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Title: Say Yes to the Marquess
Author: Tessa Dare
Publisher: Published December 30th 2014 by Avon
ISBN: 9780062240200
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4.6 out of 5

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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 rut 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.

30 review for Say Yes to the Marquess

  1. 4 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    I know I gave this book 3 stars, but for me, it was a vast, vast disappointment. I absolutely loved the first book. I raved about it. I was dead set on falling in love with this one. Sadly, it was not to be. It was a good book, don't get me wrong, but it just...deflated along the way. 100 pages into the book, I was intent on giving this a 4 or a 5, and ready to proclaim Tessa Dare the new Julia Quinn. The book had numerous moments of wit, humor, but it developed into something that was forced. Th I know I gave this book 3 stars, but for me, it was a vast, vast disappointment. I absolutely loved the first book. I raved about it. I was dead set on falling in love with this one. Sadly, it was not to be. It was a good book, don't get me wrong, but it just...deflated along the way. 100 pages into the book, I was intent on giving this a 4 or a 5, and ready to proclaim Tessa Dare the new Julia Quinn. The book had numerous moments of wit, humor, but it developed into something that was forced. The romance didn't develop well. The whole boxer-bad boy thing didn't do it for me. There were hilarity aplenty, but it didn't feel like it fit within the book and the time frame. There were elements that I felt were completely out of place, for instance, the autistic sister, the childhood "humiliation" from her mother, the commoner brute disguised as a foppish nobleman, and above all, the stupid, nearly dead, flatulent, disgusting dog. I hated that dog. I seriously hated that dog. It was a forced attempt at adorability (that's a word because I said so) that I despise. Really, am I supposed to fall in love with a disgusting dog that's more a product of taxidermy than a living, breathing (farting), creature? There were also the unfleshed out relationships between the sisters, and my greatest disappointment was the unbuilt and largely nonexistent relationship between the hero and his brother (and love interest). This was a love triangle that I WANTED to develop (holy shit, right?!). It was not to be, it was eliminated as quickly as it appeared, and nobody was more disappointed than me. Detailed review to come when I have time from my 60 hour work week. Which may be never ;_;

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    3.5 stars As a historical romance writer, Tessa Dare writes brilliant contemporaries. Tessa Dare is still one of my favourite authors. However, the doubts that I expressed in my review of the first book of this series, Romancing the Duke have only been amplified in this one. Though I've loved Ms Dare's previous titles - despite the anachronisms - this latest series (and book) takes it all just one step too far. Historical accuracy has never been one of the hallmarks of Tessa Dare's romances. But 3.5 stars As a historical romance writer, Tessa Dare writes brilliant contemporaries. Tessa Dare is still one of my favourite authors. However, the doubts that I expressed in my review of the first book of this series, Romancing the Duke have only been amplified in this one. Though I've loved Ms Dare's previous titles - despite the anachronisms - this latest series (and book) takes it all just one step too far. Historical accuracy has never been one of the hallmarks of Tessa Dare's romances. But after reading this one, she may as well be writing contemporaries. It's way too modern and there's simply not enough historical flavour and context to the story. A number of historical romance writers are currently either leaving historicals completely, or branching out into contemporaries. Many of my favourites, including Courtney Milan, Elizabeth Hoyt, Victoria Vane are taking the leap, successfully. Tessa Dare is in my opinion, one of the finest writers of romantic comedy. Ever. Without a shadow of a doubt, she could take the contemporary romance genre by storm. Take the step, Ms Dare. Go on, you know you want to.

  3. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    4 scrumptious say yes, Yes, YES! stars! Tessa Dare's Castles Ever After series is just so much fun! She's given historical romance a refreshing twist while staying true to what we love most about the genre. About the story... Say Yes to the Marquess is the second book in the series, and tells the story of two of society's less...acceptable...peers - Clio Whitmore who has been given the nick name Miss Wait-More thanks to her eight year engagement to Piers Brandon who seems in no hurry to tie the kn 4 scrumptious say yes, Yes, YES! stars! Tessa Dare's Castles Ever After series is just so much fun! She's given historical romance a refreshing twist while staying true to what we love most about the genre. About the story... Say Yes to the Marquess is the second book in the series, and tells the story of two of society's less...acceptable...peers - Clio Whitmore who has been given the nick name Miss Wait-More thanks to her eight year engagement to Piers Brandon who seems in no hurry to tie the knot, and Rafe Brandon, Piers' black-sheep brother who prefers the title of Champion Pugilist to any he'd carry due to his bloodline. But eight years have given Clio enough time to realize that she wants more from life than to be the property of a man who doesn't care for her. She wants to be independent, to make her own choices. And if she ever does decide to marry it'll be to someone like Rafe, a man she loves. Rafe knows he's been a constant disappointment to his family, so when it comes to watching over Clio until his brother returns from his wanderings to claim his bride, he's not going to let anything, not even Clio's decision not to marry Piers, stand in the way of holy matrimony. My thoughts... There are only a handful of authors who can pen a tale guaranteed to sweep me off my feet, and Tessa Dare is one of them. Rafe and Clio are proof that opposites attract, and attract with a chemistry that burns up the pages. The supporting cast is made up of great characters, but Phoebe, Clio's sister...that is a girl I adore and want to see her find her happily ever after with a man who will love her for all her...quirks. The bottom line... This is a book that can be read alone, so if you're thinking about beginning this series but aren't quite sure, think no more. I love the way this story unfolds and, like all of Tessa Dare's stories, it's an entertaining, passionate, and fun read. I can't wait for more!!!!! An eARC of this story was provided by Avon Books via Edelweiss. To show my appreciation I'm giving them an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This wasn't the best, but it was still cute. I'm not always sold on Tessa Dare's heroes, but I do seem to always like her heroines. They aren't the typical historical romance girl, and (to me) that's enjoyable. I guess I like that they're plucky and not quite proper? Anyway, Clio is done waiting on her fiancee to return home and marry her. They've been engaged forever, and at this point, she's the butt of jokes because of him. She's recently inherited a castle (because, duh. That's what this serie This wasn't the best, but it was still cute. I'm not always sold on Tessa Dare's heroes, but I do seem to always like her heroines. They aren't the typical historical romance girl, and (to me) that's enjoyable. I guess I like that they're plucky and not quite proper? Anyway, Clio is done waiting on her fiancee to return home and marry her. They've been engaged forever, and at this point, she's the butt of jokes because of him. She's recently inherited a castle (because, duh. That's what this series is about!) which she believes can turn a profit, and she's determined to get out of this embarrassing engagement. All she has to do is get her fiancee's brother (who basically has power of attorney) to nullify their agreement. By the way, the brother (aka love interest) is a boxer... Mmmmm. Sexxxxy! He (for a multitude is ridiculous reasons) wants her to go through with the marriage. So, he basically becomes a wedding planner in an attempt to sway her decision. HILARITY ENSUES! Ok. Not really. But some of it was cute, and I giggled a few times. If you're looking for something to read at the beach, you could do worse than this. Which, I'll admit sounds like I didn't like it, but I did! I flew through in a a day or two, and it left me with a smile on my face. Can't ask for much more than that, right? Oh. And I almost forgot. There's an aging, gross dog thrown in for good measure...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tessa Dare

