Review Post : When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare (5 Stars)

Posted November 3, 2015 by Nix in review / 0 Comments

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #3
Published by HarperCollins on 2015-08-25
Genres: Historical
Pages: 384
Format: eBook

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, 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.

FTC : I bought this book as I am addicted to this authors historical work.

Let’s start with the question you’ll all ask when you see that this is book three; do I need to read the others? No, you really don’t but I recommend them too. This series is filled with humour, romance and a really engaging plot; why would you not read the rest of them? Now, onto the (very) short review of this book.

I’m not going to rehash the plot (it’s above) so I’m going to tell you what I liked about the book instead of the usual review.

The characters

Loved both the main characters in this one. I cringed for Maddie when her made up beau turned out to be a very real soldier out for land but the events that followed made me laugh, swoon and sniffle happy tears. Maddie, a woman obsessed by the natural world, has no idea what to do with the larger than life Logan. He’s big, in her space and he is determined to make her marry him. Having no experience with the opposite sex, she has no idea how to resist his whims or his charms but she tries damn hard to do both. Unfortunately Logan is loyal to his fellow soldiers and their happiness is his biggest priority. He is willing to expose all her lies and ruin her in his quest to get to her land but he doesn’t quite realise how much he has gotten to know her through her letters and that makes her harder to hurt.

The romance

It is so damn cute! They both fight against the pull of attraction, both of them with priorities other than a romance, but they can’t help themselves. They make each other better, not weaker and I loved that neither expected the other to give up anything for their relationship; they wanted the whole package, not a watered down version. There are so many swoon-worthy scenes too!

The quirkiness

It’s so much fun! Maddie has a lobster …. that lobster causes mayhem and I laughed out-loud at one particular scene.

Any issues?

None that stand out. There were a few scenes where Logan was an asshat but I expect that from an Alpha in love! I’ve read this twice already… I love it!


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