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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today's Special - - The Great Scots Blog Tour






I love Highlander historical romances and those written by Paula Quinn and Sue-Ellen Welfonder are among my favorites.  In The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell, Quinn introduces us to a new generation of MacGregors and Grants.  I loved the parents' stories and am so excited to now travel the path to happily ever after with their children.   Quinn is off to a wonderful start with Edmund and Amelia's story.  I couldn't put it down! ~PJ



About THE SEDUCTION OF MISS  AMELIA BELL
Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss.

Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?




About Paula Quinn
New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

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I haven't read To Love a Highlander yet (it releases April 29th) but just knowing it's part of a series titled "Scandalous Scots" has me counting down the days.  Welfonder is one of my favorite medieval romance authors and many of her Highlanders count among my favorites.  ~PJ



About TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER
As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It's a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can't resist taking her up on her offer .

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call "Hawk?" As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.




About Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she's quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.

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90 comments:

  1. Hi, Paula and Sue-Ellen! Paula, you are a new author for me, and I love Sue-Ellen. I love Scotland romances, the scenery, their kilts, loyalty, and passion.

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    1. Hi Cathy, new is good! I hope you get a chance to read Amelia and Edmund's story and let me know what you think. BTW, I love Sue-Ellen too!

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    2. Cathy, I highly recommend Paula's stories.

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    3. Hi Cathy! Thanks so much for looking in here, and for your good words. Love your take on 'why Scotland.' You'll enjoy Paula's books, too. They're wonderful. (((HUGS)))

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  2. I love both of these Authors and have been reading them forever. They write gorgeous Highlanders and stories that just keep me reading. Look forward to reading both of these new releases.
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    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Hi Carol, that's so nice to say! Thank you! Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Thank you so much for your kind words, Carol! So good to hear. Yes, you are a long-time and loyal reader. Love you!! Good luck in the drawing.

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  3. I love the Kilts and location.

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  4. Believe it or not, I have never read a Scottish Historical. Am a contemp gal.

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    1. Oh Pat, you must read at least two! Mine and Sue-Ellen's. :) You won't be sorry!

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    2. Give them a try, Pat. There's something very special about a Highlands man! ;-)

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    3. Wow! I sure hope you'll make an exception for Paula and I. There are wonderful contemps, for sure, so I understand. But nothing 'sweeps you away like a historical.' And Scotland is the best-ever setting on the planet. Not to mention our super-hot Highlander heroes! Fingers crossed you'll give us a try!

      Btw, if you would like to read Scotland in a contemporary setting, you might enjoy my "Allie Mackay" title, HAUNTED WARRIOR. It is a contemporary paranormal set in Scotland. One of my faves of the books I write as Allie Mackay.

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    4. Pat, Sue-Ellen writes fun contemporary Scotland set romances under the pen name Allie Mackay. You might want to try those. However, you really should try these two authors' Scottish historicals.

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    5. Librarypat, thanks so much for the thumbs up re my Allie Mackay titles. I really love those books and appreciate your mention of them. Thank you!!

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  5. I absolutely love Highlander romances. Both of these Authors are always on my "must read" list.

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    1. Thank you, Diane. That's nice to hear! Good luck!

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    2. I can't say no to Highlanders either, Diane. *grin*

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    3. Thanks so much for your good words, Diane! You brightened my afternoon. (said to you as a neighbor, from rainy sw FL :) )

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  6. Scottish Historicals are enthralling and fascinating for the locale and the characters.

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    1. Hi Traveler, I couldn't agree more! Good luck!

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    2. Well said, traveler! They certainly are! Long live Scottish historicals!

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  7. "If it's not Scottish, it's crap!"--I love me some Scots, so I will be a hunting these books down!! Yay!

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    1. Hi MsHellion, I couldn't agree more! I love me some Scots too! Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. LOL @ Hellion! I totally agree!

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    3. Bwaaaaaaaaa!!! I LOVE you, Mshellion! (even if your comments just caused me to almost lose my afternoon tea onto the screen!) Sooo good to see your enthusiasm for the genre Paula and I love so much! (((HUGS))) to you!!!