    It's coming!! December 30, 2014 Pre-order available now. :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    It's official. I'm trash for this series. I LOVED that this featured an independent young woman who challenged inequality between men and women and that masturbation was openly discussed and that this was mainly about the main character learning to love herself and become who she's meant to be and IT JUST GAVE ME ALL THE FEELS. THIS SERIES IS DA BEST.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*

    I LOVE Tessa Dare’s books! They are romantic, sexy, funny and full of wonderful characters that always capture my heart. I was totally captivated by SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS from start to finish. LORD RAFE BRANDON Rafe Brandon was a black sheep. A hotheaded rebel. The Devil’s Own. He was known throughout England for being quick, crude, strong, dangerous. I love that, beneath that tough exterior, Rafe hides a tender, vulnerable heart. As a boy, he longed to be the sort of son his father could love, I LOVE Tessa Dare’s books! They are romantic, sexy, funny and full of wonderful characters that always capture my heart. I was totally captivated by SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS from start to finish. LORD RAFE BRANDON Rafe Brandon was a black sheep. A hotheaded rebel. The Devil’s Own. He was known throughout England for being quick, crude, strong, dangerous. I love that, beneath that tough exterior, Rafe hides a tender, vulnerable heart. As a boy, he longed to be the sort of son his father could love, studious and level-headed like his older brother, Piers, and someone his father could be proud of. However, Rafe was big and rough and, by nature, impulsive and unruly, preferring outdoor pursuits to studying. Finally, things came to a head with his father and he was banished from the house. He is forced to make a life for himself and prizefighting gives him that chance and provides the discipline he has always lacked. MISS CLIO WHITMORE “I quietly declared my own independence. I am the sovereign nation of Clio now. And there will be no terms of surrender.” I love this determination she has to grasp her independence and live her own life and inheriting Twill Castle means she doesn’t need the security of marriage anymore. She has learnt a lot about herself during the past eight years and knows her own capabilities. I love the idea of her opening a brewery and her wide spectrum of reading during the lonely eight years has provided her with the necessary knowledge. Unlike so many heroines, she is curvaceous and I hated her mother for so cruelly trying to mould Clio into something she isn’t. Clio and Rafe had such wonderful chemistry and watching their romance unfold was an absolute delight. It was funny, poignant, romantic and sensual and here are just a few of my favourite moments. “And for every crusading knight who won a tournament for his lady in this castle, I promise you— there were a hundred men who spent a solid decade scratching themselves and having pissing contests from the ramparts.” “I’m a faithful, drooling little thing you want to keep alive, so Piers can come home and pat me on the head. Toss me a biscuit, perhaps.” The image erupted in his mind’s eye, as unbidden as it vivid. Clio. Breathless. Naked. Under him. Stripped of all good manners and inhibitions. Begging him to learn her every secret shade of pink. Rafe blinked hard. Then he took that mental image and filed it away under pleasant sounding Impossibilities. Right between “flying carriage” and “beer fountain”. They kissed and kissed, as the rain fell around them. It was so absurdly romantic, Clio thought her heart would burst. We’re going to drape her in silks. Drown her in flowers and fancy cakes, until she’s giddy with bridal excitement. In that moment, Clio looked inside her heart. It was the clearest glimpse she’d ever had. She saw the entirety of her future. Their future . The castle, the brewery . Children. Christmases and Easters and summer rain. “Clio, you are . . .” Sensual, alluring, voluptuous. “Beautiful.” As always, Ms Dare delighted me with a lively cast of secondary characters. There is “Sir Coxcomb and Lady Featherbrain” alias Daphne, Clio’s snobbish, overbearing sister and her husband, the preening, obnoxious prig, Sir Teddy Cambourne; smart, quirky Phoebe, Clio’s youngest sister, who sometimes says the most outrageous things; Bruno Aberforth Montague Esquire, alias Bruiser, Rafe’s trainer, who kept me thoroughly entertained with his capers; Piers, Rafe’s brother, who was certainly a surprise and definitely worthy of his own book. Last but not least, Ellingworth, the squattest,oldest, ugliest bulldog ever, who had me cheering when this happened… “Oh.” She clapped a hand to her mouth. “Oh, dear.” Evidently she wasn’t the only one who’d mistaken Daphne for statuary. Ellingworth was urinating on her foot. Once again, Tessa Dare enchanted me with her beautiful writing, her heart-warming stories, her endearing characters and her brilliant humour. REVIEW RATING: 5/5 STARS Castles Ever After series so far (click on the cover for more details): This review is also posted on my Rakes and Rascals blog: http://rakesandrascals.wordpress.com/...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    This was missing…..something I can’t quite put my finger on it but it needed a little dash of… OMG and I can’t believe I’m going to say this…. a love triangle. *Ducks Head from flying fruit and shoes* I NEVER really enjoy most love triangles but this book could have done with a little splash of one. Clio has been engaged to Piers for 8 years….8 years….8 years of him being away and them never getting married. It has become a big joke and a betting attraction in High Society as to IF there will eve This was missing…..something I can’t quite put my finger on it but it needed a little dash of… OMG and I can’t believe I’m going to say this…. a love triangle. *Ducks Head from flying fruit and shoes* I NEVER really enjoy most love triangles but this book could have done with a little splash of one. Clio has been engaged to Piers for 8 years….8 years….8 years of him being away and them never