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.
REVIEW: Clio Whitmore has been engaged to marry Piers Brandon, the Marquess of Granville, for eight long years. Piers is a young diplomat who has been on missions for the government which has resulted in their wedding being delayed many times.
Clio has been very patient about her engagement and since she now owns Twill Castle, near the village of Charingwood, she is quite content with living and caring for her large home. However, she gets word that Piers is to return home soon and their wedding will finally take place.
Piers’s younger brother, Rafe Brandon, is a long time friend of Clio’s and one who was made to feel inferior by his father. Thus, he left home and made his own way in life by becoming a prizefighter.
Rafe has come to the Castle along with Clio’s older sister and her arrogant husband, and Clio’s younger sister. They are all there to try and ensure that Clio finally marries Piers. Thus begins the planning of choosing the right dress, flowers, cake, and church decorations. Along the way, an old attraction between Rafe and Clio begins to bloom again. Clio is adamant that she plans to break off her engagement to Piers, but Rafe is determined, despite his obvious love for her, that she must marry his brother. During Piers’s absence, Clio has become an independent and learned young woman with big ideas for how she wants to improve her home and her life. But when Piers finally makes an appearance, will she change her mind and marry him after all?
This story was written with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor that really made me laugh out loud. Yes, it was rather goofy and silly at times, but that only added to the charm of the story. Sometimes when we read a book, we just have to relax and go with the story. That’s what makes it an enjoyable read.
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