The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

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Title: The Bride Who Got Lucky

Author: Janna MacGregor

Published: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Romance, Adult, Historical Romance

Stars: 4             Content Rating: 7

Synopsis:

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.

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Hello BookNerds! It has been awhile since I wrote a review. I read Crooked Kingdom and it put me in a deep, dark place that I couldn’t leave. I mean, the worst book hangover EVER. I will write a review on that one soon enough. Right now I need to tell you all about the book that got me over my hangover!

First, Janna MacGregor is the sweetest to send me a copy. It arrived right when I needed it. Talk about fate! I loved the first book of this series, The Bad Luck Bride, as it was a great story and introduced Emma and Nick. I just adore romances that put so much thought into the character and world building. I like my romances to be deeper. A great story with a little bit of heat vs heat, fire, more heat and then pretty much we know nothing but the characters name. (Am I right?)

Emma is who she is. She has a will of steel and a heart of gold and has family and friends. No need to change for society because she is also very intelligent and loves to read. Emma is happy with her life. She wants to make a difference in the world and help women who find themselves a predicament have a place to go. Her friend Lena was one of those women, she needed help and now it is too late to save her, but maybe she can save someone else. She knows if she gets married her choices will be taken away and the chances of her being in a happy marriage are not likely. Emma decides that spinsterhood with a purpose is better and no one is going to convince her otherwise. I LOVED Emma. I don’t know why I connected with her so much but I did.

 Nick grew up alone. No siblings. His mother died giving birth to him and his father can’t stand him. He was sent off to school at 5 years old and forgotten about. He has made his way and doesn’t rely on anyone but himself. He would rather be alone. He has all the family he needs being Godfather to Alex and Claire’s twins. Plus Emma is there, as she is Claire’s cousin and Godmother to the same twins. I absolutely love that they know each other. They are around each other. They are friends. They are drawn to each other’s intelligence and banter. It takes them awhile to see that they care for each other. Especially since neither one wants to marry. I loved their story and journey to love. Janna did an amazing job with this one the world and characters are so fun to read about and I am so excited to read the next one!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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April: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

APRIL BOOK CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT!!

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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March Wrap Up

 

Hello there book nerds! I hope everyone is enjoying the fact that SPRING is here. Finally. Unfortunately we started off this wonderful weather and Easter weekend with the flu. It was not fun. I thought I might die. It worked its way through my whole family and it seems we are all finally on the mend. Thanks goodness. I realize I missed a few things that I like to do, so I know it’s April 2 but here is my March Wrap Up. I had a pretty good month. I somehow managed to read 12 books the month of March. I haven’t written a review for all the books I read this month but I will leave a star rating on this post and as always give it a YES, read it or NO, not worth your time.

Here we go..

wintersong

I put off this book thinking it would live up to the hype it was getting. I didn’t really know what it was about but I am so glad I gave it a chance and I want to read the Shadowsong soon. It is a gothic romance set in the world of music and the Goblin King. It has a Jane Eyre feel to it and if you are wanting a love story that is a little bit different then give this one a chance! I gave it 4/5 stars. You can read my review here —> Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

dotsq

DoTSQ was such a fun read. I had been looking forward to it’s release for pretty much the whole year after I read Daughter of the Pirate King. This story is only a duology but I am telling you that you will wish there was more. I loved the characters and the idea of an all female crew. If you want a good action story with a side of romance then get these two books! They are both pretty quick reads! I gave them both 5 stars. Here are my reviews —> Daughter of the Pirate King, Daughter of the Siren Queen

thehatinggame

The Hating Game is sexy contemporary romance set in a publishing companies office. These two have to work together every day and they are complete opposites. They do everything differently yet are both great at what they do. When a promotion comes up they are both fighting each other for it but it doesn’t take much to cross the line from hate to love. I really loved this romance. I thought the writing was witty and fun. I gave it 5 stars because I am pretty sure I will be reading it again.

