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This book was lovely, rather like a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy day. Although the premise was a little far fetched ( the heroine writes letters to an imaginary beau, and years later a man turns claiming to be him) 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?
I liked this book but did not love it! Her older books read better. Tessa's new style is bordering fairy tale fantastic where things happening are just a little too far fetched one step away from birds landing on shoulders and singing the day away and whistling while you work!!!!! I know the series is 'Castles Ever After' It just is a little too high fantasy than your usual 'Pride And Prejudice' drama!!! Did enjoy reading it but it is not one that I will probably read again. I have all her books there are many that I still read to date again and again, this one just didn't win me over as much. Oh well, you can't win them all!
While I did enjoy the book, some parts of it were just awful. While I’m going to assume the author did her research and the word “swagger” was a thing back in the 1820s, it was bizarrely placed in the story and every time it was used I cringed. The Scottish dialect that was used sounded forced. The heroine was likable to an extent, but my gosh am I the only that thought for a 25 year old she was incredibly immature?
SPOILER: Near the end of the story when the pair finally consummate the marriage she makes some sort of joke about leaving etc and then tells him she was just joking? The scene right before he expresses that insecurity and blah blah blah. And then an awkwardly placed inner dialect she says something along the lines of “oh I have to remember not to do that”
It was a 3 star for me, I enjoyed certain parts but others were hard to push through.
While I did greatly enjoy this somethings bother me. Such as that the world is so small. There seems to be very little world building. Additionally plot points are forgotten such as Maddie's Aunt going to get the rest of the family so they can visit. In fact Maddie's family at the start seems to be important yet gradually they stop being mentioned at all. Lastly that Logan mentions at the beginning that he doesn't want children and maybe he just says this out of spite but Maddie and Logan never discuss his reasoning as their relationship develops.
If I ignore these forgotten and dropped plot points the book is good. I liked the characters and the little that there was to the setting. I would recommend this book because the love story aspect is great and so is the humor. Just be aware of you pick this up that somethings just seem to be forgotten.
The tension in this book just wasn't there for me. I didn't feel the chemistry between the two characters, and I think that the coincidence was just TOO coincidental. It wasn't a BAD book, and I thought it was okay, but this is definitely not Tessa Dare's best, imo.
I liked the premise of the story but as others have stated the modern dialogue made it a hard read and kept taking me out of the story, especially the sarcastic type of dialogue. This could have been a real great book as the story was original and if the story delved deeper into his story while receiving her letters. The story never hit the emotional notes to make it a great read.