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review 2016-05-01 20:54
Say Yes to the Marquess: Castles Ever After - Tessa Dare
Say Yes to the Marquess: Castles Ever After - Tessa Dare

Clio is a marriageable young woman, betrothed to a diplomat who is also a marquess. It isn't going well. After eight years of delays she's pretty much had it and doesn't have to put up with it anymore, because she has inherited a castle of her very own. So now her would-be-brother-in-law finds himself in the unfortunate position  of trying to convince her to go through with the marriage, and when she states clearly that she has no interest in wedding plans, he has to take on all that as well.

As a series concept, giving castles to various single women is genius. Who doesn't love castles? Real life is sadly lacking in women receiving property in their own right, let alone castles that they can rebuild or redecorate to suit themselves. Why isn't there a genre about real estate? Finding true lasting love is good and all, but land lasts for ever. Surely that's part of the appeal of <u>Gone With the Wind</u>? So much real property in Scarlett's hands.

This is the novel for the woman who doesn't care about The Wedding. I know I'm not the only one who cared about nothing other than the tastiness of the cake (devil's food, and you?). Dare has tremendous fun making her heroine indifferent to the whole marriage business in favor of creating a business plan that makes best use of her new estate. And while the tropes are being upended, Dare gives us a professional boxing manager as wedding planner.

Historically, I have no idea what time frame this is supposed to be, nor do I care. There's an old and beloved dog, did I mention that? He puts me in mind of<u>Three Men in A Boat</u> which is a happy place to be.

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review 2016-03-21 03:07
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Say Yes to the Marquess - Tessa Dare

This was adorable! I am really enjoying the Castles Ever After series. Rafe and Clio were such a lovely match. Heartrending at times but still, they just had this thing about them where you had to cheer for them to eventually make it. 

 

There was a nice little surprise twist for me (and Clio) at the end that I liked too. I just overall really enjoyed this read. 

 

Definitely recommend this to historical romance fans or fans of the forbidden love trope. Great read!

 

Side note - can Avon please stop it with these pun titles? I am a sucker for a good pun, but these ones are just killing me. 

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review 2015-10-17 00:00
Say Yes to the Marquess: Castles Ever After
Say Yes to the Marquess: Castles Ever After - Tessa Dare
“Then one day…I decided to give myself a good pinch and wake up. The prince wasn’t coming for me. And maybe – just maybe – I didn’t need him, anyway. I’d been given so many gifts. An education, a fortune, a castle. Who was to say that simply because I was female, I couldn’t make something of those gifts myself?”

I loved the second book Say Yes to the Marquess in the series Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare just as much, if not a bit more, as her first book. It was utterly adorable; with a strong heroine, who decides to take her future into her own hands, and a captivating hero, who tries to convince her to marry his brother while fighting for his boxer career.

What I’ve come to love about Tessa Dare’s books, apart from her awesome characters that fit perfectly to each other, is that her male heroes, while being strong, dominant alpha male types, aren’t cavemanish rage beasts. She manages the precarious balance between overbearing and protective, between rage beast and passionate, quite well.

I can’t wait to read Tessa Dare's other books.
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review 2015-10-17 00:00
Say Yes to the Marquess
Say Yes to the Marquess - Tessa Dare
“Then one day…I decided to give myself a good pinch and wake up. The prince wasn’t coming for me. And maybe – just maybe – I didn’t need him, anyway. I’d been given so many gifts. An education, a fortune, a castle. Who was to say that simply because I was female, I couldn’t make something of those gifts myself?”

I loved the second book Say Yes to the Marquess in the series Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare just as much, if not a bit more, as her first book. It was utterly adorable; with a strong heroine, who decides to take her future into her own hands, and a captivating hero, who tries to convince her to marry his brother while fighting for his boxer career.

What I’ve come to love about Tessa Dare’s books, apart from her awesome characters that fit perfectly to each other, is that her male heroes, while being strong, dominant alpha male types, aren’t cavemanish rage beasts. She manages the precarious balance between overbearing and protective, between rage beast and passionate, quite well.

I can’t wait to read Tessa Dare's other books.
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review 2015-09-09 16:33
Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After, #2) by Tessa Dare
Say Yes to the Marquess - Tessa Dare

After reading Romancing The Duke, I was pretty excited for the next installment.. in which I was disappointed.

I loved Romancing The Duke and I was prepared to love this even more. Sadly, passing about the halfway mark, I was so confused with everything that I just read faster just to get it over with.

On one hand, royal rebel and prizefighter Rafe was using all his self-control to keep his feelings in check for his brother's intended of 8 years, Clio - who wants out. After realizing that her preparation for being the lord's future-wife gave her the tools she needed to be independent and open a brewery when she inherited a castle, she's done waiting. Over the course of the week, it was a battle for Rafe on who he loves more - his brother or Clio. Before the week was almost done and finally convincing Clio that his love for his brother keeps his hands off her (and that she must be brave enough to tell to Pier's face that she no longer wants to get married), he claimed her.



I mean, WHUUUUT?! So everything you said was just lip service? I thought I was finally reading something new butnoooooooo. It had to be the same old thing, at least it was consensual. *siiiiigh* This had so much potential.

The three-star rating deserves an explanation. One, it was funnier than the previous book.

". . . She’s so innocent and tightly laced, she probably bathes in her shift and dresses in the dark. What would I do with a woman like that?”...

“Indeed.” Bruiser rolled his eyes and dusted off his hat. “Definitely no years of pent-up lusting there. Glad we have that sorted.”



And it made STRONG points on what it feels to be a woman,

“And you must want to get married. What else could you hope to do with your life?”
She laughed into her sherry. “What else, indeed. It’s not as though we ladies are allowed to have interests or pursuits of our own.”



“I’m a woman. Everyone judges us on our measurements.”



I’d been given so many gifts. An education, a fortune, a castle. Who was to say that simply because I was female, I couldn’t make something of those gifts myself?”



Not to mention familial ties,

“Just because they’re family doesn’t mean they won’t hurt you. It means they know how to cut deep.”



It also packs some awww-inducing scenes when their passions are not close to the surface,

“I’ll tell you who you are, Rafe. Anytime you find yourself in doubt. And I won’t even leave you bleeding.”



Mostly because it made me realize why I keep coming back to historical romances. Our heroines belong to the modern world. They refuse to conform to the restrictive standards society has put on women. They are class and rebellion in human form. Our"modern" heroines will do well with the circumstances our HR MCs are going through. Seeing as they, even without the constraints these HR women experiences, our YA/NA women succeed in limiting themselves when they have little to fuss about. HR would kill for these freedom when they so blatantly give them away to "capable men".


3 stars

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