After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.
Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother - even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.
So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride's cold feet?
He starts with flowers. Ladies can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.
He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride - and tries not to picture her as his.
He doesn't kiss her.
If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again.
When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown and vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.
And no matter what, he doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.
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By Heather on 01-12-16
My first Tessa Dare miss. I'm so sad.
Vastly, hugely disappointing.
I probably should have given less than 2 stars because I paid a lot of money for the ebook + audiobook and I could barely finish it. I'm utterly devastated because I loved the first in the series, but this was such a let down.
First of all, the plot really made no sense. The whole conflict with Rafe trying to convince Clio to marry his brother though NO ONE wanted that scenario was very weak. I usually think that Tessa Dare does a brilliant job with plotting, but this one dragged with a plot that felt half-hearted. And the whole thing with Rafe prize fighting and being ejected from society, though he was a son of a marquess, also didn't make much sense. It was all such a mess, honestly, and I struggled my way through it.
Clio belonged in a contemporary romance, not a historical romance. The whole book had no bearing on anything historical. Ugh.
The narration was fair at best. I was annoyed at the narrator, and she didn't grow on me like she did in the first book in the series.
I'm telling you, skip right over this one. My first Tessa Dare miss.
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By Maine Knitter on 12-01-15
This was fun!
I liked this book a lot. Clio is a strong, independent woman and Rafe is a strong, very strong, opponent for her. I love their banter and the unfolding relationship.
This has been a great series so far. The characters aren't connected from book to book (at least so far) but I'd love to read Phoebe's story at some point. It would be good to see how she ties up - get it? - her life. Narration was great.
This book gets 4.5 stars from me. Brava, Tessa Dare!
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