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I really enjoyed the story and bought into the romance but felt the whole Piers thing was to quickly solved and the end was a bit rushed in general still worth a read I really liked the hero and heroine
I really enjoyed this book it was a lovely romantic story very touching in parts.. it would have had 5 stars from me but in my opinion the romance side of the story was ruined by the small parts that seemed a little too seedy for my taste...
Quem me conhece sabe que eu adoro romances de época. Mesmo aqueles em que a linguagem usada e os costumes proferidos não são exatamente o que eu chamaria de precisos para aquele período. Mas, quem se importa? Ás vezes tudo o que eu preciso é um lindo e sexy romance. Nesse sentido, Tessa Dare está definitivamente entre uma das minhas autoras favoritas deste gênero.
Say Yes to the Marquess é o segundo livro da série Castles Ever After e conta a estória de Clio Whitmore. Ela teoricamente tinha tudo o que uma garota da sua posição poderia querer: estava noiva de Piers Brandon, marquês de Granville e solteiro mais cobiçado de sua cidade. O problema é que por conta da carreira diplomática de seu futuro marido, o noivado já durava oito anos. Oito longos e excruciantes anos nos quais ela se tornou chacota entre os membros da nobreza.
Assim, cansada não só da espera como das piadas a seu respeito ela decide que chegou a hora de por um fim em seu compromisso. Seu dote e uma inesperada herança são o suficiente para lhe proporcionar a independência financeira da qual ela necessita... Agora, tudo o que ela precisa é arrumar um jeito de quebrar a promessa de noivado com seu ausente nubente.
Essa chance vem na forma do alto, grande, forte, intimidador e sexy para caramba Rafe Brandon, irmão e procurador de Piers.
Rafe é a ovelha negra da família, há muito tempo ele deixou a aristocracia inglesa e se tornou lutador em ringues ilegais. E apesar da sua fama de insensível e leviano, ele não quer ser o responsável pela quebra do noivado de seu irmão, principalmente a vista do iminente retorno de Piers. De fato, Rafe quer que o casamento aconteça a qualquer custo, já que ele teme que, uma vez desfeito o noivado, o seu irmão decida viajar novamente, deixando-o de novo como procurador dos negócios da família, responsabilidade esta que ele não deseja. Tudo o que ele anseia é se dedicar aos seus treinos. Ao seu ver, este casamento precisa ocorrer, nem que ele tenha que organiza-lo ele mesmo...
E é exatamente isto que ele pretende fazer quando decide se dirigir ao castelo de Clio para tentar mudar a sua opinião. Afinal, qual a mulher que resistiria ao casamento dos seus sonhos?
Mas, Clio é muito mais cabeça-dura do que ele esperava e para sua total consternação ele rapidamente descobre que irá precisar de muito mais que um belo casamento para convencê-la de que Piers é o homem da sua vida...
E para piorar a situação, os sentimentos que Rafe outrora sentira por Clio, quando criança, parecem ter voltado com força total. Ou talvez eles nunca realmente tenham desparecido...
Rafe está tentando fazer a coisa certa. Mesmo quando seu coração diz que a coisa certa é muito, muito errada. Ninguém pode dizer que Rafe não tentou... Meu coração se derreteu com cada "grande gesto" que ele se comprometia em fazer em seu esforço para proporcionar Clio o casamento perfeito ... com seu irmão. Mas, ao mesmo tempo eu queria gritar com ele por ser tão cabeça-dura!
A confusão originada por Rafe tentando fazer “a coisa certa” e Clio tentando lhe mostrar o que ela realmente quer me proporcionou uma engraçada, espirituosa e romântica aventura que me deixou suspirando e com o coração contente. Eu definitivamente recomendo Say Yes to the Marquess à todos os fãs de Tessa Dare.
"In that moment, Clio looked inside her heart. It was the clearest glimpse she’d ever had. She saw the entirety of her future. Their future. The castle, the brewery. Children. Christmases and Easters and summer rain. They’d always have rain."
Say Yes to the Marquess was such a fun book. Like the first book in the series, we have a young, unmarried woman in Regency England, inheriting a castle from "fairy godfather" Lord Lynforth. After inheriting her castle and newfound power that gives her, Clio Whitmore is a woman thoroughly finished with waiting. Finished with waiting (eight years!) on her erstwhile fiancé to finally come home and marry her; finished waiting on her life to begin; finished with letting her family and society hurt her; finished waiting on a first kiss. I appreciated the depth the author gave Clio, and the character growth that resulted in her moving away from family doormat to home owner, business owner, and decider of her own fate.
