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The Bride Who Got Lucky

(The Cavensham Heiresses #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  684 ratings  ·  224 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 362 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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3.5 stars

***I won a copy from First Reads GoodReads giveaway. First US resident to pm me I'll pay it forward and mail my copy to them.***

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ever since his father coldly rejected him in front of his peers, Nick has closed himself off from any semblance of love. He devotes himself to his business and stays clear from any marriage market shenanigans.
Stacey is Sassy
Emma is on a mission to find justice.

I really enjoyed The Bride who got Lucky. It was packed with all the things I’ve come to adore in my historical romance. The characters, while stubborn at times, were also lovable. Both the hero and heroine have faced hurt and frustration which has made them the people they are. What made this story interesting, was their growth from the characters they were at the beginning.

It’s amazing what humiliation can lead you to. In the case of our hero, at a young a
Nov 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical, no-books
DNF at 50%...

I'm sorry, but it was so dry that I just couldn't go on... It took me the whole day to read half of it!!! O_O
Juliana Philippa
"Explain to me why I am any of your interest? You're not my keeper."

He stiffened, and a muscle clenched in his jaw. She'd shocked him, and it delighted her he failed to have a ready answer.

Slowly, one of his devastating, incandescent smiles—the ones designed to melt a woman's heart—transformed his face. "Because you're one of the very few people in this world I enjoy."
I did end up enjoying this better than Book 1, but it would have been difficult not to—I DNF'd the first one (read my review).
This fell incredibly flat for me which is disappointing as it had a lot of promise.

The hero is brutally abandoned by his father at fifteen and has to make his way on his own, vowing to make even more money than his father the Duke. Lots of Dukes here. For an embittered hero with Daddy issues, he is remarkably lighthearted and charming.

The heroine is women's right activist with the need to avenge her BF's death at the hands of her husband and a strident reluctance to get married. Her father is a
Barbara Rogers
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #2
Publication Date: 10/31/17

I have read several other reviews for this book and I appear to be in the minority with my rating – so take that for what it is worth. I read the first book in the series and liked it much better than this one. Janna MacGregor is a new author – I believe this is her second book – and I feel she is still finding her writing legs. All-in-all, I liked the book okay.

There are things I liked about the books and things I didn’t. I’ll cover s
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
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Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Bride Who Got Lucky was an absolutely charming romance featuring a strong-willed heroine, a noble hero and a quest for justice.

Nicholas St. Mauer, at the behest of his friend Lord Pembrooke, keeps an eye on Lady Emma Cavensham who has a tendency to get herself into unfortunate situations despite her innocent intentions. While Emma admires the reclusive Earl's efforts, she doesn't need a man to look after her and simply wishes to go about her business in her own way. However, while seeking to
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Emma is a wild, independent character, allowed to be so by her parents. She has known Nick for a while although only on the sidelines of her most recent years. However, when he intercepts one of her wild adventures and the repercussions have her sent off during the season, they find themselves afterwards growing a bit closer.

Now that Emma is seeking justice as well as absolution for her best friend’s death, Nick is adamant that he will stop her from her foolishness. The end result is not what e
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ugh, where to begin?

The entire book was a political speech about women's rights and marriage!

I don't mind some politics and social debates in my romance books, but this went on for pages after pages! It took away from the romance as well as mystery subplot. I got bored. Another thing was, I disagreed with some of the points made (not going to talk about them) so that also took away from my enjoyment of reading this.

If the author was going to put so much time (the entire first half of the book)
Shannon Gallagher
2nd time around and still a 5 Star read for me. This time I listened to the audio book and loved it!

Janna MacGregor has really done something here, she's written the first book I've read that reminds me of a McNaught. <3 I am a new forever fan.

I feel like I hit the jackpot. I read this book a month ago and Somerset and Emma are still vividly with me. Miss MacGregor takes pieces of little known history and shows us how women have been supporting one another for centuries. The hero is not only
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Very likeable characters. They have both been hurt and they are both stubborn, but the growth in their characters is nicely done. There is a lot more steam in this "Bride" book, maybe a little too much for me. A pretty satisfying read though.

I do feel that Ms. MacGregor is getting stronger with this series, so I look forward to the next one.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**

Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love reading historical, regency romances just for the pure enjoyment of it. If the author captures my interest from the start, and the book has me neglecting other things because I just can't seem to put it down, or I refuse to go to bed til the wee hours of the morning, I think it's pretty much a winner. "The Bride Who Got Lucky" was that and more! Great story, well written, with so much to offer. Just the right mixture of passion, drama, danger, and most important, love and romance.

Emma is
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Bride Who Got Lucky is an interesting, fast-paced historical romance featuring a strong-spirited, soft-hearted heroine and a hero who grows to support her.

