Sunday, August 9, 2015

From the shelf: Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After #2)

Title: Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #2)
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Date read: August 2-3, 2015
Dawn Rates: ★ (3/5)

Summary (cr: 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.
My Review: (also in goodreads)

Castles Ever After series: Romancing the Duke

This would be the second installment of Tessa Dare's castle series and this time the story revolves around Clio, an earl's granddaughter being engaged to Piers, a marquee's son for the longest time. Clip wants to end the relationship (if there ever was one) but it seems that everyone is against it including Rafe, Pier's brother and her childhood friend. I liked Clio and Rafe's chemistry and I'm all for the evolution of their friendship. I really didn't like her sister Daphne and brother-in-law's behavior towards this and it does mean that the writer clearly depicted a hateful character and I love it. Although I liked the first book more, there were parts of this book that I loved here and there that made me laugh at some parts.

Till the next read...

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