As Luck Would Have It: Providence Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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I have to admit that I didn't like this book in the beginning. I found the first few chapters quite dull, and if I hadn't paid for this book and enjoyed the other series, I would probably have given up. Thankfully I didn't. After the first few chapters, things settled down and the story got much more interesting. I liked the way the Sophie and Alex interacted, especially since Sophie was such a strong character.
Overall, I did enjoy this book in the end and I'm glad I stuck with it.
Alex, the dashing Duke of Rockeforte and agent for the War Office, has been asked to keep an eye on Sophie but can't seem to do so without finding ways to kiss her. So it's no wonder that neither realise that danger lurks just around the corner.
This is the first book in Johnson's Providence series and is followed by Tempting Fate , McAlistair's Fortune and Destined to Last . The characters all feature in each novel but having read the books out of order myself, I can't say that they need to be read in order to be enjoyed and understood.
For some reason I just couldn't get engrossed in this book. That might explain why all the intrigue and subterfuge had me baffled at times. The plot, or at least the machinations of the characters to create the plot, was a tad ridiculous although I'm sure not meant to be taken seriously. Sophie and Alex were likeable characters but I could really have done with a little more depth and chemistry between them. The book definitely got more interesting as I kept reading and I'm glad I stuck with it as I really liked the group of characters introduced.
Unfortunately I have to mention a huge drawback to this book and that's the horrific amount of Americanisms contained. Normally you'll find one or two in a book of this sort but there were so many that I was cringing at times as I read.
Having said all that, this is a light, likeable enough read that is worth a go if it's sitting in your bookshelf. I'm still looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series and will probably look out for other books by Alissa Johnson in the future. 3 stars.
The good bits: It is witty, fun, sexy and most important of all both H/H are likeable characters.
The not too good bits: Ms Johnson's writing lacks originality, and is guilty of following the tried and tested formula of the genre which make it predictable and flat.
I sincerely hope that her writing will improve with her next book.