Title: Say Yes to the Marquess
Author: Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After, book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon (December 30th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and . . . and . . . ?
After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.
Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother—even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.
So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride's cold feet?
● He starts with flowers. A wedding can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.
● He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.
● He doesn't kiss her.
● If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again.
● When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.
● And no matter what—he doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.
Clio Whitmore is tired of waiting for her non-show fiancé, Piers Brandon, the Marquess of Granville. She is also tired of being called Clio Wait-More by the ton. Eight years of waiting is enough and now that she has inherited a castle she doesn’t need a marriage she doesn’t want, she can be an independent woman all on her own. With that in mind she goes to Piers’ brother, Rafe, for help. Since Piers’ absence Rafe has been in charge of Piers affairs. Clio asks him to sign the annulment papers for her engagement, but he refuses to sign them.
Clio moves to her castle where she receives her sisters and the surprising visit of Rafe. Piers is coming back soon and Rafe is determined to have everything wedding relating ready for his return, including a happy and willing bride. With that in mind he starts to shower Clio with flowers, cakes, dresses, and everything he can think of, just to show her how beautiful her wedding could be. The only problem is he’s making her want a wedding, but not with Piers, but with him.
Rafe has be in love of Clio since he was a child; trying to convince her to marry his brother has brought back of the feelings he had kept suppressed for many years, but Clio is not only his brother’s fiancé, he also doesn’t have anything good to offer to her. He’s a second son, with no money, a bad reputation and a career as a pugilist, he’s no worthy of a woman like Clio or at least that is what he thinks.
I loved Clio and her inner strength. She’s also smart, funny, caring and all around an easy to cheer for heroine.
Rafe, Oh my! He’s a swoon worthy hero. He doesn’t believe in himself, he was rejected by his father and by society. He has made a name as a prizefighter, but even though he’s proud of what he has achieved he knows is not a good profession for a man of the ton, for that reason he doesn’t believe he’s good enough for Clio. Did I say swoon worthy hero? OMG! He’s just delicious; he is sweet, fun, and all around a wonderful man.
Clio and Rafe’s romance is one of those I love, the ones that develop slowly and make you fall in love with them at the same time they are falling in love with each other. Their chemistry is off the charts and the smexy times are not only hot as hell but also candy sweet.
The secondary characters made of Say Yes to the Marquess an even more enjoyable book. From them the ones I liked the most are Clio’s little sister, Phoebe and (starting this book I didn’t thought I would say this) Rafe’s brother, Piers. I really hope they both get their own books.
Do you know those feel-good-leave-you-with-a-smile-on-your-face-books, this is one of those books. I loved everything about this book, the characters, the story, the romance, the humor, everything! So much, that now while writing this review I feel I need to read it again. Yes, it was that good.
Say Yes to the Marquess proves once again why Tessa Dare is considered one of the best history romance writers. Even though Say Yes to the Marquess is the second book in the series it can be read as a stand alone without a problem. I recommend Say Yes to the Marquess to historical romance fans or to anyone who wants to read a fun, sweet, cute and romantic story.
I’m looking forward to next book in the series, When a Scot Ties the Knot, to be released on August 15th, 2015.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
Romancing the Duke
Say Yes to the Marquess (December 30th)
When a Scot Ties the Knot (August 15th, 2015)
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