The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

The Bride Who Got Lucky

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...

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  • Juliette Cross

    5+ STARS!

    One of those rare books that touched all of my emotions. It made me laugh, cry, swoon, and left me with a heartfelt happily-ever-after. I fell so deep in love with Emma and Nick. MacGregor has written a beautiful, spellbinding story to rival my favorites by Lisa Kleypas and Eloisa James.

    I completely connected with Emma. When she was frustrated, so was I. When she was angry, so was I. And when she swooned, falling in ocean-deep love with Nick Somerton, SO DID I. He is the perfect combina

    5+ STARS!

    One of those rare books that touched all of my emotions. It made me laugh, cry, swoon, and left me with a heartfelt happily-ever-after. I fell so deep in love with Emma and Nick. MacGregor has written a beautiful, spellbinding story to rival my favorites by Lisa Kleypas and Eloisa James.

    I completely connected with Emma. When she was frustrated, so was I. When she was angry, so was I. And when she swooned, falling in ocean-deep love with Nick Somerton, SO DID I. He is the perfect combination of gentlemen and alpha male, trying to resist his woman, and failing miserably. I loved every single minute of this one. Another winner by MacGregor! And I cannot WAIT for the next one.

    Recommended to any and every historical romance lover.

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    3.5 stars

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    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    Ever since his father coldly rejected him in front of his peers, Nick has closed himself off from any semblance of love. He devotes himself to his business and stays clear from any marriage market shenanigans.

    Blaming

    3.5 stars

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    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    Ever since his father coldly rejected him in front of his peers, Nick has closed himself off from any semblance of love. He devotes himself to his business and stays clear from any marriage market shenanigans.

    Blaming herself for not helping her dear friend Lena, Emma is determined to never marry and provide women with an opportunity to be at least somewhat self-sufficient.

    Nick and Emma have danced around a friendship for years but when reputations are on the line, they find themselves forced into a situation they never wanted. Or so they thought.

     

    Second in the Cavensham Heiresses series,

    stars Nick and Emma. They were introduced in the first and while the author starts us off from a situation that developed there, new readers would still have no problem starting here. You'd miss how Emma’s cousin and husband came together who are featured here but otherwise the author does a great job showing how Emma and Nick's friendship started to develop.

     

    What I loved the most about this story was the beginning friendship that Nick and Emma shared. Right off the bat they captured me with their sensual tension that blazed from their back and forth conversations and crackling physical closeness. They danced around each other beautifully in the beginning that had me highly anticipating their journey. The resolve came much too quickly for me as their relationship started full steam ahead at around the 30% mark and fairly soon rushed to a higher sexual degree. I was settled in for a more gradual build and was a bit disappointed in how the heroine became pretty sexual and drove the focus to bedroom scenes instead of teasing tension filled hesitant touches. The bedroom scenes were well written but they became the focus for too long and took away from their friendship and the plot that brings them together.

     

     

    Nick was a pretty great hero, he gives Emma a book!, and the opening prologue where his father crushes their relationship provided a solid base for his contained, bury the pain personality. He had moments of sexiness and caring but also paled a bit in comparison to the deeper flushed out Emma. Emma feels deep guilt over not being there for her bestfriend when her husband was abusing her. This leads to her having a fear of marrying (an often used trope but felt real and believable here) and wanting to open a lending bank to women. Her thoughts and feelings she relays and conversations she struggles to be understood in will have you joining in with her frustration. She's a believable regency feminist who is fearful and angry about what happened to her friend and how she doesn't really have any recourse for justice or protect herself from the same fate.

     

    While I liked all the themes and relationships happening here, there was also a bit of a disjointed feel to all the storylines. I couldn't help but feel that a feminist heroine box was being checked and the heavy sexual tone and number of sexual scenes not only disappointed me in the lack of time given to a more tension filled build-up, it also seemed to overly cover up the justice for the bestfriend thread. The heavy emotion from domestic violence and how it affected Emma and the women of the time doesn't get its due and the danger from the villain wasn't able to be fully felt because of how it is pushed to the side, in what seems to be, in favor of more sex scenes.

     

    The writing veered at times to flowery, I would have liked more tension build-up, and the ending was a bit too pat. However, the author's ability to write great chemistry between her leads and such wonderful multifaceted relationships between family members and friends will definitely have me continuing on in the series. She has introduced a couple secondary characters that I can't wait to see how their story unfolds.

