Title: When a Scot Ties the Knot
Written by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #3
Published by Avon
Publication Date: August 25th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
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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.
“This is such a fun story filled with Tessa Dares signature humor and romance!”
When a Scott Ties the Knot is the third book in the Castles ever after series by Tessa Dare and is one of the best books in the series (ties with Say Yes to the Marquess) Well, let’s just say the Scott in question is really hot – and the story itself is unique. What I really love about Dare’s book is that it incorporated a touch of humor in the romance, which I think makes for a super fun read.
When a Scott is about social awkward Miss Madeline Gracechurch who inherited a Scottish castle from her godfather. This came about when Maddie, trying to avoid the season, uttered a white lie about having a sweetheart, a Captain MacKenzie who was in war so she wouldn’t have to produce said fiance. She also started writing – and mailing- letters to aid fictitious fiance for years until she inherited the Scottish castle. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for her, the IS a Captain MacKenzie and he DID receive her letters, and now he IS at Maddie’s door practically blackmailing her into marriage.
What I loved:
- The plot. I enjoyed reading about Maddie and Logan. The story was fast paced and very, very entertaining. It was well written and thought out and I honestly haven’t read a book quite like this one.
- The characters. I loved Maddie and Logan. Maddie was a bluestocking and was also socially awkward and hated to be in public. She wasn’t a wallflower per se because she never had a season due to her lie about having a sweetheart. I found her endearing and very relatable. Logan. on the other had started out as an ass. I didn’t warm up to him right away because of the way he handled the blackmailing and how he treated Maddie. Of course, he redeemed himself a few chapters later and I loved reading a little about his back story.
- Supporting characters. There were a few interesting characters that I really loved. Logan’s men, the ones who were wounded in some form and didn’t have any family left in Scotland, made up his rag tag crew were awesome. I had a soft heart for all of them. Maddie’s notorious aunt was also a character and I wonder how she was when she was younger!
- Setting. The whole book happened in a castle in Scotland, away from London which is a relief.
What I did not like:
- Logan. Okay, so I did like him in the end but he was just an asshole when I first met him. I did not warm up to him immediately and even if he did have reasons to why he did what he did, I was just pissed.
- Slow start. I know I said that the book was fast paced but it started a little slow for me. It picked up right away after the first 3 chapters so I was okay with that and I was able to breeze right through it and read it in one sitting.
The cover is just gorgeous! I love the greens and the hint of mischief in both the hero/heroine’s expressions which I thought fit the whole tone of the book.
If you haven’t already, I suggest reading the first two books in the series: Romancing the Duke (book 1), Say Yes to the Marquess (book 2).
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge
- 2015 Historical Romance Challenge