Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 6 February, 2015 by Amanda / 12 Comments

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare {Amanda’s Review}Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #2
Also in this series: Romancing the Duke, When a Scot Ties the Knot
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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.

All the swoons for Dare’s latest.

My Thoughts on Say Yes to the Marquess

As the first book I read in 2015, Say Yes to the Marquess is going to be difficult to equal — or top. All the swoons for Say Yes to the Marquess. All. The. Swoons.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m not a fan of books where the hero or heroine is engaged to someone else. But Tessa Dare makes this one work, likely for two reasons: one, Clio has been waiting for eight long years for her fiance to show up and marry her (bad form, Piers, bad form), and two, Rafe Brandon.

Because Rafe Brandon is the reason for all those swoons. Despite being a prizefighter and convinced of his unworthiness for ton society at large, he cares. He cares a lot. And he’s determined to make things right. Even though his version of right is quite wrong. (Because right doesn’t involve Clio marrying Rafe’s brother.)

As for Clio, she was nice. Too nice, almost, because she let people walk all over her. Part of her transformation in Say Yes to the Marquess was to stand up for herself and what she wanted, rather than let her family dictate who and what she was.

And when you put Rafe and Clio together (who have some fun chemistry and plenty of history, having grown up together), you get one ridiculously awesome book. But I expect nothing less from Tessa Dare. The deeper I get into writing, the harder it is to remove the analytical side of reading, where it feels easy to guess the author’s intentions. But Tessa Dare? I was just a reader reading an awesome story.

Also, I kinda want Piers’s story now (because his reason for staying away was interesting) and I also want Phoebe’s story, because she’s got character. Frankly, I just liked all the characters. And I want MOAR. And to reread this book. And all the other Tessa Dare books. Because Tessa Dare.


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12 Responses to “Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Yay, I’m so glad that you liked this! I did, too. Tessa Dare knows how to put together an amazing historical romance novel. I just loved Rafe! And Clio. And all the characters, like you said. And I would also love for Piers to get his own story, too. I saw someone else say the same thing.
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    • I wonder if that means he will. There aren’t any details on the third book yet. =/ But it’s supposed to be out in August, so YAY!

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