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Ok, if you are anything like me you have read the synopsis of this book before buying. That being the case it is spot on so you have two brothers, one a prize fighter, the other Marquess We have three sisters each with as they say a peculiarity a very old English Bulldog and an Esquire. These are the main characters and they are great. Their personalities are unbelievable they come to life you feel every emotion they feel. Laughter, tears, confusion, love. Great story well worth the read
I enjoyed this story very much. It is warm, witty, romantic and funny just as one expects from Tessa Dare. Rafe, a restless, aristocratic heavy-weight boxing champion attempts to look after his absent, older brother's responsibilities. These include a very discontented fiancee - the lovely Clio - who has had enough of waiting to be claimed by the missing marquess and has now found herself in a position to rebel. So she does just that and enters into combat with Rafe to dissolve the betrothal. They jab and spar their way to HEA. Lovely stuff. I'm looking forward to the next novel which, as far as I can see, joins Spindle Cove with Castles Ever After when Charlotte Highwood and The Missing Marquess encounter each other.
I once said to a friend that romance novels had very little substance to them, she showed me this book to prove that they could. Although it does adhere to some of the classic and oft repeated romance formulas, each character is likeable but flawed, the plot is coherent and well written and the humour is sparkling. I was incredibly impressed to find characters coded as autistic, ADHD and having an eating disorder all in historical fiction and I love the way Tessa Dare brings modern issues into historical regency settings and reminds us as readers that these things are not as new as we thought.
I fell in love with Rafe the minute he said that he found Clio to be his personal distraction. I just loved the fact that he’s wanted her since forever. Clio was an interesting heroine, spunky, fun and full of life. I also loved her sister Phoebe. I would enjoy a story about her, as she would make a unique heroine. Also, I can’t forget Bruiser. He cracked me up! This story had a great cast of characters. Rafe was a bit too hard on himself and at times I wanted to smack him for not giving himself more credit.. however, that part played well into his character so I could forgive it.
This is the second book in the “Castles Ever After” series, but you do not need to read them in order as they are only connected by the fact that both heroines were given a castle from the Earl of Lynforth. However, I do recommend the first book as well.
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Absolutamente tudo o que se quer em um romance de época está aqui, Tessa Dare é prodigiosa em entregar uma história apaixonante, com personagens maravilhosos que vão passar a fazer parte da sua vida! Clio, depois de um noivado de oito anos onde o noivo pouco ou nada esteve presente, decide tomar as rédeas da própria vida mas, para isso precisa convencer Rafe, o irmão mais novo de seu noivo, Piers, a concordar com o rompimento do noivado já que ele responde pelo irmão na ausência dele da Inglaterra. Então se dá uma batalha de uma semana onde Rafe tenta convencê-la a casar obrigando-a preparar o casamento e ela aposta com ele que nada a fará mudar de ideia. Mas... Em matérias de amor, quem será que mudará de ideia?! Rafe e Clio serão lembrados para sempre por aqueles que lerem esse maravilho livro de época, com cenas lindas mas também "apimentadas". Se pudesse dar 10 estrelas, daria! Tessa não decepciona e sempre acerta nas doses de romance, drama, humor e sensualidade.
This is really good fun, but not quite as compelling as the first book in this series 'Romancing the Duke'. It deals with body image issues and being the black sheep in the family.
Clio has been engaged to her absent fiancé for 8 years. Tired of waiting she wants to break the engagement but first she needs to persuade her fiancé's brother Rafe to break the betrothal. Rafe is a prizefighter who was disowned by his aristocratic father.
I love the humour, especially Rafe's fight manager attempts to act aristocratic. Clio's family are entertaining, calling her 'dumpling' and trying to force her into small wedding dresses. It's a really good read, it just didn't reach the heights of the wonderful 'Romancing the Duke'.