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.
Scotsman of My Dreams
by Karen Ranney
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!
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