Author: Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #3
Published by: Avon
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
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.