TITLE: When A Scot Ties the Knot
BY: Tessa Dare
SERIES: Castles Ever After #3
GENRE/S: Historical Romance
PUBLICATION: August 25th 2015 by Avon
When she’s sixteen and in her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy and she knew she would be a failure in marriage mart. To avoid another ball and the pressure of finding a man to marry, Maddie invented a sweetheart — a handsome and honorable man who is devoted to her and conveniently never around. So he made him Scottish and fighting in the war. She even have a name for him – Captain MacKenzie – and for a show, she kept sending his imaginary man letters for years…Until she decided to kill him because the lies are getting heavier for her. Maddie managed to avoid the social gatherings of London and soon settled in Scotland in a castle she inherited. But years later, while achieving her dream as an illustrator, a Scottish captain by the name of Logan Mackenzie shows up and demanding that she marries him. Maddie knows she finally has to pay for her lies.
I like the concept of When A Scot Ties The Knot, with an imaginary hero turning out to be a real person and showing at the heroine’s place and starts demanding. Logan is the real swoony alpha and I didn’t really mind him demanding things. Even though I’m against forcing, morelike blackmailing, a woman to marry someone, I do think Maddie deserves it a bit. She lied too much and she can’t blame Logan entirely for being who he is. Besides, he has a purpose for marrying her and it’s honorable. I like his sense of duty. Also at the end, he explains to Maddie what the letters had done to him back when he was just a soldier in the lowest rank. The letters made his life miserable at some point and then suddenly, Maddie stopped sending letters…
But I can’t blame Maddie that much. She really doesn’t do well in social gatherings. To be honest, I might’ve done what she did too and she didn’t know there’s a real Logan Mackenzie. She just did what she could to escape a situation. That said, I love Maddie as a person. She’s kindhearted, loves nature and drawing. I think it’s cute she always draws something in each letter she sends to Logan. Her dream is to be an illustrator and she draws for naturalists. She also has pet lobsters that she’s waiting to mate so she can draw them. So nerdy. So cool…
As for the romance, even though I like the concept, I think at some point the plot becomes bland. They get married even though Maddie was hesitant but after that, there’s a lot of push and pull. They spent two-thirds of the book pushing and pulling each other and whether they will consummate their marriage or not. I do love the sexy times but more often, they end up just giving in to their lust a bit and then stop as if someone poured a bucket of cold water over them.
Still, I enjoyed lots of scenes. Logan is always sarcastic while Maddie is fierce but she does fierce in a very well-mannered way. She is indeed a lady which is a contrast to Logan’s brutish ways. Their personalities make for amazing banters.
I also enjoyed the scenes with Logan’s men. Like Logan, they’re scarred, both in body and soul and Logan feels they are his responsibility. I really love his sense of duty. But Logan’s men are also likable characters. They really made me laugh, especially when they make bets or tease Logan for not consummating his marriage yet. They even give him advices that even though make sense, I couldn’t help but laugh because Logan is irritated every time.
RATING: 3.5 blissful pages with lilies
Despite my few concerns, I enjoyed When a Scot Ties The Know. I love the characters and the banters. The sexy scenes too. And as usual, Tessa Dare’s humour didn’t disappoint me.
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