getting married. It has become a big joke and a betting attraction in High Society as to IF there will ever be a wedding. Well Clio is done with all of that. After she is left a castle by a dead relation she has no need to marry anymore and has set off to get Pier’s brother Rafe to sign some papers to dissolve the engagement contract. Except Rafe is bound and determined that Clio marry his brother so that Piers will settle down at home and Rafe can be free of handling all of the family business since his father’s death. Rafe will see them married even if he has to plan the entire wedding himself. He doesn’t love me.” “Of course he does. Or he will. Love has a way of creeping up on a man. I’d venture to say love has to creep up on a man. If men ever saw it coming, we’d only run away.” First there is Rafe will I like him, he is a ‘I’m a fighter not a lover’ sort of brute who is just a little misunderstood and broken. He has recently lost his championship boxing title and the only thing in the world he wants is to be left alone to he can train to reclaim it. Second there is Clio. I like her most of the time but she doesn’t compare to Izzy from Romancing the Duke was this incredible funny full of life heroine who wanted a whirlwind romance so much she was sometimes just cutely ridiculous. Clio gets a little whiny at times and lets people walk all over her. I totally get it, with the upbringing and her background and then Rafe the fighter is going to teach her how to fight for herself….it is cute but she annoyed me sometimes. At least Rafe didn’t see it as sulking he knows how much family can cut you. “Just because they're family doesn't mean they won't hurt you. It means they know how to cut deep.” And then there is the ever absent Piers who didn’t show up until really close to the end of this story. He doesn’t seem like a bad guy he is just absent. I really would have liked to see him or some form of him earlier perhaps in love letters, or something but he is just gone. Rafe and Clio do have some very tender and romantic moments together as they are thrown into some situations planning a wedding, the wedding Clio doesn’t want. I particularly liked the scene with the wedding cakes. While most of Clio’s family is dismal she does have one slightly odd and peculiar sister that at least I enjoyed. Pheobe is odd I love odd girls and I would read an entire story about someone trying to win her since she is freaking adorable. Lost in numbers, calculations and string Pheobe added a lot to the story for me. She is the one friend that Clio seems to have in her family. Everyone else who tried to help her seemed to hurt her and damage her more than anything else. But Pheobe adds just enough innocence and straight man comedy that she is who made me laugh the most. “Yes, but everyone has swans,” Daphne said. “They’re supposed to be romantic because they mate for life.” In the mirrored reflection, Phoebe arched one slender eyebrow. “So do vultures, wolves, and African termites. I haven’t seen any ice sculptures of them.” This isn’t my favorite Tessa Dare story she has a few that I enjoyed so much more but it still have some fun banter, cutesy scenes and tender moments. Romancing the Duke is a must in the Tessa Dare collection but this one is really just when you don’t have anything else going on.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    If you are going to read a series by this author, definitely go for the Spindle Cove series instead of this one. The first book was cute and funny enough, but this one just fell a bit flat. I never really fell in love with the characters. I think I liked the side characters better than either of the main couple. First, there is the sister who has some form of autism. She was pretty brilliant. When they are picking out an ice sculpture for the wedding and our main girl says "swans": "Yes, but every If you are going to read a series by this author, definitely go for the Spindle Cove series instead of this one. The first book was cute and funny enough, but this one just fell a bit flat. I never really fell in love with the characters. I think I liked the side characters better than either of the main couple. First, there is the sister who has some form of autism. She was pretty brilliant. When they are picking out an ice sculpture for the wedding and our main girl says "swans": "Yes, but everyone has swans,” Daphne said. “They’re supposed to be romantic because they mate for life.” In the mirrored reflection, Phoebe arched one slender eyebrow. “So do vultures, wolves, and African termites. I haven’t seen any ice sculptures of them.” I think I would pay good money for an African Termite ice sculpture. This is an African Termite mound. Even the giraffe is blown away by it. Holy Shit, dudes! Your home is fabulous! We should immortalize it in ice form and let it slowly melt into a giant punch bowl! Actually, I think I could make one of those ice sculptures myself. I'll need a chunk of an iceberg and a chain saw. Never mind that my hubs has forbidden me from going near the chain saw ever again. Everyone's fine now. Sheesh! Some people hold a grudge. Pinky toes aren't THAT important. The other side character that I loved was the main guy's trainer, who is posing as a gentleman. He has a secret weapon to fit in with high society: a monocle. Apparently they called them "quizzing glasses"? I don't get it. Anyway: "Someone talks over your head? Quizzing glass. Someone asks a question you can't answer? Quizzing glass." "You honestly think a stupid monocle is all you need to blend in with the aristocracy?" Bruiser raised the quizzing glass and peered at Rafe through the lens. Solemnly. The idiot might be onto something... Yes, a monocle makes anything classier. See? Point proven! So, there were funny moments, but they were usually from other characters. I never felt a huge connection to our main couple, and because of that, I didn't really care all that much about whether or not they got together.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Tessa Dare is quickly becoming a favorite author! Another fabulous performance by Carmen Rose, as well!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover

