Welcome to The Bad Luck Bride blog tour! This is the 1st book in Janna MacGregor’s The Cavensham Heiressess series. Scroll on down to check out the the Q&A, excerpt and enter the giveaway for your chance win a copy of The Bad Luck Bride so you tell me what you think of it!
The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #1) by Janna MacGregor
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
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?
Q&A with Janna MacGregor
Hi everyone, I was lucky enough to have Jana do a Q&A with me, so check it out to learn more about Jana and The Bad Luck Bride! – Cyn
1) Tell us about yourself!
First, let me say thank you! I’m delighted to be here at Book Munchies today. Well, let me see. I’m the mother of triplets and live in Kansas City with my very own dashing rogue, and a smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pug. I love baseball, potato chips, and caffeine-coffee in the morning and diet coke in the afternoon. In the evenings, I love a glass of wine-red in the winter and white in the summer.
My first Regency was a Barbara Cartland romance, The Impetuous Duchess. I’ve been a rabid fan ever since. I love to devour new stories and try to reread my favorite ones every year because they’re that good! Much Ado About You by Eloisa James, The Scottish Witch by Cathy Maxwell, The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries, Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell, and The Master of Sin by Maggie Robinson are just a few on my keeper shelf. Every time I open a book, I’m on vacation. It’s heaven.
2) What inspired the story for the Bad Luck Bride?
In 2013, I attended a Cherry Adair plotting class at the Kansas City Romantic Times Convention, my very first reader event. Even though I had read romance for years, I’d never attended such a wonderful gathering of like-minded romance lovers. That week started with warm sunshine then the temperature plummeted and it snowed about two inches. For whatever reason during that crazy week, I dreamed up the Cavensham family. I immediately envisioned a loving family who banded together when any member of the family faced some type of obstacle. Since Claire, the heroine of The Bad Luck Bride, was the oldest cousin, it made sense that her story came first.
3) What are favorite and least favorite romance tropes to read (and/or use)?
Great question! I adore marriage of convenience/forced marriage and enemies to lovers tropes. Plus, who doesn’t love a beauty and the beast themed story? In all these tropes, the conflict and tension create a delicious chemistry between the couple. Really, I’m game for anything as long as the story moves me.
4) Is there a genre(s) you think you might like to write one of these days?
I actually had outlined a contemporary series based upon a group of lawyers living in Kansas City. The premise consisted of these lawyers trying to get their lives back on track after making career-threatening mistakes. I’m talking expulsion-from-the-state-bar and losing-your-license-to-practice mistakes. Imagine how they’d handle the stress of hitting rock bottom when they meet their soul mates? I’m rubbing my hands together in anticipation.
But for right now, I’m in love with the Regency, and don’t believe I’ll stray very far from this genre, at least not in the foreseeable future. I just finished the story of Lady Emma Cavensham and Nick St. Mauer, the Earl of Somerton. They were a lovely couple to write, and I look forward to bringing you more of the Cavensham family’s stories.
5) Why do you think readers will like/love Alex and Claire? (Tell us a little about them!)
After four failed engagements, Claire Cavensham, the heroine of The Bad Luck Bride, believes she’s cursed. At least, that’s what the London gossipmongers are saying. When she’s publicly humiliated by her fourth fiancé, Alex Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke swoops in to rescue Claire like a knight in shining armor with the announcement that he and Claire have agreed to marry. Claire walks away believing he’s not serious. But Alex is very serious. He’s determined to marry Claire for revenge against her fourth fiancé who Alex believes mistreated his sister. The couple marries without Claire knowing the truth. Both believe they’re building a happy marriage. However, when Claire discovers Alex’s reasons behind his proposal, the couple has to fight to save their marriage. As they find their way together, both come to realize they must forgive not only others, but themselves if they want a happy ever after.
Claire and Alex’s reactions to their circumstances are real, but it’s their grace and heartfelt emotion for each other that make this couple so special. I hope the reader roots for them through their individual trials and celebrates with them in their triumphs. Simply put, I hope the reader falls in love with them the way that I did.
6) Last but not least, what is your next read!
Hmm, I’m anxiously awaiting the new Christina Lauren novel, Dating You, Hating You. I’m a huge fan of theirs. I read a lot of contemporary and of course, historical. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole is next up on my kindle. I can’t wait to start it. On my nook, I just finished Kylie Scott’s Twist – I’m in love with her Stage Dive and Dive Bar series! Next read on my nook is Laura Florand’s Once Upon a Rose.
