s fortune and their beloved estate are now in jeopardy. For some reason that doesn’t require thinking too hard about, it was left in the hands of an unscrupulous cousin. Sophie is approached by a weird little man who updates her on the situation and asks her to spy on her shady cousin and his associates in exchange for the money she now so desperately needs.

Why not, she thinks. She’s adventurous and nearly destitute and agrees even though she has absolutely no experience in spying. Now don’t worry if you’re not a fan of spy books because I’m not either. The spying bit isn’t a big thing. Actually, don’t think about the spying and the setup and most of the plot points or your head may explode. Read this one for the refreshing connection between the characters.

Soon after becoming a newly hatched spy, Sophie meets Alex. Alex is a Duke and a sexy, sexy rake and he has plenty of secrets of his own. There is an instant and strong connection the moment they meet. No, it’s not that insta-love crapola I’m so sick of reading, this connection is the real thing. You feel it in every bit of witty dialogue they share. This is how connections should be written. Their romance development is fun, sexy and smart. They’re well matched but, alas, this is a historical romance and there must be obstacles.

The obstacles come in the way of treachery, secrets, some silliness and Sophie’s worries brought on by a tragic event in her past. She has a hang-up about luck and balancing it out. I get it. My life is very much the same way. Whenever I go to bed thinking life is pretty alright, I wake up to a puddle of pee or something even more disgusting like a beheaded mouse. This is life, is it not? Sophie takes this balancing out of the luck business so far that it quickly begins to feel contrived and truthfully it began to drive me nuts in the last act.

So what we have here is a mostly light-hearted romance with amusing characters that’s only marred by several less than mind-blowing reveals at the end. I’d give it a 3 ½ but will round up to 4.

Narration Notes:
Narrator Carmen Rose does an excellent job with this audio version by Tantor. She has a lovely accent which turns slightly snooty whenever necessary and completely fits the tone of the book and each character she portrays. There weren’t any missteps that threw me out of the story and I can easily recommend searching out her performance if you’re an audiobook fan.

FTC Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for a review from Tantor Media. I hope they don’t regret it!

Comments

  1. I've not heard of this before but am now adding it to my to listen to list! The characters sound intriguing. Sorry that the reveals at the end were lacking, I've had more than my fair share of lackluster reveals.

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    1. I hope you love it Angela! It was cute and the enjoyable outweighed the meh reveals.

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  2. I like it when there's more to a romance besides just physical attraction or lust-at-first-sight. A little witty dialogue makes it even better. Might have to try this one! :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, if you get a chance to read it.

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  3. I used to eat these kind of stories up! Need to get back into them. They are perfect summer reads. Such a lovely cover!

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    1. Me too. Now I try to do a mix of dark and light and fun. Too much of either tends to burn me out.

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  4. I haven't heard of this book before but it sounds wonderful. I love it when you actually feel the characters connect with each other instead of that insta love nonsense. Great review!

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    1. Thanks, Carole. I hear ya on the insta-love. It's such an obvious short cut and so over done.

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