Amanda’s Review – The Bride Who Got Lucky (The Cavensham Heiresses #2) by Janna MacGregor

Janna MacGregor is a new voice in historical romance and is off to a resounding great start! ~ Amanda, Guilty Pleasures 

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.

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor is one of those books that grabbed my heart and gave it a good squeeze. For me those are rare and she had me on an emotional roller coaster throughout the whole story, and thankfully a teary eye happy ending. She has created a heroine who knows her own mind and stands by her convictions. Emma Caversham wants her life to mean something beyond the marriage mart of the aristocracy, and does what she can to avenge the death of her good friend Lena. Nicholas St. Mauer aka the Earl of Somerton has become acquainted with Emma and finds her fascinating and has been to her aid to keep her out of harm’s and scandal’s way. He likes his solitude life and Emma is a nice diversion but he isn’t cut out for marriage. Or is he?

Emma and Nicholas/Nick were characters that were evenly matched because they didn’t always conform to social norms and sparred with one another, and even did the unexpected. Emma was filled with guilt and needed to do everything in her power to get justice for her friend’s death and alieve the guilt she feels for her part in it. Nicholas has been driven by a singular purpose ever since his father cut him from his life. No one was going to get in his way of topping his father, even if Emma needs him more than ever. Love came slowly for these two because they had been friends for so long and never wanted to marry ever, so they never looked at the other that way. Emma has always been surrounded by love and didn’t need that in her life from a man or marriage. She was surprised how it enriched her life more than she thought possible. Nick didn’t recognize it and didn’t know how to react to it or deal with it. What I really liked about Nicholas is the fact that he cared so much for Emma and her beliefs he went to extreme measures to give her what she wanted in life; a bank.

Janna MacGregor is a new voice in historical romance and is off to a resounding great start. She has created wonderful and compelling characters and delves into relevant and interesting topics, women’s rights and spousal abuse, worth writing about. I had the pleasure of meeting her recently when she was promoting book one, The Bad Luck Bride, and was an unknown. I can’t wait to meet her again and let her know how much I love her writing and the feelings she invokes with her stories. Any fan of historical should give them a try. You will fall in love just like I did.

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