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Title:
Say yes to the marquess
Author:
Dare, Tessa, author.
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Publication Information:
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Physical Description:
374 pages ; 18 cm.
Summary:
"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" --
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062240200
Format :
Book

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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.


Author Notes

Tessa Dare is a bestselling American author of historical romance novels. Her books comprise multiple series, including: Castles Ever After, Spindle Cove, The stud Club Trilogy and The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy. Her writing has won numerous accolades, most notably, the 2012 RITA award for best Regency Romance for A Night to Surrender.


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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Enough is enough. Clio Whitmore has spent so many years waiting for her fiancé, Piers Brandon, to finally marry her that London's scandal sheets have dubbed her Miss Wait-More. So when Clio's Uncle Humphrey leaves her Twill Castle in his will, Clio decides she need wait no more for Piers, since she can now have a perfectly splendid life all on her own. However, there is one roadblock on Clio's new path to happiness: Rafe Brandon. While Piers has been abroad serving in England's diplomatic corps, his younger and much more scandalous brother has assumed Piers' duties as heir to the Marquess of Granville. All Clio wants is for Rafe to sign the papers she needs to break her engagement to Piers, but for some reason, Rafe insists that Clio will marry Piers if he has to help her plan the wedding himself! With the latest sterling addition to her Castles Ever After series, RITA award-winning Dare (Romancing the Duke, 2014) continues to charm and captivate readers with her droll sense of humor, clever plotting, and engaging characters. This flawlessly written Regency historical is guaranteed to hit the sweet spot for most romance readers.--Charles, John Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Dare's second Castles Ever After Regency (after Romancing the Duke) puts a love-triangle twist on a familiar story of pressures surrounding marriage. Clio Whitmore has been engaged to Lord Piers Brandon, heir to the Marquess of Granville, for eight years. The ostensible reason for nuptial delay is Piers's work for the Foreign Service, and though he is due to return home soon, she is tired of waiting for a man who appears reluctant to marry her. Clio approaches Piers's brother, Rafe, asking him to act on his brother's behalf to end their betrothal. But Rafe doesn't want to disappoint his brother and instead strikes a bargain with Clio: he will plan the wedding and make sure that she and his brother are married within a month. Rafe, a boxer and the black sheep of the family, is startled when his attraction to smart, tenacious Clio blossoms from mere lust to real admiration. Dare excels at storytelling, creating a powerful, believable romance that evokes a plethora of emotions. Agent: Helen Breitweiser, Cornerstone Literary. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Engaged for eight long years to the Marquess of Granville, who is always abroad on diplomatic missions for the Crown, Clio Whitmore is thrilled when her surprise inheritance of Twill Castle means she no longer needs to marry for security and can call off her upcoming wedding. Now all she needs is for her fiance's reprobate, prizefighting brother to sign the papers to dissolve the betrothal in the Marquess's continuing absence. But Rafe Brandon, who's been handling the marquessate's affairs and would like nothing better than to see his brother back home, has no intention of doing so-and it's up to him to convince Clio to go on with the nuptials. Naturally, it doesn't work out that way. VERDICT A smart and spirited woman who wants control of her own life, a caring, responsible nobleman who hides his feelings behind his "Devil's Own" reputation, and a castle full of quirky characters (a brilliant, outspoken teenager is exceptional) keep the hilarious action on track in this latest addition to Dare's whimsical series. Dare (Romancing the Duke) lives in Southern California. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.