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When a Scot Ties the Knot

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)Description: 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.

Review: I love Tessa Dare books. There, I said it. There hasn’t been a single Tessa Dare book that I didn’t adore. And this book lives up to expectations. I bought and devoured this book the day it came out. The entire premise for her Castles Ever After series is intriguing. Her heroines share a godfather who left them each their own castle. In this book, like the others, the castle is one of the focuses. For Dare’s heroines, the castles are freedom and independence for women, an escape for an oppressive society, where they can be their eccentric selves.

This Dare heroine is Maddie Gracechurch. I found myself reminded a lot of Minerva from Dare’s A Week to Be Wicked. She’s a naturalist artist who draws insects, lobsters mating, etc. She creates a fictitious beau to avoid entering London society, due to her terror of crowds.  I adored the shy Maddie who became adventurous when faced with Logan.  Even though she created a fiancée out of fear, she never once backed away from Logan. Tessa Dare heroines are always smart and a little quirky. They’re eccentric and unique. And the heroes support them and allow them to grow.

Logan is a flawed hero. He swoops in and forces Maddie to marry him but yet is trying to do the right thing and support his men. While he is initially mad at Maddie for her deception, he realizes that by calling him Captain in her letters, Maddie gave him a goal to push towards. Logan is seems in like an overbearing hero, demanding she marry him, threatening to expose her lies to society and yet he quickly changes from the bash, overconfident hero to an injured warrior who is just looking for a home and a place to belong for himself and his men. Dare also shows the sad result of war in Logan and his men. They are the unsupported, wounded veterans returning home to find their families and loved ones have died or moved on.

Quite simply, this book is humor mixed with heart.

Favorite Quotes: 

“This ruthless, kilted stranger she’d married might be the closest thing on earth Maddie had to a true friend.”

“I love you Logan. Somehow… It began before I knew you.”

Rating: 4 out of 5.



Filed under Historical Romance, Reviews, Romance Novels

Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors”. A lot of my auto-buy authors appeared on last week’s list so I tried to include different authors for this week.

  1. Virginia Henley Enslaved

    She was the first romance novelist I ever read and 10 years later, I still head straight to the bookstore when she releases a new book.

  2. Kristan Higgins 

    Until There Was YouAny time I want to laugh, I pick up a Kristan Higgins book! 

  3. Jeaniene Frost 
    Once Burned (Night Prince, #1)

     Two words. Vlad Tepesh.

  4. Jill Shalvis 
    Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor, #3)

    One of my absolute favorites!

  5. Kresley ColeNo Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark, #3)

     I auto-buy her romance series. I haven’t read her young adult books yet. 

  6. Tessa DareA Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2)

    She’s a relatively new discovery for me but I love her books! 

  7. Julie James A Lot Like Love (FBI/US Attorney, #2)

    I didn’t want to live in Chicago until I read Julie James’s books! Smart, successful heroines and the sexy heroes who love and respect them! 

  8. Jennifer AshleyLady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (MacKenzies & McBrides, #2)

    She’s one of those authors who writes equally amazing paranormal and historical romances!

  9. Lorraine Heath Surrender to the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James, #3)

    I’m not sure why Lorraine Heath isn’t at the top of every romance list. I adore her Scoundrels of St. James series! 

  10. Sarah MacLean No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels, #3)

    Any author who is able to create a twist like at the end of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is an auto-buy for me!


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RWA 2015

RWA 2015.

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RWA 2015

xyvyfpdfOn Wednesday, I made the trek into NYC from New Jersey. Despite a fire in North Brunswick and train delays changing my travel plans, I made it! Around 3:30 my friend and I headed in the New York Marriott Marquis for the RWA Literacy Signing. I had heard horror stories about the craziness of this signing and had expected to be standing around for hours waiting to get in. However, this signing was well organized. When we arrived at the hotel, volunteers checked our bags and directed us to a ballroom full of chairs. Each section of chairs were given a letter and when it came time for the signing, an announcer went row by row to let people in. It was well organized and stress-free. While the ballroom for the signing did fill up fast, it wasn’t overwhelming. Over all, it was a great day and I can’t wait for RWA to return to NYC.

Okay, enough of the boring info. I know all you’re here for is the pictures. Without further ado:

Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison

Maya Banks

Maya Banks

Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole

Suzanne Enoch

Suzanne Enoch

Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane

Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare

Sabrina Jeffrries.

Sabrina Jeffries

Guys, Sabrina Jeffries asked to take a picture with me because she loved my shirt! Highlight of my week!

Kerrelyn Sparks

Kerrelyn Sparks


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