     

  • Donna

    This is Janna MacGregor’s second book and I loved it as much as the first one. It can be read without reading the first book in this series though some of the characters from The Bad Luck Bride appear in this one. Lady Emma Cavensham loves to read and covets rare books. While sneaking off to buy a rare book, she is stopped by reclusive Nick St. Mauer, Earl of Somerton. Her cousin Claire has sent Nick to find her and prevent a scandal. (Nick’s best friend is Claire’s husband Alex.) As punishment,

    This is Janna MacGregor’s second book and I loved it as much as the first one. It can be read without reading the first book in this series though some of the characters from The Bad Luck Bride appear in this one. Lady Emma Cavensham loves to read and covets rare books. While sneaking off to buy a rare book, she is stopped by reclusive Nick St. Mauer, Earl of Somerton. Her cousin Claire has sent Nick to find her and prevent a scandal. (Nick’s best friend is Claire’s husband Alex.) As punishment, her parents are sending her to their country estate, but before she leaves Nick gives her his copy of the book she was trying to obtain and her first kiss.

    Nick is the Duke of Renton’s son and heir, but they have been estranged since Nick was sent to school as a child. Nick’s goal is to amass more money than his father and never let anyone into his heart.

    Three years later, Emma is grieving the death of her best friend, Lena, who fell down the stairs while pregnant. Emma believes Lena’s husband killed her and is determined to find proof as Lena’s brother is off fighting Napoleon. Emma wants justice for Lena. She sneaks off to Portsmouth to find Lena’s maid and while dining at an inn, Lena’s husband threatens her. Nick has discovered where she went and follows her. Found by her brothers in her room at the inn, they inform her she’ll have to marry Nick. Emma has her own ideas of what she’d like to do but Nick convinces her to wed.

    There is a lot more going on in this book and I hope I’ve said enough to entice you to read it without ruining the story. I highly recommend this book. Best line: “Books could take you on the grandest adventures.” Thanks to Janna and her publisher for giving me this ARC. No one asked me to write a review.

  • Stacey is Sassy

    I really enjoyed

    . 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 a

    I really enjoyed

    . 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

    voice gets stronger with each instalment. I will definitely be going on in the series to see how March and Michael get along.

  • Melanie

    was an absolutely charming romance featuring a strong-willed heroine, a noble hero and a quest for justice.

    Nicholas St. Mauer, at the behest of his friend Lord Pembrooke, keeps an eye on Lady Emma Cavensham who has a tendency to get herself into unfortunate situations despite her innocent intentions. While Emma admires the reclusive Earl's efforts, she doesn't need a man to look after her and simply wishes to go about her business in her own way. However, while seeking to

    was an absolutely charming romance featuring a strong-willed heroine, a noble hero and a quest for justice.

    Nicholas St. Mauer, at the behest of his friend Lord Pembrooke, keeps an eye on Lady Emma Cavensham who has a tendency to get herself into unfortunate situations despite her innocent intentions. While Emma admires the reclusive Earl's efforts, she doesn't need a man to look after her and simply wishes to go about her business in her own way. However, while seeking to avenge the death of her best friend Lena, Emma is caught in a compromising position and the Earl may be the only one who can help her.

    Emma is firm in her belief that women should have a better place in society and sets out with the goal of helping women have more choice in their lives. I admired her goal of opening a bank for women and enjoyed watching her work towards her goal. Emma feels a lot of grief over the fact she couldn't help her best friend escape her marriage and I understand why she would be so stubborn about righting the wrong of her death. Her anger over Lena's death also gives weight to Emma's fear of marriage and helped me understand why she felt the way she did.

    Nick was cut off by his father after a misunderstanding in his youth and has dedicated his life to becoming a successful businessman with the goal of surpassing his father's wealth. This confrontation with his father also reinforced Nick's beliefs about cutting those who wronged him out of his life. Nick became an incredibly reserved individual and he avoids closeness with anyone in order to avoid ever being hurt again.

    At the start of the story, we see the onset of Emma and Nick's friendship that builds naturally over the course of the book. Nick is intrigued by Emma's spirit from their first meeting and Emma sees in Nick a kindred spirit willing to fight for what they believe at all costs. Their friendship was one of my favorite aspects of their relationship as romance couples don't always start off with that foundation. From the start Emma and Nick have great chemistry and an attraction that's obvious to anyone but them. When things progress the physical aspects are very steamy and incredibly well done.

    Overall,

    was a very past-paced read that improves upon the first book in the series and I can't wait for the third book in the series,

    , to release next year.

