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I can’t say I cared for the story much. The whole boxing thing was a bit of a turn off. Nothing against the sport, but I really wanted the whole gentleman romance rather than a guy who’d rather be a fighter. The romance was steamy, which I liked, but I literally skipped through an nest all of the boom because it simply did not resonate or interest me. The other two books in the series were amazing though. Give this one a miss
This was a let down: the title is a poor fit (the heroine has already said yes to the marquess, and is in fact trying to say no throughout!) and the writing is repetitive, going over and over the same plot points - and when action does take place, it feels like it comes out of nowhere. Some funny moments, but overall, a disappointment.
After 3 books by this author I was so looking forward to this one, and with such glowing reviews I felt I can't go wrong. Well, WRONG! The main heroine is sophisticated and smart but all the others are a bunch of cliches. Annoying sister and brother, in law., so annoying that their roles were predictable and I skimmed through these pages. Actually I skipped quite a lot as things were moving so look slow it was agony and boring at times. Here and there some witty parts but these do not compare to previous books (Romancing a Duke or When A Scot Ties the Knot).
I’m not a stickler for historical romances being too historicaly accurate. But this one was too much of a completely modern story, that felt as if it was set in the 19th century for marketing purposes alone. The characters’ attraction to each other also wasn’t too believable, and I found the emotional chemistry between them quite lacking. I like many of Dare’s books, but this one was overall disappointing.
I love Tessa Dare's novels. Her heroines are people you wouldn't mind being trapped in an elevator with, her plots unfold with good humor and her heroes are unabashedly sexy. The thing about this particular novel is the hero exhibits traits that suggest ADHD which just isn't my jam. Curiously, I loved the heroine's youngest sister, Phoebe, who may well be on the PDD spectrum. I do hope Ms. Dare comes back to Phoebe in a future book.
Although I'm a fan of Tessa Dare this one didn't work at all for me. It's quite different in sensibility to her other works, much frothier and sillier. All historical romance is far-fetched and unrealistic to some degree, but this toppled right over into fantasy land. It felt very cartoonish, like a Disney fairy tale, with basically modern characters and events with a backdrop of a castle. The heroine inherits a castle and moves in on her own; there's a bitchy sister making snarky comments about her weight; an ineffectual brother in law who nicknames the heroine "dumpling"; a wedding cake tasting scene - it has no pretensions to historical accuracy whatsoever. If that appeals to you then maybe you'll enjoy it, but it really didn't work for me - you have to suspend a lot of disbelief to read historical romance, but I prefer not to abandon it altogether.
I really enjoy Tessa Dare Books, they are fun and sweet with engaging characters, and this one is all that ...... But the more is missing.
The story is lacking its happy ending. Almost all the characters betrayed themselves and their family. Piers, the reason for the story is not given closure. He is betrayed by family and friends. I think he is presumptuous to think he can have it all, but I think it is uncaring that he is not given the chance for the happy ending he thought was waiting for him. It would have been entertaining to see the brothers and Clio work it out instead of a fait accompli.
I read books like this to escape to the happy ending. I like it when characters can communicate and are able to solve life problems. I like the villain to be obvious and bad. The only villain in this book is misunderstandings that are not resolved. I think Tessa Dare is great, I will still read her books. The first book in this series is witty and intelligent. It is a book to be admired in the genre. It is hard to repeat at the same level.
Wow. Major disappointment! Tessa Dare is one of my favorite authors. She has a lively writing style and a talent for creating dialogue that is realistic and often humorous. This book, however, just didn't make the grade. The premise was good. The beginning was terrific and I got a bottle of water and a bowl of grapes and settled in for a good read. And then....What? I didn't care for the characters at all. The heroine was wishy-washy with her own family. She let her younger sister and brother-in-law walk on her. The hero was an idiot. His reasoning for trying to force her into a wedding with his brother didn't make good sense. The trainer/wedding planner was supposed to be humorous, I suppose. Somehow I just don't see a pugilist back in that era willing to travel with a bisexual man. Making a historical novel politically correct by today's standards is a pet peeve of mine. And I definitely did not care for the ending. I see that other reviewers were well pleased with this book. Maybe you will be, too. Just be warned that it is not up to Ms. Dare's usual standards.
Sexual situations in this book may offend some readers.
I can't believe I had to give a Tessa Dare book a rating of "2"!! I was truly looking forward to this book and when it popped up on Kindle for $1.99 I jumped on it. This was so over the top silly to the point of ridiculous. It read like a contemporary romance, and might have been better if it had been set in modern times. The prizefighter aspect was a total turn-off for me. I've never been a fan of gratuitous violence and a hero who didn't feel like himself unless he was hitting someone. But not just anyone only other prizefighters, that made it okay. Huh? The side characters were other shades of silly. The heroine was an innocent who turned into a submissive slut during her first night of Sex. Okay, I've said enough. I don't understand all the five-star reviews. This author is much better than this effort.