Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Top 5 sash-toting, kilt-wearing Highlanders

List by Teigan

"Scottish by birth, British by law,
Highlander by the grace of God."

- Anon

Och, Scotland...gently rolling hills, a rich sense of history, malt whiskey, wild mountains (as opposed to 'tame' ones?), castles, caber tossing and kilt-wearing Highlanders - all to the accompaniment of bagpipes played by the soft light of torches. I realise now, of course, that my rather romantic/unrealistic idea of Scotland came not from travelogues but from historical romance novels. According to the covers big, buff, tanned, sash-toting, kilt-wearing, sword-hefting Highlanders with a mullet (1980s covers, anyway) and a six-pack drifted around the mountains all day long waiting for susceptible maidens to ravish on the grassy slopes. How could we resist publishing this post about something so absolutely delicious, then?

Today's list is courtesy of the very lovely Teigan (thank you Annie for pointing me in her direction). My cup truly runneth over when Teigan quite happily agreed to select 5 titles to fit the theme. I adore that some of our staff happily admit out loud - and unapologetically so - that they read romance novels. I have left Teigan's comments in as, personally, I think they add lots of flavour to this particular post. Teigan writes 'I know you asked for five and I gave you six but you have a little choice there. I hope you can use them and at least and get a giggle from my crazed kilt obsessed writing.' I will definitely be nudging her for more ideas for future lists :) Enjoy, people!

Teigan: Now just a warning, I love, I mean looooooove Highland romance! Och! So here we go.

Honourable mention
* Taming the Scotsman / Kinley MacGregor - Teigan's note: Kinley MacGregor (also known as Sherrilyn Kenyon) wrote about four brothers/five (dun dun duun epic story arch) who are all broody and have mysteries and disasters that follow them until the right woman comes along to set things right. Four Macallister brother books with four extras that are connected. My favourite being 'Taming the Scotsman.'

Devil of the Highlands / Lynsay Sands
"He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly... and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumours, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior... for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known. They may call him whatever they wish, but Cullen, Laird of Donnachaidh, cares only for the future of his clan. He must find a wife, a woman to bear him sons and heed his commands. He has no need for beauty or grace, but one taste of his lovely bride's sweet lips and the sultry feel of her skin arouse an untamed passion. Perhaps there's more to marriage than he thought..." -- Publisher description.

Teigan's note: Lynsay seems to have broody men who need a strong women to sort them out. Then you find out that the men are all just mallow puffs anyway.

Highland bride / Hannah Howell

When Gillyanne Murray arrives at the small keep she has received as a gift from her father's kinsmen, she is faced with war as three lairds prepare to battle for her hand in marriage as well as her land, forcing her to choose Sir Connor MacEnroy, a cold and distant man, as her husband.

Teigan's note: Now Hannah Howell always has very strong short women who sort these great big meanie men out, and again they are all really just marshmallow men. My favourite would be 'Highland bride.'

A dance through time / Lynn Kurland
"A romance writer falls asleep in Central Park, and wakes up in 14th century Scotland--in the arms of the man of her dreams." -- Publisher's description.

Teigan's note: 'A dance through time' by Lynn Kurland is more time travelling BUT it is told a bit more accurate, like the smell of historical Scotland (it made me laugh so much). I really enjoyed this one as well since the lady goes back to his time and finds it all weird and he goes back to hers and finds it all weird, too. It has more stories that follow after it about their relatives.

The Highlander's forbidden bride / Donna Fletcher
"After being freed from the hellish barbarians who held him captive, Ronan Sinclare knows he must return to his clan to claim his powerful heritage. But first he must destroy the woman who ruined everything. Even as he seizes Carissa and makes her his prisoner, Ronan is tormented by memories of the woman he loved and lost: the gentle Hope, whose death by Carissa's hand he has sworn to avenge. Carissa knows nothing but survival. Raised by a brutal man, she shows only coldness to the world...but inside burns the heart of a woman longing for passion. Forced to hide her true self from the proud, fierce warrior even as she dreamed of someday being his bride, Carissa would do anything to keep her darkest secret. But she cannot hide the truth--or her desires--from her captor forever..." -- Publisher description.

Teigan's note: Now Donna Fletcher is awesome, good mystery and twists and wicked romance in hers. She wrote about four brothers and some of them I skipped but the fourth one, where everything gets solved, is wonderful. You so know with a title like that, that you want to read it.

Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely saviour awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side.... Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern - to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go? Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them... and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves.

Teigan's note: Karen Marie Moning! First of all she has a whooooole lot of highland romance series and it also has time travel!!! Squeee! They don't have to be read in any order but three of them are connected featuring brothers/relatives that meet up. The first one featuring Duncan is my favourite. I would read Kiss of the Highlander over and over it's so awesome!

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