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Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on October 31, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
He would do anything to protect her. Even marry her…
The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once―an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse…
Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures another innocent woman into a brutal marriage. But as Emma pursues her prey, a compromising moment upends all her plans. Now, with gossip swirling and her reputation in tatters, Nick may be the only man brave enough to join in Emma’s cause. . .and fight for her heart.
The Bride Who Got Lucky
(The Cavensham Heiresses #2)
By Janna MacGregor
Emma is on a mission to find justice.
I really enjoyed The Bride who got Lucky. It was packed with all the things I’ve come to adore in my historical romance. The characters, while stubborn at times, were also lovable. Both the hero and heroine have faced hurt and frustration which has made them the people they are. What made this story interesting, was their growth from the characters they were at the beginning.
It’s amazing what humiliation can lead you to. In the case of our hero, at a young age, his father made certain that he knew he was not wanted. Dumped at boarding school when he was five, he felt alone. With each hurt dealt by his father, a brick was added to the barrier around his heart. Eventually, he learnt to ignore feelings and focus his mind on his work. That helped him…until a kiss was offered as payment for a book.
Our heroine is on a mission to make women matter. It hurts her heart knowing that women are treated as possessions and used as commodities of trade and advancement. Her aim is to help women and if she can succeed, hopefully, she will reduce her feelings of guilt. One of her dearest friends died and she’s convinced it was at the hands of her husband. If only the men in her life would stop getting in her way when she tries to bring the dastardly man to justice.
There were times I shed a tear while reading, frustrated with the injustices of the time. Women were treated so badly and men who claim to love them allowed it to happen. It can seem quite appealing when decisions are left to a strong man who has good intentions. Bossy husbands can have their appeal when it is done with devotion, love and protection behind it. Where it loses its appeal, is when choice, individuality and safety is compromised. It was enlightening to see it shown so clearly in these opposing ways. Definitely a case of seeing the plusses and minuses.
Now talking about stubborn, these two knuckleheads were a wee bit frustrating. I could see where they both were coming from and understood their determination. Each time they butted heads, neither was willing to compromise. What made it more frustrating for me was the time it took for them to realise the errors in their ways. Her expectations of him to forsake his rules and convictions that lead him to be the man he is. His determination to keep her a step away from the barrier around his heart. I wanted to knock their bloody heads together. Eventually, they come good.
This was an extra steamy read and even I found that there was a wee bit more than needed. But who am I to complain? I’ll take too much than none at all.
This series keeps improving and Janna MacGregor’s voice gets stronger with each instalment. I will definitely be going on in the series to see how March and Michael get along.