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When a Scot Ties the Knot

(Castles Ever After #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  14,795 ratings  ·  2,106 reviews
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 hono
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Published August 25th 2015 by Harper Audio
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Pananda No, they are entirely unrelated. The only common point is that the heroine gets a castle.
Pananda No, the first three book are entirely unrelated. The series fundamental plot is that "a girl gets a castle." I have not observed any character…moreNo, the first three book are entirely unrelated. The series fundamental plot is that "a girl gets a castle." I have not observed any character crossovers in books 1-3. HOWEVER the 2016 Do You Want to Start a Scandal (book 4) stars a minor character from Castles book 2, AND characters from the author's Spindle Cove series. I have not read book 4, so I cannot say how much Spindle Cove is entangled in that book.(less)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Maddie squirmed out from under him. “I’m sorry. So sorry. I know this is supposed to be physical. Impersonal. It’s only that I keep thinking of lobsters.”

He flipped onto his back and lay there, blinking up at the ceiling. “Until just now, I would have said there was nothing remaining that could surprise me in bed. I was wrong.”
Whatever you do, do NOT read this book at work unless you want to be thought insane for bursting into laughter. Like all of the books in this series, this story is utter
Sasha Alsberg
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars!
I really enjoyed this book, definitely one of the better Scottish romance erotica novels out there because it revolved around the characters and not just sex. The characters had dimension to them and there was lots of humor in the book as well. Totally would recommend it if you love men in kilts and a fuffy/fun read!
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women Who Love Men Who Wear Kilts
Men in kilts, amirite?


Sexy Scottish dude, who is verra, verra good in bed, finagles his way into a fake marriage with a scrappy Englishwoman.
Do I really need to go on? Is that not enough to get you to try this one out?!


Ok, if the steamy scenes aren't enough for you, then maybe the promise of humor will suck you in?
*clears throat*


Madeline is painfully shy (read: has panic attacks in crowds), so when she's faced with the London Season, she makes up a teeny-tiny white lie.
She tells her family t
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
4.5 stars

When I couldn't focus on the shiny new ARC from one of my favorite authors on my FAEvorite subject, I knew something was wrong.

Upon further reflection, I realized that I have read nothing but speculative fiction for pretty much this entire year, mostly EPIC fantasy.

Ye gods.

It was time--past time--to take a step back, to cleanse the palate.

And for once, the normally harrowing decision of how was easy.

*waves at WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT by Tessa Dare* *blows kiss* *winks*

Right off the b
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
4.5 stars

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!! Completed review now posted.....

When a Scot Ties the Knot is so fun, so romantic, so sexy... so much of what Tessa Dare fans love about her stories!


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 s
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 Captain MacFantasy Stars

When a Scot ties the Knot was such a cute and fun book. I loved both Logan and Maddie. I thought they had a great connection and the sexy factor was very high. The only thing that kept this book from being a five star read was they took way too long to finally get together. I got they both had issues and for the most part the push/pull didn't bug me. I just wanted more smexy time. I kinda wish there were books for Logan's men as I found them sexy too. But really who
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: I have a heart, I don't dish on my friends. Doesn't mean I don't take revenge, though.

DNF at: who the fish cares? Didn't last long, anyway.

Worry not for this is going to be quick. I've lost enough time with this PoC™ as it is.

The only reason I finally decided to pick this one up: in order to help cure my insomnia, my doctor (view spoiler) recommended I read Deadly Boring Stuff (DBS™) before going to bed. My boyfriend's adventures weren't really cutting it—they're not exactly Boom Asleep Material (BAM™), I must admit—so I very logically decided to give this th
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

June 20, 1843
"My dear, silent friend,
It breaks my heart, but I have to do it. I must. I can't bear the guilt any longer. There's only one way to end this now.
You have to die."

*burst of laughing* I promise, I'm not a psycho. Trust me.

