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***Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway *** When A Scot Ties the Knot *** by Tessa Dare

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Title: When A Scot Ties the Knot
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Historal Romance
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
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Synopsis

About WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT
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.

My Review

THIS is why I love reading. When A Scot Ties the Knot will proudly sit on my favorites shelf. Both funny and endearing, this sweet story had me laughing out loud, enraptured in the sexual tension and smiling at the attempts not to fall in love all the while rooting for Logan and Maddie to find their happily ever after.


Set in the time period after the Scot’s lost the Highlands to the English, Miss Madeline “Maddie” Gracechurch is a young girl who has no desire to be presented for marriage and doesn't want to marry for anything other than love. So this quiet and shy artist comes up with a way to keep her family from making her marry. She invents the love of her life. To keep the charade going she writes to a completely fictitious Highlander Captain Logan MacKenzie. For years she keeps up the facade of being in love with man fighting on the battlefront. As time moves on she starts to fall a little in love with this made up man and even starts to miss him. Eventually feeling the shame of lying to everyone for so long (and being old enough to be off the marriage mart) she sadly informs everyone that her beloved died in battle. But 10 years after making up her Scotland sweetheart, Captain Logan MacKenzie shows up on her doorstep. 



Logan MacKenzie received all the letters that Maddie sent over the years. Even though he was make believe in her mind, such a man really existed. After so many years of receiving her letters only to have her kill him off, he returns from battle determined to take everything she offered her make believe lover. He wants a place in the Scottish Highlands to settle and he’ll take it from Maddie. But what starts as an attempt to find a home, begins a love affair neither saw coming. 



I loved everything about this book. It was different that your normal Highlander book because of the setting which I appreciated. The history buff in me loved that I got to see the Highlander perspective from after the Highlands were taken but with the same brutish Highland characteristics still intact. Speaking of the brutish Highlander, he was absolutely dreamy. The perfect Highlander. Hard yet soft underneath. He had “squish” as Maddie called it and I loved his vulnerabilities. He’s strong alpha personality was delightful and I loved watching him watch over Maddie. He came to Maddie for one thing but ended up with so much more. 



Maddie was my favorite kind of heroine. Strong and sassy but not overbearing. She didn’t let people take from her but she gave without thought. Her letters were absolutely hilarious and her poetry even better. It was a genius storyline and an excellent way to start the story and it hooked me from the first letter. She didn’t settle for anything less than the best and even when she was hurt, she fought for what she wanted and helped Logan see what he was too scared to see himself. 



I also loved the sexy times between Logan and Maddie. Logan may have forced Maddie’s hand in marriage, but I was giddy over the fact that Maddie kept Logan from consummating the marriage until it was on her terms. This created sexual tension through the roof and made the foreplay that much more scrumptious. For the time period, their actions before actually “doing the deed” were scandalis (and pretty funny at times) but left me salivating for more. 



With a unique storyline, a to die for Scottish hero and a sassy yet determined heroine, this book is a perfect example of a well written, ingenious look at finding your soulmate.





★★☆ 5 “MacWhimsy” Stars ☆★★

Reviewed by Paige 



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About TESSA DARE

Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa lives in Southern California with her husband, their two children, and a big brown dog.
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