Main Characters: Clio Whitmore, Rafe Brandon


Historical RomanceSweet Love


“I’m not going to touch her,” he said “She’s not mine.She never will be.”
“Indeed.” Bruiser rolled his eyes and dusted off his hat. “Definitely no years of pent-up lusting there. Glad we have that sorted.”



Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and . . . and . . . ?

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. A wedding 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.



Right after I finished the first book in the series, I jumped into this second book with much excitement. It did not disappoint me. In fact, I became so engrossed I did not sleep until I finished the entire book. Let’s just say it was already way past sunrise when I finally accomplished that goal.

As much as I enjoyed the first book, I have to say that I loved this book even more. I loved Clio. She was just admirable. The way she stood up for herself when she made the decision to end her engagement with Pier. The way she got through Rafe like nobody else ever could. The way she equalled him even if it’s in an entirely different manner. The way the loved her sisters and even her brother-in-law despite the fact that they could truly get into anybody else’s nerves. The way she dreamed of carving her own place in the sun. She was just amazing.

Rafe, on the other hand, was an endearing hero. There was no evil side to him. He was adorable the way he tried to win Clio back as his brother’s intended. The way he tried to lavish her with everything every other bride could only dream of, not really knowing that those weren’t what Clio wanted or needed. The way he always wanted to be her champion and defender. The way he wanted to take care of things for his brother.

From the first chapter alone, every scene with Clio and Rafe together just sizzled. I don’t know how Tessa Dare did it in this book. But I could almost see myself standing in the room with them, and the air is charged with electricity, sexual tension, chemistry. Tessa Dare has captured in her writing an unbelievable rapport between the hero and the heroine that readers can clearly see and feel and relate to. Even if the setting was from a different era, it’s still easy to imagine them living in today’s world, as modern people, but still with so much compatibility.

I am truly thankful now that fate led me to picking up this book. Because of this book, I was forced to read Romancing The Duke, which introduced me to this author. It was a book I loved and enjoyed. And now, with this book, it has reinforced the fact that Tessa Dare is a force in the historical romance genre and that every reader should have read at least one of her series because there are only very few authors like her these days.




Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Romancing The Duke

Book 2 – Say Yes To The Marquess

Book 3 – When A Scott Ties The Knot




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