  • Maida

    Three stars. There are aspects of The Bride Who Got Lucky that I liked and there are things about it that I hope the publishers addressed before the publication date.

    I liked that the heroine Lady Emma is very passionate about her causes - her fight to get justice for the death of her friend Lena and her desire to help women in need by setting up a bank. I liked that she's brave and that she loves to read.

    I liked that Nick is a self-made man, that he amassed his own fortune. I liked that he is

    Three stars. There are aspects of The Bride Who Got Lucky that I liked and there are things about it that I hope the publishers addressed before the publication date.

    I liked that the heroine Lady Emma is very passionate about her causes - her fight to get justice for the death of her friend Lena and her desire to help women in need by setting up a bank. I liked that she's brave and that she loves to read.

    I liked that Nick is a self-made man, that he amassed his own fortune. I liked that he is so protective of Emma even though he kept fighting his feelings for her. It is admirable that he stands firm on his principles and is not wishy-washy.

    I appreciate that Ms. MacGregor has them waiting until they got married to consummate their relationship.

    I also liked that the whole family gets involved and although I haven't read the first book, I appreciate that the story of Alex and Claire gets an update.

    There are things that are questionable. The reason for Emma's banishment is flimsy. Getting caught sneaking off to meet someone to buy a rare book from him is hardly worth the punishment she received. Nobody outside of the family knew about it so there wasn't any scandal.

    The forms of address among the nobility are inconsistent. I've read hundreds of historical novels and never have I seen two Earls address each other as Lord so and so except here. The way the Duke addressed his kids didn't sound right as well.

    The transitions between scenes don't flow smoothly. Why would you put a conversation about the hero's estrangement with his father right after a love scene? It doesn't make sense. The emotions go up and down within the course of a conversation, it was difficult to follow.

    The deus ex machina of that duel that killed the villain is an unsatisfactory way of resolving the main conflict. Also, the villain is a caricature. He's not a compelling character, he was just a prop necessary to follow the formula.

    Some of the word selections (gavotting?) and phrasing (... the Duke overtook the room ...) are awkward, but that's nitpicking and may have been changed already.

    Overall, The Bride Who Got Lucky is a good read.

    NetGalley requested my honest review of this advance copy.

  • Mei

    DNF at 50%...

    I'm sorry, but it was so dry that I just couldn't go on... It took me the whole day to read half of it!!! O_O

  • Pamela

    3.5 stars. Very likeable characters. They have both been hurt and they are both stubborn, but the growth in their characters is nicely done. There is a lot more steam in this "Bride" book, maybe a little too much for me. A pretty satisfying read though.

    I do feel that Ms. MacGregor is getting stronger with this series, so I look forward to the next one.

    **Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**

  • Barbara Rogers

    Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #2

    Publication Date: 10/31/17

    I have read several other reviews for this book and I appear to be in the minority with my rating – so take that for what it is worth. I read the first book in the series and liked it much better than this one. Janna MacGregor is a new author – I believe this is her second book – and I feel she is still finding her writing legs. All-in-all, I liked the book okay.

    There are things I liked about the books and things I didn’t. I’ll cover s

    Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #2

    Publication Date: 10/31/17

    I have read several other reviews for this book and I appear to be in the minority with my rating – so take that for what it is worth. I read the first book in the series and liked it much better than this one. Janna MacGregor is a new author – I believe this is her second book – and I feel she is still finding her writing legs. All-in-all, I liked the book okay.

    There are things I liked about the books and things I didn’t. I’ll cover some of them below. I think the pacing was pretty good and the writing was good, but I don’t think it was as good as in the first book in the series. I think there are some odd word choices, odd phrasing and maybe some awkward transitions, but this is an ARC and I’m sure a good editor will find and help fix those before publication.

    I liked the hero, Nicholas St. Mauer, Earl of Somerton and heir to Drake St. Mauer, Duke of Renton. His mother died giving him birth and his father just couldn’t get past that, so he was very aloof from Nick as he grew up. Nick was sent to school at five and was moved from school to school because he was so smart – but that kept him from forming friendships. At the age of 15, he was at Eton and his father delivered a shaming rebuke to him – in front of his schoolmates. You’ll just have to read the story to see what gosh-awful things the old reprobate said, but it certainly defined Nick’s life from that point on. That is quite a burden for an already lonely young man, so you can see why he is cold, aloof, and set revenge on his father and the boys who ridiculed him at school after his father’s rebuke. He ran pretty true to character throughout the book and it was nice to see him grow and learn that he wasn’t worthless and that he really could love. I got really upset with him at about the 80% mark and thought he had really blown it with Emma.

