When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Posted September 13, 2015 | 43 Comments

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa DareWhen a Scot Ties the Knot
Author: Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #3
Published by: Avon
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher

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’m just going to say it right now – I have nothing but love for When a Scot Ties the Knot. I very rarely read historical romance. The last one I read was over a year ago, and I can’t even remember any prior to that. They usually rank fairly low when I’m looking for a book to read. With that being said, this book is without a doubt a favorite of mine now.

I started reading around 10pm, then the next thing I knew it was 3:15am and I was 85% finished. It was incredibly difficult to quit reading, and honestly contemplated skipping sleep. It was that good!

The idea of Maddie writing letters to an imaginary boyfriend in order to get out of having to attend social functions and find a husband, killing the imaginary guy off, and then a real Logan MacKenzie shows up very much alive … you can’t tell me that doesn’t sound entertaining. The beginning of the book is a bunch of letters she writes to imaginary Logan over the years, and the funny thing is, even I grew attached to him and got a little choked up when she “killed” him. The way the whole thing came about with a real Logan appearing and making them interact, was done very well.

When the Scot Tied the Knot is so damn funny! I was full on smiling and laughing through the majority of the book. I prefer heavy dialogue in books, and that’s what I got. It wasn’t just some boring rambling though, the wit and banter that occurred is some of the best. I can’t express enough how thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining Maddie and Logan are.

Maddie is awkward and naïve in the funniest, most adorable way. I was cracking up at times imagining Logan trying to process her. The way they frustrated each other was downright delightful! Even some of the more sweet and intimate moments had a dose of humor.

When it comes to Logan, I love him. He’s a bit rough and gruff at times, but it’s more in an amusing way. Logan is truly a good man, and I just adored watching them grow closer. What I really love too, is they never lost that mischievousness between them, even as they grew fond of each other.

Like I said, I absolutely loved When a Scot Ties the Knot! Now I’m determined to read everything by Tessa Dare. Seriously, if you’re not typically into the genre, just ignore that fact, because I’m willing to bet you’ll still love this. If you’ve never read a historical romance, right here is the place to start.

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43 responses to “When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

    • Christy
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      I think LoS is one of the HR books I have. I’ll have to double check. But I for sure reading more Dare.

  1. Agh! I so want to read this book! I read the first book in an earlier series by Dare and enjoyed it but not enough for the rest of the books to jump to the top of the reading pile. This one is calling my name though. It sounds absolutely fantastic. I love books that draw you in to the point you completely lose track of time.
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  2. YESSSSSSS CHRISTY! Tessa Dare can do no wrong for me! I absolutely love her Spindle Cove books, and this series has quickly become a favorite as well. I’m really hoping Logan’s men might get books at some point, that would make me ridiculously happy:) So glad you loved this as much as I did!
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    • Christy
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      Honestly, don’t even think about the genre. It doesn’t have that stuffy “historical” feel like other book, ya know?

  3. You read this too?!?!?! What is happening to the world!?!? Well, crap! Now I know what I’m using my B&N coupon for. Next time, just email me your downloaded ARCs list and I’ll copy what you and Kim download, okay? This being behind is getting old…

    *insert multiple swear words here*

    Love your body, Larry…
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    • Christy
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      Seriously, Heidi, don’t even think about the genre. You’ll love this book. Promise. If you don’t, I’ll go up there and be your maid for a week. lol

  4. This sounds great, Christy! I was planning on reading it already, but if it’s that quick a read, and you almost went without sleep entirely . . . *moves up list*

  5. Imaginary boyfriends, awkwardness, and humor? I’m in. I’m so in and I don’t even care for historical romance or anything historical for that matter. But how can I say no?! Great review. I’m sold!

  6. Ria
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    I loved your review i’m not a fan of historical romance but i’m also not sure why? LOL I need to read the Outlander series and I will someday?.. Anywho great review and it seems it can be read as a stand alone which is great…I’ll have to add this for sure 🙂

    • Christy
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      Outlander is great, I read it several years ago. But these two are totally different breeds. This book isn’t heavy and very ‘historical’, it’s a really light and fun read. You should really try it, because I’ll bet you’d be surprised.

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