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.
Romance | Historical Romance | Adult Fiction
Received a copy of The Bride Who Got Lucky in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Janna MacGregor and Book End Tours for allowing me to read this!
Gosh I love Historical Fiction – seriously… shimmer my timbers. When it is good, I mean it is good comrades! I have said it before and I will say it again, when an author has the ability to lead the imagination of the reader to envision the timeframe while becoming enamored with the creative fiction placed before them – then the author did it right.
I mean it – the atmosphere both had the details needed for the timeframe to develop the premise with enough intrigue to understand that there were creative spots that the author added a special touch on the world. The world building was beautifully written. At no point did I feel the need to question the setting, regardless of any inaccurate premise motives, this is her book and quite frankly that is why it is historical fiction. Taking that atmosphere and turned it into a cunningly charming, swoon worthy yet sweet romance that aided in my ability to imagine the book happening.
Admittedly, I adored Nickolas. He was beyond the most roughest of closet sweethearts. He had a shitty hand dealt with his life thus creating a barrier in his head keeping people at arms length – minus a view close buddies and now Emma. His concern over her was absolutely stunning. I feel as though he was the perfect alpha male yet allowed Emma to be of equal to his person, which I think is something really clashes in romances yet this was written beautifully. I loved his character, his attentive protectiveness through to the end, he is an amazing male lead.
It was Emma who I struggled with in the long run of the read. Not necessarily in a bad light, but I do have pet peeves that irked me with Emma. I liked that she was a stubborn, strong willed female who was both naive and fierce in just a smallest of scenes. She was a bustling woman of many depths stuck in a world she did not feel she was equal to. What I do have an issue with is that her character was so stubborn at times, it wasn’t so much putting her reputation in faults but the fact that she was willing to not only risk her life but others for a cause. Granted this cause was justified, but I feel like she could have dealt with it in another light, she was too strong willed and head fast to the situation without thinking it through. This even applied with her relationship to Nick, sometimes she opened up to make the most sweetest or sensual of moments yet in the same factor would almost belittle his entire personality. It was Emma who constantly voiced her concerns to be equal to her spouse or fellow man, Nick would grant this – happily and respectfully, treating her as an equal person yet she would turn a one eighty and not pursue her own advice when in concerns to giving men the same respects. She just irked me at times…
Trying to fight the world she thinks all is against her when really she is more battling her over thoughts on the situation – if she looked around and slowed it a bit, she would know she had many people (Nick included…) in her corner.
It was mostly the connection and chemistry that kept me going, completely engulfed in the tension between the two. I loved their chemistry. There was a certain level of sexual frustration, need for one another yet general respect that really developed throughout their relationship. There was a general friendship and strong attraction that was undeniably delicious – I loved Nick’s sex appeal.
Overall, this was a great read. Once I started I honestly couldn’t stop. It was a fast paced romance read with the best slow build of their connection in all the right ways. I loved the atmosphere, it really captured the era of the historical fiction that was not too exaggerated to not be believable – I definitely loved it. I will be sure to pick up the rest of this series!