Blog Tour - When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare ~ Brianna's Review and Giveaway!
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.*
I have a severe weakness for marriage-of-convenience stories. It’s one of my favorite tropes in any kind of romance, and I can’t resist a book with even a flavor of it. Arranged, convenient, or even blackmailed marriage, such as this one. So yes. I was definitely interested in reading this book. Add to all this that the heroine had invented a Scottish beau in order to escape a London season, and a man with that named just happened to be real. I was most definitely hooked, and was happy that I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from the publisher.
The heroine, Maddie, was really interesting. She was all my favorite things. A book lover who was not only imaginative, but also smart. I can never get enough of those types of female leads. It helped that Maddie was also a genuinely nice person. Plus, she had a debilitating fear of crowds, and it made her sympathetic. All this is to say, I was a big Maddie fan.
The hero, Logan, took me a bit longer to like. At first, I was convinced he was selfish. He wanted Maddie’s land, and would even stoop to blackmail to get it. However, he didn’t want it for himself. Instead, he wanted it for all of his men, in order to give them a home. Plus, Logan was a big reader, and in my opinion, we need more heroes in romance who are readers.
The relationship between Maddie and Logan was an interesting one. The story was all about Maddie having invented this Scottish sweetheart with the name Captain Logan MacKenzie, and then discovering that there actually WAS a Captain Logan MacKenzie. The romance took a bit to get going because of the blackmail issue, but once it did? I was all in. Maddie needed someone who would accept her brains and the fact that she had goals outside of marriage, and Logan just wanted a home for his men. Obviously, his goals in life began to change though, since he ended up really wanting Maddie for his wife. The thing I loved about these two together was that they always talked things out, even feelings. Too often, people are scared to reveal deep feelings like fear. This was not the case here, and I truly loved the fact that Logan and Maddie were so up-front with everything.
In the end, this is one of my favorite books of the year. I read it in practically one sitting, and when I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about this novel. Logan and Maddie were really great characters, and the plot never bored me. The only thing I have negative to say is that Maddie’s fear of crowds was never really solved, but that’s a minor issue. I highly, highly recommend this book to historical romance lovers. There was romance, a great set of main characters, and because it’s by Tessa Dare, there was just the right amount of humor. If you haven’t started the Castles Ever After series, go remedy that. It just gets better with each book.
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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