ARC Mini Reviews: Historical Romance Edition

When a Scot Ties the Knot When the Scot Ties the Knot
by Tessa Dare

Genres: Historical Romance, Adult
Publication date: August 25th, 2015
by Avon
Format: eARC

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Tessa Dare is amazing. I know it’s taken me some time to warm up to her works but I will say that once I started her Castle Ever After series, I was sold. This series has been a joy to read and the best thing about it is that all the books can be read as standalones. The books have almost nothing in common besides the main character of each book inheriting a castle. 

One of the best things about this series is the MCs and this book was no exception. Maddie is a fantastically strong female lead who hates crowds and is a tad romantic. It’s why, to avoid the ton during her own season, she made up a suitor and that came to bite her in the ass almost a decade later.

My favorite thing about Maddie was just how easy it was for me to relate to her. I loved when she talked about the way society always made it seem like marriage was everything and made women feel as they needed to measure their self-worth in terms of whether or not they were married. I loved how this was reflected clearly by the fact that she had to make up a suitor to avoid unwanted attention. I also loved that in spite of her fear of crowds; she had actually managed to make a life for herself aside from society and did what she most enjoyed.

Logan was the perfect love interest for her and goddangit did he win my heart over. He is no lord, or rake or anything really. He is just a captain who will do anything to protect his soldiers, including blackmailing. And he also just happens to be the person who received Maddie’s letters to her made-up suitor. I loved Logan’s loyalty to his soldiers and how much he cared for them. But I also loved seeing him come out of his shell and begin to trust the people around him. If that doesn’t win you over, maybe his love for books, and the fact that he read Pride & Prejudice will (HE ALSO PUT ON SPECTACLES TO READ AND I WAS A GONER. )

So, unsurprisingly, I loved the romance between the two and enjoyed the buildup plus the circumstances surrounding their courting.

This book was definitely 100% worth it and I just want to re-read it because it was so good and it made me so ridiculously happy. If you haven’t checked this series out yet, you NEED TO because you don’t know what you’re missing out on.

4 Stars

Scotsman of My DreamsScotsman of my Dreams
by Karen Ranney

Genres: Historical Romance, Adult
Publication date: August 25th, 2015
by Avon
Format: eARC

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Scotsman of My Dreams ended up being a very fun book to read but as much as I enjoyed it, I also thought there was way too much buildup for the romance.

Minerva and Dalton make a fantastic team and while they were a team for huge chunks of the book, they were also on opposite sides for most of the book. So while the tension between them was amazing, I hated that they weren’t on the same side. It meant that it took longer for their relationship to develop to a point where they could admit feelings and it also meant that there was a certain level of distrust between the two.

Minerva and Dalton are both fantastic characters in their own right and I LOVED reading about them as characters but  I wanted more from them together which was why I cannot give this book the 4 stars I would have otherwise.

Moving on though, I DID enjoy many aspects of the buildup especially since Minerva and Dalton worked together a lot and they were so FLIPPIN CUTE!

Minerva is an independently wealthy woman who never had the time for any sort of relationships after her parents died and left her in charge of her younger brother. Minerva took what she got and raised her brother and instead invested her time in her interests, archaeology.

Dalton, on the other hand, is an ex-rake. He made some poor decisions and decided to go fight in the civil war for the funsies and learnt that war wasn’t what he thought he was. Unfortunately, he also got injured, lost his sight and returned to a newly inherited earldom because of his older brother’s death. Dalton was dealt many blows in one go but these blows really helped him grow. He was no longer the cocky, poor decision making Dalton of the past, but rather a new Dalton who realizes how much of his life he wasted because he was ‘bored’. It was so much fun to watch him develop over the course of the book and I loved seeing the part Minerva played in helping him get there.

Their romance is fantastic (my issues aside) and I loved seeing them help each other overcome their insecurities.

This book was so much fun to read and I’d definitely recommend it if you are looking for a quick fun HR to read that won’t fail to make you swoon!

3.5 Stars

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Rashika

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  1. says

    I really enjoyed When a Scot Ties the Knot but it didn’t compare to the previous two in the series for me, which is why it didn’t get 4 Stars from me. Still, I really loved this companion series and am hoping Dare writes something similar soon! Sorry to hear your second historical romance didn’t work out nearly as well but I completely hear you on novels that take too long for the romance to finally come to fruition. I love a slow-burn but it has to be times just right. Thanks for these reviews, Rashika–beautifully written, as always! :)
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    Wohooo! I’m so so happy you loved When a Scot. I think it’s my favorite Tessa Dare book to date. I agree with you on Maddie. There was just something incredibly endearing about her and I found her to be very relateable. And you already know how I feel about Logan!! *insert a million heart-eyed emojis*

    OK so I think I’m actually going to enjoy the second book. The romance does sound really good and you know how much I love books with lots of tension between the couple. I might just have to give this a shot!

    Great reviews, Rashika!
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    I love Tessa Dare and I loved this newest installment in her Castles series! The female characters she creates are so awesome…as are the swoon-worthy men who have to figure out how to deal with them. I saw the other one for review but didn’t get it. Might have to remedy that, even though it takes a while for the romance to get going.
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  4. says

    OMG Logan sounds incredibly swoony with his leadership and coming out of his shell *heart eyes*. Maddie, I love how independent and strong she sounds!

    Woah, Dalton sounds like he’s taken a beating but I like how character journey in here. A good thing that Minerva helped, although I’m always a bit meh using love as a healing tool.

    Lovely reviews Rashika! HF isn’t my thing but definitely interesting seeing your thoughts.
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  5. says

    I see you’re really into the Scots right now eh Rashika? *nudge nudge wink wink* Hehe, to be very honest, they are pretty swoon-worthy and I was absolutely hooked on Outlander and its swoony main man. I don’t usually read these historical romance books, but I can appreciate how great they are when you just need to read something that’s not a series or about taking down villains. Glad you enjoyed them Rashika, lovely reviews :D
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  6. says

    I am a MONDO big fan of Dare. She writes feminist romance which OMG is such a rare thing. I loooove her most recent books. I haven’t read her older stuff, but they are on the list as well. I’m so glad you loved this.