The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

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Title: The Luck of the Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #3)

Author: Janna MacGregor

Published: May 1st 2018 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Genre: Historical Romance, Adult

Star Rating: 4            Content Rating: 6

Synopsis:

March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she’s been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she’s summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.

Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn’t sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.

But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he’s come to love?

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Happy Birthday day to ME, Happy Birthday to ME, Happy Birthday dear WHITNEEEEEEEE! Happy Birthday to ME!
I couldn’t ask for a better birthday. There are so many new releases that I am looking forward to this month. The weather is perfect, warm but rainy and the flowers are blooming! Maybe turning 30 won’t be as bad I thought?
Today is the RELEASE of The Luck of the Bride. I was fortunate enough to receive the first two books of this series from the author and a book tour BUT I was also able to snag this beauty on NetGalley. Isn’t the cover GORGEOUS? And can I just say that it was everything I hoped it would be? Janna did another fantastic job of pulling me immediately into the story. The world and characters that have been created are so easy to fall in love with.  I honestly couldn’t put it down.
This book I felt focused more on family. In the other books you realize that family is important but this one you get the feel of how much Miss March has sacrificed for her family. When her parents die and she is left in charge until her baby brother grows into his Viscountcy, she gives up all of her dreams and focuses on her siblings. .. until the money is gone and the only money to be had is their dowries, which she can not touch. Or maybe she can, if she is okay with breaking the law and forging some documents. Maybe no one will notice? WRONG. He does notice. .. and then he notices EVERYTHING. He sees the poverty and all she has sacrificed and falls just a little bit in love with her. After Micheal takes the Lawson family under his wing things seem to be looking up until circumstances force Micheal and March to be honest and vulnerable with each other and they might not be able to do that. Or can they?
Like I said, I loved this story. March is a very strong young lady. She is brilliant with numbers and always looked after her family. The loss and struggle just had your heart breaking and the hope that Micheal would be able to trust her and take care of her just kept you reading till the very end.
I saw that there is another Cavensham Heiress book coming out in December and I am looking forward to it! I recommend this series! If you love a good romance, complete with deep and moving characters and a little bit of hot and steamy then read the first two books and then this one! I loved it!
xoxo,
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May Book Club: Alex & Eliza

ANNOUNCEMENT: MAY BOOK CLUB PICK IS….

ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa De La Cruz

 

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 I am so excited this is our pick! I have already read it BUT I wanted to reread since the sequel Love & War comes out soon! Here is the synopsis:
Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

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April Wrap Up

Hello all my lovely fellow book nerds! I feel like I started out strong this month and then about halfway through I feel apart. I think I just needed a little bit of a breather. That being said I still ended up finishing 9 books this month.

I don’t have reviews up for all of these books BUT I will link you to the Goodreads site and you an read up on them there. I have just been busy and haven’t made the time to sit down and write out my thoughts. As always I’ll just leave the synopsis and basically a ‘yes, I liked it,’ or a ‘no, don’t waste your time.’

1) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom is the companion novel to Six of Crows. I was personally very sad that this was only a duology. There is so much more I feel like I want to know about these characters. I wasn’t ready for it to end. Here is the synopsis:

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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Now if you are not familiar with Leigh Bardugo’s works she has also written the Shadow and Bone trilogy. You do not need to read those before you read this duology. It is the same world with the Grisha but at a different time with a whole new set of characters, HOWEVER it doesn’t really explain the Grisha and if you were to read the trilogy first it would help you better understand the world Leigh Bardugo created. I love her books and definitely recommend them! YES.

2) Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Synopsis:

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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We read this one for our monthly book club and I am sad to say I didn’t love it. I had heard so many good things but I had a hard time with the writing and the setting. There was so much swearing. The way the story went down just didn’t work. I dunno. I just wouldn’t recommend this one.  NOPE.

*Goodreads link to Simon VS by Becky Albertalli

3) The Luck of the BRIDE by Janna MacGregor

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I was luck enough to receive and ARC of The Luck of the Bride VIA Netgalley. I loved the first two books and was excited to continue the series. Janna didn’t disappoint! Here is the synopsis:

March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she’s been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she’s summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.

Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn’t sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.

But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he’s come to love?

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YES. Read it my friends. In fact.. read it after you read the first two books because they are all fantastic! It releases tomorrow!!

*Link to Goodreads for The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

5) The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

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I also received this ARC via Netgalley and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It goes back and forth from Revolutionary War times to modern day. It is about  2 different love stories but the way it comes full circle is amazing. I really enjoyed it. YES. READ IT. Here is the synopsis:

With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he’ll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.

Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton.

Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty—a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She’s the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies?

After a life-changing tragedy, MIT graduate Jesse Gates decides to leave his life behind and move to LA to try his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor’s letters, he becomes consumed with the love he finds there. Determined to help his grandfather find happiness at the end of his life, Jesse writes and sells a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations.

When Jesse meets the woman he has cast to play Esther Longfellow—his grandfather’s one true love—the stories of all four collide across time and space. The love letter from the past might have more power to affect the future than any of them could have imagined.

*Goodreads Link: The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

6) The Brothers Freed Series by Bea Paige

Um.. where to start? If you like really hot and steamy romances then this series is for you. This is the first “reverse harem” series I have read which made things interesting…  If that is what you are into then this series was great. It follows a British girl, Louisa, who grew up with no father and a drunk for a mother. When she accepts an opportunity to get away she takes it and in turn meets the FREED brothers. It’s all sexy from there and I couldn’t put it down. But I’ll warn you that if this isn’t your thing then just skip this one!

*Link to Avalanche of Desire to Goodreads for synopsis.

7) Lord of Temptation by Erica Ridley

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This is also a NetGalley ARC and I liked it. I think I was hoping for something a little more. Sometimes these historical romances end up being so similar that I find it lacking. However I feel that isn’t fair to say this wasn’t good just because I read so many romances. I like it. The story was a good one even if it wasn’t my favorite. If you like historical romances then give this one a try! Here is the synopsis:

Be careful what you wish for…

When Lord Hawkridge inherits a penniless marquessate, he must abandon his courtship of the lowborn girl he loves. Years later, she rises from commoner to textiles heiress. Hawk has never banished her from his heart. Here’s their chance to share his home! But how can he convince a woman whose trust he destroyed that he desires her far more than her money?

Faith Digby’s chaotic world is too full to bother with men. She controls half a boarding school, one life-endangering secret, and two recently gentrified parents. There’s no time for the old flame roaring back into her life. Not when admitting she still loves him would imperil everything and everyone she holds dear….

*Link on Goodreads for Lord of Temptation by Erica Ridley

9) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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I decided to reread this series since the 4th book is going to be release tomorrow!! My sister is the sweetest and painted me my very own custom set for my birthday! I am rereading them and highlighting my favorite parts and quotes. I’m kinda marking the crap out of them. Maybe I’ll even review these after each reread since I had stared my blog after they came out and never wrote a review! I adore Sarah J Maas and all her books. Both of here series I have LOVED. Here is the synopsis:

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

*Here is the Goodreads link to ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas

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Well friends.. I hope you enjoyed April because it is GONE. I am looking forward to May. It is such a busy month but I hope I can still get my reading on because I have a list of books that could probably wrap around the Earth a few times. Ha ha.. Jokes. Enjoy your day friends! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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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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