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The Bad Luck Bride

(The Cavensham Heiresses #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  960 ratings  ·  316 reviews
All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! —Midnight Cryer

No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to
Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Janna MacGregor Hi Angelka, I apologize for the delay. I'll contact my publisher tomorrow. Was this part of the giveaway? Best, Janna

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Stacey is Sassy


Bad Luck...a curse...or just bad timing?

I admit it would seem that Claire was having a run of bad luck but I really think it was more a matter of bad timing. By timing, I mean set in a historical romance time instead of contemporary romance time. Her run of bad luck with marriage prospects has given her a reputation of having a curse. Poor Claire has had one fiancé die, one lose a leg and another lost a duel and was banished. You would think fourth’s the charm? Ah, not for poor Clai
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, netgalley

At the beginning of this book I was confused by all the misconceptions, misunderstanding and mistrust swirling around.

I couldn’t understand the thing about curse… Why Claire was cursed? She thought she was curse, why? What has she done? To whom? Mah…

They’re running circles around each other. Sometime other characters interrupt the conversation between Claire and Alex and we’re left hanging as well as they are.

I hated when that happened! Why people couldn’t see that they’re talki
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
Edited to replace all the cutesy name play with a single mockonym...

I abandoned this not quite a quarter in. And I only really lasted that long on inertia. The thing is, the author has a heavy hand on the drama-scales and I just couldn't take the artifice. There's a truly despicable character that the lead is trying (and succeeding) to ruin and the heroine gets caught up in the fallout. Alex feels bad for her and hence the engagement (her 5th). Which, is an interesting premise, I think. Unfortun
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This started out a little slow but I got very involved with this the story. Claire is one of the most tormented heroines I've read in a while, and even though Alex starts out wanting revenge, he's so caring, he won me over.

Historical romance readers should check this one out.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Bad Luck Bride is Janna MacGregor's debut novel. I hate giving low reviews to new authors, especially when the writing is very good, but in this case the characterization really didn't work for me. This was a situation where I couldn't connect with such flawed characters and didn't enjoy the journey. Now, for those who read many of my reviews, you'll probably note that most of my favorite novels are usually of the lighter variety. I am one of those naive people who still goes through life in ...more
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars

The first twenty-five percent or so of Janna MacGregor’s début novel, The Bad Luck Bride, had me eagerly turning the pages, so thoroughly drawn was I into the story of a man who was so bent on revenge upon the former friend he held responsible for the death of his sister, that he would go to any lengths to completely ruin him, even going so far as to steal his fiancée. Unfortunately however, at around that point, the first of what turned out to be
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Such a pretty cover! The Bad Luck Bride easily caught my eye.

The quick of it is that Alex is trying to avenge his dead sister and in doing so decides to ruin the man he blames for her death. And steal the man's current fiance in the process. To protect her, of course. not my favorite trope. I'm not a fan of deceit and manipulation as a main theme so I had a bit of a rough go with Alex.

Alex is one of those chara
I was completely unprepared for how unexpected THE BAD LUCK BRIDE was. Unexpectedly not great. The premise sounds like the best kind of historical romance. And MacGregor included all the usual elements that draw readers into this genre and make them come back for more; including, but not limited to, bets, revenge, childhood trauma, and discovered secrets. But sadly.. none of it worked for me.

The characters lacked substance. The plot was not compelling. Events that should have held weight or emot
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful first book! I couldn’t put it down. It’s not a light story as it has complex characters who have some personal demons to overcome.

The hero, Alex, Marquess of Pembroke is suffering from his younger sister’s suicide. He blames his former friend Lord Paul and is planning to ruin him. Lord Paul is to announce his engagement to Lady Claire Cavensham, the wealthy only child of the late Duke and Duchess of Langham, and Alex is going to prevent that announcement and marry her himself.

Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a C- for content and an A for narration at Audiogals

Ever eager to find new authors to enjoy – and because Rosalyn Landor’s name on an audiobook cover is guaranteed to make me take a second look – I decided to listen to Janna MacGregor’s début historical romance The Bad Luck Bride, the first in her Cavensham Brides series. The book starts well, as our hero, Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, vows revenge on the former friend whom he holds responsible for his sister’s de
Erin Kelly
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-historicals
The Bad Luck Bride is the debut book of author Janna MacGregor, but you certainly wouldn't know it by reading it. As a fan of historicals (and beautiful covers), I was super excited to dive into this one. What surprised me most was the combination of emotional depth and gorgeous prose coming from Ms. MacGregor. This is not a light, fluffy story about some bride who keeps having trivial "bad luck".

The Story-
Alexander has vowed revenge on his supposed friend who ruined the life of his sister, and
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Book Review For: The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor 'The Bad Luck Bride" by Janna MacGregor is book One in "The Cavensham Heiresses" series. This is the story of Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke and Lady Claire Cavensham. Alex sister died pregnant and unmarried. Alex feels that his one time friend Lord Paul is to blame. With that knowledge Alex has taken it to seek revenge against him. With buying up all of Lord Paul's 'vowels' and moving forward to now take his future bride. Lord P ...more
Juliette Cross
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful debut! MacGregor pulled me right in with one of the most original opening scenes of any historical romance I've read. (And I've read quite a few.) To begin with a tempestuous scene set for a duel between foes hooked me into the story immediately.

Our troubled hero has revenge on his mind when he sets out to the ball to save Lady Claire from heartbreak and humiliation. But when Alex meets her face to face, his original motives for marrying her soften to true affection and desire
DNF at 18%. Too many actions/motivations/plot lines/sentences that made little sense or were exaggerated responses to rather benign situations. The writing itself was not bad, but the author needs to plan through her plot better for greater coherency.

This was an ARC from NetGalley.
The Bad Luck Bride is an uneven story about love and revenge and in which luck, whether good or bad doesn’t really come into play for the main characters’ issues. Their problems mainly stem from misunderstandings and an unwillingness to listen to the good advice of others. Fortunately, author Janna MacGregor brings a vulnerability to both the hero and the heroine that compelled me to finish their story.

Lady Claire Cavensham has waited what seems like an eternity to get married. With three prior
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's always exciting when you discover a new author, especially if she's venturing into my favorite escape - regency romance. Janna MacGregor has a wordy and witty style that's reminiscent of Lisa Kleypas and Sarah Maclean - a humorous blend of steamy romance, original characters, and dramatic, attention-grabbing plot - in this case, a bit over dramatic. Both Clair and Alex were fully fleshed characters, that evoked real emotions, had palpable chemistry and stayed true to the era. The book shine ...more
It was average for me. I will write a review later.
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
This is the story of . . .
Lady Claire Cavensham and Alexander Hallworth, Lord Pembrooke.

Claire is a wealthy much sought after heiress. Orphaned at a young age and having lost four fiancés has made her the talk of the town. Being labeled a cursed young woman is a hard pill to swallow when one finance dies two weeks before the wedding, one gets run over by a horse, the third dies in a duel fought over his married mistress and the fourth does last long enough to announce their engagement before
Amanda Richardson
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Bad Luck Bride" is a 4.5 star read. I loved the story line, the main characters and the secondary characters as well. Alexander's sister has died by her own hand and he is hell-bent on revenge against the man he believes is responsible for her downfall, a man who used to be one of his closest friends - Paul. Paul is engaged to marry an heiress, Claire, and Alex will do anything to stop the marriage and take her as a bride himself.
Claire is a bad luck bride. She has been engaged four times
Juliana Philippa
DNF'd at ~25%
Started this book in March 13th, was only at 23% by the 21st ... and now I'm just folding and moving on. Too many books, too little time, and despite the fact that this was an ARC and I normally try and read those cover to cover so I can give a complete review, I just couldn't make myself finish this.

This is my first book by Janna MacGregor and don't know whether it will be my last. Always want to give authors a second try, but this one was really painful and I kept on getting annoy
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

My Review:

1st book in The Cavensham Heiresses series by debut author Janna MacGregor.
I wanted to do the blog tour and review for this book because I loved the title and the cover. Pretty Shallow, I do agree, but that's what pulled me to it.
Now that I have read the book, it's not just a pretty cover and good title I'll remember, but a great story, a unique narration and a wonderful debut by a talented author.

Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Penbrooke, is on a quest to redeem the honour of someo
Debby "Piene Raven"
This is a first time read for me with the author, Janna MacGregor. This the first in the Cavensham Heiresses series was very nice although it dragged a bit with the secrets held by the H/h. I thought the characters were meant for each other as they both had their share of secrets and self-realizations to not wanting to hurt one another.

Lady Claire Cavensham believes she is cursed as every man that ever wanted her either died or left her. Lord Alexander Hallworth doesn't believe in
Rhenna Morgan
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A rich, riveting story full of multifaceted characters and heart rending emotion! Janna MacGregor is a sensational storyteller, not just in the way she weaves her plots, but in the beautiful way she weaves her words and sweeps the reader deep into her world. And Lordy, the chemistry between Alex and Claire was amazing! So many historicals leave me feeling a little wanting with the love scenes, but Janna managed to make every interlude smolder without being over the top for her genre. I can't wai ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I won this as a good reads giveaway.

*Sigh* ...I tried very very hard to find something to make this not a one-star book. I wanted it to not be a one-star book. I get the sense that Janna MacGregor has a way with words and uses language well, but....

It took me a while to figure out why the book felt so jarring. The plot revolves around Claire, daughter of a duke, and Alex, an aristocrat who marries her in an attempt to sink the financial fortunes of his arch-enemy but ends up falling in love with
Sonya Heaney
Also posted HERE .

Even though this cover is about as historically inaccurate as most historical romance covers, something about it caught my attention. That, combined with the fact this book is by a debut author, and the start of a new series, had me intrigued.

The Bad Luck Bride starts off with an interesting scene, with the hero fighting a duel. It immediately drew me in.

However, the chapters following this were a little confusing, with both hero and heroine seeming to have conflicting interes
Al *the semi serial series skipper*

I'll be honest when a hero drinks himself to stupor after some spat with the heroine and then has to be reminded by a friend that he should fight for her , I tend to lose my interest. If he can't make that decision on his own then there's no point in reading the book.

Also, the back and forth emotion of this book was just too much. One minute everything is fine and dandy and the next someone is storming off in fury.

I feel bad giving this a low rating seeing as this is a debut book for th
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I have mixed feelings on this one. There were definitely parts that I liked, but Claire started getting on my nerves a bit. For someone who was supposed to be "so strong", she whimpered a lot. The villain was pretty tepid also. Strong writing though.

I do have to say that I prefer these books to not have the leads be wishy-washy. I love him - no I don' I stay - do I go...jeesh!

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
Sarah Wayne
DNF at page 114. The Bad Luck Bride is the first book in the Cavensham Heiresses series and the first book I've read by this author. Set to publish on May 2, 2017 I've been given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

Alexander Hallsworth, Marquess of Pembrooke is seeking revenge against his former best friend whom he believes solely responsible for the suicide f his sister the year before. Alex sets out to not only ruin him financial and buying his vowels, by taking his estates an
Barbara Rogers
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Janna MacGregor has created a gut-wrenching tale in this, her first book. Her writing is excellently done and the story is pretty true to the time period.

IF you like sweet, funny, light-hearted stories, then this book probably isn't for you. I wouldn't necessarily call the book 'dark' (as in no rape or torture, etc.), but it is certainly very, very somber. The characters are all deeply flawed and tortured individuals. While there is a lovely HEA, we took a really torturous route to get to that h
Heather andrews
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Claire is a good negotiator, girl doesn't beat around the bush, “I want us to commit to one another completely.” With a complete lack of grace, she blurted, “You must give up your mistress immediately.” Alex does whatever needs to be done at certain times to get Claire's mind off things, "he exhaled a sigh of relief. If she noticed his lack of clothing, she had calmed somewhat. “I sleep this way. Do you like it?” Alex was determined to get a “yes” from her if he had to work all night..." I loved ...more
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Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisin ...more

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