Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aloha to Janna MacGregor and THE BAD LUCK BRIDE - Book Review



A man of honor, Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, will not rest until he exacts revenge on the man who destroyed his family. Just one more piece must fall into place for him to succeed he needs to convince his enemy s fiancee, the tragically beautiful Lady Claire Cavensham, to marry him instead.

Lady Claire s curse has always left her one misstep away from social ruin her past three engagements have gone awry, and now her fourth is headed in the same direction. . .until Alex, a man she barely even knows, shocks the ton and Claire by announcing their engagement. What begins as a sham turns into something deeper, and more passionate, than either Claire or Alex could have imagined. But when their secrets are revealed, will the truth behind their union scandalize them both or is their love strong enough to break the curse and lead them toward their happily ever after? 

THE BADE LUCK BRIDE is Book 1 in the Cavansham Heiresses series.  It is available May 2 from St. Martin's Press.

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Pembroke Castle in Wales
Image by JKMMX (link)

If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. - Hee Haw

Lady Claire Cavenshan could join the Hee Haw band with the bad luck that has prevented her from walking down the aisle. Just when she feels confident about prospect number 4, she is blindsided by the Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke. Her surprise engagement, then wedding, seems to fulfill her dreams ... until the truth emerges to threaten her marriage and happiness.  It will take more than luck for Claire and Alex to negotiate their own HEA.

Janna MacGregor bursts onto the historical romance scene with a heart wrenching story of two fated lovers who find themselves facing down Lady Luck when life throws a few twists and turns. I commend MacGregor for diving head first into the darker side of historical romance. She masters the nuances of Regency life, including the unchecked power the titled nobility can sway over society, only to find the matters of the heart do not follow any rules.  MacGregor's characterizations show some rough edges - rookie mistakes for a debut author. But this author has a talent for prose and she will only improve over time like a fine wine in the Marquess' cellar.

I look forward to more books in the Cavensham Heiresses series.

I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.

Learn more about Janna and her books at

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Cavensham Park

For the month of April, I am giving away a box of books from authors attending RT. To enter the giveaway,

1. Janna MacGregor is participating in Beach Blanket Bingo at RT - her favourite beach is Old Portsmouth Beach in Hampshire, including a medieval Round Tower!  

Do you have a favourite beach town or historic building to ignite your imagination?

2. Comments are open through Sunday, April 30, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I will be offline from Monday, May 1 - Sunday, May 7.

4. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 8.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Old Portsmouth's Round Tower


  1. I love to tour around old buildings - from castles in Great Britain to mansions to old log cabins - it's fun to see how others lived (and educational).

  2. No, but I did enjoy visiting the oldest fort in St. Augustine.

  3. I've always wanted to visit Cornwall.

  4. We aren't really beach people. We like rocky coasts with crashing waves better. The historic building I have visited that spurs my imagination is Fort Ticonderoga in Northern New York. It is on the shores of Lake Champlain and figured in early American wars starting with the French and Indian War. It played a role in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. They have done a wonderful job of restoring it and are still working on it. We have been there for several reenactments. The evening events are so atmospheric, you are transported back to the time period. Nothing compares to walking through an encampment at night with the tents lit by candles, the sound of bagpipes drifting on the evening breeze, night time cannon volleys, hearing the singing and talk from the enemy camp across the field. Definitely sparks the imagination.

  5. There are some very beautiful colonial mansions here in town. The kind to make you sigh with contentment.


  7. As a child we visited am the beach towns every summer. But the one that stood out for me was called Spring Lake. Very quaint and cozy. Today it's become a senior's paradise.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. My favorite is Ardmore, Ireland. My daughter Clare and I visited it again last summer and even in August the temperature didn't get above 75 degrees. It is simply breathtaking.

  9. I have to go with Cocoa Beach since it's the only one I've visited more than once lol.

  10. Hawaiian beaches - went there on honeymoon .
    Natalie's Mama

  11. The sand and water are beautiful in Aruba!

  12. no fav beach or historic site.
    PattyB 43