Review: The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

The Bad Luck Bride
The Cavensham Heiresses #1
Janna MacGregor
St. Martin's Paperback
May 2nd

All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! —Midnight Cryer

No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse...

Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper...

“Full-bodied romance...with intelligence and heart."—Cathy Maxwell
"Captivating characters and a romance that sizzles."—Eloisa James 
"Will leave you swooning."—Sabrina Jeffries

The Bad Luck Bride is the first in a new Regency romance series from Janna MacGregor!

When I saw the title of this book I knew I had to read it. That wasn't the only reason, the cover really drew me too. It was both of them that started me wanting to read this story, the blurb signed the deal. 

All that was the good part, here's the bad. I really thought I would have liked this story more. It was way too dense for me. It's a very heavy book and I really thought for some reason that it was going to be lighter. 

Silly me! 

I had trouble really liking Alexander. I got where he was coming from and it didn't bother me that he was seeking revenge, or even how he was going about it. but at times I thought the love story suffered for it. 

At times I also felt the story was standing still. I kept wanting it to move but it wasn't listening to me. 

I loved the idea of how everyone was thinking Claire was cursed because of her bad luck with suitors. I have to admit her bad luck gave me a chuckle. She just couldn't keep a man. 

I don't want you to think that they whole book is bad, because there are moments that I enjoyed. I just don't feel excited about it after reading the story then I'd like. I'm not sure if it's the authors characters or writing style that didn't suit me. Since this is her first book it's hard to tell. 

I might not have loved it but since I liked it somewhat I would give it about 3 stars. I kinda think I'm being a little generous but this is her first book, so... 

If you've read The Bad Luck Bride I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting and happy reading! ♡

Alex smiled in earnest. “I would never allow you to be humiliated in front of society. I’m trying to help you.” Somehow, he had to convince her of that fact, then the idea of marrying him would be much easier to accept.

She blinked rapidly, then turned back to him and, for an instant, appeared startled to see him there. “That’s very gallant, my lord. Truly, thank you for the effort. But I must leave.”

This night could not end with her escaping, so he tried another tactic. “You need to protect your Wrenwood estate and your wealth from lechers who would feed upon your vulnerability. Not to mention stop that ridiculous curse.”

“I have two.” She held up two gloved fingers.

“Two? Two what? Curses?” No one at his club had uttered a peep about another curse.

“Estates. I have two estates, Wrenwood and Lockhart.” She returned his stare.

Her answer was unexpected, but his business experience had taught him to show nothing. The report from his private investigator had not mentioned additional properties. Thoughts were percolating if she chose to disclose this information.

A razor of lightning split the sky. She flinched and took a step closer to him, but her reaction had nothing to do with him. It was the storm.

Her gaze darted to the exit of the alcove, then she returned her attention to him. With a slight shrug of her shoulders, his evening jacket fell into her hands. She offered it to him. “My lord, good night.” Outside their hideaway, the voices of a man and a woman floated in the air.

Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers. The Bad Luck Bride is her first novel.

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  1. I see we agree on many things. It was a heavier toned book.

  2. I love the cover. I know other reviewers felt as you do.

    1. I love the cover too! I haven't read other reviews yet I might do that now.

  3. Yes, pretty much. I had some struggles with this one and ended on a 3 star, too. Though maybe a spot generous with that.

    1. I kept going from 2 stars to 3. I just wasn't sure where to go with it.


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