Before I begin this review I have a confession, up until this point I have never read a novel penned by Dare. Yes, I am an advocate when it comes to reading romance, mostly historical, but I already have a growing list of authors and I like to read their books. I simply, and quite by mistake, skipped over Dare.
For my first reading of the author, Say Yes to the Marquess was not a bad introduction. For the most part I liked what I read. The foundation and heart of a good historical romance was ever so present. The alpha hunk, that is the honorable hero, was as charming and sinfully handsome as I could have wished. The plot was something different, that I had seen before, but not lately. Overall this book should be favored because it contains humor, romance, adventure and so much more.
However, with all of the positives there usually has to be a negative and there is. My main flaw with this book lies within the writing. The writing is certainly good enough to tell an excellent story but it's not perfection. I would have liked to see a much deeper writing style. This romance is very light and somewhat breezy. It's mainly back and forth between the hero and the heroine. I felt like, as the reader, I was on a stage watching two people that are ideal for each other fight it out, and therefore suffocate the romance at times.
What I personally would have liked to see from Dare was a moment of pause. Take a step back, allow the characters to breathe without so much confrontation going on within every encounter they had with each other, and allow the story to flow. Had this happened this book would have been a flawless read.
I think it's important to state that Say Yes to the Marquess is a better romance. It does contain flaws but most books do. It's rare to find a book that is perfect in the modern world. Dare can certainly entertain her readers. This book contains both a castle and a dog and I'm rooting for the author. As for continuing to read Dare, of course I am going to. It's a no-brainer. Only, the next time I hope I discover a romance where it is a little easier to believe the characters deserve a happily-ever-after ending.
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.