The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #3 (Read as a standalone)
Published: May 1, 2018 by St. Martin’s
Family secrets, mistaken identities…love and money make people do crazy things in The Luck of the Bride, the third Cavensham Heiresses novel.
March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she’s been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she’s summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.
Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn’t sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.
But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he’s come to love?
*I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review*
I feel that I”m very forgiving of period romance novels, because as long as there is some drama, some court intrigue, and a loveable male lead, I will enjoy it. Unfortunately, this book lacked majorly in the “loveable male lead” department, to the point I started to feel a little skeeved out reading parts with Michael Cavensham.
The main thing that rubbed me the wrong way was his constantly bringing up kissing or touching March, the female lead, before also managing to mention that he was her guardian/she owed him money etc. This pattern happened a few too many times, to the point where I started to notice and expect it! I may be a little picky here, but the whole extortion trope is not my thing. *mild spoiler, highlight to see* There was also a point where he equates March’s guilt at not preventing her sister’s permanent injury to the worry he feels about being an unfit heir, which I thought was a bit of a selfish reach. *end spoiler*
While this was an uncorrected proof, more than a few areas read very clunkily and I found myself spacing out or skimming more than once which rarely happens with romance novels. Overall, it wasn’t the writing I had a problem with, it was the main male lead and his reaction to various situations (I’m not sure I can forgive him for some of the things he did).
I haven’t yet read any of Janna MacGregor’s other work, and may yet check it out. Again, the writing wasn’t horrible it was mainly the actions of the love interest that so thoroughly turned me off this book.