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Scottish romance. . . Where does it come from?

Don’t get me wrong. I love Scottish romance as much as the next girl. My favourite Scottish series are: Outlander, Love at Stakes (highly recommend this one), and Highlander. 
Okay, these series have a paranormal touch, but they’re still Scottish romance.
When I started reading historical romance, years ago, I wondered why there were so many covers with shirtless Highlanders. Was there something about Scotsmen I didn’t know? Why Scottish romance and not, I don’t know, Swiss romance? Where did the myth of the romantic highlanders come from?
So I did a bit of digging.
You’re probably going to roll your eyes, but I found that the Scottish romance trope comes from Queen Victoria. Yes. Vicky again.
After the death of her husband, Victoria spent a lot of time in her castle in Balmoral, Scotland, and became a very good friend of her servant, John Brown. 
(Here's a Wikipedia link: John Brown )

John took care of the horses, proudly wore a kilt, and called the queen “wumman,” since he refused to address her as Your Highness or My Queen. He thought those titles were nonsense (a true Jacobite, if you ask me, but I digress).
Strong and handsome, John didn’t give a toss about etiquette, shocking Victoria’s daughters and sons and the entire London’s aristocratic society with his informal manners. Soon, rumours about the relationship between Victorian and John spread. The Scotsman earned a few nicknames, like the Queen’s lover and the Queen’s stallion. Victoria always dismissed the chit-chats, claiming that John was only a good friend.
Maybe it was true, maybe it wasn’t.
One thing is certain. The queen wasn’t the only one who found John attractive. Secretly, many ladies swooned over the hunky Scotsman, envying the queen and her long horse-ridings with her servant.
So that’s it. This is how Scotsmen got their place in one of the most famous romantic tropes we still very much enjoy today.
A few recommendations 😍: 

Highland Hope (Wild Thistle Trilogy Book 1) by Madelyn Hill

“Remember, lasses. Through Hope, Faith, and Honor, ye can rule,” were the last words Lady Hope MacAlister’s father spoke before dying. Those very words direct her every action and thought. Sword fighting and leading the men of her clan was second nature to Hope and she has little time for herself or any thoughts of love. Until Aidan MacKerry is captured spying on the clan.

She is beautiful, strong, and quick to pull a sword. But when he kisses her, all thoughts of the lairdship Aidan MacKerry seeks flee his mind. When the enemy continues to undermine Hope, Aidan is determined to aid her—only he didn’t think he’d lose his heart to the Laird of Wild Thistle Keep. When the enemy reveals Aidan’s secret, he must fight for his right to be laird and prove, despite their differences, he loves Hope.

The enemy refuses to back down and continues to threaten not only Hope, but the security of the entire clan. Only together will they be able to save the clan and save their love.

Fiona's Gift: A prequel to The Rise of the Light trilogy by H. M. Gooden

Fiona yearns for something beyond her quiet life in 1940's Scotland. When her father is killed in the war, her path seems destined to be one hard work and family obligations.

Then one day, she begins to have visions of a handsome young Airforce pilot. Suddenly, Fiona discovers the world is nothing like what she thought it was. She will have to find a strength she never knew she had and in the process, she'll learn that sometimes with danger comes the greatest rewards.

Prequel to Dream of Darkness, this novelette follows Cat's Grandmother in her own journey of discovery.

Earthchild (Earthchildren Book 1) by Allie Bates

Born of royal blood, but on the wrong side of the blanket, Richard Llewellyn walks a blurred path between the stigma of bastardy and nobility of lineage. We first meet him as a spy investigating rumors of rebellion in Lord Gordon's estate in the Highlands. When he encounters a Highland beauty, Branwyn he is enchanted, perhaps bewitched, and swears to possess her at all costs--never dreaming that the cost may be higher than he thinks.

The object of his desire has the sight. She reads runes, talents that ran in her mother's family. (See A Wee Light) She believes herself to be a peasant, alone in the world except for one good friend, Brian, who has disappeared. When she is forced to marry the mysterious Llewellyn, she is angered and frightened by turns.

Is it the man who causes her distress... or the desire he ignites within her?

By day Llewellyn scouts; by night he seduces Branwyn, determined to win her body, and her heart. Branwyn feels the pull
of his power, but still she resists--for she has glimpsed the future and the dangers it holds for them both.

Thanks for reading.


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