Review: Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa DareSay Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles ever After #2
Published by Avon on December 30, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Advance Reader Copy, Avon Addicts, edelweiss
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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 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.


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