Title: Say Yes to the Marquess
Author: Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: Published December 30th 2014 by Avon Romance
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“At some point, while you were roaming the globe, making treaties and dividing the spoils of war, I quietly declared my own independence. I am the sovereign nation of Clio now. And there will be no terms of surrender.”
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.
4 of 5 stars to Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
This was a cute and fun read. Despite having read a lot of historical romance and possibly having read the same plot over and over again, I find this book quite refreshing. Yes, the plot is cliched but the story execution is superb and the approach to this certain “cliched” situations are dealt with an air of maturity (by the characters) and slight originality (as penned by the author). What a nice surprise. And oh, the cover art is lovely. This book truly deserves a high rating. Clio and Rafe were cute together. Where I thought Clio would be timid, shy and easily hurt, I found out she was quite impressive with her abundant knowledge and emotional strength. She is very understanding too (that’s a rare quality in historical romance heroines, and heroes for that matter).