by Brittney Reed-Saltz
Occasionally, I develop book cravings. All of a sudden, I have to read a particular type of book, and nothing else will do. It might be portal fantasy, or dark thrillers with female protagonists, or vintage Gothic romance. There is rarely any rhyme or reason behind these fixations, diverse and random as they might be, but the result is the same: As soon as I have a target in mind, I go deep into research mode. I have to find as many titles as possible that will fulfill the craving.
Recently I read A Scot in the Dark, the second installment of Sarah MacLean’s Scandal and Scoundrel series. By the third page, I was already in love with Alec Stuart, Duke of Warnick, the kilt-wearing, broadsword-wielding, wolfhound-owning hero, who reluctantly inherits a noble title despite his disdain for London society. And thus, a new reading craving, for historical romances featuring Scottish characters, was born.
I’m not one to hoard the results of my research, so here are five Scottish and Highlander-themed romances that have made their way onto my TBR list.
Once Upon a Highland Summer by Lecia Cornwall
Ghosts, a curse, and misunderstandings definitely piqued my interest. But when I read that the heroine flees to Scotland to escape an unwanted marriage, I knew I had to read this one.
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
A love story between a hero who struggles with mental illness and a widow with a dark past sounds like a perfect tearjerker romance to me.
Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch
An English war hero inherits a Scottish title and its attendant enormous Scottish estate. However, the woman whose clan owns the property has strong opinions about the matter. When it comes to romance novels, I adore strong heroines and plenty of bickering, and it sounds like this one has both.
The Lady and the Laird by Nicola Cornick
A bluestocking heroine is hired to write racy love letters for her brother’s friends. When she uses her pen to end the betrothal of a notorious laird, he proposes a marriage of convenience as repayment.
The Trouble With Dukes by Grace Burrowes
I have a soft spot for romantic heroes with dark reputations that they didn’t earn, and for heroines who are not intimidated at all by said reputations. In this case, the Scot in question braves the demands of a London season to make his sisters happy, and that adds another level of swoonworthiness.
Do you have a favorite fictional Scottish character? Or a particular book craving that you would like me to research for a future post? Share in the comments!