All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! Could her run of bad luck finally be at an end? It’s highly doubtful in this writer’s humble opinion. —Midnight Cryer
No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse...especially once she realizes that Lord Pembrooke makes her want to believe she’s not a bad luck bride anymore...
Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper. The beguiling lady has no business laying claim to his heart. But as a mission of revenge turns into fiery passion, Alexander wants nothing more than to break Claire’s curse...and lead them both to their hearts’ desire. AMAZON 4 STARS
Good main characters, plenty of good emotional drama. While I liked this book, I can't say that it is on my list of favorites.
Lord Pembrooke has always been a calm, logical, good guy. However, when his sister commits suicide all bets are off. Alex had always been a voice of reason but now his very best friend, Somerton has taken up that role but is often unheeded by Alex. He ends up regretting that fact, because boy does he make a mess of things, more than once. I include Somerton in the evaluation that he was a good character in the book because he did add to the story.
Claire went through some incredible traumas and that was well portrayed I think. Her terror was easy to understand and it IS a wonder that she didn't lose her mind from what she went through at 10 years old. Claire had a great family, who loved her dearly and showed it. They also enriched the story.
What about Lord Paul Barstowe? Is he as evil as he appears? Or is he a misjudged good guy? Or a little of both? You will have to read the book to figure that out.
There is a H.E.A. and a good Epilogue.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.