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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.I'd say it's fully official: I love historical romance. And thus far, Tessa Dare is my favorite. While the books in this series are wholly fun, they're also wonderful in that the heroines are so self reliant and headstrong.
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.
Maddie is no different. But she's also desperately awkward around others, unable to be part of a crowd. In an attempt to avoid the season, she invented a fiancee, Scottish Captain Logan MacKenzie, a lie that spiraled out of her control but also spared her. She's lived with the guilt of lying to everyone she loves for years but she's been given a life that suits her. A real Captain Logan MacKenzie showing up in her life--definitely not dead--certainly throws a wrench in her plans.
But from the first moment, Maddie and Logan are simply wonderful together. Their relationship quickly proves itself to be compatible, even as they argue and work against one another. It's too charming and it's too fun, all the way through.
Truthfully, I don't have much to say, aside from how wonderful this book is. Tessa Dare is who got me started and this series never failed me. Even as the first two books are great, When a Scot Ties the Knot is probably the best. Just be prepared to grin like an idiot.
Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.
A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.