Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare

October 26, 2015 2015 Review Challenge, 3.0 Stars, Book Review, deception plotline, ebook, Historical, Meh, prickly pear heroine, Romance, Romantic Comedy, series, War & Recovery 0 ★★★

Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare three-stars
When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #3
Published by Avon Romance on August 25, 2015
Genres: Historical, Humor, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
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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 my second read by Tessa Dare. I really enjoyed the first book – a novella – and I had very high hopes for When a Scot Ties the Knot based on the raving reviews I read.

When a Scot Ties the Knot is a good book. When a Scot Ties the Knot did not meet my expectations.

When a Scot Ties the Knot IS a good book. I feel it is well written with wonderfully quirky characters who were both fleshed out and sympathetic. I adored both the heroine and the hero and almost all of the secondary characters.

So why the low rating? Well, one of my issues is that this is a deception based novel – I have a personal issue with deception based plots – and there is a little more deception present in When a Scot Ties the Knot than is mentioned in the blurb.

Another issue for me was the humor – as in there was very little of it. Most of the reviews I’d read for When a Scot Ties the Knot raved about how LOL funny When a Scot Ties the Knot was. Sadly, it was not that funny to me and I was in the mood for laughter.

Once we get away from the things that didn’t sit too well for me, I have to say that When a Scot Ties the Knot is a good book. I was truly entertained and I never once felt the desire to DNF.

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