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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review: The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

I've been on a real historical romance kick lately.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: SMP Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2017

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.

What’s it About? Nicholas St. Maur, the Earl of Somerton is a recluse by choice. After being cruelly and publicly rejected by his father when he was a boy, he has chosen to guard his heart but he feels obligated to look after Lady Emma Cavensham. Emma has a tendency to leap before she looks and her latest "adventure" got her in serious trouble with her father. She doesn't mind the subtle flirting and attention from Nick but she also has no intention of marrying after her dear friend Lena was brutally abused and killed by her husband. Emma is determined to prove Lena's husband killed her and Nick is helpless to resist tagging along to protect Emma. As much as he tries to keep his emotions out of the situation, Emma's fire and passion is hard to resist.

Overall reaction to the story? The Bride Who Got Lucky is full of emotions that are ready to explode. You have Nick who is reluctant to engage in any kind of feelings, Emma who is passionate about almost everything but mostly about bringing Lena's killer to justice. I loved Nick and Emma's relationship because it started a bit on the reluctant side, grew into a light friendship, and then into a passionate romance. Their friendship stood out to me the most because of how well they connected even though at first they seemed like total opposites. For Nick not wanting to emotionally engage anyone, he was quite a natural at being good friend, and a hero.

Emma's drive to bring down a violent man in a time where husbands regularly beat and murdered their wives gave the story a bit of realism and a somber feeling. Especially when Emma is reminiscing on her friendship with Lena and the day she found out that Lena had been murdered. To me that made the book much more realistic.

I will say that Emma wasn’t likable all the time though. She saw no danger in traveling alone and meeting a man in a pub which may have been to prove she was brave but it in fact proved that she was reckless, not too bright, and utterly na├»ve. Where was her common sense? Why didn’t she see that it was not only dangerous but social suicide and it could have had far worse consequences? I don’t know but that seemed pretty dumb to me that she would do that and only get what I saw was a slap on the wrist. Especially in a time where any hint of scandal, true or not could ruin a woman’s entire life.

There were some parts of the plot that didn’t make sense to me as well. For example, if Emma came from such a loving, doting, supportive family, why didn’t they see how much it meant to Emma to bring her friend’s killer to justice? They basically brushed off her deep sadness and expected her to do the same. That didn’t really ring true to how Emma’s family was.

Click It or Skip It? Click It.The Bride Who Got Lucky has its moments of disbelief but it also has its moments of addictive charm. I liked the previous book a bit more but overall, this book is worth the time.

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