Series: Castles Ever After #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: August 25, 2015
Published: August 25, 2015
Where I Got It: Borrowed from the library
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 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.
Tessa Dare is the author of the month for September. ;) I may or may NOT have another book waiting in the wings.....may wait a hair but I am itching for more.
Here we have Maddie and Captain MacKenzie. On the cusp of her first London season, Maddie lied and she has been living that lie for years. She told everyone she has a Scottish sweetheart....a man who is a hero....who is handsome....honorable....and conveniently never around. She has written letter after letter to this fake beaux. In order to stop the lie she told one more big lie.....he died in battle. Years later, there is a knock on the door and there is the real Captain Logan MacKenzie. He has her letters and he has a proposal she would be hard-pressed to decline.
This was so much fun. I loved the premise...the couple....the side characters...the castle...and Scotland *sighs*. All fun and you are just rooting for their fake marriage/love to be real. You know it will happen, but WHEN!? HOW?! There are a lot of feelings and hurts and past trauma between them. They have a lot to wade through.
Awww I loved the side story Maddie has. It made me awww. She loves her drawings and she loves her lobsters. It was cute and very metaphorical.
I did read the last of the series and I am BUMMED that we do not get to see Logan's pals find happiness. You know they will get it, of course, but I would've liked them to be in the next book or simply in the epilogue. Maybe we will see them in some sort of spin-off? *fingers crossed*
Now, the narrator is the same and she rocked it. Loved all the voices. All the accents *chef's kiss* perfection.
In the end, I wanted a HAIR more at the end. I wanted to see Logan's friends find happiness. Yes, we can imagine they do, but I wanted to see and hear it! *shakes fist* Besides that I really enjoyed this one a lot. 4 stars.
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