The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor
Date Read: October 31st 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
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.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #2
Also by this author: Rogue Most Wanted br> br>
Also in this series: Rogue Most Wanted
Read for Review (NetGalley)
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.