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
Title: The Bride Who Got Lucky
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #2
Author: Janna MacGregor
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: October 31, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4 stars
Although The Bride Who Got Lucky does pick up on a situation from the first story of this series, The Bad Luck Bride, a reader who is new to this series won’t find it difficult to pick up the important parts of Claire and Alex’s romance. And we get a bit more of their lives together today, which is always something I appreciate within a series.
Emma and Nick were a unique couple for their time. Neither wanted nor intended to marry… ever. Each had their own reasons, but as we first meet them they are adamant about remaining single. Emma is carrying guilt for not being able to save her best friend. Lena was the victim of an abusive husband, and her death is highly suspicious to Emma. Being female, no one is listening to her concerns or is willing to seek justice for her friend. Emma has determined that she will seek her own justice, and will work to empower women of her time so that this fate does not happen to another. Of course since we are talking about the Regency time period there are few men who will take Emma seriously, and while many women would agree with her, breaking free from the power and dominance of any male figure in their lives is at best difficult, if not impossible.
Nick has never known love or kindness from his own family. The kindness of strangers who became friends and substitute family, yes, but his father’s actions spoke to Nick at an early age to become more powerful, richer and held in higher esteem than his father… and then take him down a peg or two. Nick is not a cold man, yet he is a man who has learned to hold his emotions in check, hide any hurt from the past or present behind a mask that kept his real personality from the world at large. He doesn’t trust in the emotion of love for he really has never experienced it.
Emma’s determination to find justice for her friend will place her in danger. Her friendship with Nick will work its way to something far more than either expected. And two people who weren’t looking for love or forever… are in for a surprise.
I enjoyed The Bride Who Got Lucky. Emma is a finely detailed, determined character who it’s easy to like and cheer on to her future. Nick is a little more subdued due to his hiding his emotions, but he will open up to Emma and discover that love doesn’t have to cause pain. Steamy at times, tender at other, this is a story that will capture your attention.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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