Romance Cruise, First Stop: The United Kingdom
By Suzanne from Under the Covers
Welcome onboard the Romance Cruise! On this cruise, I will be taking you to destinations around the world and introducing you to some of my favourite romance books, series and characters that originate from that location. So, sit back grab something exotic to drink and get ready to soak up all the great recommendations coming your way.
They always say to write what you know, so for the first stop on the love cruise, I’m taking you to my home country, the United Kingdom. I intend to take you back in time to England, Scotland and Wales.
Now, I am very particular about my British hero and heroines. I’ve read too many botched English accents and suffered through far too many stereotypes, so as an English bird, I am going to introduce you to the cream of the crop!
England, with its mish mash of regional accents and rolling country side, is picturesque and beautiful. However, in Romancelandia, if you want romance, you’ll need to go south to London, and back in time a few centuries. You can’t swing a cat in the historical romance genre without hitting a romance set in London, and I highly recommend you look up authors Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn and Sarah Maclean if you want to read the best in the genre. However, I like my romance with a twist, more specifically a steampunk twist. Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series is the perfect mixture of sexy romance, feisty heroines and alpha heroes all set in an interesting new world with a pinch of the paranormal. If you want something a little more contemporary though, there’s some vintage Kristen Ashley to try out. Her standalone book Three Wishes is my favourite, but you can also check out her Ghosts and Reincarnation series where each book is set at a National Trust location.
However, I can’t leave England without introducing my favourite English hero… Bones, from the completed Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. It’s a romantic Urban Fantasy, which although is set in the US, Bones, its hero is English. What can I say about Bones? He’s a vampire, he’s gorgeous, and he’s dangerous. So, I’m calling out to everyone who, like me, love a hero who is rough round the edges, lethal in a fight and a beast in the bedroom. Bones is your man.
Next on our tour of the UK is Scotland, land of the sexy brogue, kilts and castles. There’s just something about a Scottish hero calling his heroine “lass” that makes me go all weak at the knees. Then there’s the mystery of what exactly is he wearing under that kilt? Hopefully by the end of the book we will find out. I am not the only person taken with the Scottish landscape and Scottish men, luckily some fantastic authors have also fallen under their spell.
Of course, there’s the hugely popular Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series which has immortalised our favourite red head Jamie Fraser on screen. Gabaldon takes us back and forth in time and weaves a tale full of rich historical detail and some unforgettable characters. However, if Gabaldon’s tomes are a little daunting or you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, take a chance on Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series. She also takes us back and forth in time and with each book featuring a new highlander hero you will be packing your back to move to Scotland before you hit the last page.
It’s a mission of mine to include Lisa Kleypas, one of my favourite authors, in nearly every post I do. It’s a noble mission, although I may struggle with this in forthcoming posts as she sticks mainly with the UK and America. However, for Wales, I get to mention one of my favourite of her heroes; Rhys Winterborne. He’s a Welshman and the hero in Marrying Winterborne. His rough, streetwise character, his alluring Welsh accent, big body not to mention his fabulous wealth could charm anyone. Next to the ethereal and shy Lady Helen Ravenel, this is a great example of an “opposites attract” type of romance.
About the Author
As you can tell, I, Suzanne, adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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