Earlier this week we gave some top tips on writing a historical romance. Today’s post by Kayla King, brought to you from our archives, shines light on a particular subgenre of historical romance that we all know and love!
Popular long before the fabulous Outlander series’ TV adaptation created a resurgence in the subgenre, Scottish Highlander romances have always been a staple of historical romance. Let’s try to pin down some of that ineffable Scottish charm, shall we?
1. Major crossover appeal—I know a number of people who don’t read much historical but have gone all in on Highlander romance. For many, this iconic subgenre is the gateway into fully fledged romance obsession.
2. Points in history that are fraught with peril and intrigue. If the stakes seem high in a Highlander romance, it’s a reflection of actual history. The Jacobite rebellions created a culture of standing up against impossible odds, and I don’t know about you, but I’m always a fan of the underdog.
3. Beautiful country that’s deeply romantic all on its own—both in historical romance and to this very day. Rugged, breathtaking, ethereal…a perfect setting for a love that transcends time, don’t you think?
4. And it’s that untamed country that creates these fearless alpha heroes. Regardless of their social status, there’s an underlying sense of passion and determination about these men. What’s the word I’m looking for? Oh, yes. Pride. And pride can be incredibly sexy.
5. Kilts. Kilts. KILTS.
Tell us what you love about Scottish Highlander romances in the comments below! And check out these delicious Highland reads, available this month from Harlequin Historical!