Bad Luck Bride By Janna McGregor who is a new to me author, which I love finding new authors. This is her first book (according to amazon) her second the bride who got lucky is coming out in October of 2017.
This book is basically about vengeance gone wrong. Alex Hallworth the Marquess of Pembrooke’s Sister Alice committed suicide because she was pregnant and ashamed she blamed Alex’s friend Lord Paul for it all. While Lord Paul is a total D-bag this event sets Alex on the path for vengeance that nothing can stop, sadly for our heroine she gets caught in the middle. In a plot to take his vengeance Alex basically tells the gaming houses to give Lord Paul unlimited credit knowing he will lose, in turn Alex buys up all of Lord Paul’s Debt. But Lord Paul has an heiress up his sleeve! Enter Lady Claire Cavensham. Lady Claire has burned through three engagements with in a short time Lord Paul is her fourth engagement that ended in a nothing thanks to Alex. Alex makes Lord Paul sign away the right to marry her in exchange for forgiving his debts. But have no fear because Alex will marry her to save her reputation, which he basically destroyed .
Lady Claire comes with her own problems, her parents died during a terrible storm which causes her to become terrified of storms, I mean she has paralyzing panic attacks. Also she isn’t a virgin.
Okay so here is the real deal. This book was good and the idea was good, I mean really good. The hero even had a few moments of dirty talk that had me perk up ( because yeah, it’s me) However, there were just somethings that I couldn’t get around. Firstly the misunderstanding were rampted between these two I was to the point where I thought if the hero sneezed the heroine would go running, The heroine was weak and I mean that in she was so desperate to be married that, she didn’t stop to question the hero. The curse, this was a slight source of rage for me because it was repeated over and over again “it’s the curse” “I’m cursed” Girl you are not cursed!! You just have very bad luck and your husband is a misguided idiot there is a difference.
The hero marrying her, to protect her from Lord Paul, and from the scandal that the hero created. Got that? Good. The hero becomes a shady asshole, by placing a bet that Lady Claire would not marry him using the initials L.P. this almost gets her cousin killed, nice going there buddy.
Lastly Lord Paul awful, he goes after Claire and wants her as his mistress, when she comes back to London after she finds out that Alex married out of revenge. Then there is where Lady Claire received a note from Lord Paul saying her cousin Emma wanted to meet him at Inn. Naturally Claire races to her to stop whatever is going to happen, Alex hears about and goes after Claire they get stuck in the storm and come to terms with their feelings for each other. That is not the weird part it’s this. Lord Paul is there Emma is not, he says he doesn’t know what is going on but will help find her So he rides off but suddenly Alex and Claire find out that Emma is at home safe in bed. When questioned Emma doesn’t know what anyone is talking about, whether this is a lie or not isn’t really clear and makes no sense.
To be honest I thought the book should have ended four chapters before it did. I don’t understand all the off shoots and twists. Alex’s betray was complicated enough without adding to it and then making him slightly unlikable . While the cover is beautiful and the concept was good. This book was just not what it had the potential to be.