Series: Castles Ever After, Book 2
Also in this series: Romancing the Duke, When a Scot Ties the Knot
Published by Avon on 30 December 2014
Genres: Adult, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Historical Romance, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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Also by this author: A Week to be Wicked, Romancing the Duke, When a Scot Ties the Knot, Lord Dashwood Missed Out
Place(s) Traveled To: Charingwood, England (19th Century)
First Line(s): “Oh, Miss Whitemore. Just look at this horrid place.”
Say Yes to the Marquess is the second installment in Tessa Dare’s Castles Ever After series and unlike most romance series there is little to no overlap with the previous book so can definitely be treated as a standalone book. Say Yes to the Marquess follows Clio a woman who had a prime engagement during her debut season and was the envy of all. But then her intended left the country and didn’t return for eight years and Clio is tired of being the good girl and waiting as society looks at her with pity. So when she inherits a castle she informs his brother, Rafe, that she’s breaking the engagement and moving on. Only her intended is on his way home and Rafe has every plan to get those two hitched…even if he has to plan the wedding himself.
What follows is an oft time hilarious story that I’ve come to expect from a Tessa Dare book. I love her strong characters and the wit and banter that fill the pages of her books. They are entertaining and make for a quick and enjoyable read. It also doesn’t hurt that Dare is a master at writing characters that have lots of chemistry with each other. And chemistry is what Clio and Rafe have in spades. If only they didn’t have so many obstacles in their way…mainly Rafe trying to marry her off to his brother Piers and Clio wanting to remain single until she finds someone who will love her unconditionally. The sparks between Clio and Rafe leap off the page and as a reader you cheer for them to get over the various hurdles of themselves and 19th century etiquette so that they can find their happily ever after.
Another thing that I love about a Tessa Dare novel is her secondary characters which always add depth and realism to a story and that is certainly the case with Say Yes to the Marquess. There is Rafe’s friend and co-conspirator who just adds an extra element of fun to the story as this bruiser tries to play a gentile wedding planner. And there there are Clio’s sisters who you often just want to strangle. Well, one more so than the other as the other is sweet and really just wants to be left to her own devices and who I think is on the autism spectrum. Which was a really interesting aspect of her character since autism wasn’t a thing in 19th century England as it is now. People with autism were just odd or outcasts or would become hermits if they couldn’t adapt to societies ways.
Say Yes to the Marquess was a fast read and would be a great addition to your beach bag this summer. I read the book in a single sitting and it gave me all the feels as Clio and Rafe journeyed through their story. It was a book that I wish I’d read sooner but was so glad to have read when I did. Its a story that I know I’ll read again and I can not wait to see what Tessa Dare comes up with next!