I have loved Tessa Dare ever since her debut The Goddess of the Hunt—it remains on my Best Ever List. Since that first book, Dare’s skill at writing complex, fantastical, but realistic, characters with emotional and heartfelt stories has only increased, and her latest release, Say Yes to the Marquess, might be her best book yet.
Rafe, our hero, is complicated, endearing, romantic, and caring all while remaining alpha and ultra-masculine. Clio, our heroine, is independent, protective, smart, and unusual. Together, they make for a perfectly balanced, realistic, and heartwarming couple.
There are many great lines and scenes within Say Yes to the Marquess—anyone remember when Rafe carried our self-conscious heroine up the stairs to “prove a point” or when Clio told her sister, Daphne, that she was mistress of her own castle and “today she was feeling a bit medieval” or when Piers said he knew how to kill a man with a letter opener and make it look like an accident? However, the most poignant and swoonworthiest scene belongs to Clio.