Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Historical Romance
My Copy: ARC courtesy of HarperCollins
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Synopsis: 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.
I have a confession…I’ve never read a Tessa Dare book until a few months ago. I was gifted a copy of Romancing the Duke and read it one sitting! I really enjoyed it and when the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot, I couldn’t say no! When a Scot Ties the Knot is the third in her Castles Ever After series and if you haven’t read the first two, it’s not necessary to enjoy When a Scot Ties the Knot.
We have really good character development. Madeline Gracechurch is desperate to avoid a London Season and does the unthinkable: she invents a suitor and quickly announces their engagement. Maddie is so likeable and you can easily imagine being friends with her! She’s a talented artist and likes to take care of the people close to her. She’s also painfully shy and likes to avoid crowds. The reason she avoids crowds is heartbreaking and I really liked how she’s absolved of the guilt she’s carried her entire life. Of course we have to have a dashing hero and his name is Captain Logan MacKenzie. He’s very much a leader and a self made man. While his own personal history is sad, he doesn’t dwell on what could have been. I won’t go into detail because I really want you to meet him. We have several secondary characters that you’ll come to love including one of Logan’s fellow soldiers named Grant.
What I really enjoyed about When a Scot Ties the Knot was the banter between Logan and Maddie! There’s a particular scene where Maddie finds herself in a bit of trouble and Logan jokes about remembering the event in the future and how they had a picnic. I had a lot of fun reading that scene because it really shows us how Maddie and Logan have come to care for one another even if they didn’t know about it at the time. Their relationship really shines in Maddie’s letters to Logan. While we know Maddie writing to Logan gave her a sense of security, what we don’t know are the role those letters played in Logan’s life. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to spoil it, but when Logan tells Maddie about them, I’ll admit to tears. I liked how Dare gave us his insight because it was important to the story.
I debated with the rating between a four and five and in the end decided on a four for one particular reason: I wanted to see more of Logan and Maddie as a couple. Their romance felt a bit rushed and maybe it’s because we know they’ll wind up together (after all it’s a given considering the circumstances of how they end up meeting), but I wanted a little more time with them. The ending felt a bit rushed as well. Like I said, we’ve known from the beginning they would be together, but perhaps a bit more conflict would have balanced this out a bit.
Overall, Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot was a delight! I loved the letters in the prologue and Maddie’s nicknames for Logan. If you’re looking to try a new author or enjoy historical romance, I highly recommend Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot. Dare is quickly becoming a favorite and I can’t wait to read her backlist.
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