    Maybe I'm burned out with HR, but I've been trying to read this for a month, so I ended up just skimming the story. I do know it's not as good as Romancing the Duke IMO. I think maybe I'm just not into two brothers vying for the same girl. If you don't mind that storyline then you'll like this book:)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara (sarawithoutanH)

    I enjoyed this a lot more than Romancing the Duke. I really loved Clio - I liked her boldness and ambition. Also, Rafe was a vast improvement as far as love interests go (I really didn't like Ransom in RTD). Overall, this romance was cute. I'd recommend it if you're looking for something quick and fun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Vastly, hugely disappointing. I probably should have given less than 2 stars because I paid a lot of money for the ebook + audiobook and I could barely finish it. I'm utterly devastated because I loved the first in the series, but this was such a let down. First of all, the plot really made no sense. The whole conflict with Rafe trying to convince Clio to marry his brother though NO ONE wanted that scenario was very weak. I usually think that Tessa Dare does a brilliant job with plotting, but thi Vastly, hugely disappointing. I probably should have given less than 2 stars because I paid a lot of money for the ebook + audiobook and I could barely finish it. I'm utterly devastated because I loved the first in the series, but this was such a let down. First of all, the plot really made no sense. The whole conflict with Rafe trying to convince Clio to marry his brother though NO ONE wanted that scenario was very weak. I usually think that Tessa Dare does a brilliant job with plotting, but this one dragged with a plot that felt half-hearted. And the whole thing with Rafe prize fighting and being ejected from society, though he was a son of a marquess, also didn't make much sense. It was all such a mess, honestly, and I struggled my way through it. Clio belonged in a contemporary romance, not a historical romance. The whole book had no bearing on anything historical. Ugh. The narration was fair at best. I was annoyed at the narrator, and she didn't grow on me like she did in the first book in the series. I'm telling you, skip right over this one. My first Tessa Dare miss.

  14. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: Fat shaming and forced dieting by a parent (in the past. The character mentions it as something that used to happen) Okay, so here's the thing: these books are utterly ridiculous from start to finish. But they're also utterly enjoyable. They all seem to feature a female protagonist who's suddenly independent after being left a castle by her godfather in his will. They all seem to feature a slightly douchey male protagonist with a heart of gold who just needs to be taken down a p Trigger warnings: Fat shaming and forced dieting by a parent (in the past. The character mentions it as something that used to happen) Okay, so here's the thing: these books are utterly ridiculous from start to finish. But they're also utterly enjoyable. They all seem to feature a female protagonist who's suddenly independent after being left a castle by her godfather in his will. They all seem to feature a slightly douchey male protagonist with a heart of gold who just needs to be taken down a peg or two and reminded of his humanity. They all feature delightful supporting characters and fun side plots and general mayhem and swooning. In this one? The female protagonist has decided she's sick of waiting for her fiance of eight years to come home from Europe and marry her, and so she's going to persuade his slightly estranged brother - who seems to have power of attorney - to sign off on the dissolution of their engagement so that she can start a brewery. Yeah. That's a thing. Basically? It was great. I think this may actually be my favourite of the three Tessa Dare books I've read so far. Also? Clio's youngest sister definitely read as being on the autism spectrum to me, which was a fun touch, given that historical fiction is frequently the whitest, straightest, most able bodied place of ever. So yeah. This was great. It's April's fault. Okay bye.

  15. 5 out of 5

    -y.a

    Tessa Dare transforms a forbidden love affair into a lovely tale that is filled with engaging characters, witty dialogue, and emotional moments that just warm my heart. Rafe is the sweetest prizefighter ever! Clio is probably my favorite heroine in all the Dare’s books I have read so far. Here are two things in her books I like to mention: A lack of historical realism, but I really don’t care. A sense of genuineness and humor, the kind I adore the most. I am glad to finish 2014 with this charming Tessa Dare transforms a forbidden love affair into a lovely tale that is filled with engaging characters, witty dialogue, and emotional moments that just warm my heart. Rafe is the sweetest prizefighter ever! Clio is probably my favorite heroine in all the Dare’s books I have read so far. Here are two things in her books I like to mention: A lack of historical realism, but I really don’t care. A sense of genuineness and humor, the kind I adore the most. I am glad to finish 2014 with this charming novel. Looking forward to the next Castle Ever After installment:) #childhood friends # steam # fun

  16. 5 out of 5

    Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠

    I don't know what it is with this book, but it didn't work for me. I had to work to read this and ended up skimming when I got bored. Rafe spent the whole book trying to convince Clio (I dislike that name) to go through with marrying his absentee brother while being attracted to her the whole time. And she's spent 8 years engaged to this absentee man & still lacks a backbone, even after finally deciding to dissolve the engagement. She lets everyone trod over her, even Rafe. Others have said I don't know what it is with this book, but it didn't work for me. I had to work to read this and ended up skimming when I got bored. Rafe spent the whole book trying to convince Clio (I dislike that name) to go through with marrying his absentee brother while being attracted to her the whole time. And she's spent 8 years engaged to this absentee man & still lacks a backbone, even after finally deciding to dissolve the engagement. She lets everyone trod over her, even Rafe. Others have said this was funny, I didn't find it so. The only one humorous was the youngest sister, Phoebe. The middle sister and brother-in-law were obtusely insulting. Rafe was insulting at times as well, and fickle. I'll probably read the next book in this series as it's so well rated, but if that's a dud, I'm done with this author. I've not been wowed by her books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Viri