It's been a while since my last Historical Romance - actually, I can say exactly since when I've started to get away from this genre : when I read this piece of absolute crap that's Once & Always, which combined romanticizing of abuse in all its forms. Trus
Robin (Bridge Four)
Screw it...this deserves 5 stars since I still giggle when I see updates for it. Upped my rating #livingontheedge

Once I saw the premise of this I KNEW I needed to read it. Madeline has a huge social phobia. She doesn’t do well in crowds and is so desperate to not be introduced into society and set on the marriage market she invents a beau and naturally to keep her family from knowing the truth she writes letters to him for years.
Because, you see, you are mad for me. Utterly consumed with passio
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You must swear it, mo chridhe. You’re my heart. If you leave me, I’ll die.”

Three days ago I was craving highland romance books with lots of kilts and charming lads, so I randomized the lists and found this one accidentally. To be honest, I've never read Tessa Dare's books until now. When a Scot Ties the Knot is a quick read for me. I liked how it easily captured my attention without any attempt. The characters, Logan and Maddie, are the true epitome of perfection when they're coupled with pas
3.25 Stars

Not as good as the first, but not terrible either.

The male lead was kind of a neanderthal, which seems to be the common theme in any book involving a Scotsman. Between his chauvinism, his need to constantly lay claim to the female lead, his raging jealousy boner, and his use of sex as a weapon of vengeance, me no likey.

The female lead wasn't much better for me. Honestly, she was kind of dense.

This plot was much weaker than the first, and I didn't think either of their story lines wa
Stacey is Sassy
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, historical
Madeline Gracechurch is an introvert and freezes up into a panic when confronted with large crowds. So at the age of sixteen before she came into her first season Maddie invents a fiancé, Captain Logan MacKenzie. His creation saves her from all the awkward social gatherings her well-meaning family would’ve forced on her. Captain McKenzie is conveniently in the army and she continues to send him letters not dreaming for a minute that there might be a real life Captain actually receiving them, unt ...more
3 1/2 stars

I think Ms. Dare is a good writer and I like her stories and wit, but seriously, she should move from writing HR to CR. Then all the issues I have with her characters' "too modern" behavior would be gone and everyone I would be happier.
Zain Otoom
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Okay maybe I shouldn’t have given this book a second chance.
It’s not bad, I just didn’t enjoy as much as other Tessa Dare books.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think a more accurate title would be When a Scot Ties the Knot, and When Fluffy and Rex Find Love in a Tank.

I admit, there were a lot of issues with the book, and as usual, it being a Tessa Dare novel, anachronism was one of them. A gentlewoman who publicly broadcasted that she worked as an illustrator? Yeah, not buying it. Also, her aunt lost her virtue without the blessing of marriage, but just brushed that bit off as if it didn't mean anything?
Maddie thought her brain would twist from all
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My heart, ya’ll. I’m puddles.
I mean, I’ve yet to be disappointed by a Tessa Dare novel. My heart is in a constant state of frenzy when I read them.

I don’t know what else to say other to than just repeat what I’ve stated before: the female characters are flawed perfection. They are themselves, they defy roles and standards that have been set out for them, they’re adamant in achieving their goals, will not compromise on their values, have passions, goals and will not settle for anything less.

Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
3 Stars

I love Tessa Dares books, no one does historical comedy like her, but this one fell flat for me. I found myself skimming it and I had a hard time finishing it. It did remind me of a comedic Outlander. I'm not a big fan of Highlander books so maybe that's why this one didn't work for me, but I'm sure others will find this enjoyable.
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Once again, Tessa Dare enchanted me with a magical story, endearing, unforgettable characters, delightful humour and witty, sparkling dialogue.

Maddie is one of those quirky, unconventional heroines that Tessa Dare excels in writing (and only a Tessa Dare heroine could be studying the mating habits of a pair of lobsters called Rex and Fluffy!). As a young girl of sixteen, Maddie is painfully shy and a terrifying childhood experience has left her suffering from anxiety attacks when in the midst of
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

At the age of sixteen Miss Madeline Gracechild knew for certain that her first season would be complete disaster. Prone to freezing in crowds and hopelessly awkward at speaking with gentleman, she does the only thing she can think of; she makes up a fiancee. A fiancee who is far away…like say a handsome Scottish Captain in the army. The deception works a little too well and years later she find herself firmly on the shelf with an inherited Scottish castle and wearing half mourning for a ‘fiance
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the ranks in the army, all the names in Christendom, and all the clans in the Highlands....she had to randomly choose his.

