by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #2
Genres: Historical Romance
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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? 1. He starts with flowers. A wedding can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.2. He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.3.He doesn't kiss her. 4.If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again.5. When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off. 6. And no matter what—he doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.
Say Yes to the Marquess the second book in Tessa Dare’s Castle Ever After series was such a delicious romp. Take a strong, quirky, intelligent heroine and a ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake then, mix in a castle, meddlesome siblings and you have the makings of a brilliant tale that will make you laugh and swoon!
Clio Whitmore became betrothed to Pier Brandon eight years ago. He has been traveling abroad, and despite a few return visits, no marriage has been forthcoming. Dubbed Miss Wait-more by the ton Clio is done waiting. When she inherits a Castle, she makes plans to end the engagement but she needs Rafe Brandon’s help. Brandon is Pier’s younger brother, and his signature can release her. The tale that unfolds is delicious with moments of laughter and heated moments to make you swoon.
Tessa Dare introduced characters that are unique, flawed and guaranteed to wrap themselves around your heart. Clio is such a breath of fresh air. Beneath her proper facade, she is witty, intelligent and quite sure of what she wants. Rafe Brandon besides being positively yummy is a misunderstood younger brother who never quite measured up. I loved learning the many sides of him. His valiant attempts to convince Clio to marry his brother were touching. As his own feelings are revealed I melted for this charming man. Secondary characters were wonderful and added to the tale and our understanding of the hero and heroine. Clio’s sister and her snot of a husband had me wreathing. Her sixteen-year-old sister was such a surprise. She is geeky, brilliant and someone whose story I need to have. I cannot wait to see whom she finds a match with. Ms. Dare…we need her story! I enjoyed Rafe’s trainer and his concepts of society. Dare made all of these secondary characters memorable and I love when a writer adds this extra layer of depth.
The plot for Say Yes to the Marquess is simple and yet it could not be more complicated. Rafe asks for a week to prepare for his brother’s return and to convince Clio she should not break the engagement. She agrees if he promises to sign the papers at the end. Dare wove in twists, reveals and hilarious moments. Then she sprinkled in banter and delicious kisses before bringing us heat. The couple felt genuine, and while there was drama on the way to our HEA, it was not overdone.
Say Yes to the Marquess works as a standalone. The theme to this series is castles and romance. Dare delivered another winner and I closed this book with a smile on my face.