Monday, 24 August 2015

When a Scot ties the knot - Tessa Dare

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. 

MY thoughts:
This one was amusing. I enjoyed the letters she wrote her fake sweetheart. And to think the family went along with it...for years! I guess they were happy she was happy, which makes them a good family.

So yes, Madeline invented a fake fiance at 16 so she would not have to attend balls. Her family grew to love him. And she could focus on her passion, drawing. All is well, but alas, he dies...and she is of age and can live happily and free ever after.

BUT. See, someone did get the letters. Some with the same name as her fake true love. Someone who read those letters. Someone who is tired after years spent fighting in Europe. In comes Logan McKenzie, one hot highlander.

And now the dancing around starts. He wants to marry, she is all "damn!". They dance around. They start to fall in love. They both have their agendas. And then they live happily ever after.

Conclusion:
It was cute :)

Cover
Cute

ebook, 384 pages
Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Avon
Castles Ever After #3
Historical romance
NetGalley


40 comments:

  1. Aw, that sounds like a really cute read!

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  2. Tomorrow, tomorrow, I'll get my hands on this one tomorrow!!

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  3. I really loved this one and can't wait to reread on audio :)

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  4. I think I've only read novellas by Dare. I love cute HR though!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  5. This sounds entertaining. The premise could definitely go one way or another.

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    1. Though it t always ends with a HEA :)

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  6. Ahah, that title is just ridiculous. I'm glad you had fun with this.

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  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Great review :D

    Asma @ IceyBooks

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  8. This actually sounds cute and fun. I like the premise.

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  9. I love the premise of this one! I will look it up and read it when I get a chance.

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  10. I'm actually looking forward to reading this. It DOES sound cute.

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  11. This sounds like my kind of historical. So cute and sexy!!

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  12. Hey I actually read this one. :)
    And it was really cute. I loved her letters too. And those descriptions of him reading... *fans herself* Now that's bookworm porn. ;)

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    1. I think I have a thing for letters in books :D So much fun

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  13. Wednesday is coming so I don't do cute ;p

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  14. Hahahah! How could her family not know he's fake? It does sound amusing. :)

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    1. Nope, since he was away at war, he never came home. She got his letters..that she wrote

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  15. I adored this one and devoured it in one sitting :)

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  16. How awesomely convenient that she made up a fake lover, who was not only real, but also hot! :))) How can you not love these delightful maneuvers? Lovely review, Linda, you put a great bog smile on my face!

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    1. Haha, lucky her. She could have gotten some 70 year old sheephearder

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  17. Ah, I'm jealous you already have this one. I'm anxiously awaiting for this one from library.

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    1. I hope it comes soon! I am have waited ages for a book that is being processed

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  18. I thought this was really cute too! I didn't enjoy it as much as Dare's previous books in this series but it was still adorable.

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  19. hmmmm I looked at this and almost got it. :/ No I kinda regret it

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