When A Scot Ties the Knot

When A Scot Ties the Knot

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On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, 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.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062349026
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE DARE T
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 18 cm


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Aug 16, 2020

Positive review. I was a bit worried about this one based on some of the negative comments, but for me, this is one of Dare's 'good ones' (yes, I think her stories tend to be hit and miss). This one has depth, humor, a strong underlying situation/historical context, and two likable characters surrounded by rich supporting characters.
The heroine is mature, intelligent and in denial of what she's longed for -- but because of her very real, pathological fear of crowds, has hidden from society and herself The hero is strong, brave, angry at her (but NOT for petty reasons, it turns out) and determined to give his forgotten soldiers a new home even as he hides his own fears and needs. This isn't the typical 'she saves the rake by loving him' story (the industry is rampant with those), or 'immature heroine acts selfish yet still is loved by hero' (i.e. Dare's Goddess of the Hunt, or many Quinn storylines).
This story feels believable, enjoyable, RE-readable!, and with just the right amount of tears.
The negatives are, to me, 1) the lobsters (I agree with other comments about the implausibility of keeping live lobsters for over a year in a simple tank of salt water) 2) the constant MacStupidNames that she uses, they just don't ring true for the characters or the times - and despite being all for using common current language to express historical characters (after all Dumas did the same when he wrote the Three Musketeers for his current common man and woman reader, rather than have them speak like they would 100 years earlier) - the MacNames stuff just comes off 'odd'. Perhaps Dare had an infactuation with TV show Grey's Anatomy. Finally 3), some very obvious and therefore distracting editing errors.

On the best side, I almost bowled over laughing when the hero's men tried to come up with ways for him to 'get his kit off' in order to consummate his marriage with a hesitant bride. Their ideas were hilarious, not to mention punched holes in the female fantasy of a man popping up out of a frigid river looking like a river god.... The good doctor supplied the reality check with that particular proposal and it's the best bit of humor I've seen in a long, long time!

This one is a keeper for me, like Dare's The Duchess Deal, a real gem. I can't and won't say that about the majority of her work, most being OK, some being 'immature twits that seem more like 12 year olds' but occasionally she hits it out of the park. This, at least for me, is one of those special treats.

Nov 30, 2018

Tessa Dare has a good sense of humor and it really shows up in this book. Well written.

Oct 14, 2017

It was ok. I enjoyed the story. The connection wasn't really believable to me. The romance between them seemed to move really fast, which is understandable given the story line. There were some really good moments in the book. I really liked the side characters, especially all of Logan's soldiers and some of the moments with them brought a couple tears to my eye.

Anyway, it was just okay for me. Nothing special but I'm happy to have read it.

Jan 27, 2017

Possibly Dare's best to date, full of love, humor, and the perfect blend of heartwarming and steamy scenes. Logan and Maddie are fantastic main characters, grown adults with preferences, desires, and wishes. Not to be missed.

Jun 10, 2016

Loved this book like most of Ms. Dare's others. A Week to be Wicked is probably my favorite but the early pages here are written in such a fun self-deprecating style that I was hooked from the get-go.

Jun 09, 2016

I admire Dare as an author. Each book is unique. This book has an artistic introvert create a fictional character to avoid real life situations. Then the fictional character shows up. This appeals to me as an author, artist and romantic. Humor plays a large part in the appeal.

May 05, 2016

2/10 - It seems I can't credit more than one person with recommending a book to me (or maybe I just can't work it out), so I want to add that Khanh's, as well as Susana's, reviews are how I came to know about this great book. I've only read six pages and I'm already laughing. I love an author who can successfully pull off good comedy in a romance, it makes a great romance an outstanding book that I might be tempted to buy. To be continued...

5/10 - I didn't find this quite as outrageously hilarious as I was hoping to, not quite as good as Any Duchess will Do. I didn't get as many LOL moments as I wanted. I loved Maddie's name, I've read a number of books with intelligent and hilarious heroines whose names happen to be Maddie. I don't know why, but Maddie might be one of the most common romance heroine names I've come across. I loved her obsession with her lobsters and was quite disappointed on her behalf when she missed seeing their mating because that had been important to her for so long, I didn't feel that the introduction of Logan completely replaced her desire to draw what she saw in nature. I felt like she could, should be able to have both. That was probably my biggest disappointment with the book, I wanted her to have it all. I found her repeated use of nicknames for Logan starting with Captain Mac... very inventive and funny, but not necessarily realistic. I don't think Grey's Anatomy had been thought of in the 1800s (I'm guessing 1809, but can't remember exactly). I think Rabbie might have been reading a few too many romance novels himself, the advice he gives Logan of how to 'get' Maddie sounded like a scene straight out of a romance novel that I've actually read and used to own, The Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries, Rabbie's obviously got quite an imagination.

I'm no longer tempted to buy this particular book, but it's still highly recommended and I can't wait to get to the earlier books in the series and everything else that Dare's written.

Jan 12, 2016

Nothing like a old fashion love story.

Jun 13, 2015

Possibly Dare's best to date, full of love, humor, and the perfect blend of heartwarming and steamy scenes. Logan and Maddie are fantastic main characters, grown adults with preferences, desires, and wishes. Not to be missed.


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Oct 14, 2017

“You strip down to your skin, and then you have a dip in the loch. Wait until she comes looking for you. Because she will. They always do. But pretend not to notice when she does. And then—just when she’s close enough to see and she’s been watching for a while, you rise up out of the water. Like a dolphin. Or a mermaid. Shooting up through the mist and pushing your hair back with both hands”—Rabbie thrust both hands through his hair to demonstrate—“with all the little beads of water trickling down over the ridges of your shoulders and chest.”

Oct 14, 2017

“It felt as if I’d tugged on a loose thread of God’s tartan, and a world away, someone tugged back."

Jun 09, 2016

p 133 Those twinges of emotion had grown so strong that they had her nearly doubled over. Little fireworks of longing were bursting in her chest. Not only in her chest but lower, too. Some cord running from her heart to her womb hummed like a plucked harp string.


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