Thursday, August 10, 2017

4 stars-- Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After #2) by Tessa Dare

I read my first Tessa Dare!! Yall! I'd been SO nervous! Everyone loves her and I was all panicky that I'd be the odd girl out. lol I needn't have worried. Say Yes to the Marquess was delightful!

The Gist? Clio's fiance has strung her along for 8 long years while he travels the world. She's damn tired of waiting and ready to take matters into her own hands. Namely...breaking their engagement. She just needs is his brother--who's managing things-- to sign some papers. Blast the man. He thinks she should plan the wedding instead and jumps in to help do just that.

"Ideal for a wedding, then." His voice tightened with exertion. (he's doing pull ups)

"I suppose it could be. For someone. But I'm on my way there today, and I stopped by to--"

"Inform me." Lift.

"Yes, and also--"

"To ask for money." Lift. "I just told you, you're free to spend as much on the wedding as you wish. Send the bills to my brother's men of business."

Clio squeezed her eyes shut, then opened them. "Lord Rafe, please. Would you kindly stop--"

"Finishing your sentences?"

She suppressed a little growl.
Clio was a wonderful heroine. I loved that she was going after the life she wanted-- managing her own land, starting a brewery. She's smart, kind, determined, and has a strength about her. On the outside she may seem the proper polite society miss but inside she's got fire burning.

And Rafe. He's Clio's exact opposite. He spurned polite society years ago to become a champion prizefighter. He's rough around the edges and a bit of a brute but dotes on elderly bulldogs and is a good man with a good heart.

I really had fun watching the two of them as he tries to convince her to go through with the wedding to his brother. Cake tastings, scandalous wedding dresses, dealing with relatives. Watching their attraction grow as they get to know one another as adults-- they'd grown up together. They were really rather perfect together. Lots of sexual tension with just a bit of heat towards the end.

Overall, Say Yes to the Marquess was charming and lovely little adventure.

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.

Amazon | Goodreads | Dare on HCBS
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