Today is Tartan Day in North America! So we wanted to share our Top 5 Highlander Romances for Tartan Day. These romances are full of strong women. There’s an old Gaelic proverb these women embody: Is treun tè an eòlais. In English, that means: The woman that knows is powerful.
- Never Cross a Highlander by Lisa Rayne
This romance follows Ailsa Connery, who escapes her enslavement in hopes of reuniting with her clan. However, her plans are destroyed by the arrival of the fierce, Highland warrior known as Dubh Mahoun, The Black Devil.
Did you know that the Connery family is under the O’Conraoi Clan? Though you may see Scottish actor Sean Connery dawning his mothers clan hunting tartan, the Macleans, when he was knighted. If a Gaelic last name doesn’t seem to have a clan of its own, that’s because it’s under a different last name!
- Sons of Sinclair Series by Heather McCollum
This collection of stand alone follows the Sinclair brothers. The first book, Highland Conquest, is an enemies to lovers situation. Cain Sinclair captures the young female chief of his clans greatest enemy with one goal in mind: wed her so he can bring piece to his clan.
Clan Sinclair has several Tartans, from their hunting tartan to their dress tartan to their Lyon Count tartan! Their clan motto is “commit they work to God” and their clan crest features a cockerel!
- Clan MacKinlay Series by Allison B. Hanson
The first book in this series of standalones: When Marian Fletcher Blackley, Duchess of Endsmere, kills her abusive husband in self defence, she finds herself on the run from the English Crown. The one safe place she can go? The MacKinlay clan in Scotland, where her sister is the laird’s wife. When she runs into War Chief Cameron MacKinlay with a bounty hunter at her heels, he saves her by claiming she’s his wife. But he has no intention of marrying her for real!
Did you know that the MacKinlay clan is descended from Findlay, a son of Buchanan of Drumikill? There are well over 75 clans that are Septs of Clan Buchanan!
- Children of the Mist Series by Cynthia Breeding
In our first book: Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands, and she’s determined to make a new start… without a man. She just has to win over the Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. But Ian MacGregor plans to chase her off his lands no matter what—he just wasn’t expecting the Sassenach to be young, beautiful, and incredibly territorial!
Did you know that Clan Macgregor is home to Rob Roy, a Scottish outlaw who’s essentially Robin Hood (but Scottish, so even better, right?)
- Some Like It Plaid by Angela Quarles
Ashley Miller sees a Craigslist ad for an all-expense paid vacation to Scotland, and she’s all over it. Worn out from working two jobs to pay off the debts her scam artist ex-husband left her with, she just needs a break! But one minute, she’s sipping a latte and the next she’s in 2nd century Scotland and married to a handsome Highlander!
Ashley Miller is one wickedly strong woman. There are two terms you could easily use to describe her. First, you could call her bana-ghaisgeach, which means Heroine. Alternatively, you could say she’s a muireardach or undaunted female.
Still itching for more Highlander romance after consuming these? We have bunches more just waiting to be read! Piseach ort! Good luck to you in all of your new Highlander romance adventures.