 

makebelievehusband

This historical romance takes place in America during the Revolutionary War. Edward and Cecelia have been exchanging letters though her brother and his best friend Thomas. When Thomas goes missing Cecelia does the only thing she can think of and heads off to America for answers. Only the only person that can help her is in a coma and in order to see him she says she is his wife! I loved this story and can’t wait for the next in this series. Julia Quinn has done it again with this one! I gave it 4 stars! My Review —> The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

Thecuriouscharmsofarthurpepper

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is novel about finding yourself, no matter your age. Arthur Pepper is a 69 year old man that has never wanted to leave his little town in England. He has his routine that he sticks to no matter what. Now that his wife has passed away he has decided to go through her things and what does he find? A charm bracelet that she had before they were married. One that he has never seen in all the 40 years spent together. As he tried to figure out her past and what the charms mean, he finds himself. I rated it 3.5 stars and really enjoyed his journey to self discovery.

 

jacktheripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper is an historical fiction set in Victorian England’s Whitechapel district.  I loved how Keri Maniscalco wove between what we really know of Jack the Ripper and fiction. She turned it into a thriller that kept me turning pages as I tried to figure out the mystery. I am going to be reading the next one as well because this one was amazing. I rated it 5 stars.

thebadluckbride

I was lucky enough to receive The Bad Luck Bride for a fun Instagram Tour event for the up coming release of the last book of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance. The world building and the character development was fun to watch come together. I can’t wait to read the next books in this series. I gave it 4 stars.

forcastleandcrown

For Castle and Crown is a proper romance that I didn’t make time for a review BUT it was a really good one! As second son to a Dukedom, Edmund left with King Richard on the crusades only to return home to his father dead and his brother and new wife murdered. As he tries to figure out who would do such a thing by navigating the politics between Prince John and King Richard he finds he needs his childhood friend Pippa. When he finally finds her in a Convent, (after being badly burned by the fire that killed his brother) he finds that he needs her more than ever and together they can find who is behind all the harm done to the keep. I gave it 4 stars. The history was interesting and not one I usually read about. It made for a fun historical romance.

 

theladymostwilling

I hadn’t read this Julia Quinn novel yet and how could I not when Eloisa James and Connie Brockway are also in on it? It is a fun steamy romance where 4 men need 4 brides but where shall they find them? Just kidnap them from the nearest ball and get snowed in all weekend. Things get interesting and more than one man falls in love. I gave it 3.5 stars!

dukeofruin

Darcy Burke has written a series and this book happens to be the 8th book. I haven’t read any of her works before but I did enjoy this story! It was a quick read, or maybe I just fly through romances because I love them so much. Either way I enjoyed it! It just came out March 27th and I do feel intrigued to read more of her stories! I rate it 3 out of 5!

simmeringheat

Simmering Heat comes out May 8th. If you want some heat this one has it. It is a steamy contemporary romance about FIREMEN. Leo has known Jazz since they were children since his mother worked for her parents and are both Doctors who had no time for her. Years later he is back in town they both happen to be in the same wedding party. Things are hotter than ever but can Jazz handle it and stand up to her parents? I thought this book was.. okay. It lacked the depth that really makes it special. It come out May 8th and is part of the Braving the Heat series. I gave it 2 stars.

licks

This one is described as a SEXY SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE. Yes my friends. It is all of those things. It started off a little shaky. I wasn’t sure if I would like where this one was going but I really did. The characters and story were one of kind. It is full of betrayal and love and second guessing. I loved the sexual tension and how honest it felt. They both had real issues that they had to work thought and over come to be together. It come out April 4 and if the mood suits you I would recommend. I gave it 4 stars.

