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.
- 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!
- 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.