IS MARRIAGE A BLESSING OR A CURSE?
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?
I must admit that it took me some time to read the Bad Luck Bride because I was so upset with Alex, our hero that I couldn't read on for a while. Actually, I just dreaded the moment when Claire would realize...well, that moment, you know. Even though Alex has the best intentions, sometimes that is not enough, is it?
Apart from that - or rather, due to that, you can easily see that I enjoyed reading the book very much and was really captivated by it, so much that it bothered me to see my hero and my heroine hurt.
The story was well plotted and well done and I loved to see Claire and Alex find their happiness, even though the way to get there wasn't always an easy one.
The characters that we get to meet in this wonderful story are interesting and complex - and very very lovable. You can feel the chemistry between our hero and our heroine who fall in love, who feel betrayed and who are able to overcome their difficulties and trust again.
Okay, one broken engagement was pretty bad in those times, two of them, well, you might get away with that, when you are the daughter of a duke like our heroine, Claire. But, seriously? When it comes to broken engagement n°3 and 4, well, let*s just say that that would be a hard pill to swallow, even for someone in our time. For a young woman in the 1800s...., well, bad luck like that meant certain ruin. So, when Alex offers to step in as a potential husband right after she learns that her from-now-on-ex-fiancé has broken their engagement, she takes him up on his offer. Everything is better than all the talk about her bad luck and the curse, and truth be told, she is running out of options if she ever wants to marry and have a family of her own.
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and I can definitely recommend it!