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    4. Hellion's words often have that effect around her, Sue-Ellen. ;-)

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    5. Ha ha ha, PJ, I am sure she does! I fell instantly in love with her and am still smiling. :)

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  8. I love a brawny Scotsman; harsh on the outside, but a heart of gold...

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    1. Hi Deb, yep, that's how I like them and write them! Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. I love a brawny Scotsman; harsh on the outside, but a heart of gold.

      If that's the case, Deb then you're going to love Edmund!

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    3. Exactly! Couldn't agree more. Well said! :)

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  9. I've read and enjoyed Karen Ranney, Karen Hawkins and Julianne Maclean's Scotsmen. Love their loyalty to their clans , their integrity and their athleticism. I have not read either Paula Quinn or Sue-Ellen Welfonder. I will check into their work.

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    1. Hi Laurie, I do hope you gt a chance to read us! You won't be disappointed! Can I say that? lol Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Laurie, you have some great reading ahead of you!

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    3. Laurie G, I'll join Paula in saying I hope you'll try our books, too. I can promise you that our passion for Scotland is steeped in the ink of every page. If you love Scotland and Highlanders, I'll be so bold as to say I'm sure you'll enjoy our books, too.

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  10. Hi Everybody! Welcome, Paula! Sorry I'm late. Had to go into the city this morning for a doctor's appt.

    Paula, I just finished Edmund and Amelia's story. So good! What's the proposed timeline for releasing future books in the series?

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    1. Hi PJ! I'm looking in late, too Tons going on in my world this week. Nothing as much fubn as being on tour with Paula, though! It's great to be here. Thanks so much for hosting us. I hope you'll enjoy TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER when you read it. I am now reading Paula's book and absolutely loving it. Isn't it fabulous?

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    2. Ack! Please excuse my typos. My wee JRT, Em, is on my lap just now and he was squirming...

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    3. Hi Sue-Ellen! We're delighted to have you here. I'm looking forward to reading your book!

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  11. Hi Pj, thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! So nice to get to talk to you again! Really glad you enjoyed Edmund and Amelia's story! The Sweet Surrender of Janice Buchanan is an ebook novella and will be available mid October 2014 and The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd will be available right after that Oct. 28 2014. I'm excited!

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  12. I must admit Highlanders are some of my favorite reads and I hope to read both of these!!

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    1. Hope you enjoy them, catslady!

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    2. Hi Catslady, thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the giveaway!

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    3. Great to see you in here, Catslady! I know you love Highlander romance and that is always so good to see. Btw, something else you love has a strong role in this book. A wee stray named Little Heart. I named him after a very real feral kitten who very sadly died from injuries inflicted on him by bullies. He was seized from the evil-doers, rushed to a vet, but couldn't be saved. His story broke my heart and so I wanted to 'revive' him in this book. I gave him the happy ever after he should have had in real life. He's mentioned in the dedication as well. (the clinic he was rushed to called him "Little Heart," hence the name in the book.

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  13. I adore highlander romance and these two write sone of the best braw lads ;-) Thanks for the giveaway and the fabulous adventures!

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    1. Hi Glittergirl! Nice to see you again! Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Great to see you in here, Glittergirl! I know you love Scottish romance and thank you so much for your good words for Paula and I. Good luck!

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  14. I do love me some highlanders. I have always wanted to visit the rolling hills of Scotland but only get to in books. Thanks for the great giveaway. I will be entering under the name of Virginia

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    1. Hi Virginia, Thanks so much for stopping by! Best of luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Oh, dear, Virginia, I somehow overlooked your comment earlier today. I am so sorry! So glad I checked back in tonight. I hope you do get to Scotland one of these days. Till then, it's so good to see that you enjoy the genre so much. Scottish romance is the best! (((HUGS))) to you!

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  15. I can't wait. I love Sue-Ellen Welfonder and now must try Paula Quinn's books as well.
    <3 Ceci

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    1. Hi Ceci! Welcome and thanks for stopping by! Isn't Sue-Ellen amazing! I love her books!