    Me esperaba más de este libro. En lo personal sentí que le faltó más "alma". Tenía la historia, los protagonistas y la diversión. Pero simplemente para mi, no funcionó completamente. Fue entretenido pero por momentos demasiado aburrido para mi gusto. Sí, que tuvo sus momentos... AJA. Pero fueron así como la vida misma, EFÍMEROS. Era como que la autora decía cosas que no me importaban y se la pasaba dándole vueltas al asunto. Tuvo unos personajes realmente buenos, Clio es una mujer cansada de esperar Me esperaba más de este libro. En lo personal sentí que le faltó más "alma". Tenía la historia, los protagonistas y la diversión. Pero simplemente para mi, no funcionó completamente. Fue entretenido pero por momentos demasiado aburrido para mi gusto. Sí, que tuvo sus momentos... AJA. Pero fueron así como la vida misma, EFÍMEROS. Era como que la autora decía cosas que no me importaban y se la pasaba dándole vueltas al asunto. Tuvo unos personajes realmente buenos, Clio es una mujer cansada de esperar que se da cuenta de que tiene el poder de tomar su vida y hace todo lo que puede para lograrlo. Es fuerte y valiente así como apasionada. Rafe es duro y sin duda podría haber sido espectacular pero nunca llegué a conectar con él. Me estuvo faltando siempre algo a pesar de los momentos deslumbrantes que tuvo. A pesar de eso creo que si que tuvo una personalidad muy bien trazada. Muy humana. —Soy el Devil’s Own, ¿recuerdas? He ganado mi propio lugar en el infierno. Te mereces algo mejor. —Sus manos calmaron de arriba abajo sus brazos—. Deberías tener lo mejor. No solo las mejores flores, el mejor pastel, el mejor vestido, la mejor boda… sino la mejor vida posible, con el mejor hombre posible. Te mereces todas esas cosas. Y solo por la manera en que te estoy tocando ahora, merezco enfrentar una pistola al amanecer.” Phoebe es un personaje a nombrar. Llegué a la conclusión de que tiene algún tipo de autismo o arperger pero bueno, no soy experta. Solo quería mencionar que sus peculiaridades me hicieron más amena y disfrutable la lectura, así como EL ESCUDERO Y EL PERRO jajajaa No es de los mejores que leí de la autora pero si eres de sus fieles seguidores es un libro que puede encantar.Solo que conmigo no sucedió. ***3 muy apenitas STARS***

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura the Highland Hussy

    Read this review on Got Fiction? book blog 4.5 This was a fun book. That's what I love about Tessa Dare books; you always know what you're getting. This book was witty, fun, sweet, and cute. Lord Piers Brandon, the Marquess of Granville has been engaged to Clio Whitmore for years. Excuse after excuse has kept him abroad. He's a diplomat, and it just isn't the "right time" to marry Clio. Well, Clio is tired of waiting. In fact, she's been waiting for so long, many call her Miss Wait-more. But no more Read this review on Got Fiction? book blog 4.5 This was a fun book. That's what I love about Tessa Dare books; you always know what you're getting. This book was witty, fun, sweet, and cute. Lord Piers Brandon, the Marquess of Granville has been engaged to Clio Whitmore for years. Excuse after excuse has kept him abroad. He's a diplomat, and it just isn't the "right time" to marry Clio. Well, Clio is tired of waiting. In fact, she's been waiting for so long, many call her Miss Wait-more. But no more. She's just inherited a castle, and she's ready to break the contract. Since her wandering fiance is due to come home (supposedly for good this time), she's got to get this taken care of soon. For that, she goes to his brother. Lord Rafe Brandon was the heavyweight champ until he was beaten soundly at his last match. He hasn't boxed in years, but he's staging a comeback. He's in training when Clio finds him. And Clio then shocks him when she states her reason for coming; she wants Rafe to break her engagement to his brother. But not only can Rafe not do that, he wants Clio to see how wonderful the wedding will be, so he arranges to have all the cakes, all the dresses, all the flowers, every single thing any bride would want. But the problem is, none of it impresses Clio. She doesn't want the wedding, so the things, the items, the material stuff, none of it, impresses her. BUT, Rafe and his desire to show Clio the wedding of her dreams, that impresses her. So much so, that she falls in love with him. And for Rafe's part, he fell in love with Clio long ago. He's loved her since they were kids, and that's why he's stayed away from her. He's a barely literate bruiser who got kicked out of school for fighting and not learning his lessons. This is why it's so impressive to me that Rafe was able to not only run the estates, but run them well, while Piers was overseas doing whatever it is he was doing (which by the way, I really want Piers to be the next hero!). Between trying to plan Clio's wedding, and staging his comeback, Rafe has to face some hard truths. And Clio was the perfect heroine to help him. I loved her. I don't want to give anything away, so this review is short. Well, short for me ;P But just know that when you open this book, you know you're getting the trademark Tessa Dare wit, romance, and fun. If you loved While You Were Sleeping, that awesome 90s movie with Sandra Bullock, you'll love this book. If you love Say Yes To The Dress, you'll love this book. If you love big, ham-fisted heroes who do everything they can to make the heroine smile, you'll love this book. If you love a hero who isn't your typical lord, you'll love this book. And if you love castles, and romance, and happily ever afters, you'll love this book. ***ARC courtesy of Avon Books

