Madeline Gracechurch has absolutely no desire to attend balls or find a husband. She would much rather stay home and spend time with her drawing pencils and letters while keeping her awkwardness around crowds under wraps. So in a moment of desperation she invents a lovely romance with a charming, dedicated beau. In order to carry on with her deception, she sends letter after letter year after year to her beloved Captain MacKenzie. She writes to him about her life, her family, her thoughts and fears. But all good things must come to an end, and after sending one last letter she informs her family of his tragic death. Then she quietly retires to an inherited estate in the Scottish countryside to live a life of peace and quiet.
Little does she know, but her Captain Logan MacKenzie is a flesh and blood man, and he has received every single letter she’s ever written. Madeline is shocked when the handsome, virile, fictional man of her dreams suddenly shows up on her doorstep one afternoon. He’s not as honorable as she envisioned and is adamant that she owes him. He is also quite willing to use blackmail in order to get her to marry him so that he can gain the lands he needs to see his men settled and content.
You should know up front that every Tessa Dare upcoming release is automatically put on my TBR list. I love this author and every time I open one of her romances I find myself so entranced I simply can not find a place to stop. Which usually leads to all night reading binges where I end up bleary-eyed, but content and in love with love the next morning. When a Scot Ties the Knot was no different. Swoon worthy hero? Check. Intelligent, quirky heroine? Check. Well developed secondary characters? Check. Sensual, steamy love scenes? Check, check, check.
I loved that there was both a sense of “history” and a getting to know you between this couple. Of course, Logan knows quite a bit about Madeline through her letters, but she has no idea how to reconcile the man before her with the hero of her fantasies. She gives him a hard time and he gives it right back, although he never disrespects her. But they do slowly learn about each other. He figures out that she is an artist with a scientific mind and is interested in a career as an illustrator. She learns all about the hardships of the war and what led Logan to find her in the first place. He’s a reader with a need for companionship and family. She is shy and has extreme anxiety in crowds. He lends her strength, she gives him a home and together they worked beautifully.
I was sifting through my quotes trying to write this review and realized there were just so many wonderful moments in this romance I couldn’t possibly mention them all. So I’ll just talk about the one thing that had my heart all aflutter and left me sighing. Logan and Madeline communicate with each other by setting up memories about things that they want to happen. While presented in the past tense, they are really letting each other know their wants and desires in the present and for me, it was perfect.
“Remember the first night we made love?” she whispered, sliding her arms around his waist. “It was Beltane. Everyone was gathered around the bonfire, and we slipped away in secret.”
“Aye.” The word slipped out as a moan. He could feel himself giving in to the sweet warmth of her. “I remember.”
“Remind me what happened next. Did we spread your plaid on the heather and make love beneath the stars?”
He shook his head, nuzzling her throat. “We almost did. It was tempting. But I wanted our first time to be in a proper bed.”
“Oh, that’s right. I recall it now.”
She stared up at him, waiting.
My second favorite thing? That in the end Logan urges Madeline to follow her dreams, even if that means that he must give her up.
I’m not sure that this is my absolute favorite Tessa Dare book, but it’s at the top of the list. A beautiful blend of humor, charm and sexiness that is sure to have fans of this author swooning with happiness. Most definately recommend. Final Grade- B+
“I’d have to be dead in my grave before I stopped fighting for you, Madeline. Even then, I’d move six feet of earth to find a way.”