Rafe Brandon is a second son, revered prizefighter, Clio's would-be brother-in-law, and he's determined to see his brother finally marry her. He's also been in love with Clio his whole life. One again, I really dig his thoroughly Tessa Dare drew her leading characters. Rafe is tormented with guilt: never the type of son his father desired, a disappointment in his education, a fighter instead of a diplomat like his brother. Rafe carries a lot of self-loathing on his shoulders, and interestingly, it seemed he might have had ADHD, or something similar. I often find book heroes like Rafe to be tiring (you know, the dudes with Secret Pain), but not in this case.
I liked Rafe and Clio together. A lot. The chemistry was damn electric, was given time to develop and grow strong. Each brought so much love strength, and promise to the relationship. I believed.
Say Yes to the Marquess was fun, making mr giggle multiple times. Mr. Montague and Phoebe were particularly good for comic relief. Bless Phoebe for researching "marital relations" for her older sister. Bless Mr. Montague and his ridiculous monocle.
On a personal note, I couldn't have been more grateful for the laughs and love this book gave me. My family experienced an unexpected death today. After hours of tears and thoughts and questions, I decided to try and read a bit. I did not think it would go well because I had a horrible headache and could not concentrate. But, I found myself getting back into the story, losing my thoughts, and even smiling.
Clio has been engaged for eight years to a man who constantly travels abroad for his work. She suspects he's got a family in another country, and she doesn't care, because she inherited a castle, so what does she need a man for, anyway? As with other Dare novels, there's an appealing heroine who's strong and intelligent. Clio has been trained like a racehorse for her role in upper society, and she balks at the idea that all that refinement and education should serve only to reflect on her husband. So she intends to run the castle and its lands, and start a brewery operation using the hops she'll grow in her fields. Then along comes the prize-fighting brother of the fiancé. Although his intent is to get her married to his brother (so he can stop obsessing over her, his one true love), his plans go awry. This is a good story, with many good characters, including the possibly-gay best friend of the fighter, an odd younger sibling, and threads of feminism and allowing people be the uniquely odd characters they are.
This book was everything I was hoping it would be and more. I read this within hours of buying the book and had a huge book hangover afterwards. Romancing the Duke is still my favorite (hello, Ransom <3 <3 <3 <3) but Say Yes to the Marquess came pretty close. Unlike the first book where the castle represented an escape for the main character, the castle given to Clio was her independence. This castle was Clio's way of breaking away from all of the things that tied her down and her way of finding love. It was also the way she put herself first.
So as I said above, I loved Clio. She's head strong and independent and quite frankly, she's had enough. For eight years she's been waiting for Piers Brandon to come back from India and marry her but she's done by the beginning of the book. Once she learns that she's been given a castle, she realizes that this is her chance to do something for her. She's trying to find her place in a world without a husband in a time when women needed men to be considered important. She decides to start another business and make something for herself. Seeing her change throughout the book--she grows so much and really begins to stand up for herself--was so wonderful. Basically, this entire book had me fist bumbling the air because she's strong and independent and doesn't need a man. This quote is basically the epitome of this novel: Rafe to Clio:"I demand to know the truth. Is there someone else?"
Clio to Rafe:"Yes. There is someone else. There's me."
His eyes flashed with surprise.
“There’s me,” she repeated. “I’ve spent a great deal of time alone these past eight years. I’ve come to know myself and my own capabilities. I’m resilient. I can withstand a little gossip. Or even a lot of it. I can inherit an estate and devote myself not only to its preservation, but its improvement. Because I’ve taken all those lessons and accomplishments that were supposed to make me the ideal diplomat’s wife—and I’ve made them my own. At some point, while you were roaming the globe, making treaties and dividing the spoils of war, I quietly declared my own independence. I am the sovereign nation of Clio now, and there will be no terms of surrender.”(page 271, ebook)
Does that not make you super happy to read? I loved the feminist aspect of this novel and Clio was the shining star of this novel. That's one thing adult romances do well: they can have incredible feminist women leading the stories.
