Length: 384 pages
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.
My Thoughts 💭
This was a nice historical romance. Madeline is horribly shy and has panic attacks in large groups. Before she’s set for her debut London season she creates a fake fiancé. Over the years she writes this Captain Logan MacKenzie like she’s writing in a diary since she believes the letters aren’t actually being received by anyone. But they are and he shows up to collect what he’s due…after she had given him a heroic death. Which she later comes to regret since it had such an effect on him. Logan wasn’t pleasant at first but it was understandable. He just wanted to give his men the peace and land that was promised them. Maddie just wanted to live her life the way she wanted but when what she wanted changed it was so sweet! I thought they had good chemistry but I did get tired of them almost consummating their marriage and then stopping.
This book was good but had some cringe worth references to lady parts(breeding parts) I had to reread the sentence to make sure I saw correctly😂😂.