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When it came time to have her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch realized that her social awkwardness portended disaster if she attempted the London marriage mart. Rather than put herself through that, Maddie invented a fiancé, a soldier who was handsome and loyal but conveniently off at war. Maddie spent years writing letters to the made-up Captain Logan MacKenzie, then pretended to be distraught after telling her family he’d died in battle.
This way, Maddie was able to completely avoid London society and wound up rusticating with her aunt in a castle in the Scottish Highlands, left alone to pursue her illustrations in peace. Until, after several years, Captain Logan MacKenzie, the flesh and blood man, arrives on her doorstep ready to take his place as her fiancé and then her husband. He’s just as handsome as she made him up to be, but he’s got his own motives for calling her bluff. But since he has her letters in his possession, Maddie has little choice but to follow through on everything she wrote in them.
This story was absolutely hilarious, but it tugged on my heartstrings at the same time, especially Logan’s character and his development. I’m an absolute sucker for a hero who’s never been loved, and he fit the bill in spades. Add in the fact that he was a Highlander, and I was completely sold on team Logan. Maddie had to grow on me. She frustrated me greatly at first with her bullheadedness and seeming inability to see how her rash actions might’ve affected Logan and not just herself and her family. Thankfully, this improved as she got to know Logan and his men, and she began trying to know the real man beneath the brusque exterior. I absolutely adored it when she said he was nothing but squish on the inside. Perfect characterization, plus hilarity. I liked that, though the attraction was there between these two from the beginning, they took a bit to really get to know one another before deciding to take their relationship further. That definitely made for a slow burn, but once they did finally come together, it gave things a feeling of rightness, of completeness, and made it seem as if they truly were meant to be and not just thrown together by Maddie’s random use of Logan’s name. I thought it was adorable that Maddie, when she started thinking and stopped jumping to conclusions, was able to teach Logan what it means to love and be loved, and he came to feel safe exposing his vulnerabilities and fears to her. Maddie was similarly able to confide in and lean on him when she struggled to deal with her paralyzing and utterly relatable social anxiety. In this way, they each brought out the best in one another and made for a story that was as funny as it was sweet. This book was a delight to read/listen to, even if I didn’t prefer this narrator.
I devoured this book! When a Scot Ties the Knot might have the quirkiest set up I've ever encountered and I loved it so much! Things felt more progressive overall, so I wouldn't say this necessarily reads like a typical historical romance, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment at all. I haven't read the previous 2 books in the series, but I had no problem reading this as a standalone.
Things to look forward to: - Tropes like: epistolary, marriage of convenience, forced proximity, love lessons, caretaker, and a bit of enemies to lovers at the start. - Absolutely amazing secondary cast of characters! I loved all of Logan's men and Aunt Thea. They brought so much comic relief to the story as well as helped showcase Logan's softer side. - Logan. I know that some may have issues with him blackmailing Maddie at the start, but given his history and the circumstances, his actions made sense to me. Plus, I never felt like he was callous or cruel to her. The Gaelic endearments won me over too - mo chridhe *swoon* - Maddie. I loved how she took hold of her life (even if it was initially based on lies) and was unapologetic in what she wanted/her pursuits. Her character arc was very satisfying and I loved how supportive she was of Logan and his men, but also never lost sight of her own hopes and dreams. - The progression of the story worked surprisingly well for me. Yes, they're married within hours of meeting each other for the first time, but I loved that Logan didn't pressure Maddie to consummate the marriage and that it turned into almost a game between them. They had time to get to know each other and the build up felt natural. - The writing. Tessa Dare is so talented and I love how funny and witty her books are. The spicy scenes were chef's kiss, but it's the quieter tender moments - a touch here, a lingering glance there - that really got me.
I both read the ebook and listened to the audiobook of When a Scot Ties the Knot and loved the performance by Carmen Rose. She switched seamlessly between characters and accents and I was so impressed by the emotion she was able to convey. This is my first time listening to one of her performances, but I will definitely be listening to more in the future.
CW: parental abandonment/death (past), poverty and housing/financial insecurity (past), war, death, injuries related to war, PTSD, nightmares, knife attack, wound, & blood (on page), social anxiety, panic attacks (on page)
Okay, I loved the banter. The heroine is ADORABLE. She’s painfully shy, EXCEPT about the things she loves. She’s … the absolute best heroine I’ve read in a while. She’s funny and witty and has her own challenges to overcome, and the way the author wrote her is just.. stunning. The romance is beautiful, building, and breathtaking. The hero doesn’t ignore the things the heroine loves (her art and nature) and encourages her passion for it.
I giggled more than once at her retorts and his exasperation that she has never been kissed or had any romantic experience, of course, but also is extremely invested in trying to capture the moment her pet lobsters fornicate so she can draw it for a scholar. It’s SO CUTE ya’ll.
There IS passion, but it doesn’t take over the book, to be honest is just felt like a PERFECT mix of story and “love”.
After reading so many historical romances this year, I decided that once my library hold for When a Scot Ties the Knot came in it would be the last one I would read this year. While I have enjoyed all the books that I have read from Tessa Dare a lot; I feel like they all have the same vibe. All the heroine's are sunshiny and so sure they don't need a man to survive, and all the men are grumpy and never want to be married or are scarred or feel "damaged". So I wasn't surprised when this book was basically the same, however I was surprised that it just didn't matter to me. I really loved both of the MC's, the storyline, the side characters; and I loved the audio. This book is what I have come to love about Tessa Dare's books; it was sweet and steamy, but it was also pretty funny. This book is the last in a series, but I honestly feel like they can all be read as standalones (they literally do not connect at all). While I still feel like my time with historical is done for a while, I will read more for Tessa Dare in the future. I just love how rom-comish her books feel!
Even a jaded reader will enjoy this book, as it's full of humour and poignant moments. The first few chapters are laugh out loud funny. Shy Maddie is tired of being pressured to socialise, so she invents a fake fiancé, a soldier Logan MacKenzie. When she tells her family the fake fiancé died in action a relative bequeaths her a Scottish castle where she retires, a happy spinster..... until the day the real Logan MacKenzie shows up at her door.
The fake fiancé farce is really funny. The story of the Scots dispossessed from their lands is poignant. But the experiences of Logan's soldier companions are heart breaking. The author treads a fine line between humour and pathos but she does it well. Do keep a box of tissues on standby.
Much of the book's quality comes from the lead characters who become truly believable people as their own stories unfold. There are also some lobsters with their very own story. It's a very satisfying book and highly recommended.
"oh, what a tangled web we weave ..." Because she is terribly shy, poor Madeline starts writing letters to a make believe suitor so she can excuse herself from the social engagements in London. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to her, her letters are received by a real Captain Logan Mackenzie. What ensues after they meet is what I am loving about this author's series of books. Nothing too racy, but lots of passion and humour with a story line that i couldn't put down. Verra, verra good, Tessa. Huzzah!
This novel was heartwarming in extreme. It's been awhile since I have read a book that was so laugh out loud hilarious while being so romantic a love story that you can't put it down. This book is a keeper to re-read forever. Loved the characters, storyline was original and endearing, and hopefully these characters will develop into a new series for a continuation of the stories of these delightful people.