Say Yes to the Marquess
Castles Ever After #2
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.
I have now read 5 historical romance novels. I have been trying to test different authors to see who I like, who I don’t and to get a general feel of the genre. So far I have read Sarah MacLean (The Rouge Not Taken), Lisa Kleypas (Mine Till Midnight), Julia Quinn (The Duke and I) and Tessa Dare (Romancing the Duke & Say Yes to the Marquess).
For the most part I’ve enjoyed all of them. I had some issues with The Duke and I, (I have a review scheduled for my Historical Thursday #3 in May which will explain those issues) but I am still looking forward to reading more of Quinn’s work. But for now, it’s safe to say that Tessa Dare is my favorite of the four authors. I’ve read 2 of her books! And I’ve loved them both to pieces. I can’t even decide which one I liked more.
I loved Clio and that she was so adamant about ending her engagement and starting her own business at the castle she had inherited. And I loved Rafe and all the effort he put in to convincing her to marry his brother. And I loved them together. (Can you tell I loved the book?) Their relationship was adorable and I thought they complimented each other perfectly. The banter, as always, was hilarious, built upon years of being acquainted with one another. And can we talk about that cake fight scene? That’s the rom-com gold and I couldn’t keep a smile off my face the entire time.
I have absolutely no problem with the fact that they were falling in love while she was still engaged to his brother. If this had been a contemporary romance or if Clio and Piers had been a love match to start with, I would have taken issue, but no fucks were given here.
I hate to say that I found fault with one minor plot point, but it was towards the end. It had to do with how they finally handled the ever absent third point of the triangle (for lack of a better word), Clio’s fiancé and Rafe’s brother Piers. I would have preferred it to have gone down slightly differently, but you can’t always get what you want and it didn’t ruin the ending for me.
I will definitely be reading When a Scot Ties a Knot and everything else Tessa Dare has ever written, but I am going to try and spread it out so I don’t go through the backlist too quickly!