Friday, May 29, 2015

Best Scottish Historical Romances!

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 are set in the past of Scotland, most in that magical part of Scotland called the Highlands. Some are romances with a Scots hero. All are rated 5, 4 ½ or 4 stars. Enjoy!

·                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
·                A Gentle Feuding by Johanna Lindsey
·                A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
·                A Year and a Day by Virginia Henley
·                Abducted Heiress by Amanda Scott
·                Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught
·                Beloved Rogue by Penelope Williamson
·                Border Lord by Arnette Lamb
·                Bound to the Highlander by Kate Robbins
·                Bride of the MacHugh by Jan Cox Speas
·                Charming the Shrew and Daring the Highlander (MacLeod duology) by Laurin Wittig
·                Claimed by Tarah Scott
·                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
·                Davy’s Last Ride by Brit Darby
·                Desiring the Highlander by Michele Sinclair
·                Devil of Kilmartin by Laurin Wittig
·                Devil’s Mistress by Heather Graham
·                Emerald Embrace by Shannon Drake (aka Heather Graham)
·                Forever My Love by Rebecca Brandewyne
·                Heartstorm by Elizabeth Stuart
·                Highland Moon by Judith E. French
·                Highland Rebel by Judith James
·                Highland Warrior, Highland Outlaw and Highland Scoundrel (the Campbell trilogy) by Monica McCarty
·                Highlander’s Hope (Regency based in Scotland) by Collette Cameron
·                If You Dare, If You Desire and If You Deceive (the MacCarrick Brothers trilogy) by Kresley Cole
·                Kilgannon and The Wild Rose of Kilgannon by Kathleen Givens
·                Knight of Fire by Shannon Drake (aka Heather Graham)
·                Lady of the Glen by Jennifer Roberson
·                Laird of the Mist by Paula Quinn (and all six in her MacGregor/Children of the Mist Series)
·                Lord of Fire by Emma Merritt
·                Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain
·                My Lord Monleigh by Jan Cox Speas
·                My Wicked Enchantress by Meagan McKinney
·                On a Highland Shore and Rivals for the Crown by Kathleen Givens
·                Oriana by Valerie Vayle
·                Rebellion by Nora Roberts
·                Rosamund by Bertrice Small, 1st in the Friarsgate Chronicles
·                Silk and Steel by Cordia Byers
·                Sound of the Heart by Genevieve Graham
·                Snow Raven by Patricia McAllister
·                Tempted and The Border Hostage, duology by Virginia Henley
·                The Bedeviled Heart, The Daring Heart and The Bold Heart by Carmen Caine
·                The Border Lord by Jan Westcott
·                The Captive by Parris Afton Bonds
·                The Chieftain’s Curse by Francis Housden
·                The Guardian by Margaret Mallory
·                The Lady and the Laird, Nicola Cornick
·                The Legend and The Destiny by Kathleen Givens
·                The Magnificent Rogue by Iris Johansen
·                The Passionate One, The Reckless One and The Ravishing One (the McClairen’s Isle trilogy) by Connie Brockway
·                The Pride of Lions, The Blood of Roses and Midnight Honor by Marsha Canham
·                The Renegade (first released as The Renegade and The Rose) by Christine Dorsey
·                The Queen’s Lady by Shannon Drake (aka Heather Graham)
·                The Scotsman by Juliana Garnett (aka Virginia Brown)
·                To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt (one of the Four Soldiers series)
·                To Conquer a Highlander, Highland Hellcat and Highland Heat by Mary Wine
·                White Knight by Jaclyn Reding
·                Without Honor by Elizabeth Stuart
      And a few outside my usual reading:

·                Outlander (the only time travel on the list; not all in the series take place in Scotland , though the hero is a Highlander) by Diana Gabaldon
·                Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband (and others in the Daughters of the Glen series, the only fantasy on the list) 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. I would add "The Morna's Legacy Series" by Bethany Claire. It's time travel/romance/castles/paranormal with Morna's playing a matchmaker through time.

    1. Oh, Winona, I don't read books like that. I prefer straight historical romance. Sorry.

  2. My favourite Scottish romance of all time is Clandara, by Evelyn Anthony - so passionate and brutal. It's an old one, I think from the 1960s! But I reread it recently and it was as powerfully romantic as I remembered when I first picked it up.

    1. Avril, thanks for the recommendation. I just ordered it. I will try and read it by October which is medieval month on my blog.

  3. Under the 'not my usual reading' would be The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. It is a great historical about the 1708 attempt by the Jacobites to return King James Stuart III to the throne of England, and it is a sweet romance.

    1. Thanks, Nancy. I have two of her books, including that one, on the "to read" shelf but I thought they had paranormal in them... no? And by "sweet" do you mean no love scenes?

  4. Im wondering if anyone can help me? I read a book many years ago (potentially written in the 80s or earlier) about a scottish princess(?) who is attacked while out walking and loses her memory. She is rescued by irish princes who have been imprisoned in scotland and have escaped. They make it back to Ireland and their castle and one brother and the woman fall in love. The man responsible for her attack tracks her to ireland and tries to take her away. She gets her memory back eventually and stays in Ireland with him.

    1. Ellie, that doesn't sound familiar but you might check my Best Irish Historical Romances to see if any of the titles sound like the one you are looking for since the hero is Irish.

  5. Thank you Regan. You are much appreciated