I've just finished a great book called The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor. It was really cute but also made me think while I was reading.
Thank you to NetGalley for granting me the opportunity to read The Bad Luck Bride.
The Bad Luck Bride tells the story of Lady Claire Cavansham and Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke from when they meet each other and what happens after...
NOTE: This is an ADULT read due to sexual encounters.
Spoilers below: This story is told from 3rd person perspective. We start by seeing Alexander, who's just lost his sister. He doesn't know who to blame but he's going to find who hurt her.
He meets Claire at a ball. Claire is the Bad Luck Bride from the title. She's been engaged/married many times but it's never turned out well. She's engaged to Lord Paul, a minor character at the beginning of the novel but he calls it off cause of the rumours surrounding her and her curse. Then she meets Alexander. Alexander needs a wife so he asks her to marry him. He doesn't believe in all the nonsense of Claire being "cursed" as she's called lots in the story. They have a rocky relationship at first but they learn to care for one another. They learn that they have lots of things in common, like lost family members and the want for children eventually etc.
Reading The Bad Luck Bride has made me see that not all relationships are perfect. Claire and Alexander certainly weren't at first but they made they're way to their perfect.
What I liked about Bad Luck Bride:
- The characters...They all had their own flaws to get over to be happy.
- How this story wrapped up in one book...This is a series but I believe it will follow different Cavansham women throughout. We might see from Claire's sister or daughter's perspective next/at some point.
- All of the cute remarks that Alexander made to Claire. I really thought these made the novel different as I don't often see this in the adult romance literature that I read.
What I didn't like about Bad Luck Bride:
- The long chapters...The chapters were written well but I just think that some sections could have been edited out or at least slimmed down to make the chapters and the book for concise and to the point.
- The 3rd person perspective...it would have been interesting to read from both Claire and Alexander's perspective to actually experience and feel exactly what they were feeling. This is a novel that could have really benefitted from 1st person perspective, I think for at least Claire and maybe still third person POV for Alex.
- We never learn the date the story is meant to be set...We just know it's in history at some point. In a third person perspective story this could have been said, at least once.
All in all then, I really enjoyed The Bad Luck Bride. It had everything I look for in a good book with just a few negatives as well. This is why I'm giving it 4 stars!
I look forward to reading the sequel in November 2017 so stand by for my review of that.
I should have a couple of reviews coming within the next week or so, speak then...