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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare- A Book Review

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.

Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After, #2)Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare is a 2014 Avon Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This is a wonderful, well rounded, entertaining historical romance from Tessa Dare.

Clio is tired of waiting for her fiance to return and go through with their arranged marriage. She has been fortunate enough to inherit a castle and wishes to have her freedom. This involved having papers signed that will officially break the engagement and set her free. So, Clio searches out her fiance's brother, Rafe. She will have him sign the dissolution papers and be on her way. But, Rafe refuses to sign the papers. Instead, he insist on helping Clio plan her wedding.

Rafe, is the second son and mostly left to his own devices by his family. He is a boxer and has other business plans as well, which is why he needs his brother to follow through with this wedding. So, he sets out to convince Clio that she will be very happy and have everything she ever wanted if she goes forth with the wedding.

Clio is more than skeptical and has already made up her mind against a loveless marriage. So, Rafe pulls out every trick in the book to no avail. In the meantime, he is finding himself beginning to understand Clio's point of view more and more, but he still can not sign those papers... even though he is falling love with his brother's fiance.

Tessa Dare has a voice that is unique and speaks to her readers in a special way. I thoroughly enjoyed this refreshing historical that left out all the pomp and circumstance of regency romance. Instead, the characters were real, sincere, human and each had an almost palpable loneliness about them which will make you root for them all the more. The pace is excruciating at times because the tension between Clio and Rafe was so thick I couldn't stand the suspense. Humor, true love, hot love scenes, and sweet, heart tugging moments makes this one a 5 star read.



Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.

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