    Unlike everyone else, I didn’t care for the heroine so much. She actually set my teeth on edge! She was written about as being full of sunshine and light and everybody loved her as soon as they met her. I don’t doubt that she had the capability to love and that she was deeply upset about the death of her friend in such a horrendous manner. However, I also think that she is like so many of the heroines I read about in historical romances. She’s portrayed as brave – but is that really the case? I see her as more totally unaware and uncaring for her safety, the safety of others and the worry and heartache she causes others. She cannot be so naïve as to think that nothing could possibly happen to a lone woman meeting a man at a pub or even traveling to another city. She surely has to know that her family will be horribly upset to find she’s gone to another city – requiring overnight stays – totally alone. Surely she understands that, aside from the hurt and worry she’s causing them – they could pay a price socially if she is caught. Evidently, none of that mattered to her. Also – while I totally support (in today’s society) her feminist stances, I don’t believe for a minute that she would have been so vocal or outspoken in that actual time period. Then, there is the matter of her bank – great idea – but – men of the aristocracy weren’t supposed to be in ‘trade’ during that period and women weren’t allowed any sort of employment. She would have been shunned and ostracized.

    Lady Emma Cavensham is the daughter of a duke. Her home and family is filled with love and respect for one another. Her parents are totally in love as is her cousin and her husband. She has many, many examples of happy, loving, equal-partner marriages right in her own family. However, her friend Lena married a monstrous man who murdered her. So, from this example, Emma ignores all of the love with which she is surrounded and believes that marriage is a prison and she will never give up her freedom and marry. She is hell-bent on bringing the villain to justice but feels powerless to do that. And, in that time, I’m sure she would have been. What I didn’t understand though – her family adores her, dotes on her and they are extremely powerful – they saw her deep sorrow and would do nothing to help her get justice – I just don’t buy that. Doesn’t run true to what they are supposed to be as a family.

    After her brothers and parents leave for various destinations, she sneaks off to the coast to investigate and find a first-hand witness to Lena’s murder. The trip is a full day’s travel away and requires staying overnight – but she thinks maybe she’ll stay a bit longer. She’s very close to the villains home and all alone – no maid – no chaperone – no able-bodied male for protection – so we all know that the villain will never find out - right – he’ll never cause trouble - right . . . . I’m sorry – she just seems to be one of those TSTL heroines to me. But – here comes the hero to save her.

    Nick has loved her for a long time and wants to protect her – but he doesn’t want marriage because he feels she deserves better than him. Of course, they end up having to marry and they both love each other. It is nice watching them grow and learn and become better people.

    Emma becomes a much more likable character after the marriage. She gives up her reckless behaviors and concentrates on her bank where she helps women get the loans that they could not get at another bank. She shows her understanding of what drives many women and makes solid judgments on who can be trusted to repay – even if there is little if any, real collateral for the loan. She provides a service that is much needed. I loved how she explained it to Nick.

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  • Carvanz

    Emma is a wild, independent character, allowed to be so by her parents. She has known Nick for a while although only on the sidelines of her most recent years. However, when he intercepts one of her wild adventures and the repercussions have her sent off during the season, they find themselves afterwards growing a bit closer.

    Now that Emma is seeking justice as well as absolution for her best friend’s death, Nick is adamant that he will stop her from her foolishness. The end result is not what e

    Emma is a wild, independent character, allowed to be so by her parents. She has known Nick for a while although only on the sidelines of her most recent years. However, when he intercepts one of her wild adventures and the repercussions have her sent off during the season, they find themselves afterwards growing a bit closer.

    Now that Emma is seeking justice as well as absolution for her best friend’s death, Nick is adamant that he will stop her from her foolishness. The end result is not what either anticipated but what both ultimately desire.

    I enjoyed the relationship between these two characters. Emma needed to be free to help women who suffered and Nick was capable of giving her that freedom up to a point. However, when it crosses a line that he dug into the sand as a young man, they both struggle to find a solution to their uncompromising ways.

    The first three-fourths of this book was quite entertaining and I adored getting to know not only the main characters, but the secondary ones sprinkled throughout. However, I did anticipate some action as the story progressed and was disappointed to find that this was all character driven. The resulting answers to their issues were all based on how they evolved as individuals as well as a couple. Many readers will love it but I just needed a little more “oomph” to my story.

    This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press

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