One of the best things I got out of the book, besides a good story is how the author deals with the feeling of marriage taking away a woman's identity. The heroine want freedom to be herself. Her mother says,"What do you think freedom is?" "Independance." Her mother says"...True freedom is not independance..It is choice." It took me years to figure that one out.
With his brother and sister-in-law away on their honeymoon, Tye McBride is watching over his nieces, better known as "The McBride Menaces". The girls have decided that Uncle Tye needs a wife, but marriage is the last thing on Tye's mind. He's already dodging prospective brides after the local newspaper ran an article about his inheritance. Claire Donovan has arrived in town to open a new bakery. After jilting her fiance at the altar, Claire also wants to steer clear of marriage. But a Bad Luck Wedding Cake and the girls meddling grandmother force Tye and Claire into a marriage of convenience...a marriage that may be just what the need.
This book is a follow-up to "The Bad Luck Wedding Dress". I love the humor in these books, especially some of the mischief that the Menaces get into. I especially loved their fortune-telling fish named Spike. But I didn't care for Tye's continuous insistence that he was not good enough for Claire. That got old very quickly. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
Claire came to Forth Worth to open a bakery and be independent. What she finds is Tye McBride, a sexy single man. A man dedicated to his three wacky neices, known about town as the McBride Menaces. This really is an adorable book.
The McBride Menaces are back! Fort Worth is still the scene and its a while later than the first book (THE BAD LUCK WEDDING DRESS). While Trace and Jenny are on an extended honeymoon, Tye is taking his chances with the Menaces hes renamed the McBride Blessings.
Tye is going to have a hard time referring to them as Blessings while they work to get him married off to Loretta Davis (who already has a beau). In the meantime, the newspaper prints a story about Tye being a member of the British aristocracy and Fort Worth women are after him.
With the Blessings on the job, just how long can it take for Tye to see reason (and love)? Claire Donovan has run away from a fiancé that she wasn't willing to marry; now shes moved to Fort Worth and opened a confectionery shop (downstairs from where the Blessings and Tye are living) that has magic cakes, muffins and cookies.
Although attracted to Tye, she has problems of her own and lacks the time to work on a relationship with Tye. The secondary characters that made the first book of this series funny are here again.
To me, this book seemed funnier than but not quite as interesting as the first book. Dont get me wrong, I can hardly wait to find another of her books. Maybe I shouldn't have read the two books so closely together; it set my expectations very high. Delightful!
Bad Luck Brides
1. The Bad Luck Wedding Dress (1996)
2. The Bad Luck Wedding Cake (1998)
3. Cold Feet (2000) (in A Season in the Highlands)
4. The Bad Luck Wedding Night (2001)
5. Her Bodyguard (2005)
6. Her Scoundrel (2005)
7. Her Outlaw (2007)
The most eligible bachelor in town, sexy Tye McBride steers clear of marriage-hungry females. Once betrayed by love, he's vowed never to go soft over a lady again. Besides, he has his hands full minding his mischievous nieces, known as the McBride Menaces. But now that his lawyer has told him to either wed or lose guardianship, he sees Claire Donovan as the perfect bride, in name only -- except something about her makes him dizzy with desire. And something about him makes her breathless. Something could complicate their best-laid plans. Something like...magic.
Claire Donovan came to Ft Worth to open a bakery and find independance, not a husband. For generations, a secret formula called MAGIC made Donovan family confections strangely irrisistible....until Claire jilted the fiance her family chose for her.Now the say that her broken engagemaent branded their cakes bad luck--and their buisness will go bankrupt unless she ties the knot.
The most eligible bachelor in town, Tye OBallivan, steers clear of marriage hungry females. Once betrayed by love, he's vowed never to go soft on a lady again. Besides he has his hands full minding his mischievious nieces, known as the McBride Menaces. But now that his lawyer has told him to either wed or lose his guardianship, he sees Claire as the perfect bride--in name only.-except something about her makes him dizzy with desire. And something about him makes her breathless. Something could complicate the best-laid plans. Something like MAGIC