Lady Emma Cavensham is an atypical society lady. She has a passion for rare (and sometimes forbidden) books and a strong desire to support struggling women in society gain independence from the terrifying men in their lives. Nicholas St. Mauer grew up rejected by his father and has since become wildly successful, channeling his anger and
Debby "Piene Raven"
Janna MacGregor's novels in this series are gradually getting close to book 5, my highest rating. This was a nice comfortable read with very good narration.
Anna Swedenmom
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riveting, enthralling, sweet, funny, touching, ... it has it all!
This novel was one that has every single level you could desire in a great great book! From it touching every single one of my emotions to the way it caught held and captivated me in reading. I was touched by the way it portrayed a horrible side of even now domestic violence but still keeping the focus on important issues. From the start to the finish I was enthralled by the way the writer has of forming
Juliette Cross
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves-rereads

One of those rare books that touched all of my emotions. It made me laugh, cry, swoon, and left me with a heartfelt happily-ever-after. I fell so deep in love with Emma and Nick. MacGregor has written a beautiful, spellbinding story to rival my favorites by Lisa Kleypas and Eloisa James.

I completely connected with Emma. When she was frustrated, so was I. When she was angry, so was I. And when she swooned, falling in ocean-deep love with Nick Somerton, SO DID I. He is the perfect combina
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm bedazzled!

Oh my! I loved this. I adored the intelligent, stubborn Lady Emma Cavensham trying to find justice for her dead friend Lady Lena Eaton.
I was smitten with the damaged the Earl of Somerton, Nicholas St. Mauer who had been alone and rejected from an early age. It was after a terrible encounter with his father at Eaton, that Alex Pembrooke interfered when Nick was being bullied by other students. This later becomes the doorway into to a relationship with Pembrooke and Emma's family.
Dec 07, 2017 marked it as gave-it-a-shot
I received this book via a Goodreads Giveaway.

I tried to suffer through this but between the extremely choppy writing, the lackadaisical characterization, and the shoddy world-building, the only correct verb was truly suffer.
Debra Martin
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What a delightful book! Ms. MacGregor has a flair for creating real characters--their wants, passions, regrets and mistakes. I loved Nick, Earl of Somerton. He had been treated horribly by his cruel father, the Duke of Renton, as a child, but Nick was a survivor and when he grew older, he built a trading empire that made him a very wealthy man. Lots of money and no one to share it with, that is, until he meets Emma Cavensham. With her brother as one of his best friends, he was present at many C
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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
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is pretty much your typical Historical Romance novel. The author does try to give the book a little uniqueness but making the heroine a feminist but other than that the plot formula is the same. It's the second in the series and while there are mentions of events from the first book you don't have to have actually read the first book.

The plot is familiar but the writing is good. If you
Erin Kelly
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book that I have read by Janna McGregor. Her debut novel and first book in this series impressed me with her use of language and depth of emotion in the characters. This time, she brings those strengths to this book and adds a captivating plot with a mystery and revenge. Oh, and feminists! Read on.

The Story-
Emma is desperate to prove that her best friend's death was not an accident and to make sure the man responsible pays for his sins, but she might get in a bit over her head
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Janna MacGregor books and I already can't wait for the third book. This the second book in the Cavensham Heiresses its about the Emma Cavensham and friend of the family Nick, the Earl of Somerton. Nick is the sone of a cold hearted duke and he is not accepted in society. But he feels that he has to watch out for Emma Cavensham. Emma really likes the earls attention but she does not need a man. She is still mourning her friend Lena death and she thinks Lena husband is responsible for her d ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a great read and I could not put it down!! I enjoyed this novel much more so than the first novel in the series. You do not need to read the first novel, but if you want some background about the supporting characters, you can read it. I love how the author incorporated a strong, independent woman with a strong, independent man. Both had different goals there were trying to achieve, but their determination to do
Meghan V
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A regency era romance that historical nuts may or may not be thrilled with due to storylines that were so obviously not historically accurate (cough*BANK*cough...A bank for and by women is a lovely idea, but in 1814??? It rang totally false for me) but there was such originality in our intelligent, book loving, crusader heroine and our stiff, starch, quietly loyal hero that I was absolutely able to look past this well meaning storyline. Their romance was the type of romance that romantics will l ...more
nikkia neil
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks St. Martin's Press and netgalley for this ARC.

Jenna McGregor gets this right all the way! Love the danger, love, and family camaraderie
Tracy Emro
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I know I am in the minority here, but I did not care for this book.

Basically the heroine Emma (cousin to Claire from the previous book) is on a mission. Her dearest friend Lena has died and Emma believes Lena’s husband is responsible. Emma is determined to bring the man to justice, single handedly if necessary. Once she has accomplished this, she wants to open a bank that serves only women, thus giving them a way to be independent.

Unable to ignore a death she feels partially responsible for, E
Lindsey Gray
What will an almost spinster do for a rare book? Lady Emma Cavensham would duck out of a ball, steal the family carriage, and meet a gentleman at an inn without a chaperone if it meant she could possess such a gem. Fortunately, the Earl of Somerton, Nicholas St. Mauer, stops her before it’s too late. For her trouble, her parents banish her to the country estate, but before she leaves London, Nick presents Emma with the treasured book she was searching for. In exchange for taking the book, she an ...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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The Cavensham Heiresses (6 books)
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