Rafe, y'all, what can I say about him? He's exactly the kind of man I love reading about in adult historical romance novels: he's tall, dark, and sexy. He's the bad boy with a heart of gold and he stays as far away from any kind of romance as he can. But he's not a jerk, y'all, even though he's a bad boy so don't worry about that. He doesn't really care about his title and would rather fight for the reasons he's known for. I really loved seeing him open up and fall in love. Even if he didn't want to at first:
“I'm not going to touch her," he said [Rafe] "She's not mine. She never will be."
"Indeed." Bruiser rolled his eyes and dusted off his hat. "Definitely no years of pent-up lusting there. Glad we have that sorted.”
But it's fair to point out that he's not really as original as I'd like but because I don't read a lot of adult romance, I was okay with the unoriginality. So, overall, I really enjoyed Say Yes to the Marquess. It's not my favorite read but still incredibly enjoyable and I can't wait for the next book in this series. But unlike other romance series, the only thing these books have in common is the castles the women receive SO you don't have to worry about reading them out of order! But if you like swoon worthy leading heroes, independent (feminist!) women, humor, and an adorable dog, this is the book for you!
This wasn't quite what I expected. I have truly enjoyed many of Tessa Dare's books but this one wasn't close to what I've come to expect. Yes, the foundation of the storyline was interesting - Clio Whitmore has waited 8 long years for her fiance, Piers Brandon, Marquess of Granville, to come home and marry her to the point she's become the "joke" of the ton, the lady about whom wagers are made in the clubs and she's had enough.
When Clio approaches Piers' brother, Rafe, about aiding her in the dissolution of her betrothal to Piers, the large muscled prize fighter tells her, "No way." Although he's the black sheep of the family in part because of his long years of rebellious behavior and in part because he's turned to prize fighting, still and all - he has charge of Piers' financial and legal affairs and he could dissolve the betrothal with the stroke of a pen.
What happens is that Rafe and Clio decide to take 7 days to try and persuade one another - Rafe will persuade her to continue on with the betrothal and Clio will attempt to persuade Rafe that she will not, under any circumstances marry Piers. What follows is an awakening for both Clio and Rafe of long held feelings for one another.
Although I was rooting for Rafe and Clio, in part because I felt they had been dealt some pretty harsh emotional bruises in their respective lives - Rafe with feeling the disapproval of his father and Clio having been brought up under a harsh and unsympathetic mother, I was also rooting against Piers pretty much 100% for leaving Clio dangling all those years. I wanted Clio to have a, "Take That, Piers!"
What we get in this story is a lot of fun in some ways, but unfortunately, we also get a little too much silliness and parts of the storyline just didn't come together in quite the fashion that I had hoped. I won't spoil the story, but we get a lot of build up only to have a bit of a let down here and there. Also, I felt that Piers' explanation of how and why he had been neglectful of Clio's feelings during those 8 years wasn't nearly complete enough and fell very flat on my ears. I'm sure Piers will have his book at some point and we'll hear all the details of why he made the choices he did - yes, I know it had to do with work for the Crown and so on, but if and when his book comes out, one can only hope the explanation suffices.
I can't in all honesty give this book more than 3 1/2 stars. Oh yes - I cannot wait for Phoebe to have her book. She was the best character in the book. Obviously has a bit of Asperger's - loved the girl.
Not only a book filled with romance but lots of hilarity. Clio Whitmore, after waiting 8 yrs. for her betrothed, Lord Piers Brandon, to return home and marry her, has decided she doesn't want him anymore. She approaches Rafe Brandon, Pier's black sheep brother, with a request for him to sign papers stating the marriage is off. Rafe has been handling Pier's accounts and has authority to sign the papers but he refuses; he is tired of managing Pier's affairs and has had to put his prizefighting career on hold, so he knows he must not let Clio abandon the wedding. Rafe puts a plan in to action, that of making wedding plans for Clio, in order to dazzle her while waiting for Piers.. He shows up at her home with his manager, who decides to impersonate a wedding consultant, complete with quizzing glass. Also along is Pier's ancient dog that Rafe has been caring for all these yrs. Other house guests of Clio are her 2 sisters, Daphne, a shrewish type woman, along with her husband and Phoebe, a strange reclusive, but highly intelligent 16 Y/O. Rafe is pretty much a fish out of water and his manager/wedding consultant is a hoot. Ellingworth, the dog, has his moments also. Passion rises when Rafe and Clio get together since Rafe has always had "a thing" for Clio but feels he is nowhere near her realm. I highly recommend the book; fast reading, humor and a good love story.