Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

When a Scot Ties the Knot - Tessa Dare

Publisher: Avon (August 25th 2015)
Paperback: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss
Series: Castles Ever After #3
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 tempted to write an entire review of just quotes because this book is just that wonderful, but I figured you guys might want a somewhat cohesive review, so here are words.

If you haven’t read any Tessa Dare before but you love utterly romantic HR stories, heartwarming characters, cuteness out the wazoo, interesting secondary characters and ceaseless giggling and snickering, than drop everything, pick this book and read it now, because you my friend are missing out on some major awesomeness.

When a Scot Ties the Knot is just outright entertaining in the best way and knows how to pull on all the heartstrings. The premise seems a little outlandish, shy Maddie invents an imaginary sweetheart to keep her from having to come out into society, fast-forward so many years, and lo and behold, Captain Logan MacKenzie appears, ready to sweep her off her feet. Hilarity and adorableness ensues.

My dear imaginary Captain MacKenzie, you are not real and never will be. I, however, am a true and eternal fool.

Here, have a drawing of a snail.

I love Maddie. She’s got something akin to a social anxiety disorder and she’s pretty content living in her castle, with her drawings and her lobsters Rex and Fluffy. She’s independent, intelligent, kind-hearted and endearingly awkward.

I think you underestimate my capacity for taking normal human interaction and making it awkward.

I love Logan. Much to Maddie’s surprise, a very real Logan shows up as battle-worn, slightly broken solider (along with his men, who are also adorable and awesome), determine to start a new life, specifically at the castle. Despite his attempt at being gruff, he’s a totally sweetheart who truly cares for his men and the people around him. He’s also a hot Scot that’s utterly adorable and charming so there’s really no resisting him.

 And now, despite all her best attempts to avoid it, here it came.

Her heart started telling her a dangerous, dangerous tale. The story of a decent, loyal man who’d treasured her letters, dreamed of her nightly, survived battles and marched across continents to come home—­not to a castle or a glen but to her. And even now, when he held her in his arms, he lacked the words to explain all the emotion in his heart.

It was nothing but a silly fiction.

It had to be.

Because their marriage starts off as a marriage of convenience, it’s pretty fun to watch Maddie try not to fall head over heels for Logan.

 When Maddie prepared for bed behind her screen that night, she emerged to find the most terrible sight yet. “Oh, really, Logan. That’s just unfair.”

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.”

Maddie and Logan’s chemistry is awesomesauce. Despite the rocky start, they really build a solid friendship and their love story will have you swooning and giggling. There’s also fantastic interactions between Maddie and Logan, and Logan’s men. I’m so happy everyone got a happily ever after.

Overall, this book made me so ridiculously happy to read. Go read it now.

“Logan. That is the stupidest, sweetest thing I’ve ever heard.”

“What can I say. I’m…”

“Squish. Pure Squish.”

“I was going to say I’m in love with you, but I suppose it isna much different.”

{* Thanks to the Avon and Edelweiss for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


“Let’s have a look at your tatties, then.”

She blushed and crossed her arms over her chest. “What? Now? Here?”

“Not those. Your tatties. The potatoes, mo chiride.”

“Oh.” She bit her lips. “I did think it was a bit early in the day for that.”

This is literally my face most of the book.
This is literally my face most of the book.


“Thank you for carrying me.”

“You weigh less than a bird. It was nothing.”

“It was distressingly romantic, is what it was. Would you try to be a bit less dashing? This is meant to be a convenient arrangement.”

“As you like, mo chride.”


I dinna do cuddling, he’d said.

She nuzzled the velvety cropped hairs at the nape of his neck, smiling secretly to herself. Perhaps he didn’t do cuddling, but she did. She was excellent at it, apparently.

Madeline Eloise Gracechurch: Stealth Cuddler.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare”

  1. Oooh – I LOVE this review, Cyn!! I need this series in my life. I so laughed at this quote BTW:

    “Let’s have a look at your tatties, then.”

    She blushed and crossed her arms over her chest. “What? Now? Here?”

    “Not those. Your tatties. The potatoes, mo chiride.”

    “Oh.” She bit her lips. “I did think it was a bit early in the day for that.”

    Are all the booksthis awesome?

    1. That part of the story just cracked me up!
      YES!!! You should definitely read them!!! The first book in the series (Romancing the Duke) is also one of my favourite HR ever.
      Hope you enjoy them!

  2. OK, I requested this from the library based on your review. I’m burned out on historicals, but the humoris calling me.

    1. o/ YAYYYY! This one is hilarious and adorable and I hope you enjoy it!!

  3. I took a break from historicals because lately they just weren’t really grabbing me but Tessa Dare has been on my radar for awhile and this one just likes such fun! I’ll have to get a copy of this one and the rest of the series.

    1. YES! Totally check out Tessa Dare! The rest of the series is awesome, too (: They can be a bit corny, but they’re so much fun it’s hard to resist 😉

  4. Wasn’t this just fantastic. I devoured this in one sitting!

    1. Definitely was! Me too, me too 😀

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