  19. 5 out of 5

    Iliada

    3.5 stars In fear of sounding like a broken record, I think Tessa Dare has crossed a line with her new series. Her books don't read like HRs any more. Instead, they feel like CRs where the characters are dressed in Victorian outfits, as my friend Riddhi said. I still liked this book better than the previous one, because the plot was more to my liking, but with so many favourite tropes of mine in one book I should have loved this one and I'm afraid it didn't happen. TD has never written historicall 3.5 stars In fear of sounding like a broken record, I think Tessa Dare has crossed a line with her new series. Her books don't read like HRs any more. Instead, they feel like CRs where the characters are dressed in Victorian outfits, as my friend Riddhi said. I still liked this book better than the previous one, because the plot was more to my liking, but with so many favourite tropes of mine in one book I should have loved this one and I'm afraid it didn't happen. TD has never written historically accurate HRs, but I didn't use to mind so much. This series though is over the top to the point that it feels fake and forced. Coleridge talked once about the willing suspension of disbelief in literature and how important it is. I'm sorry but in TD's last two books I've tried hard and failed to suspend my desbelief. The hero was sexy, the MCs had great chemistry but I'm afraid that's not enough for me any more. I've grown as a reader and my expectations have grown along with me. I'm sad to see a great author going from great to mediocre. It is quite possible that this is my problem and not Tessa Dare's. I'm sure there are lots of readers out there who still love her books. And there are still lots of things to recommend her books, that's why I gave the book a relatively high rating. However, I'm afraid she's not for me any more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    [Aengell]

    Mild Spoilers ahead... No, no, NO. I hate giving an author I love just barely three stars, but this just put me off in too many ways. The plot was too simple and didn't appeal to me, not just because there was this nagging notion of the hero's brother until the very end, but also because the story itself felt too predictable. The H/h, Clio and Rafe, had great chemistry and had some great scenes together, but overall their banter and "funniness" (I cringe everytime I think of the scene where they Mild Spoilers ahead... No, no, NO. I hate giving an author I love just barely three stars, but this just put me off in too many ways. The plot was too simple and didn't appeal to me, not just because there was this nagging notion of the hero's brother until the very end, but also because the story itself felt too predictable. The H/h, Clio and Rafe, had great chemistry and had some great scenes together, but overall their banter and "funniness" (I cringe everytime I think of the scene where they made a cake-war. Um, hello, are you 12 or what?) couldn't make up for the writing style. And I don't think I will be too excited about Tessa Dare's next book. I will probably read it, but more out of duty than anything else. Because. The. Writing. Ugh! It doesn't fit at all into a HR, and I can only repeat what me and my Buddy-Reading-Buddies mentioned a lot while reading this: This author should write CR's. Because then it wouldn't matter if the story seems like a bad role play. Really, I hate reading these kind of HR's, and I will have to find a way to avoid them, maybe Goodreads could build in a "the categorized Historical Romance is NOT Historical"-alarm?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ally

    First of all, "beer fountain", and second of all, "is that a squirrel?" Man after my own brewery loving heart. And spoiler not spoiler alert, my favorite beer, IPA! NOTE: read for New Years 2017 Reading Challenge, Friends to Lovers category. Setting / Time / Genre: Regency, in or around Kent Series: Sho nuff Sexy times: 2 on a scale of 5. Tame. Plan on reading more by the author: Please, I do love me some Tessa Dare Synopsis So basically, Clio, the heroine is promised to Piers who has disappeared to First of all, "beer fountain", and second of all, "is that a squirrel?" Man after my own brewery loving heart. And spoiler not spoiler alert, my favorite beer, IPA! NOTE: read for New Years 2017 Reading Challenge, Friends to Lovers category. Setting / Time / Genre: Regency, in or around Kent Series: Sho nuff Sexy times: 2 on a scale of 5. Tame. Plan on reading more by the author: Please, I do love me some Tessa Dare Synopsis So basically, Clio, the heroine is promised to Piers who has disappeared to roam the world for eight years. His brother, Rafe, has been holding down the fort all the while boxing his way to a championship. Poor guy suffers from some serious ADHD, is large and scared and utterly delicious. He is also in love with the curvy and bountiful Clio. Rumor has it that Piers is returning and Rafe is going to make damn sure Clio is there waiting for him in a wedding gown. Heroine: Clio. Girl is damned funny. And witty. And has great dreams. Hero: Rafe. Wants Clio. Like bad. Loves Clio. Like bad. Is utterly awesome. And hawt. Side note: if you plan on doing a gif search for Brad Pitt in the movie Snatch, do not use search terms Snatch and gif. Be a little more specific unless you're really looking for snatch. OK? You've been warned. Why it did or didn't work for me: I adored it. Quite a bit. Funny. So seriously funny. Secondary characters? Please. They were perfect. And the quizzing glass? What is it about a quizzing glass that makes me giggle like a school girl? Signed, Adding monocle to my Christmas list. I'm out. See ya!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    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 engagem 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zain Otoom

    This ... this was so bad. It was the same as the book before it. So bad. I didn't like it at all. The male lead is exactly the same as the one in Romancing the duke. The plots seemed really similar with a few differences. I skim read the last bit because I couldn't handle it. I dreaded reading it and even considered dnf-ing it. I didn't like any of the characters, at all. Oh, how many times I rolled my eyes at the romance in this book, so cheesy and so unbelievable. There was no tension, no chem This ... this was so bad. It was the same as the book before it. So bad. I didn't like it at all. The male lead is exactly the same as the one in Romancing the duke. The plots seemed really similar with a few differences. I skim read the last bit because I couldn't handle it. I dreaded reading it and even considered dnf-ing it. I didn't like any of the characters, at all. Oh, how many times I rolled my eyes at the romance in this book, so cheesy and so unbelievable. There was no tension, no chemistry, nothing but the lust and desire to screw each other. The relationship was basically built on just that. We were supposed to excuse it because of the fact they knew each other since childhood. I didn't buy it because, again, ZERO FUCKING CHEMISTRY. This book was so bad.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susana

