Review: Say Yes to the Marquess

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Say Yes to the Marquess

Castles Ever After #2

Tessa Dare

4.5stars


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.

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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!

Historical Romance Thursday #2

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Romancing the Duke

Castles Ever After #1

Tessa Dare

4.5stars


 

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?
Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?

No, no, and… Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.

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I really need to start rating based on genre because within the HR genre (yeah I’ve only read like 3, but still) this definitely should have 5 stars.  Maybe I’ll figure out  away to do that someday.

But I loved this book.  While I really enjoyed both Izzy and Ransom as individuals, it was their relationship which made this book.  The banter was awesome and I love a good “hate to love” trope.  While I’m usually not a fan of the tortured hero, Ransom was just the right amount of cocky to make up for it.  Plus he did tend to veer away from self pity for the most part.

The Goodnight Tales (was that what they were called? Curse my memory) and the whole Moranglian subplot was one I actually enjoyed as well.  I didn’t think I would but I really, really did.  It was a bit over the top but whatever.  It definitely added to the charm of this novel

I’d heard that Tessa Dare wrote funny books, and I was really happy that I agree! I actually laughed quite a few times.  Real laughs too, not just a little chuckle which is what usually happens.

This is a really shitty review and I feel like I nothing I say can even show how much I loved this book.  If you haven’t read it and you are into historical romances definitely pick it up.  It is so much fun. I definitely plan to continue this series and I’m really looking forward to reading more of Tessa Dare’s novels.

Just One More

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Just One More is a weekly feature where I gather the books I have added to my TBR in the past week.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 1.11.38 PMInto The Dim

by Janet B Taylor

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.

Time travel. I’m in.
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Beyond the Red

by Ava Jae

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

I might take this one off eventually, but for now it sounds interesting.  I mean, I’m sure there will be, but I’m still hoping for no romance between Kora and Eros…I’m not a huge fan of slave/master love stories.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 1.13.29 PMA Fierce and Subtle Poison

by Samantha Mabry

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

I have this ARC. It sounds pretty interesting and I like that it takes place in Puerto Rico.

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Bleeding Earth

by Kaitlin Ward

Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete, even in water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones.

Lea wants to ignore the blood. She wants to spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, in public, if only Aracely wasn’t so afraid of her father. Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home. Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and Aracely whatever way she can.

1. F/F relationship 2. the earth is bleeding?? What is this? Sign me up.
 

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 1.12.47 PMBlack Wolves

by Kate Elliott

An exiled captain returns to help the son of the king who died under his protection in this rich and multi-layered first book in an action-packed new series.

Twenty two years have passed since Kellas, once Captain of the legendary Black Wolves, lost his King and with him his honor. With the King murdered and the Black Wolves disbanded, Kellas lives as an exile far from the palace he once guarded with his life.

Until Marshal Dannarah, sister to the dead King, comes to him with a plea-rejoin the palace guard and save her nephew, King Jehosh, before he meets his father’s fate.

I found this through twitter and apparently women play a pretty big role so I am totally into this. Plus I already have another of Kate Elliot’s books on my TBR so I might as well add some more! 

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by Suri Rosen

When 16-year-old Raina Resnick is expelled from her Manhattan private school, she’s sent to live with her strict aunt-but Raina feels like she’s persona non grata no matter where she goes. Her sister, Leah, blames her for her broken engagement, and she’s a social pariah at her new school. In the tight-knit Jewish community, Raina finds she is good at one thing: matchmaking! As the anonymous “MatchMaven,” Raina sets up hopeless singles desperate to find the One.

Can she find the perfect match for her sister and get back on her good side, or will her secret life catch up with her?

It’s really depressing how many books have Jewish characters especially ones that aren’t about the Holocaust. This is one I really want to see more of in YA. It might not be as important as POC, disabilities or the LGBTQ communities, but the best part is that characters can be all of those things and JEWISH as well:).

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 1.12.10 PMThe Glittering Court

by Richelle Mead

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands.

I’ll probably wait for the reviews on this one as I haven’t read a Richelle Mead book yet.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 1.12.02 PMCurse of the Cailleach

By Navessa Allen

My life was good. I had a loving family, a thousand acres to roam, and plenty of deer to hunt. What more could a werewolf ask for?

Then my younger brother and twenty three other members of our pack were struck ill by a mysterious wasting sickness. My best friend Casey and I were sent on a recon mission to find out what the local clan of Celts knew about it. Turned out, they knew a hell of a lot more than we bargained for.

Now we’re stuck in the seventeenth century Scottish Highlands, struggling to find some way home. Oh yeah, and there’s a war going on. Everyone’s trying to kill each other. And us.

The good: men in kilts.

The bad: no bazooka to use against the men in kilts.

I guess claws will have to do.

This is a Work in Progress and the first 6 chapters are currently available to read on Navessa Allen’s blog…for FREE.  GO READ IT!!!

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by William Ritter

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

This sequel to Jackaby. It’s on order at my library and I can’t wait to check it out.

I also added 2 historical romances because I am trying to broaden the types of genres I read.

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 Because it takes place in the Hudson Valley region of New York where I am from.