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Series: Yes, #3 in the companion series Castles Ever After
Release date: August 25th, 2015
GUYS GUYS GUYS GUYS GUYS.
This is going to be part review, part fangirling, and part me battering on about how my evil slump is FINALLY, FINALLY BROKEN! And it's all thanks to Tessa Dare and the wide world of historical romance.
If you'd asked me two days ago if I liked historical romance, I would have said "hell, yeah! That's one of my favorite things in the world, have you met me?" Then, if you were the rude sort of person who asks people to clarify/defend their position when they claim to love things, you'd ask me which historical romance books I'd read in my life--as in pure, classic romance, as in "would be shelved in the romance section of a bookstore" romance.
And I'd answer "Er...Um...Well.." and slither out of frame.
I really love romance (duh, I might have mentioned this once or a thousand times) and I even really love romance novels--but for some reason I don't read them. I used to be way into "chick lit" when that was the hot thing back in the Stone Age, particularly Sophie Kinsella, but somehow I never found my way into the world of classic romance novels like Tessa Dare's. Even though I always knew I'd like them. I think it was because I didn't have the foggiest notion of where to start. I hang out in YAlandia, and that's where all my bookish knowhow is. I need a mountain guide to lead me through the valleys and peaks (ooer) of Romancelandia, giving me the scoop on which authors I should go for and which books are Gillian bait.
I'm sooooooo lucky/grateful/pleased as punch that Christina sent me When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare as a belated Christmas present. As i mentioned in my post the other day, I have been slumping HARD. I hadn't finished a book in about two weeks. I'd started a bunch, and I'd liked almost all of them, but I didn't seem to be in the mindset to read. I felt broken.
Apparently all I was missing was a frothy, funny, delightful, sexy, smoochy, divine romance novel to cure all my ails. Oh my god, did I love this book something ridiculous. It has so much spirit, and voice, and humor. It has the kind of fun and ridiculous premise that i live for in romance, with all sorts of banter and sexual tension and delicious set-ups.
|DAMN STRAIGHT IT IS YOU JOYLESS KNOB|
Maddie Gracechurch is a lady in Regency Era England who is exceptionally awkward, prone to panic attacks in large crowds, and just wants to stay at home with her books and her drawing pencils, if you please. So she invents a convenient, hot, mysterious Scottish fiance named Capt. MacKenzie, using him as an excuse to get out of all the various events of the London Season. She writes him letters, keeping up the charade, and when she no longer needs her fake fiance, she pretends he's died. To say she's shocked when the real Capt. Mackenzie shows up with all her letters, ready to marry her, would be an understatement.
But of course, he's heartless and damaged and fresh from the war, brutal and nothing at all like she'd imagined. They don't like each other, but...you know, of course they do. But of course of course, there's CHEMISTRY, and a meeting of the minds, and they strike a deal for a convenient marriage between them (which is TOTALLY on my list of fave tropes), which leads to all sorts of banter and swoons and sexy times and romantic complications and lobsters and jokes and OH GOD YOU GUYS I GIGGLED AND SNORTED AND SWOONED AND SIGHED AND I HAD THE BEST TIME READING IT SUCH A GREAT TIME THAT I HAVE BEEN RENDERED UTTERLY INCOHERENT JUST THINKING OF IT.
And oh my god, clearly I have not ventured outside of my lovely YA kingdom enough, because halloo sexy times scenes that are truly SEXY, I have missed you, welcome, please stay
|listen here you vacuous sack of uselessness|
Maddie is basically me if i were plopped into a historical romance section. She's awkward and shy but not meek or pathetic. She lets her lies roll away from her, she's a bit self-centered, but she's a very good person. Also, she's completely hilarious.
I read it in one sitting. One sitting. I went from reading less than 100 pages from several books in two weeks to blazing through 300+ in a matter of hours. It felt so good. I felt like me again. YAY FOR READING, YAY FOR ROMANCE, YAY FOR TESSA DARE!
I immediately ordered the rest of her Castles Ever After series (Romancing the Duke and Say Yes to the Marquess which oh my god how can I NOT love books with titles like those?). I've got my eye on the rest of her oeuvre, but if you have ANY MORE romance title/author recommendations, PLEASE leave them in the comments! They don't have to be historical, though obvs that's my jam, and they don't have to be funny, though again, that is fully my jam. But recs for anything remotely in the vein of Tessa Dare would be much appreciated!