    Boring, boring and extra boring on top :/ Also, there was the cheesiness: Ye Gods, this book was a task to read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    I've written a long review and it disappeared... :( I don't have time to write it again, so I'll just summarize... For me this was a 3 and 1/2 stars because of Clio and her indecision about being indipendednt or without backbone. I hated her older sister Daphne and her idiot husband Teddy and the way they treated Clio. I didn't buy that they were oblivious of their cruelty! I wanted to shake Rafe and tell him to search for a way to win Clio instead of trying to throw her in Piers' arms! I adored the I've written a long review and it disappeared... :( I don't have time to write it again, so I'll just summarize... For me this was a 3 and 1/2 stars because of Clio and her indecision about being indipendednt or without backbone. I hated her older sister Daphne and her idiot husband Teddy and the way they treated Clio. I didn't buy that they were oblivious of their cruelty! I wanted to shake Rafe and tell him to search for a way to win Clio instead of trying to throw her in Piers' arms! I adored the secondary characters: Phoebe, the younger sister and Bruiser, Rafe's trainer and promoter. I loved Tessa Dare's writing and the situations she creates that are hilarious!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare Book Two of the Castles Ever After series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: December 30, 2014 Rating: 5 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): 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 G ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare Book Two of the Castles Ever After series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: December 30, 2014 Rating: 5 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Holy moley, I loved this book. Five stars? Do I want more? Yes. Yes yes yes. Tessa Dare is definitely a favorite, auto-buy historical romance author. I LOVED Romancing the Duke (book one of this companion series), and I loved this one even more. Dare's writing is beautiful, her storytelling lovely, the romance superbly crafted! Just a disclaimer - this book is in no way related to book one (Romancing the Duke). There are no crossover characters (that I can recall). The books are related/are in the same series because each book is set in some sort of castle. So you can read whichever book in whatever order or not at all... though I highly recommend that if you had to read one, read this one! Clio has been engaged to Piers Brandon, a marquess, for eight years. Well, she will wait no longer. When she goes to find his brother, Rafe, to break off the engagement (since Piers is away for business, Rafe is the next person with the power to break it off), Rafe refuses. Instead, he comes to her newly inherited castle and tries to convince her to go through with the wedding... all the while, falling in love with her, and she with him. One of the things that really stuck out to me, that is unique to Dare, that I really loved in this book, was the HUMOR. It's hard to describe, but the banter between Rafe and Clio, their individual dialogue, their inner monologue, the way things are presented... it's just so HILARIOUS. It's not like this is supposed to be a "Humor" novel - no, it's clearly historical romance, but the way Dare writes, things are so, so funny. And it's great. Her writing is sort of modern, for a historical time, but it doesn't seem anachronistic. Like I said, this book had a lot humor. It was very lighthearted, with Rafe finishing Clio's sentences, Rafe constantly trying to make Clio blush, Clio trying to by the perfect Englishwoman, Clio desperate to have Rafe sign the papers. Watching them fall for each other was so nice, because their relationship was so tension-free and carefree and playful. I like Clio a lot - she is very sweet. She's the oldest of three sisters, but her middle sister is already married, and is a serious pain. Clio has a lot of patience, which is perfect for dealing with her sister... or someone like Rafe. I really like Rafe. He used to be a prizefighter, and he still trains for underground fights. Imagine, a lord, the second son of a marquess, fighting like a common man. But I so like him! He wants nothing to do with the title (which is good, because Piers is first in line). It's adorable to watch watch as the story progresses. Clio and Rafe get under each other's skin, in a surprising, lovely way. Their banter is wonderful and cute and a breath of fresh air. There isn't too much angst and woe is me and all that - Clio doesn't want to marry Piers, Rafe loves Clio, Clio loves Rafe. It just makes sense! This one is kind of heavily romance-driven, which is fine by me! Rafe is trying to convince Clio to go forth with the marriage, because of his loyalty to his brother. But eventually, neither Rafe nor Clio want that, so it becomes a matter of Clio telling Piers the truth, whenever that may be. I could re-read this book again and again. Seriously, it was that great! Definitely a favorite historical romance novel of the year - and in general! What I Did Not Like: I HATED Daphne (Clio's sister - the middle one). I mean, I think that was the point, but dang, I wanted to punch her (and her idiot husband) from the moment we meet them. Would I Recommend It: To all the historical romance lovers out there, you MUST give this book a shot. If I'm calling it a favorite, then at least add it to your TBR list. Just look at it. But seriously, this book is one of my favorite historical romance novels in general! And it's out in a month! Rating: 5 stars. So well-earned. I want to go re-read this one right now!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lady Wesley