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Sheesh! I must have been in the mood for some romance this month! I really loved most of everything I read. A few of the romances weren’t quite up to par, but this month was really a good one! Now I have a series to tackle the month of April and I heard it is good so I can’t wait! I hope you all are making a dent in those TBR piles. Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

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Title:   The Bad Luck Bride  (The Caversham Heiresses #1)

Author: Janna MacGregor

Published: May 2nd 2017 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Genre: Historical Romance, Adult

Stars: 5            Content Rating: 6

Synopsis:

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 Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse…

Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper…

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Alright.. you guys know me, I’m a sucker for a good romance. I love a happy ending and little saucy in between the pages. Alex and Claire’s story is such a good one! First I need to thank the author, Janna MacGregor and the girls at The Bookend Tours for sending me a copy. It is so fun to be part of an event. Keep your eye out for our posts on Instagram.

This is the first book in the Caversham Heiress series. The next book is out with the 3rd one coming out in May. I will be snagging the next two books because Janna has got me all caught up with these characters and I need to see how it all plays out!

Alex is all out for revenge on the man that destroyed his sister’s life and he will stop an nothing. After he has taken said man’s fiance for his own he realizes that he actually likes her. He doesn’t know how he could live with out her and doesn’t want to lose her.. so naturally he tells her nothing of how the manipulated everything and was using her to get back at another man. Silly Alex..

Claire is a dukes daughter who lost her parents in a terrible accident when she was young and she still has nightmares. She has been engaged 4 times and something tragic has happened to each man. The gossips of the ton have called her cursed and it doesn’t matter what she does or how far she goes the curse follows her. Alex seems to have stepped in and saved her. As she starts to lose her heart to him and face the demons of her past she find out what he has done and nothing will be the same.

I love the struggle. It’s terrible to say but I liked it. It was more realistic than the Prince or White Knight saving the damsel in distress and riding off into the sunset. Sometimes romances are really quick and there isn’t much depth to the world building or characters. Janna did a great job with this. I feel like you really got to know the characters and their struggle.

Claire had been through so much and still had fears. She was beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside. Yet she struggled with her past and with trusting Alex. Alex in turn had to also face the past, with is sister’s death. He learned to love and to fight for it and to face up to his mistakes. It was a wonderful story and I am dead serious about getting the next two. I read the synopsis and am so excited to read those particular characters stories.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Thanks for reading!

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

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Title: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Author: Phaedra Patrick

Published: May 3rd 2016 by MIRA

Genre: Mystery, Adult, Contemporary Fiction

Stars: 3.5        Content Rating: 1

Synopsis:

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met–a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.
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Today was our second meeting for my book club. It was a small group but that was fine! I love getting together but this book was harder to talk about. I should have been more prepared with topics and questions! I’ll make sure I am in the future. Our last book was so easy to relate to and empathize with the characters. There were so many different things to get a discussion going that I didn’t worry about writing things down to talk about. Now this one was harder but still had it merits. It was slow going at first and a little bit harder to relate to since the main character is an older man, but a still a good one I think.

We all agreed that this would make a more interesting movie than book. I’d love to watch this old man on these adventures. His character and expressions would be great to see on the big screen. Arthur has never wanted to leave England, let alone his little town. He is happy with the simple things. He has his little routine and it never varies. To watch some one learn and grown and try new things at his stage in life is pretty interesting. His personal growth was good to see. Like I said, it was slow in the beginning but once you got into it a little bit it turns into more of a mystery. Arthur started out sad and depressed. Not wanting to leave his house or get dressed. Once he decided to learn about the charms and his wife’s past it got him out of the house. Being social and meeting people and doing things he would never have done. I was very impressed with his character meeting all types of people and never judging them but trying to help them. His relationships with his friends and family grew stronger and he met new friends along the way.

This isn’t a book I devoured but I thought the message was a good one and that it really was a charming read. It was interesting enough to hold my attention with the little bit of mystery and I like reading British books. The different words are fun. To me this one would have been a great vacation read. In the end this book was Arthur’s adventure to self discovery and I liked it.

Thanks for reading!

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