I use darling Hugh Dancy with a grain of salt. I was very dissatisfied with the movie version of this book series. I was also a little dissatisfied with his performance, which is odd since I’m a huge fan of this actor. My Luke Brandon is a bit more bold, strong, and proud. See:
Series/Book/Movie: Shopaholic Series
Who He Loved: Rebecca Brandon (née Bloomwood)
I write this blog post with the heaviest of all possible bias. I’m a huge Sophie Kinsella fan. Luke Brandon is the first man to dethrone Mr. Darcy from my coveted book boyfriend slot.
He’s described as being tall, broad, dark, and very handsome. I’m pretty sure he has the male version of resting b*tch face, but that really just adds to his charm. See, when he smiles, it’s because he means it. As the successful owner of a PR firm, Luke understands that appearance speaks louder than words, therefore he takes care of himself and keeps it dapper.
When it comes to weaknesses or flaws, we don’t get to see much in the first novel, but the rest of the series fleshes him out very well. The biggest battle Luke has to face is his relationship with his family, especially his mother, Elinor. She chose luxury and freedom over him and it’s a topic that knocks the wind out of him endlessly. He also does struggle with secrecy. He doesn’t really lie, but chooses to keep some things close to the chest when he probably should be more forthright about them. It’s a recurring theme in his life, which causes a lot of pain and trouble for Becky, and it takes him a while to kick that habit.
If you’ve ever read the series, you’ll know that Becky is…unique. She’s one of God’s beloved little creatures, really, and kind of difficult to handle. She’s quirky and cute, yes, but also high maintenance and pretty irresponsible. The fact that he can not only put up with her, but fall in love with her despite all that, speaks volumes of his character. The fact that he falls in love with her somewhat because of those things speaks even louder. It means he’s blessed with the ability to see the potential in people. I like to think that is the exact reason why he doesn’t really seem to rescue Becky. He could have dozens of times, but instead he supports her and helps her to resolve her issues herself. Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a shopaholic how to keep stuff in check, and she might have money to eat for three days. Add that to the fact that he’s highly successful, focused, and caring, and you’ve got a real Prince Charming on your hands.
xo – Meli