Thursday, May 4, 2017

3 stars-- The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #1) by Janna MacGregor

Such a pretty cover! The Bad Luck Bride easily caught my eye.

The quick of it is that Alex is trying to avenge his dead sister and in doing so decides to ruin the man he blames for her death. And steal the man's current fiance in the process. To protect her, of course. not my favorite trope. I'm not a fan of deceit and manipulation as a main theme so I had a bit of a rough go with Alex.

Alex is one of those characters where he's not a bad man but in his grief he's not making the best decisions. He does come around and I did end up liking him once he realized what a putz he was being. Claire was a fine heroine. She feels she's cursed by a string of deaths and broken engagements and she has panics over something from her past which was rather heartbreaking. I felt for her and did like her. She's stronger than she thinks.

The romance was a bit rough for me. Again because of how things kicked off and secrets that were kept. I didn't really feel them falling in love or any huge connection. I didn't hate them together but they did frustrate me by not talking things out, leaving conversations "for later"-- something that kept happening. There were some sweet moments with them, though, and a little steam. I was okay with their ending.

Overall, The Bad Luck Bride was just that. An okay read. I didn't hate it but I also wasn't wowed or really moved by it. On the writing front this did feel like a debut book to me. The writing fell flat for a good portion of the time but did have moments where things felt fleshed out and layered. It wasn't until around the 50% mark that I started to see that flare. And there were a couple plot holes that just didn't quite make sense to me. I could see the potential, though, and would be willing to give book two a try to see how MacGregor's writing advances.

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?

Amazon | Goodreads | MacGregor on HCBS

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