Narrator: Carmen Rose
Series: Castles Ever After #3
Published by Avon on August 25, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes
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.
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.
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!