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.


“First rule of love: dinna panic.”

This is the third book in the Castles Ever After series, where the heroine in each book inherits a castle – of course that it leads to some kind of trouble and finding her happy ending wish a dashing hero. I’m loving this series so far and I love how the core cast of characters is always a new one, they’re not related to any of the previous books.

Her every feminine impulse jumped to attention. She was vibrating with the worst possible desires. The instinct to soothe, to comfort, to nurture, to hold.

“That pitying look you’re giving me,” he said. “I dinna think I like it.”

“I don’t like it, either.”

“Then stop making it.”

“I can’t.” She fluttered her hands. “Quickly, say something unfeeling. Mock my letters. Threaten my beetles. Just do something, anything reprehensible’

When a Scot Ties the Knot presents a very fresh and unusual plot, I’ve never read anything like it before. Maddie and Logan are so cute together, they’re able to help one another fight their struggles and grow.  The hero completely made me fall in love with him – he’s loyal, kind and heroic in the true sense of the word. Oh, and here’s another reason why:

When Maddie prepared for bed behind her screen that night, she emerged to find the most terrible sight yet.

“Oh, really, Logan. That just isn’t fair.”

He looked up from his reclined pose in her bedroom chaise longue, his face partly hidden behind a book bound in dark green leather. “What?”

“You’re reading Pride and Prejudice?”

He shrugged. “I found it on your bookshelf.”

Seeing him read any book was bad enough. But her favorite book? This was sheer torture.

The conclusion is, I didn’t want to put it down. Tessa Dare has a talent of creating complex characters and leaving all the issues tightly resolved by the end of the book. She’s one of my favorite romance writers. An important warning: no real lobsters were harmed in the making of this book (at least I hope so!).


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