Book Review – When a Scot Ties the Knot

Posted July 16, 2018 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review – When a Scot Ties the KnotWhen a Scot Ties the Knot Series: Castles Ever After #3
by Tessa Dare
Published by Avon Books on August 25, 2015
Genres: Adult Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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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.

When a Scot Ties the Knot is amazing and my favorite Tessa Dare book (so far). I loved this book!

Why did I love this book?

  • I loved this story for the romance, tender moments and creativity. Madeline Gracechurch is talented and beautiful, but awkwardly shy. To avoid her first London season she invents a sweetheart who she’s recently been engaged to. Her plan works but to continue this charade Maddie writes letters to an imaginary Scottish Captain MacKenzie. The letters Maddie wrote were sweet and honest and showcase the humorous side of Tessa Dare that I love. When a real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep, Maddie is shocked that he had received every letter that she wrote. Thus, begins a love story that made me laugh, cry and swoon.
  • I loved Maddie and Logan! Maddie is a sweet, intelligent girl that has anxiety in large crowds. She just wants to be left alone so she can pursue a career as an artist. Logan is the handsome Highland captain, devoted to his men and will do anything to find them a home. From the moment they meet there is instant chemistry, but they strike a deal that will make them both happy. The more time they spend together the stronger their attraction develops, but Maddie’s inexperience causes her to keep her distance. Their romance is slow building and I loved how understanding Logan was.
  • I also loved the supporting characters. Maddie’s Aunt Thea and Logan’s men added hilarious and heart-warming moments to the story. They helped nudge the couple in the right direction to win each other’s heart, which led to fun scenes of awkward advice.
  • Everything about this book was perfect and I did not want this story to end.


Would I recommend this book?

Yes! This is a must read for historical romance fans.  This is the third book in the Castles Ever After series, but it is a standalone.  Each book is a standalone and it is the castle settings that ties them together. And you will love all these books!

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About 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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