Friday, May 18, 2012

Best Scottish/Highlander Historical Romances List!

As Geddes MacGregor once said, “No one in Scotland can escape from the past. It is everywhere, haunting like a ghost." Scotland’s past is the subject of my list below, romance novels I have come to love that feature Scotland and the Highlands—or a Scottish hunk to love. I have rated them all at least 4 stars, and many 4 ½ or 5 stars.

The Pride of Lions, The Blood of Roses and Midnight Honor by Marsha Canham
On a Highland Shore and Rivals for the Crown by Kathleen Givens
Kilgannon and The Wild Rose of Kilgannon by Kathleen Givens
The Legend and The Destiny by Kathleen Givens
The Magnificent Rogue by Iris Johansen
If You Dare, If You Desire and If You Deceive (the MacCarrick Brothers trilogy) by Kresley Cole
Beloved Rogue by Penelope Williamson
Without Honor by Elizabeth Stuart
Heartstorm by Elizabeth Stuart
A Year and a Day by Virginia Henley
Tempted and The Border Hostage, duology by Virginia Henley
The Bedeviled Heart by Carmen Caine
My Wicked Enchantress by Meagan McKinney
Laird of the Mist by Paula Quinn (and all six in her MacGregor/Children of the Mist Series)
A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught
The Passionate One, The Reckless One and The Ravishing One (the McClairen’s Isle trilogy) by Connie Brockway
Outlander (and others in the series, and though there is a Highland hero, not all take place in Scotland) by Diana Gabaldon
Come The Morning, Conquer the Night, Seize the Dawn, Knight Triumphant, The Lion in Glory, When We Touch and The Queen’s Lady (the Graham series) by Heather Graham Pozzessere
Knight of Fire by Shannon Drake (aka Heather Graham)
Lord of Fire by Emma Merritt
Highland Rebel by Judith James
Devil of Kilmartin by Laurin Wittig
Charming the Shrew and Daring the Highlander (MacLeod duology) by Laurin Wittig
Desiring the Highlander by Michele Sinclair
Highland Warrior, Highland Outlaw and Highland Scoundrel (the Campbell trilogy) by Monica McCarty
A Gentle Feuding by Johanna Lindsey
White Knight by Jaclyn Reding
A Dangerous Love, The Border Lord's Bride, The Captive Heart, The Border Lord And The Lady, The Border Vixen and Bond Of Passion (from The Border Chronicles) by Bertrice Small
To Conquer a Highlander, Highland Hellcat and Highland Heat by Mary Wine
To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt (one of the Four Soldiers series)
Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband (the only fantasy on my list, but this and the others in the Daughters of the Glen series are good) by Melissa Mayhue
A Hunger Like No Other (the only paranormal on the list, but it’s a superb story and features a Highland hunk to die for) by Kresley Cole


  1. Julie Garwood was my 1st taste of the highland and my 1st romance. I was hooked on romances ever since and have never looked back. I will always have a special place in my heart for Highland Warriors because of her.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kiyah. I am not a fan of Garwood (I've read a half dozen of hers) but I'm glad you found a love for Scottish historical romance. There are some very good ones on this list, less fanciful than Garwood, though.

  2. I enjoyed Teresa Medeiros' The Devil Wears Plaid.... :)

    Great list Regan!

    Lisa :)

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Lisa. I have enjoyed several Teresa Medeiros' romances though I've not read that one.

  3. Great list Regan! I hope to read all of these books pretty soon. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. I loved the highlander genre because of Julie garwood. and there is not a single book of her in your list. i highly recommend to you to add her books in your list

    1. Dear Anonymous. I have read a half dozen books by Julie Garwood. Usually they begin well and I'm intrigued but somewhere in the middle there are bizarre, contrived elements in the plot that just leave me shaking my head. I may have given one or two of her books 4 stars but I do not recommend them. That is why none are on the list.

  5. i am just sooo hooked with Scottish romance now, i started reading Maya Banks, and now almost finished with Monica McCarty. you gave me a good list that i can read. thanks! -ivy

    1. I do not consider Banks' Scottish romances to be serious historicals, but you'll find some good ones on my best list. Tell me what you like and I can help you find it.

    2. By the way, you're looking at my two year old list. There's a new one:

    3. Oh, I was just going to ask if you had an updates list. Thank you.

    4. Debra, I update this list each May, so you'll have to wait for awhile.

  6. Thank you for your recommendations. I would have never read the Pride of Lions and Blood of Roses by Marsha Canham had I not come across this blog. I was pleasantly surprised. The books were magnificent and aside from the wonderful romance, they were historically accurate which is always appreciated.

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