Who doesn’t love a man in a kilt? I know I do and that’s why today I’m going to share some of my favorite Highlander romances with you all. There’s just something undeniably sexy about a Scottish brogue and when you pair that with the historical setting and chivalrous attitude, then you certainly get the man of my dreams. So let’s countdown some of my favorite Highlanders!
by Pamela Clare
Charged with a crime they didn’t commit, the MacKinnon brothers faced a death sentence until they agreed to serve the British Crown in the colonies and take up arms against the French. Allied with the Indian tribes who lived beside them in the wilderness, the Scottish Highland warriors forged a new breed of soldier…
Iain MacKinnon has nothing but hatred for his English “masters,” but compassion urged him to save the lovely lass facing certain death at the hands of the Abenaki tribe. Defying his orders, he endangered his brothers, his men, and his mission, all for a woman. But when he held Annie’s sweet body in his arms, he could feel no regret. Though he sensed she was hiding something from him, it was too late to hold back his heart. In love and war, there are times when the only course of action is…
Have you heard about this series? It’d an oldie but it’s a goodie. Clare is known more for her Romantic Suspense, but let’s not forget that she had a great Highlander series that, in my opinion, deserves more attention. It’s not a long series, but it definitely packs a punch in terms of emotion! Surrender is the first in the series and it’s my favorite.
by Maya Banks
Released: September 25th 2012
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1
Published by Ballantine Books
Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.
Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.
I was a big fan of this book and this series when it first came out. It has a unique concept with an even more unique heroine. Eveline is deaf and her courage is told in her actions. I really enjoyed this story because you rarely see a heroine like this one in Historical Romance. For this reason alone, I recommend it. You’ll be moved by what she does for her people.
As a side note, I’m not sure what happened to the other books in the series. I know that they were slotted for more but because so much time as passed, I’m not sure whether or not they will even be published. Nevertheless, the ones that are out are worth the read.
by Kerrigan Byrne
Released: September 1st 2015
Series: Victorian Rebel #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster…
Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of London’s wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who’ve wronged him…and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception—and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands…
But Farah is no one’s puppet. She possesses a powerful secret—one that threatens her very life. When being held captive by Dorian proves to be the only way to keep Farah safe from those who would see her dead, Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. But what the Blackheart of Ben More never could have imagined is that Farah has terms of her own, igniting a tempestuous desire that consumes them both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he’d long thought dead?
There was a lot of hype around this author and this series when it first came out and so I decided to see what it was all about. I was pleased to see that this series has a bit of the “Bad Boy” trend in it, but of course, it’s done with a Historical twist. It’s a very intense and passionate read and one that I would recommend when you’re feeling a little more naughty.
by Suzanne Enoch
Released: October 6th 2015
Series: Scandalous Highlanders #4
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Munro MacLawry has always lived up to his nickname "Bear." Strong and brawny, he's known in his clan to be fiercely protective. Sadly for him, each of his siblings becomes "less highlander" as they get married, and Bear is left rowdy and alone with no one to protect. That is, until a routine hunt leads to the most alluring of creatures…
Catriona MacColl doesn't care to amuse the brash, strong, and sexy highlander she stumbles upon in the woods. She's too busy hiding with her sister from marriage into English society. Already well-equipped with a bull's-eye shot, she doesn't need a protector, no matter how badly her body burns for him. But as Cat's boyish nature gives way to her more feminine desires, she'll have to stop fighting the tide and listen to her heart…
Enoch is one of those authors that I feel gets overlooked a lot, but I really enjoy her stories. This one differs from her other books because it features Scottish men that are a little more rough around the edges. This means that they may not act like a typical hero in a sense that they are all dreamy and sexy. In fact, this entire series is all about flawed characters and how love can transform them. That being said, I think Enoch writes most deep characters that vary in intensity.
by Kresley Cole
Released: May 1st 2005
Series: MacCarrick Brothers #1
Published by Pocket Books
Kresley Cole introduces a thrilling new romance trilogy featuring fierce Scottish brothers with dangerous lives, dark desires, and a deadly curse.
Can he exact revenge?
High in the Pyrenees, a band of mercenaries led by Courtland MacCarrick wages war for General Reynaldo Pascal. When Court turns on the evil general, Pascal orders him killed, but Court narrowly escapes and exacts revenge by kidnapping Pascal's exquisite Castilian fiancée.
Can she deny her passions?
