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Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on May 2, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
IS MARRIAGE A BLESSING OR A CURSE? A man of honor, Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, will not rest until he exacts revenge on the man who destroyed his family. Just one more piece must fall into place for him to succeed he needs to convince his enemy s fiancee, the tragically beautiful Lady Claire Cavensham, to marry him instead.
Lady Claire s curse has always left her one misstep away from social ruin her past three engagements have gone awry, and now her fourth is headed in the same direction. . .until Alex, a man she barely even knows, shocks the ton and Claire by announcing their engagement. What begins as a sham turns into something deeper, and more passionate, than either Claire or Alex could have imagined. But when their secrets are revealed, will the truth behind their union scandalize them both or is their love strong enough to break the curse and lead them toward their happily ever after?
The Bad Luck Bride
(The Cavensham Heiresses)
By Janna MacGregor
Bad Luck…a curse…or just bad timing?
I admit it would seem that Claire was having a run of bad luck but I really think it was more a matter of bad timing. By timing, I mean set in a historical romance time instead of contemporary romance time. Her run of bad luck with marriage prospects has given her a reputation of having a curse. Poor Claire has had one fiancé die, one lose a leg and another lost a duel and was banished. You would think fourth’s the charm? Ah, not for poor Claire. Good old #4 is a lying, scheming and financially destitute Lord who can’t be bothered to turn up to his engagement announcement. For a historical romance heroine, these circumstances are BAD. She could end up on the shelf and alone for the rest of her life.
What if, poor Claire had all of this happen today in a contemporary romance?
Well, there would be sympathy because of her lost love (of course it’s love, who would marry for anything less these days), but eventually, she’d maybe…or maybe not move on. No pressure, her choice she won’t die if she’s not married. If fiancé #2 lost his leg? Well, because you love him, you’d get him as much help as he needs. Whether you stay together is your and your partner’s call. Then there’s fiancé #3…duel ending in death. Sir, it’s straight to prison for you buddy. No fancy trips to America or Australia for you. Ummm…financially destitute #4, well buddy, that’s your problem. It’s not hers because she was smart enough to have separate bank accounts and assets in her name only.
So, poor old Claire should have been born now instead of then.
With #4 on the way out, all hope is lost…until…what appears to be a knight in shining armour, dashes in and saves the day. While Claire gives the ton a smile of pure joy, she gives her knight, Alex, the side eye. Why is, all of a sudden, this Marquess willing to saddle himself with a curse?
Turns out our “knight” doesn’t keep his armour so shiny. Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, is rubbing his hands together with glee. His plans for ruin and destruction are falling into place. Except…ummm…he kind of forgot that Lady Claire could be affected by his plan. He was only out to make Fiance #4’s life a living hell. And, he kind of likes Claire, like heart kaboom, she’s a hot chicky kind of likes. If she finds out about his plans, poor Alex’s life would end. A slight exaggeration, but he’s one of those silly males who acts before he thinks and forgets about love ruling the world.
Now, maybe after reading my ramblings you would think that this story is a comedy? Well, I’m sorry to say but I kind of made fun of a very serious storyline. I hate to say it, but it wasn’t that funny. Claire’s life has been ruined by the death of her parents. She struggles with guilt for surviving and lives with haunted memories. Poor Alex isn’t just a villain/hero either. His path was set after the loss of his sister. His guilt for not protecting her set him on the path and it’s not until he meets Claire that he sees the errors of his ways.
I really enjoyed The Bad Luck Bride and it kept my attention from start to finish. I will admit to shedding a tear or two, smirking a few times and stuttering like a twit when my son wanted an update of my book. They do this (my boys 10 &13), and I like to give them the PG version. His walking in (of course) was right when things were getting interesting in the bedroom. *Ummm…son…it’s a good book…plenty of discussions…about stuff.* He came in again and I then went into an in-depth discussion of why lying is bad and dealing with the repercussions of bad decisions. My poor boys…
Anyways, if you’re a fan of historical romance and would like to read a story about bad luck turning into a happy ever after (eventually), I would definitely recommend The Bad Luck Bride.
Now, I need to know what on earth is going on with Somerton and Emma? Maybe, Somerton found a book that Emma will do anything for? I’ll be back…