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Weekly musing: highlander romances

21 June 2018

What do you think a highlander romance is?

Who doesn’t love a Scottish hero? I think it is safe to say that we all love Jamie! Jamie, who? I hear some of you ask? Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Can I say swoon-worthy? If you haven’t read this series yet you MUST—no ifs and buts about this! Get your bum in gear and watch this series. There is the added bonus of the TV series to indulge on and Sam Heughan is one fine-looking gentleman.

So to kick this musing off, who is your favourite Scottish hero? Jamie is mine, you can’t have him! Well, okay we can share … maybe …

Well, obviously it has to be set in Scotland, with a Scottish hero or heroine. Although I find that most of the books I have read have the main character is the Scottish hero more so than the heroine. The other obvious requirement is that it has a HEA or HFN ending. It must also be historically correct or the readership will pull you up on it. For example the wearing of kilts when it was appropriate; not when they were forbidden by law (unless it was mentioned).

Does a highlander romance have to be historical?

No, although most of the highlander romances I am aware of are set in the historical era rather than be contemporary works. If you know of any contemporary highlander romances, please speak up! Highlander romance also finds it’s way into paranormal romance and time-travel romance.

There are many common elements in this genre such as: kilts, Scottish warriors, alpha heros, Scottish tempers. The use of the Scottish Gaelic language, plus the use of phrases like ‘wee lassie’ ‘ack’ and ‘dinnaes’. This leads me onto my next question … What makes a Scottish hero? I’ve found they tend to be referred to as a ‘noble savage’, usually complete with a fierce loyalty and a sword at the ready. They tend to also be very prideful along with a bad temper!

My must-read highlander romance authors are: Diana Gabaldon, Karen Marie Moning and Julie Garwood.

Who are your must-read highlander romance authors?

My top 10 must-read highlander romances are:

  • Outlander/Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander)
  • Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
  • Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks (The Montgomerys and Armstrons)
  • Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning (Highlander)
  • The Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrows (MacGregors)
  • Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue (Daughters of the Glen)
  • A Scandalous Scot by Karen Ranney (Scottish Sisters)
  • An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands (Highlanders)
  • The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch (Scandalous Highlanders)
  • Temptation in a Kilt by Victoria Roberts (Bad Boys of the Highlands)

What your reading recommendations for highlander romance?

The first highlander romance that I read was Highlander’s Curse by Melissa Mayhue. It was so pretty that I picked it up not knowing that it was #8 in a series. It didn’t matter, it was great anyway. Even though it doesn’t have any people on the cover it’s still my favourite cover! What’s yours?

Here are all my favourite covers:


Happy reading!

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