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When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
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When a Scot Ties the Knot

by Tessa Dare

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Series: Castles Ever After (Aug 2015 - Book 3)

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I love this Castles Ever After series!

What would you do if the letters you wrote to someone you made up actually found someone? Maddie desperately wants to avoid a debut into society. Painfully shy, she has done just that, and found her free pass. As time wears on and she needs to produce this imaginary hero, she decides to kill him off, a noble, hero's death. Imagine her surprise when he turns up on her doorstep years later!

For Logan MacKenzie, the letters give him focus. A ne'er do well, he finds a purpose, motivation to make something of himself in the eccentric rambling missives that are misdirected to him. And then she kills him off, as if his life hasn't followed that same pattern from the beginning, people abandoning him, leaving him. But he's not letting her off so easy. He takes his band of misfits determined to give THEM a home, even if he never finds one of his own.

Funny, spirited and touching, I loved this book (but then it's hard to ignore a determined Scot in a kilt). Highly recommended. ( )
  Karla.Brandenburg | Dec 12, 2017 |
Loved this book. Of course Tessa Dare can pretty much do no wrong, so I suppose that’s not too surprising. I loved Maddie and Logan, and love that they both have a traumatic past that causes present-day problems, which they help each other get through. Maddie is maginificently weird (which is fantastic), and Logan and those letters... I am die.

The (limited) supporting cast is also a treat, especially Maddie’s rather eccentric aunt and the hulking but addled Grant.

This is the third book in a series but is easily totally perfect as a stand alone. I’m pretty sure what connects the series is that they’re all left castles by the same fellow, so you’re not missing out on anything or spoiling the first two books in the series by reading this one first.

I spent most of this novel unable to put it down, with my heart in my throat and tears welling in my eyes. Definitely one of those books where you just ache for the characters. If you’re looking for a light fluffy read, this may not be the book for you as it rather tears at your heart (but I do promise you a happy ending). ( )
  ElleyOtter | Nov 28, 2017 |
I laughed! ( )
  LadyTi | Sep 5, 2017 |
What a great premise for a romance! Maddie invents a fiance, a Scottish captain, who is conveniently at war so she doesn't have to produce him. She writes his letters for the imaginary warrior and goes into mourning when he dies a well-timed death. She even inherits a castle as a means to assuage her grief.
She's shocked when Captain Logan McKenzie shows up on her doorstep ready to complete marriage vows. Logan only wants to use the bold English lass and her property to provide for his battle-weary men. He wasn't counting on falling in love with her.
Maddie is painfully shy but a wonderful artist who does illustrations for naturalists. Logan grew up without any advantages and spent the last ten years at war. They don't have an instant connection and must work to let their romance grow by learning about each other. I liked that their love grew naturally without any scheming or ruses to further it along.
It's a wonderful and charming love story of two people who don't think they suit each other, but find they are perfect for each other. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Aug 26, 2017 |
I'm a sucker for a historical romance. Especially one with a smart, unconventional heroine. This one was good stuff. Funny and sweet.

Madeline grew up shy and more interested in drawing than in men. To avoid being paraded throughout the London season, she made up a lover. A Scottish Officer, no less. And wrote herself fake letters and sent them to this fake person. But, wait! He's real. And he's gotten her letters over the years, and comes to find her after the war ends. What's a girl to do? Well, since he's handsome and sexy and brave, she falls for him. He falls for her. And they all lived happily ever after. Or did they? Read it yourself to find out--I'm no book spoiler!

If you like smart female leads with spirit, you will like this book. Enjoy.

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  GovMarley | Aug 6, 2017 |
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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.
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"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" --… (more)

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