Title: When a Scot Ties the Knot
Author: Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After, book 3
Genre: Historical Romance
On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.
A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.
Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.
Since a very early age, Miss Madeline Gracechurch has a serious aversion to crowds and being surrounded by people. It goes deeper than simply her shyness; it’s a phobia that affects her life.
Maddie knows she won’t survive her first London season, not knowing how to get out of it she invents an imaginary fiancé, Captain Logan MacKenzie. She tells her family he won’t be around for a while because he’s serving in the military. To keep with the appearances, she constantly writes to him and sends her letters to the military. She keeps the lie for years, until she decides it was enough and tells her family he was killed in battle.
Maddie’s godfather gifts her a castle in Scotland, where she can mourn Logan and live her spinster years. Maddie couldn’t be happier with her life. She has the quiet life she always dreamed and lives her days’ doing what she loves most, drawing.
Everything is perfect in Maddie’s life until the real Captain MacKenzie comes to her door, asking for everything she promised him in her letters. Logan received every single letter Maddie sent to her imaginary fiancé and now he demands she marries him or he will expose her lies. Without any other option Maddie accepts Logan’s terms. Logan is not a bad man; he’s forcing Maddie to marry him to protect his soldiers. When they came back from the war they found out they had lost their lands and their families, everything they fought for.
Maddie is such a perfect heroine. She is shy, socially awkward, but very sweet and very smart. I loved how she was with her aunt, with Logan and with his soldiers.
Logan is such a charming hero. He has a big heart and always thinks first about others. Logan’s past is one of loss and pain. Nothing has been easy for him; he has work hard for everything he has accomplished. Because of his past experiences he hides his real self under a cold façade, but after just couple of pages it was easy to see the real man behind the strong exterior… and he wears and kilt, do I have to say more?
Maddie and Logan’s romance is slowly going, fun and very sweet. I really loved them. They couldn’t be more perfect together.
The secondary character made the story even more interesting and entertaining. I loved Maddie’s aunt, Thea. Their conversations were insightful and funny. Logan’s soldiers are also great. They all brought something special to the story.
I loved, loved this book. When a Scot Ties the Knot was such a perfect read; it was everything I expect an historical romance to be and more, much more. It has the perfect combination of a strong heroine, swoon worthy hero, smart and witty dialogue and an engaging and highly entertaining story with many laughing out loud moments.
I can’t recommend When a Scot Ties the Knot enough. If you are a fan of historical romances this is a book you need to read. I think even non-fans of historical romance will enjoy this book.
When a Scot Ties the Knot is part of a series, but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone. Thank you Tessa Dare for such a fun and adorable book.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
Other books in the series
Romancing the Duke
When a Scot Ties the Knot
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