Good morning peeps! I love books set in the highlands. There is just something sexy about those rugged men of Scotland. Is it the kilt, the sexy Scottish accent, the way they can handle a sword :), the love for their country and ways?? Anyway I had to jump at the chance to join this tour today. How cute is that From Scotland with Love! Love it. Anywhoo–Kira Morgan one of the authors participating in this tour was kind enough to answer my question: WHY DO YOU THINK THE ROMANCE GENRE HAS SUCH A
FASCINATION WITH HIGHLANDER HEROES?
First, let me say I’m delighted to be here among fellow fans of historical romance!
Whether your reading taste runs to Regencies or Westerns…the War of the Roses or the War Between the States…ladies in hoop skirts or men in tights…almost everyone has a soft spot for stories set in Scotland.
What’s up with that?
Why do we love Highland heroes?
Is it possible that Gerard Butler alone is responsible for the allure of Scotsmen? Or would we sigh over anyone in a kilt?
I have a theory.
It isn’t really about the kilt. But it has something to do with the kilt’s significance. You see, the kilt is sort of like the historical equivalent of your dad’s favorite power tool—the one he swears can do anything from dismantling the garbage disposal to rebuilding a car.
Any Highlander worth his sporran can use his plaid against the fierce Scots weather, bed down in it at night, then sweep it up and sling it around his hips in the morning. He can also cook an oatcake on his shield, bathe in a snow-fed stream, and wield a claymore, the biggest two-handed blade known to man.
In short, he’s a man’s man. No one is tougher, brasher, franker, brawnier.
Living in the Highlands is hard. The wind is mostly cruel. The soil is mostly rock. The cottages are mostly isolated. It takes a special breed of man to survive in that kind of environment.
The Highlander is that man—as tough as Scots thistle—and he’s as unapologetically macho as they come.
So why—in an age of enlightened feminism—are we attracted to such an unlikely hero? What is it about that rugged mountain man with the shaggy hair, a scruffy chin, bulging calves, and a snarl of a Scottish brogue that sets our hearts racing?
I think the fact that women ARE more empowered makes them crave more powerful heroes. A blatantly masculine Highlander is the perfect foil for a self-assured heroine. Nothing sets up more excitement, conflict, and sexual tension than pitting a woman who insists on having her way against a man who’s used to taking what he wants.
In my book, SEDUCED BY DESIRE, Drew MacAdam may be a counterfeit Scot, but he’s fully aware of the baggage that comes with the role. He knows a Highlander is larger than life, walks with a cocky swagger, and is more than a wee bit rough around the edges. It’s a good thing, too, or else he’d be mowed down by the heroine—fiery-tempered, trews-wearing, kick-arse Lowlander, Josselin Ancrum.
See if SEDUCED BY DESIRE keeps you up all night, and let me know if “Highlander” Drew puts YOUR trews in a twist! Friend me at www.facebook.com/kiramorganauthor. Follow me on www.twitter.com/kira_morgan. And find me at www.glynnis.net/kiramorgan, where you can enter a sweepstakes to win the silver thimble that Drew gives to Jossy!
How about you? What is it about hunky Highland heroes that sets your heart a-flutter?
- Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only
- No P.O. Boxes please.
- Winners are subject to the one copy per
household rule. This means if you win the same book in two different
contests, Hachette will only send you one copy of the book.
- Books will be sent directly from the publisher.
- You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
- You MUST tell me which book you want more if you win. If you don’t care which one state that please!
- You MUST answer Kira’s question: What is it about hunky Highland heroes that sets
your heart a-flutter?
- Giveaway ends March 12th
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