by Janna MacGregor
Published on May 1, 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Family secrets, mistaken identities…love and money make people do crazy things in The Luck of the Bride, the third Cavensham Heiresses novel.
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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The first two books of this series made me question what would become of The Luck of the Bride and it’s safe to say it was all over the place. If you’ve read the previous two books, you’ll be able to fall right back into the world of the Cavenshams and all the drama surrounding the family. And if you haven’t, there will be some name dropping in the beginning but this book otherwise works as a standalone.
I had my ups and downs with this book. The overall premise was interesting but the little details that made up the story left me with more of a scattered view of the plot.
The two protagonists weren’t your typical sort. March cared for her younger siblings by embezzling funds from her own trust that she didn’t have access to yet. You immediately get the sense that she cares deeply for her family and would do anything for them regardless of the risk to herself. At the same time, she was stubborn to the point of frustration. I also wasn’t a fan of the way her appearance always seemed to be at the forefront. Sure, I expect some descriptions, but it became constant enough that she lost her personality.
Michael never really fit into the picture for me in terms of the logic leading to their introduction (something about it just didn’t click), but I appreciated that his flaws were on display as much as his strengths. He doesn’t trust easily and struggles with numbers so much so that it causes severe anxiety and stress. I’ve not seen that in a historical romance and I think it was handled really well. On the flip side, his behavior fluctuated constantly and I never really knew what kind of person he was because when March was around, he became someone completely different and not necessarily in the good way all the time.
Together, their relationship was great up until the end. They had the slow burn vibe as they both had to overcome their pasts and flaws to trust each other and learn that how they see themselves isn’t necessarily how the world view them. And, in all honesty, things would have been fine if the author hadn’t played on the mistrust the two initially had to the point of causing drama in their lives. It felt forced to make them go through that situation, especially when both acted out of character compared to the rest of the book.
If not for that 25% or so of The Luck of the Bride, I would have rated it higher but the ending kind of ruined the romance for me. It had its high points but I think the author tried to get too much out of the book and these characters and it ended up more forced than natural. I wouldn’t consider this a spectacular read but will say the first part of the book makes it worth reading, at the very least, if you’ve read the previous installments in the series!