When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare

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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.


I'm really glad I found Tessa Dare. This is my second from her and it was just as much fun as the first one.

Maddie is really shy and doesn't do well in crowds. Like she has a panic attack and freezes if there are a lot of people around. So with the start of her season in London coming soon she panics and does what anyone in her situation would do, invents a guy. A Scottish guy who is her love. A Scottish guy who is a soldier and so not around. She writes him letters and sends them off assuming they will never go anywhere. Afterall she made the whole thing up and she didn't even address them to a real military post. After a few years she knows what she has to do. She can't keep up the charade forever so she kills him off in battle and pretends to be devastated. Now she can work on her drawings in peace and not worry about having to marry and all of that. She is much better by herself and happy living with her aunt.

Maddie was not expecting her lies to come back to her like they did. One day Logan MacKenzie actually shows up on her door! Something she never thought would happen. Apparently her letters were delivered to him and when he and his men get back to Scottland and need a place to live he shows up on her doorstep. And blackmails her into marrying him or he will reveal her lies. Oh these two were fun. Logan is big and gruff and a giant teddy bear. He likes to act like he doesn't care, but you can see he does. Beneath his bluster is a heart of gold. He is only doing what he is doing to help his men. To help the other guys he is in charge of that came home to nothing. I so love big tough teddy bear guys!

And Maddie was so much fun. She is attracted to Logan for sure, but she doesn't really want to be married. At least at first. If she can just find her letters then Logan can't blackmail her and she can continue living as she has been living. Only spending time with Logan starts making things get a bit fuzzy. She doesn't want to marry him right?

I really enjoyed this story. Logan and Maddie are so cute together and I love their back and forth. They were both wonderful characters and I loved watching them fall for each other. What started off as a lie and blackmail turns into so much more. This was a really fun read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


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