The danger! The adventure! The good old fashioned sex appeal of manly men in tartan who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty! And let's not forget the chest hair.
I think I first fell head over heels for these sorts of books when I read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander - aka my favorite book and series of all time. But even before then, I had all the makings of a diehard highland romance fan: a deep obsession with plaid that began in childhood and is still with me today, a love of red hair and an almost rabid enthusiasm over Nessie, the famous Loch Ness Monster (can't even say how many times I've annoyed traveling companions with Nessie documentaries in hotel rooms). It was meant to be, really. My DNA strands weave together into a tartan pattern instead of forming a double-helix.
I read recently that something like 80% of women consider Italian men to be the sexiest of all nationalities. I can only conclude from this statistic that at least 80% of women have never heard of Scottish heroes like Jamie Fraser, which is a shame, as they're really missing out!
Here's a scene of Jamie and Clare together from 'The Exile' (the Outlander graphic novel which was illustrated by the super-talented Hoang Nguyen and features tons of beautiful pictures).
A red-headed Highland hero charging around on horseback with a beautiful poofy-haired brunette heroine? I'm sold! (We poofy-haired women, like red-heads, are often underappreciated for our stand-out locks. I think it should be the other way around! Diana just got everything right with Outlander! Anyway...)
*Ahem*. Back to my main point - I love historical highland romances, more than any other type of story!
What sub-genre of romance do you enjoy reading the most?
And on the subject of highland romances, I plan to share some exciting news here soon, but that's a topic for another post. ;)