Imaginary friends: pretty common among children. Imaginary boyfriends: pretty common among young, silly girls. Imaginary dead fiances: not so common. At least among the sane.

Yet, Maddie dresses only in grey because she is in mourning for her lost love. The guy she made-up to get out of social events and marriage. Yeah, not that normal... But, Maddie's not that normal
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From time to time, I like to read a bit of fluff, spiced with smutty hot scenes. If the story in question is also funny, all the better.

This book is a standalone and tells the story of Maddie, an English girl who is supposed to be introduced into society. But she is shy and doesn‘t feel at home at balls. She also rather sketches shells and animals instead of trying to get a suitor. Thus, in order to get her family off her back, she invents a Scottish captain who supposedly swore love to her befo
When a Scot Ties the Knot- Castles Ever After- by Tessa Dare is a 2015 Avon Publication.

Tessa Dare does it again! What a terrific story. I laughed, I cried, got angry a few times, but closed with the book with a smile and a dreamy sigh.

Madeline, at sixteen, wishes to avoid her first ‘season’, so she makes up a pretty tall tale about having met a Scottish Captain- Logan MacKenzie. She is betrothed to Logan, and stays true to him for many years, writing to him faithfully, until one day she decide
Norah Una Sumner
The cover. The story. All characters. The humor. The ending.


How can a book this funny and adorable at the same time? I laughed,I squealed...and then I laughed some more. Maddie is my spirit animal,this girl is both smart and funny,and cute and bad-ass. And a bit awkward but who isn't? And her inner monologues go something like this:

Maddie: I hate this stupid hot guy. He's so mean.
*Logan talks about his soldiers and how protective he is of them*
Maddie: Oh God. No,no,no, my heart will not surrende
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so trashy, I loved it.

These books have been making their way around in the last 7 or so months. I initially saw Libby on Booktube talking about Tessa Dare, and she peaked my interest. But after seeing a lot of people reading Tessa Dare lately I bought this and started it right away.

This was my first foray into Historical Romance and I was not disappointed. It was as cheesy, as historically inaccurate, as ugly a cover, as I ever expected. But it was entertaining as well and the cheesine
Saying Goodbye is not always easy, but sometimes simply necessary.

So this was slightly better than the last Tessa Dare book I read, but still nothing to make me enthusiastic. The same formulatic writing is used, the characters are so "strange" and individual that they appear comic-like, not to mention the side characters. I didn't get emotionally involved within the character's relationship or the story itself, so by the end I skipped rather than read.

Like in the last few novels by Tessa Dare
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I was surprised by how much fun I had with this book. While there are definite romance novel tropes in use, the author avoided all of my least favorite elements, and built a strong love story. I really liked the characters. Both Logan and Maddie are strong, well developed, and complex characters. Neither alpha male douche nor ridiculously naïve virgin. The secondary cast was just as well developed, and added a lot to the story. Maddie's aunt, especially towards the end became my favorite charact ...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*
Why have I not read this author before???? This was absolutely brilliant <3

Rant alert!

1 star. "I didn't like it"

Let me clarify that it was more than just the douchbag hero that irritated me. The whole plot was juvenile and unrealistic. The heroine with her "scientific" drawings bored the living shit out of me as well as her TSTL personality.

I loathe when a heroine blames "her traitorous body" to reacting to a man who she should hate. I also don't buy into the whole, "He's mean, but I can't help but like him and feel sympathy for him" reasoning. This man deserved no s
April (Aprilius Maximus)
that was so adorable r.i.p. my heart
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“My dear imaginary Captain MacKenzie, you are not real and never will be. I, however, am a true and eternal fool.

Here, have a drawing of a snail.”
“I think you underestimate my capacity for taking normal human interaction and making it awkward.” 23 likes
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