Finished Books: Say Yes to the Marquess

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare


  • Published: 2014
  • Pages: 374

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.”

Clio Whitmore had made up her mind that she wanted to break off her engagement of eight years and open a brewery in the castle she inherited.  So why was everyone trying to stop her from fulfilling her dreams?  

Readers will relate to Clio’s well-meaning but meddlesome family members.  The middle sister who is constantly undermining her opinion; the eccentric youngest sister who doesn’t catch the social cues; the obnoxious brother-in-law who thinks he’s clever but is really just trite.

These characters play quite a minor role in the book, though.  The majority of the scenes involve Clio and Rafe as Rafe tries to convince himself he’s not in love with Clio and that she should marry his brother.  All while Clio tries to convince everyone that she is making the correct decision about breaking off her engagement.  The witty banter between Clio and Rafe is built on their friendship from playing together as children.  This makes their flirting seem more believable, particularly since they are both made out to be fairly intelligent people.  

As far as steaminess, this book is not one where the sex happens behind closed doors and the reader just knows it happens.  Readers who prefer a more PG level might not enjoy this book.  If they can skip past the sex scenes, however, they would find a delightful romance with entertaining characters.

Rating: 4 stars


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