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Alex smiled in earnest. “I would never allow you to be humiliated in front ofsociety. I’m trying to help you.” Somehow, he had to convince her of that fact, then the idea of marrying him would be much easier to accept.
She blinked rapidly, then turned back to him and, for an instant, appeared startled to see him there. “That’s very gallant, my lord. Truly, thank you for the effort. But I must leave.”
This night could not end with her escaping, so he tried another tactic. “You need to protect your Wrenwood estate and your wealth from lechers who would feed upon your vulnerability. Not to mention stop that ridiculous curse.”
“I have two.” She held up two gloved fingers.
“Two? Two what? Curses?” No one at his club had uttered a peep about another curse.
“Estates. I have two estates, Wrenwood and Lockhart.” She returned his stare.
Her answer was unexpected, but his business experience had taught him to show nothing. The report from his private investigator had not mentioned additional properties.
Thoughts were percolating if she chose to disclose this information.
A razor of lightning split the sky. She flinched and took a step closer to him, but her reaction had nothing to do with him. It was the storm.
Her gaze darted to the exit of the alcove, then she returned her attention to him.
With a slight shrug of her shoulders, his evening jacket fell into her hands. She offered it to him. “My lord, good night.” Outside their hideaway, the voices of a man and a woman floated in the air.
Alex put his hand on her shoulder to prevent her escape. “Will you give me some
assistance? I seem to have lost my valet.” He quirked an eyebrow. “Besides, if you leave now, whoever is out there will see us.”
She ventured a halfhearted grin and held his jacket in two hands. With a little persistence, he wrestled his way into the evening coat. Her hands smoothed the material across his shoulders and back, causing a pleasant sensation to cascade through him at the slight touch.
Claire took several steps toward the pathway. In a flash, he moved beside her and grasped her elbow. When he brought her close, something flared between them as he gazed into her haunted eyes. Whether the desire to keep her next to him was passion or the need to protect a vulnerable woman made little difference. He pulled her into the shadows and brought his mouth to her ear. “Wait until they pass.” The warmth from her skin beckoned.
A flash of lightning lit the gardens and the alcove.
With a gentle hand, he pushed her against the wall and stood to the side so he
blocked her body from view.
A clap of thunder cracked as if the sky were breaking. It rolled into a loud rumble that refused to die.
“Please.” Her whisper grew ragged as she struggled for breath. In one fluid motion, she pulled the lapels of his evening coat toward her. She buried her face against his chest and pressed the rest of her body to his, almost as if she sought sanctuary inside.
“Don’t leave me.” Her voice had weakened, the sound fragile, as if she’d break into a million pieces.
“I won’t. I promise.” Alex pulled her tight. One hand sank into the soft satin of her skirts while the other slid around the nape of her neck to hold her close to his chest. It was the most natural thing in the world to hold her. Her body fit perfectly against his.
With the slightest movement, she pulled away. Her eyes wildly searched his. For what, he couldn’t fathom.
He lowered his mouth until his lips were mere inches from tasting her. Madness had consumed him. All he wanted was to kiss her thoroughly until she forgot her fear—until she forgot everything but him.
Her breath mingled with his, and the slight moan that escaped her was intoxicating. Nothing in his entire life felt as right as this moment. He bent to brush his lips against hers.
“Pembrooke? Have you seen Lady—”
Claire leaned back and released his lapels. Without her warmth, he experienced a sudden loss of equilibrium. He turned with a snarl to greet the intruders.
Immediately, Lord Fredrick Honeycutt and his sister, Lady Sophia, took a step back as their eyes grew round as dinner plates.
The first to recover, Honeycutt announced, “I see you found Lady Claire.” He bowed his head slightly, then lowered his voice. “The Duke of Langham is looking for his niece and is directly behind us.”
A sense of wariness flooded Alex’s mind when Claire’s uncle strolled forward and came into sharp focus. As he stood, his feet spread shoulder width apart, the duke’s presence commanded everyone’s attention. His visage held the hint of a smile, but the two large fists resting by his sides were the real barometer of his mood. “Claire, are you all right?”
The affection in his voice was at odds with the fury flashing in his eyes.
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