Lady Annalía Tristán Llorente despises her towering, barbaric captor almost as much as she does Pascal. Her inexplicable attraction to the Highlander only fuels her fury. But nothing will stop her from returning to Pascal—for if she doesn't wed him, she signs her brother's death warrant, as well as her own.
Can there be love between them?
From the moment Court discovers that Anna's prim façade masks a fiery, brave lass, his heart's ensnared, and he dares to defy the curse that has shadowed his life—to walk with death or walk alone. But Pascal vows that he'll hunt the two, never stopping until he's destroyed them both.
This pick might come as a surprise to a few of you if you haven’t read much of Kresley Cole. As this is only a trilogy and it’s very old, I’m not sure that many people have read it, which is why I wanted to give it a mention here. This was released before Cole really turned popular with her IAD series, but you can still definitely see the intensity of her characters manifest here. I think this is also where some of her characters like Lachlan and the others started from. (By the way, I have already claimed all the heroes in this series)
by Tessa Dare
Released: August 25th 2015
Series: Castles Ever After #3
Published by Avon
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.
Dare doesn’t feature too many Highlanders in her books, but when she does, it’s a real treat. Along with her trademark humor, Dare also infuses this book with a lot of personality. I thoroughly enjoyed the banter and adventures that the hero and heroine have in this book. And I think you will too, especially if you’re in the mood for something bright and uplifting.
by Donna Grant
Released: January 31st 2012
Series: Dark Sword #6
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
In the acclaimed Dark Sword series, the darkest, fiercest warriors of Scottish legend finally meet their match—in the brave, fiery hearts of the women they cherish…
For years, Broc has watched over her, protected her—and hidden his love for her. But when his beautiful Sonya, finds herself in a hopeless situation, the Highlander flies to her side to save her. Unfortunately, before the Druidess can thank him, Broc is captured by his enemy and destined for eternal pain…
Sonya vows to help her noble warrior, though he is imprisoned in a mountain of pure evil—bound in chains of the darkest magic. With Sonya’s own magic fading, she must summon the greatest power of all to save the man she loves. But even if these two hearts are united, will they be strong enough to defeat the heart of darkness? Or will their undying love doom them for all eternity…?
Grant excels at writing European heroes and, of course, her Highlanders are the best. She even has other series that merge paranormal creatures like dragons with Scottish accents. So, yeah, if that doesn’t want to make you jump into one of her books, then I don’t know what else will. Be warned though, many of her books connect with one another, so I would definitely suggest starting at the very beginning of the series and making your way through.
by Jennifer Ashley
Released: August 2nd 2011
Series: Mackenzies & McBrides #1
Published by Berkley
It was whispered all through London Society that Ian Mackenzie was mad, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum, and was not to be trusted -- especially with a lady.
Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord. Despite his decadence and his intimidating intelligence, she could see that he needed help- her help.
Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was...the Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.
I bet you were waiting for this one, right? Ah, I love this book! It was my first read from Ashley all those years ago and it still remains as my favorite. This book is worth reading just for the hero alone. You won’t ever find a hero like Ian, so if you haven’t already read this one, I would highly urge you to put this at the top of your reading list. You’ll thank me later.
by Diana Gabaldon
Released: January 1st 1991
Series: Outlander #1
Published by Bantam Dell
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES
Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Is there anyone more dreamy than Jamie Fraser? The answer is no. He’s one of my favorite heroes and I honestly can’t get enough of him, but this book really took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride. I have never been happier and more frustrated with a book. Gabaldon pens it well, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll definitely be falling for Jamie by the end of it.
by Karen Marie Moning
Released: October 1st 2002
Series: Highlander #5
Published by Dell
Journey to a world of ancient magic, breathtaking sensuality, thrilling time-travel.... Journey to the world of The Dark Highlander. Crisscrossing the continents and the centuries, here is a novel as gripping as it is sensual—an electrifying adventure that will leave you breathless....
I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires…
From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man....
KMM is most famous for her Fever series but alongside that, she wrote Highlander Romances and man, they were so freaking good! I would actually recommend all the books in this series (especially book 3 and onwards). However, this particular book is one of my all-time fave books of all time. I freaking love Dagues MacKelter. I love the intensity of this book and the time-travel elements. Chloe is amazing, too. This book is just one of those books that I love to reread over and over again. I mean, how can you not? Dagues is just so HOT! I can never get tired of it and I kind of wish KMM wrote more of these stories again. It’s undeniable; KMM’s Highlanders are simply the best.
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