Author: Tessa Dare
Provided Synopsis: 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: Eight years ago, Piers proposed to Clio, and she has been waiting to walk down the aisle ever since. While he is on the continent fulfilling his role as a diplomat she has been left behind in England to be “finished” and to be the source of entertainment to those who place bets on when she will finally get her intended down the aisle. Tired of her lot in life, Clio decides to go to the castle she recently inherited from her late uncle, find a way to live off her land, and convince Pier’s brother, Rafe, to sign the papers to dissolve the engagement in the diplomat’s place. But Rafe refuses to comply, and even goes as far as to spend a week trying to convince Clio to say yes to the wedding.
Which is not an easy job to accomplish when he is in love with the bride-to-be.
I hate to say this, but I did not enjoy this book at all. I have read many of Tessa Dare’s books (she has written one of my favorite historical romances of all-time, in fact) so I could not help but notice that this one missed her characteristic humor. Where did the funny and the charm go? Where was the connection that I could feel between hero and heroine? Clio and Rafe did not resonate with me singularly or together. Both of them had “secrets” that seemed so ridiculous along with the misplaced guilt these secrets caused them. Instead of being immersed in this story I felt as if it dragged on and on. I had to force myself to read this because I hoped my opinion would change — it didn’t.
I can’t recommend this particular Tessa Dare book to anyone, but if you do want to read a book by her then I will always stand by A Week to be Wicked.