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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
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 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...