Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review: The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

Publisher & Release: St. Martin’s, October 31, 2017

Time and setting: Regency period, London

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Book Length:  364 pages

Heat Level: 2 Flame

Rating: 4.25 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

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.
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Vikki’s Musings

Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the opportunity to read The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor. It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a novel by Ms. MacGregor, and now I remember why I used to read all of her books. I must read the first book in this series.

The Bride Who Got Lucky is an emotionally-charged romance. The love story is enthralling and drew me in from the start. In fact, I read this in an evening, so the pacing is excellent. The writing is smooth and flowing, the characters are well developed, and the plot is good. My one issue with this book is that the heroine’s actions are a bit too forward thinking. A regency woman would not have been. Nonetheless, her actions did make this an intriguing read. The premise does deal with circumstances faced by women of this age where “the rule of thumb” applied.

Emma’s character is interesting. Her motives are genuine and compassionate. Her determination for justice is honorable. As I mentioned, while some of her actions were too modern, they are an integral aspect of the story and made it a great book.

Nick is the kind of hero I love. He’s damaged, edgy, tormented and determined to keep his heart firmly under lock and key. He’s a man of principle and almost allows it to destroy the one he loves the most. I loved his desire to protect Emma regardless of his great need to protect his heart.

The tender romance between this couple was truly lovely, and I really wanted them to find their happy ending. The chemistry between them grabbed me and kept me vested from the start. While I love great love scenes, there were aspects of the ones in this book that were not to my tastes, others may disagree, but the scenes were certainly well written.

If you enjoy a regency with plenty of deep emotion and a book that deals with real life situations women faced in that period of history, then you will love The Bride Who Got Lucky. It has an absolutely fantastic ending. Happy reading!

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