Say Yes to the Marquess: How’s This Going to Work Out?



SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS CoverCastles Ever After #2
By Tessa Dare
Harper COllins/Avon Romance 12/30/14
Paperback/e-Book 384 pages
Downloadable Audiofile | Narrated by: Carmen Rose | 9 hrs and 39 mins

Book provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.

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. Ladies 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 Take Oblong


The plot to this book feels like a cross between a Julia Roberts or Sara Bullock movie, and a period, “costume” comedy with heart.

I fid Tessa’s books often have that modern vibe with enough historical accents to give it a period feel.  I think, at times, they are two modern in the characters’ voices, but then I think, were people really so different then.

(Then I start listening to a classic audio book and I think, yes, they were so different.)

I really enjoyed this story, the perfect vacation reading, for its sheer entertainment value, the self-discovery of the heroine, Clio, whose inheritance as an unmarried woman opens vistas impossible for a married woman of her time. Even if her fiance had not been absent and neglectful, it would give a woman pause to reconsider her prospects.

I felt the title was a little misleading – not in the sense that the novel is totally about something else, but when it becomes obvious that Clio will not marry Piers, the Marquess, how can she say yes to his brother who is not? In a book I read last year, one brother dies in the end which passes the title to the brother and everyone is happy. But the guilt is already established because Clio and Piers’ brother, Rafe, have always been attracted to each other.

The great thing about the story though is Clio’s capacity for business and her knowledge of beer. That she is a Lady, with a capital L, should preclude her from consuming all but small beer. But she has developed a taste, and a nose for it that impresses Rafe, and me.
Her ideas about business, and marketing, are also quite smart and modern. I wanted to go and work for her!

Tessa often pairs the Lady with a somewhat coarser man; a blacksmith or, in this case, a prizefighter. But, she also describes them in a way I can get a great feeling for their looks. I don’t often find that is the case.

I also enjoyed learning about Clio’s sister who seems to be a savant of some kind.

The story left me with a good feeling; amused and with warm affection for the characters, even though I am still conflicted anout the title.  I highly recommend any of Tessa’s books and really enjoyed this story!



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