When a Scot Ties the Knot: Castles Ever After: 3 Mass Market Paperback – 25 August 2015
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“Dare delights with another marvelously romantic story that delivers a deep sigh, a tear and a smile. With her painfully shy heroine and vulnerable hero, readers are immediately captivated and will savor the joy of this imaginary-sweetheart plotline. You’ll stay up all night to reach the unforgettable ending.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick))
“With sharp, clever banter, breathtaking sensuality, colorful descriptions, and solid cultural detail, this compelling, often hilarious escapade puts a refreshing spin on the “imaginary lover” theme and adds another winner to Dare’s riveting “Castles” series.” (Library Journal (starred review))
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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.
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- ASIN : 0062349023
- Publisher : Avon (25 August 2015)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780062349026
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062349026
- Item Weight : 454 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.44 x 17.15 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #219,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The letters were funny and had me smiling like a loon at times. Maddie was a wonderfully cultivated heroine whom I thoroughly enjoyed, and let’s not forget Logan, he is one Scot/Highlander that will have you smiling and swooning throughout this story. I have to say I do think Logan was deluded in thinking Madeline owed him anything. Yes, I sympathized with him and his men's situation but his view she owed him something was a tad silly. Although perhaps it was just the excuse he needed to go and find the women that he had been thinking about for so many years. I also really wished that the man who out of bitterness took credit for Madeline’s hard work had seen the front of Logan’s fist (I know, I seem to have some slight violent tendencies – luckily, such tendencies are reserved for characters I don’t like in books).
There is a good blend of tension, mild-bickering and heat in this book. I’ve finished this book smiling and can confidently say I’ll be re-reading it. I’m glad I finally purchased this and at a steal to: £1.99.
Then one night her maid comes to her and tells her there is very very large man at the door.
Not going any further. Don't want to spoil this, prepare to laugh at the interaction between these two, the sensual chemistry is not loved it
I loved reading Maddie's letters, and there was a wonderfully drawn cast of supporting characters. Unusually for historical romance, the heroine had an actual talent of her own (illustrating natural history books)
The love story was convincing, with both hero and heroine overcoming difficulties from their pasts. Also included were some scorching hot scenes with a man in a kilt. What more could you want?
A powerfully shy girl comes up with creating a gentleman suitor, and then finds herself forging a correspondence over the years to 'prove' it to her family, and save herself having to go out in society. Only the gentleman does actually exist, and has been receiving her letters!
The humour and embarrassment of this idea won me over from the start! I really liked Madeline's shy and humble character, and what I especially like (which Tessa Dare is very good at writing), is her passion for her job - illustrating wildlife. Only in a Tessa Dare romance book would you find the heroine drawing the mating cycle of lobsters...which is very slow going when you've got to wait for the female to molt!
Logan is a very likeable character, and his motivations are clear from the start so I didn't have any problems with thinking he was selfish or unfeeling (which I think some reviewers mentioned). One thing I did have difficulty with though, was the implication that Madeline had managed to hurt him by 'killing him off'. Even if her letters had made him feel close to her, I couldn't quite buy the idea that they both 'felt' a real connection through them.
Ignoring that though, this was a really great read - full of the quirky humour I adore!
This isn't a bad book, but it was spoilt for me on the first page. The heroine, in the early 1800s, living many miles from the sea, has a tank in which she keeps lobsters. Marine tanks are the devil to maintain even with modern equipment like water filters. The salinity has to be kept correct, as well as keeping the water clean. Without access to seawater to exchange the water every few days, our heroine's lobsters are doomed to an early death.
That, plus access to ready to wear clothing about a century ahead of when it became available, greatly reduced my ability to believe in the rest of the story. Which is a shame, because the premise was an entertaining one.