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When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After Series #3)

When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After Series #3)

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by Tessa Dare

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 07/20/2015
Dare’s marvelous third Castles Ever After Regency romance (after Say Yes to the Marquess) builds a gradual, intense romance between two people who are determined to avoid love and commitment. Maddie Gracechurch, determined to avoid a London season, writes to Capt. Logan MacKenzie, a Highland warrior, pretending that he’s her fiancé. He conveniently dies in battle, leaving her to pursue an illustration career and savor singlehood. Nine years later, Logan appears at Lannair Castle, where Maddie resides with her aunt Thea. Though Maddie explains that the letters were purely fictional, he intends to make good on his promise to marry her. Logan wants to have a home for his men who have followed him through the trials of battle; the castle is perfect. And he assures Maggie that once they’ve consummated the marriage, she can continue her work while they both enjoy their freedom. But their mutually acceptable agreement is hampered by their physical desire, as Logan comes to know the woman behind the letters and Maggie learns to break through his practiced emotional detachment. Dare’s swiftly moving plot is enhanced by the seamlessly developed romance, and the sensuality is heightened by the slow awakening of the unlikely pair’s mutual attraction. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Sept.)
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“Dare delights with another marvelously romantic story that delivers a deep sigh, a tear and a smile. With her painfully shy heroine and vulnerable hero, readers are immediately captivated and will savor the joy of this imaginary-sweetheart plotline. You’ll stay up all night to reach the unforgettable ending.”
Library Journal
★ 08/01/2015
Terrified to the point of paralysis at the thought of enduring her first London season, 16-year-old Madeline Gracechurch invents a fiancé and the love of her life—a heart-stopping Highlander captain who is off saving England—and convinces her family she will have no other. For years it's been a perfect plan—and then Capt. Logan MacKenzie shows up in the flesh, with every intention of claiming his bride and her Highland holdings. A loyal hero who will do anything for the damaged men he brought back from war and a shy, artistic heroine who comes into her own are drawn to each other in spite of themselves in a stirring romance that tempers hardship with humor and introduces readers to an assortment of characters (including a pair of would-be amorous lobsters) they won't soon forget. VERDICT With sharp, clever banter, breathtaking sensuality, colorful descriptions, and solid cultural detail, this compelling, often hilarious escapade puts a refreshing spin on the "imaginary lover" theme and adds another winner to Dare's riveting "Castles" series. Dare (Say Yes to the Marquess) lives in Southern California.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2015-06-04
A young debutante creates a fictional soldier-sweetheart, conveniently away in the war, to avoid a London season, then is stunned when, years later, the embodiment of her imagined beau shows up on her doorstep, prepared to marry her. Miss Madeline Gracechurch is good with drawing pencils but terrified of drawing rooms and especially crowds, becoming so painfully shy that she literally freezes up, practically unable to speak or move. So, at 16, on the cusp of a London season, she creates a fictional suitor and actually writes to him, Capt. Logan MacKenzie, then spends five years "corresponding" with her fictional love, pouring out her teenage heart and posting letters off, imagining them landing in some enormous lost-mail room. Finally, out of guilt for the long deception she's created, she kills him off and pretends to go into mourning for her valiant captain, fallen in battle. In the meantime, she's inherited a castle in Scotland and has established a career as an illustrator for naturalists. So it's something of a shock when one Highland Capt. MacKenzie arrives at her castle with a band of soldiers, ready to settle in, in effect blackmailing her into marriage by threatening to release her letters to a scandal sheet. "We marry for our own reasons, as a mutually beneficial agreement. I get the property. You'll get your letters back." Agreeing to a wedding but holding off the consummation, Maddie plans to find and destroy the letters, hence ending his hold over her. As the days pass, however, she discovers the man she created in letters is nothing to the one in the flesh and is astonished to find her own confidence and self-worth blossoming with his arrival and attention. But her fake, resurrected captain has a complicated past and mistrusts things she holds dear. Dare's latest begins with a fairy-tale twist of fate, then leads readers on a mesmerizing and intense emotional journey that explores love in many forms and the powerful pull of dreams. A brilliant, enchanting, and soul-satisfying romance.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Castles Ever After Series , #3
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

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 makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.

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When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love the way Tessa Dare words her novels, but I think this was my favorite by far. At first I thought I might not like the hero that much, but the characters became more and more amazing. I loved the story. Everything about the book was lovely. I can not wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story of a shy miss and the dashing Captain she made up but who turned out to be oh so real. Excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but didn't love it. I felt that there were parts missing to the characters' dating and relationship establishment. It was sketchy. I did enjoy meeting the larger Montgomery family and enjoyed the plot twist with Leif. I will probably try books by this author in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely unlikeable characters. Bought this book because it was listed as part of a series that i had enjoyed the previous books. This was in no way connected to either of the first two books. I dont see the point of trudging through the rest of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was verra good ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been awhile since a hero could pull at my heartstrings, but the Captain is the perfect fantasy man. Enjoy!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I truly enjoyed the entire book! It's well balanced, and keeps a good pace throughout. The adventure, passion, and quirky comedy will grab you instantly... but the romance will keep you!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great, well written, hilarious tale. I will definatly be reading it again. This trilogy is one of the best ive read & i read a lot. LOVE TESSA DARE STORIES
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't miss this one. Now I'm looking for everything by this author. One of the most sensitive looks at what happened to the highlanders who were displaced from their own lands and left to starve by the British while fighting for the British I've seen, and this very talented author manages to weave this in as an ever present but never forced to the front side storyline. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a fun read definitely read the rest of the Castles books!
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best one in the Castles Ever After series. Captain Logan McKenzie made my heart beat faster so it made me want to knock Maddie over the head with a two by four when she kept refusing him. But it all worked out well. Way to go Tessa Dare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual Tessa layers her creations with plenty of spicy heat and cool, sensual shivers. I love how her main characters are never "perfect", but end up perfectly paired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, one that I will re-read again and again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the letters and how this entire story revolved around them. Made reading this both clever and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was hillarious, sweet , and origional. I really liked that sh ad social anxiety, that is quite a change from the typeof characters I uusually read about, and makes mw fonder of this story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed my way through this book. Ms Dare certainly has a way with words. I really could not put the book down and will be reading more Dare novels.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. It was such a sweet sweet story.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
This was such a great romance between two characters who each had their flaws and weaknesses. Even before they meet in person, Maddie holds tight to the fantasy of Logan MacKenzie to get her out of attending social events where she knows her extreme shyness will just cause her humiliation. Even though it's all a case of mistaken identity, Logan holds tight to Maddie's letters to get him through the war and give him hope that there might be a place for him and his men when it's all over. There are plenty of comic moments––what's not to love about a big braw Highlander showing up and demanding to marry a timid English artist. Especially, when he's not supposed to exist! I enjoyed seeing the process that might have gone into early illustrations of scientific works. The plight of the ex-soldiers was touching, and I thought Logan's solution was a practical, if bold, choice. And it's always nice to see heroes and heroines who aren't perfect and who have to overcome a lot in their lives to get that happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read many romance novels and this is definitely one of my very favorites!!