Publisher: Avon Books (December 30, 2014)
ebook: 384 pages
Series: Castles Ever After #2
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
A solid follow up to Romancing the Duke, Say Yes to the Marquess finds us with Miss Clio Whitmore who has recently inherited a castle and wishes to dissolve her 8 year engagement. To do so, she approaches her fiancee’s brother, Rafe Brandon, as her fiancee is away on business. (And had been away for almost the entirety of her engagement.)
From the first meeting between Clio and Rafe, the tension is palpable and it is easy to see they are our romantic couple to be. However, the major impediment is her engagement and Rafe’s unwavering pursuit to keep her engaged to his brother. It gets a bit frustrating as he keeps denying the obvious, but the ending HEA is worth it.
Anna, Clio’s lady maid, made her entrance very early on in the book. She was hilarious and unfiltered. I only wish we had gotten more of her. As we made our way into the book and met more of the other characters, Anna dropped off the scene almost completely. Here are a couple of her amazing moments:
“It smells of blood. Lord preserve us. We’ll be murdered.”
Clio bit back a smile. Her lady’s maid was a marvel with curling tongs, but her capacity for morbid imagination was truly unmatched.
“We will not be murdered.” After a moment’s though, she added, “At least, not today.”
“Even so, Miss Whitmore … We should have a signal.”
“A word to shout if you’re in distress. Like ‘Tangiers,’ or … perhaps ‘muscadine.’ ”
Clio gave her an amused look. “Is there something wrong with the word ‘help’?”
“I … well, I suppose not.”
“Very well.” She smiled, unable to bear Anna’s look of disappointment. ” ‘Muscadine’ it is.”
Even without much more of Anna, this book was a good balance of hilarious moments and steamy scenes. Watching Clio and Rafe both bumble their way towards a loving relationship together while in the company of her unique sisters and brother-in-law, a trainer-turned-esquire, and a lovable pooch, this was a story that will make you laugh and sigh as they fall madly in love.
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