When a Scott Ties the Knot was… Exactly what I needed!

October 29, 2015 Reviews 20

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When a Scott Ties the Knot was… Exactly what I needed!When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
Narrator: Carmen Rose
Series: Castles Ever After #3
Published by Avon on August 25, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed

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.

Sometimes you start a book and within moments you know pretty much the entire story arc. Hardly aything will be a surprise. Sometimes that’s death for the book. Sometimes, you also know you will LOVE the book. Well, when I started When a Scott Ties the Knot I pretty much figured out everything that would happen in the story instantly. I also was pretty sure I’d love it. I was so right, on both counts.

When a Scott Ties the Knot is predictable, but is that really such a bad thing? It starts off with our main character, a 16 year old Madeline Gracechurch, writing a series of letters to a fake beau that she’s created to escape a socially terrifying season looking for a husband. She’s made this captain up and she has to post the letters to keep up the rouse, but she’s just CERTAIN that they’re going straight to the trash because he’s not real… anyone else see where this is headed? Yeah, I did too. The book picks up several years later, when Madeline has wisely tried to end her rouse by claiming that her captain – Logan MacKenzie – was killed on the battlefield. She’s living the life she wants, in mourning for her “sweetheart” and as an independent woman with no one pressuring her to get married. Imagine her surprise when Captain MacKenzie shows up, not dead like she expected… you saw that coming too, right? But tell me it’s not great?!!

While the core story didn’t have surprises, the characters were impossible to fully predict. Tessa Dare threw in some unexpected side characters – a loveable aunt, a group of men depending on Captain MacKenzie – not to mention a colorful past for both Logan and Madeline that gave When a Scott Ties the Knot plenty of twists to keep it entertaining, even if you always knew where it was ultimately headed. I enjoyed every moment of the plotting and scheming – not to mention the falling in love. Maddie and Logan are the kinds of characters I dare you not to love – Logan is broken, but not ridiculously so. Maddie is independent and a bit unique, but also not ridiculously so.

I laughed, I swooned, I laughed some more and when I finished When a Scott Ties the Knot I was satisifed. It was exactly what I was looking for. And Carmen Rose’s narration is quite good – she didn’t amaze me, but the voices were approrpiate and the pacing worked well. I’m hoping to go back and read the first 2 books soon!

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

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About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.


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20 Responses to “When a Scott Ties the Knot was… Exactly what I needed!”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    This does sound fantastic even if it was predictable…and it’s probably that Dare created such great characters. I’m happy it was what you needed and left you satisfied, Berls. I don’t know if I’ve read Dare or not but this one is going on my tbr. I’ve been reading more HR lately and loving it and this one sounds like the perfect addition. 😀
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    • Berls

      I have been reading a lot more HR lately too. I’ve been in less of a pnr/UF mood for some reason. This was my first Dare book, but she’s officially on my list now!

    • Berls

      Oh I know, the lobsters were such a nice touch. Tessa Dare officially won me over and now I need to start reading more of her books!

    • Berls

      She was an author I kept hearing good things about and hadn’t read. Then I got to hear her speak and meet her – and I was like “ok, I HAVE to read one of her books now because I LOVE Her!” turns out, I love her writing too 🙂 So I recommend for sure!

    • Berls

      Oh I know, Grant broke my heart too! Loved him to death. I hadn’t read Tessa Dare before now, but she’s on my go-to author list after this book!

    • Berls

      Exactly! I needed something light, funny and refreshing – thus delivered – so for me it was a home run. 🙂

    • Berls

      I haven’t read book one (I read it for book club and had no idea it was part of a series) and I never realized it until I setup this post. So you definitely can start with this book. I’m not sure how the other books are connected, but I’m guessing it’s very loosely.

      • Stormi

        I think it might just be the theme of the series that links them together but I am so OCD when it comes to starting at book one that it drives me crazy when I have to start in the middle…lol. And I have book one but I don’t have this one yet…lol. 🙂
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        • Berls

          Lol I used to be more ocd about it than I am now. But sometimes it really stinks to realize I ruined something by reading out of order. Well read book 1 and tell me how it is lol

        • Berls

          Oh wow, that’s a thin connection! But yay for me, that means I didn’t miss out by reading out of order 🙂

    • Berls

      Thanks Lexxie 🙂 It’s going ok – as well as it can being a week in kindergarten lol!

      This was my first Tessa Dare read, but I’m sold. I got to meet her this month at a local event and she was the key note speaker. It was a real treat. You should definitely dig this one up 🙂

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