tessa and scot

When a Scot Ties the Knot - Tessa Dare

(Look at this little vixen just straight up ripping his clothes off.  I love this concept - and this cover.)

Ashley’s Fast & Dirty Review™, because I’m a grad student who works full time while also trying to have a personal life and I don’t have time for that in-depth nonsense.  Will probably contain spoilers. 

The Plot: Madeline has social anxiety and to avoid the hustle and bustle of being a single lady on the ton, she creates a fake boyfriend and keeps up the charade for FIVE YEARS, writing him letters and lying to her family.  She “kills” him and then four years later the man she thought was fake shows up in the flesh to collection his pound of flesh from her.  Just fuck me up, this plot is everything.

The Good:

  • FAKE BOYFRIEND!!!!!  Hot damn, I love this trope.
  • “I dinna care about the color of your frock, lass.  I’m only going to take it off you again.”  Page 56 and I am already losing my shit. Thanks, Dare, way to help me maintain my composure.
  • “I dinna have any feelings, mo chridhe.”  Oooooo, you are a goddamn liar Logan and I cannot wait for you to realize it!  Meanwhile Madeline feels to much and it is heartwarming.
  • He. Wears. Reading. Glasses. And. Reads. In. Bed.  (He even reads P&P!)  He is a highlander GOD and giant fucking NERD.
  • “You may say you dinna want to attract notice.  Well, I notice all of you…In fact, I’m starting to fancy myself a sort of naturalist.  One with verra particular interests.”  (Psst: and then he goes down her and it is beautiful.)
  • “Merciful heavens.  Given her choice of any three words to hear from Logan’s lips, Maddie probably would have chosen I love you.  But she had to admit, Lift your skirts had an undeniable appeal.”
  • As usual, I’m in love with the minor characters: Aunt Thea is a BAMF, Grant is so wonderful and needs protection (mine), and this whole merry bunch of highlanders and women who thumb their nose as society are brilliant and adorable. 
  • But also, lobsters: they get a happy ending, too!

The Bad:

  • If Ms. Dare could please, PLEASE stop making me sob at the end of her books, I would really appreciate it.

The Verdict: Shocking, I know, I that I adored this book.  I fell in love with Madeline from page one: shy, but ridiculously intelligent and talented and haunted by her lies and then Logan, the broken man denying himself love because god forbid he trust anyone besides his war buddies.  Slow burn like a mother, even more than normal in historical romance, but so, so worth it.  And so, so good.

Five Stars

Anyone read “when a scot ties the knot” by Tessa Dare?

It’s a regency romance where main character Madeline did not want to go to parties to find a husband. She’d rather draw snails and lobsters.

So she totally makes up a sweetheart to get her parents to stop taking her to parties.

She makes the lie so elaborate that she even sends letters to “Captain Logan MacKenzie” of the British army. This goes on for some time that the letters basically take the place of the diary.

Only thing is…Logan MacKenzie actually exists

Could we discuss the Rumbelle potential of this story?




She is SO adorable!!! Couldn’t stop smiling or laughing after that perfect Flamenco at the 2010 Games

You cannot watch this video and not love these two

anonymous asked:

Hey guys! really love your blog. Can you please rec me some romance books with pretend dating/marriage, where the couple later falls for each other.

Hi, anon!

Thanks for sending this ask to us because we do love the fake dating/marriage trope so very much. We hope you end up finding something you like in this list!

Young Adult

New Adult


*to be released 

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10 questions with Tessa & Scott — Raonic Race for Kids Event

Tessa: “were like the same person” Scott: “thats because I say them first and you just copy”

Unofficial Read Along (Take 2!)

SO Tessa Dare has a new book coming out and it looks AMAZING!

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.

It’s like $5 on Amazon right now for a paperback copy, $6 for a kindle copy and releases on August 25th - just in case you’re interested!

I pre-ordered my copy today and seaturtleeleganza and I are going to read it when it comes out on the 25th! 

I haven’t had the chance to read one of Tessa Dare’s books yet but from all I’ve been told her books are hilarious and just brilliant!

We’d love for you to read along with us!

It’s going to be really informal. No real time line or anything, just a bunch of people reading the same book at the same time and chattering!