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 is the second book in this fun and sexy romp of a historical romance. Tessa
Dare is well known as a queen of writing romances...and in my book she is one of the best ones out there. Ever since I got hooked on her spindle cove series, I have been loving this latest series dealing with animals and castle and true love...you can't get much better than that. In this story we have Clio Whitmore, who has inherited her very own castle, and a very nice one at that. Clio loves it, and is determined to make her own life. Ever since she was a teenager, she has been engaged to the elusive Marquess of Grandville, to claim her as his bride, and after eight long years of waiting for him to make up his mind, she has decided that she wants more out of life. Her plan is to convince his brother, the scoundrel...Rafe Brandon, to sign papers to release her from her agreement with his brother Pier. Rafe has always loved Clio, they grew up together as children, but he knows she can never be in his life. He is a rake, a famous pugilist, and loves it, but he loves her fiercely and refuses to bring her down to his level on the society ladder. The match with his brother is much better, and when she declares that she won't marry Pier, he decides to take matters in his own hands, plan her wedding, even though he knows nothing of weddings or flowers and such...but as he goes about to convince Clio of marrying his brother, and trying to seduce her with cakes and dogs, and birds...he soon learns that love has a way of ruining the best intentions...will Clio show Rafe that they are destined to be together or will he push her away forever...
What a astounding read!!! Oh I had so much fun with this one...and I loved it even more than the first one, and the first one was pretty great. But this story, totally caught me off guard, and probably one of the best books I have read all year, and that is saying something, since I have had the opportunity to read so many good ones...but I will say this one just might top them all.
The characters were so easy to love, and they charmed the socks right off my feet. I loved each character no matter what part they played in the story. From the main couple, to the crazy sisters, to the dog that tended to get into trouble despite his old age. Rafe Brandon---oh I would love to claim him as my own...oh but a girl can dream right? He was packed with sensuality and power, he is a fighter, as a career and livelihood, so he is built, but that is just the icing on the cake. He is honorable even though on the outside he appears to be a scoundrel...but the best kind. The kind that is sexual but he also has a tender and soft spot for one woman...Clio. Rafe is a bit too stubborn at times, and really he goes a bit overboard with the wedding stuff, but what a hoot he was muddling through it all. Now Clio...I liked her character, she was such a lively heroine, determined to let no man or beast stand in her way. Clio is very original, and has her own uniqueness, that I found to be charming, she is witty and so smart, and wants to establish her own brewery....what a character right? She is strong and wanting to make her own fate. She is tenacious and just as strong willed and stubborn as Rafe. These two do butt heads, and get caught sharing some memorable kisses that will just make you want to swoon with delight. They were quite the pair,
The story as a whole was simply delicious, and what a treat is was for me to read!!! This book had everything I need for a top notch romance! Sizzling chemistry, full of life characters, and a engaging plot. This installment was playful, fun and romantic...one to outsmart and outwit anyone. Such a empowering story that totally set off a feeling of charm and a story to dazzle!!
He'd do everything with a woman like that. Twice.
"I'm not going to touch her," he said "She's not mine. She never will be."
"Indeed." Bruiser rolled his eyes and dusted off his hat. "Definitely no years of pent up lusting there. Glad we have that sorted."
"I don't blame you for leaving," She touched his shoulder. "I wanted to escape, too."
Her words set alarms ringing through his brain, but he was lost for a response. Rendered speechless by the sensation of her fingertips caressing his bare skin. He'd wanted her for so damned long. She was so beautiful. So beautiful, and so here. With him.
The wrong man. The worst man.
"Clio," his voice was strangled.
"Hush," She rose onto her knees and closed the distance between them. "Just stop fighting and let something wonderful happen."
And something wonderful did happen.
She tilted her head, leaned forward, and pressed her lips to his.
He'd kissed her several times now, and each kiss had been better than the last. But being kissed by Clio? This was new, uncharted territory.
Rafe thought it just might be paradise.
Romancing The Duke (1)
Say Yes To The Marquess (2)
When A Scot Ties The Knot (3)