So this book automatically gets points from me for the name – don’t you think historical romance novels always have the funniest titles?!
If you read my last two posts, you’ll know I love Tessa Dare’s books. I’ve wanted to read this one for ages now, partly because of the title, but mainly because I loved the first Castles Ever After book so much. I think this was a case of hyping something up too much in my head, as although I did enjoy it, it didn’t live up to my expectations.
Say Yes to the Marquess follows Clio, who has been engaged to the mysterious Marquess of Granville for the last 8 years. Her long engagement and MIA fiance has made her the laughing stock of society. After inheriting a castle and finally gaining some independence, she decides enough is enough, and cancels her engagement. Or, she at least attempts to. First, she must get her fiance’s brother Rafe to sign papers authorising the dissolution of the engagement. Rafe is a notorious former boxing champion, and Clio cancelling her engagement will ruin his plans to reclaim him boxing title. So he decides he has to pull out all the stops to change Clio’s mind and make sure the wedding goes ahead – dress fittings, flowers and cake tastings. The only problem is that Rafe has been in love with Clio for years, and planning a wedding for her and his brother isn’t the easiest thing to do.
I loved the premise of the book, but unfortunately I just didn’t get that invested. I didn’t find Rafe’s reasons for not confessing his feelings believable, and didn’t really feel any sympathy for his character. The character I was most interested in was actually Clio’s younger sister, who I hope gets her own spin off book.
There are a lot of funny moments in Say Yes to the Marquess, as there always are with Tessa Dare books. I would recommend this if you are looking for a fun, lighthearted read, but perhaps not if you are looking for an epic romance to be swept away with.