    3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 because of the delightful humor. I have always enjoyed reading Tessa Dare's books, but it took me three weeks to get around to finishing this one, which suggests that I wasn't enjoying it so much. It has all the things we have come to expect from Ms. Dare -- a spirited heroine, a luscious hero (with issues), sexual tension (leading to hot love scenes), secondary characters (with a capital "C"), snappy dialogue, great humor, and well, just lots of fun. Her books have alwa 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 because of the delightful humor. I have always enjoyed reading Tessa Dare's books, but it took me three weeks to get around to finishing this one, which suggests that I wasn't enjoying it so much. It has all the things we have come to expect from Ms. Dare -- a spirited heroine, a luscious hero (with issues), sexual tension (leading to hot love scenes), secondary characters (with a capital "C"), snappy dialogue, great humor, and well, just lots of fun. Her books have always been rather unhistorical, but this time she simply went too far for my taste. The plot revolves around Rafe Brandon's attempt to ensure that Clio Whitmore marries Rafe's brother, Piers, after he returns from his eight-year-long series of assignments for the Foreign Office. Clio has just inherited a castle and surrounding estate from . . . someone. Not sure exactly who or why. She never really wanted to marry Piers -- their fathers arranged the match long ago -- and now she has the means to be independent. Piers was the perfect brother, and Rafe was the scapegrace. After rejecting, and being rejected by his father, he has become a famous and feared prizefighter. He has no idea how to convince Clio to marry Piers, but he and his manager (hilariously impersonating a dandy) decide that the best approach is to get Clio excited about the wedding -- not the marriage, just the wedding. They repair to Clio's castle and try to entice her with visions of the perfect gown, lots of flowers, heavenly cake, and the idea that a huge crowd of snobs will be envying her on Her Special Day. They'll be sorry they made fun and dubbed her Miss Waitmore (and don't tell me this nickname wasn't inspired by "Waitey Katey"). So here's where we take a big flying leap into the 21st century. Weddings just weren't like this 200 years ago, and although Rafe's efforts make for some hilarious scenes, I just couldn't get past all of the wedding silliness. Strip that out and there is a beautiful romance underneath. Rafe has cared for and lusted after Clio for years, and she has always had a soft spot for him. Watching them truly fall in love is wonderful. I'll label this a spoiler for those who don't want to know anything about the ending. (view spoiler)[ Rafe is desperate not only to keep Clio engaged to Piers but also to keep Piers's aging pet bulldog alive until his brother returns. The dog is really rather disgusting, especially the part where he eats Clio's betrothal ring. Anyway, Piers returns unexpectedly one day, and in addition to learning that his bride has bolted, the old dog can't be found. Everyone is frantically searching outside the castle, where Rafe and Clio find the dog under a shrub breathing his last. Rafe and Clio, in tears, try to comfort the dog, but when Piers arrives on the scene, the dog almost miraculously revives at the sight of his master. Rafe's reaction: This was so like Piers. It wasn’t enough that he’d been their father’s favorite son. It wasn’t enough that he’d returned from some sort of mysterious, dashing work in the service of the Crown and would probably be decorated with knighthoods and laurels. It wasn’t enough that he had the most beautiful bride in all England ready to walk down the aisle with him this very day. All that would have been impressive, to most men. No, Piers had to take it one step further. He brought dogs back from the dead. I truly laughed out loud. That is part of Tessa Dare's genius: just when you think you're about to read a tear-jerking scene, instead you're laughing. (hide spoiler)] If you liked the Spindle Cove books and the first book in this series, Romancing the Duke, and if you enjoy screwball comedy movies from the 1930s, you probably will enjoy this book. For me, though, the screwball aspects came very close to ruining the marvelous romance.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    How is it possible to absolutely adore one book in a series and then detest the next one? How can you mess up so bad? And why am I surprised at this? Romancing the Duke, the prequel for those of you who don't know, is one of my favorite HR ever. I've raved about it and recommended it left and right. Still do. But this book got me more like It started good, I suppose. I even laughed at some point, because it was funny. But then the story started going in circles and Rafe was like really reluctant How is it possible to absolutely adore one book in a series and then detest the next one? How can you mess up so bad? And why am I surprised at this? Romancing the Duke, the prequel for those of you who don't know, is one of my favorite HR ever. I've raved about it and recommended it left and right. Still do. But this book got me more like It started good, I suppose. I even laughed at some point, because it was funny. But then the story started going in circles and Rafe was like really reluctant to break his pity party and Clio was all like he's so misunderstood and he needs someone to fuss over him, and the romance just felt forced and off, which annoyed me even more. So yeah, I'm disappointed.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    Dear Tessa Dare, We had a beautiful start with the last book. What the hell happened?! I'm sorry to say, but I didn't like this book. First, our heroine is a pushover and a coward. She has been waiting 8 years for her fiancé to come back from overseas and marry her, she also had a terrible mother who treated her like crap and a sister who ALSO treats her like crap. And she accepts this, because they mean well. Nope. And overall is just not as funny and romantic as the last one. I'm so disappointed Dear Tessa Dare, We had a beautiful start with the last book. What the hell happened?! I'm sorry to say, but I didn't like this book. First, our heroine is a pushover and a coward. She has been waiting 8 years for her fiancé to come back from overseas and marry her, she also had a terrible mother who treated her like crap and a sister who ALSO treats her like crap. And she accepts this, because they mean well. Nope. And overall is just not as funny and romantic as the last one. I'm so disappointed right now :(

  30. 5 out of 5

    Camilla *tactile seeker*

    If I had to describe this book in just one phrase, I'd say: A tonic to the soul. Tessa Dare is a fantastic Historical Romance writer, I've only read one book of hers, but I can already say that I love her just as I love my favorite HR author, Lisa Kleypas. They have a lot in common: craft simple, yet carefully researched stories, taking the readers back directly to the Regency era, making them feel completely immersed into the period's customs, activities, social groups. What they provide better If I had to describe this book in just one phrase, I'd say: A tonic to the soul. Tessa Dare is a fantastic Historical Romance writer, I've only read one book of hers, but I can already say that I love her just as I love my favorite HR author, Lisa Kleypas. They have a lot in common: craft simple, yet carefully researched stories, taking the readers back directly to the Regency era, making them feel completely immersed into the period's customs, activities, social groups. What they provide better with their writing, though, is the charming, romantic aura that surrounds their heroes - men so perfectly flawed that even a bitter, cynic person like myself finds herself giggling like a 17-year old debutant when they're merely mentioned or sighing with joy when they confess their love for their women. Tessa Dare knows how to create the best couple, because she creates the best women and men first. She knows that us girls love a strong, athletic man with alpha tendencies that NEVER end up taking control of him and make him behave like a total caveman. He's overly protective and just a touch gruff. He's easily annoyed, but by injustices, not by stupid and insignificant actions their women take. They're jealous but not mean. They're sensual and passionate in bed, but always make sure to satisfy their loved ones first. They're well-endowed, but don't use their "talent" as a weapon, as a way to submit their companions, they use it as a means of pleasure and are always super-careful during sex. And most importantly, they respect their women and fall in love with their brains and characters, before they even notice how physically beautiful they are. That's why I admire this new (for me) author and I feel like I've found a true gem with this wonderful series. Thank you, Mrs. Dare, for this thrilling and touching story, I spent two amazing days, reading it.

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