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    2. Thanks so much for looking in here, Ceci! I love you, too, you know! And your books! Everyone, Ceci writes also writes amazing Scottish medievals. her latest, HIGHLAND COURAGE, released to stellar acclaim just last month. I loved it and am sure you will, too. Be sure to take a look at her site/books, if you haven't already.

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  17. Paula-Quinn, I cannot believe I didn't have you liked on my FB page. I mean I have a lot of your books. Well I fined that. :) Also I love the history aspect of the books. Fighting, bickering, what it was like back then.

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    1. Hi Kim, I'm so glad you found and liked me on FB! Oh, I love writing about the bickering between the men. It's lots of fun!

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    2. Hi Kim, I love Paula's books, too! She's amazing. Good luck in the drawing!

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  18. "Highlander" books got me every time! I have Paula Quinn's books, but not yet of Sue-Ellen's... look like I'll have to add that to my shopping list the series I've been reading (M McCarty) and some new ones that just came out. ;)

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    1. Hi Got, I hope you get a chance to pick up my latest! Definitely read Sue-Ellen Welfonder! You'll love her!

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    2. Hi Dotland101, I agree - Highlanders are just wonderful. I adore Paula, too. (her books and the lady ;) ) I hope you'll give my Highlanders a try, too. Good luck!

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  19. I've heard great things about Paula's work and look forward to reading!
    To Love a Highlander is a fantastic read and I can't wait for the rest in the series! Sorley and Mirabelle will work their way right into your heart. I love Sue-Ellen and her writing! :)

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    1. Leah, I can't wait to read, To Love A Highlander! Lucky you!

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    2. Leah, you're my champion! I love you dearly and am so happy you enjoyed this book so much! As said, you were the first person on the planet to read it. :)

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    3. Hi Leah! It's always lovely to see you here.

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  20. PJ, thanks again so much for hosting us today. It's a thrill to be here. Love you bunches and really appreciate all you do for the genre. (((HUGS)))

    Everyone else, thanks so much for looking in. Without reader participation, these tours wouldn't be fun, so please know you're appreciated! Good luck to everyone in the drawing!

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    1. Thank you, Sue-Ellen. I'm so happy you and Paula were able to join us today and glad so many of our wonderful readers were able to stop by to say hello!

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  21. I don't see how anyone can go wrong spending hours reading and visualizing strong, rugged, and handsome Highlanders! Both books sound wonderful.

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  22. What a fab duo: Paula Quinn and Sue-Ellen Welfonder! And the icing on the cake is: Highlanders! Do I sound like a Scotophile too? Well, you're right. The Summer I spent in the British Isles in 1986 (only 4 days each in Ireland and Wales--the rest in England and Scotland) was the dream of a lifetime for me. I doubt I shall go again because of the expense--but I have wonderful memories and photos and if I read romances set in those locales, then I can keep it all "alive" to me. I was fascinated with the language and different-ness (to me) of Wales, the music and lush green countryside of Ireland, the historical buildings and cathedrals in England, and the brogue and rugged terrain of Scotland. I also learned to appreciate the thriftiness of the Scots (turn off hot water in all the bed & breakfasts at 7 pm!) because I knew where that thriftiness came from--the hard, rough, impoverished and oft-outlaw lifestyle while under the English yoke and disdain. I just fell in love with Scotland. And stories about Scotland and its history, romances that are set in the historical eras, are what I love most. Thanks for this tour and this post! jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Janice, I loved your descriptions of your '86 trip. What grand memories to cherish! You zeroed in on the highlights of each country so beautifully. And you made me smile about the Scots and their thriftiness. As you say, it can be well observed in B&Bs and self-catering cottages. They do save on electricity and hot water. I once went the longest time thinking my self-catering cottage's fridge and TV didn't work. They did, but were unplugged. To conserve energy, I was later told. I'd have never dreamed you could rent a holiday cottage and have the fridge and other electrical appliances not automatically in working order when you unlocked the door and went in. That was my American mindset, of course. (expecting the TV to turn on at a click and the fridge to be running, already cold..) Learned fast and wasn't surprised on subsequent visits to have to search for a plug, or the general lever to turn on such things, and/or figure out how to operate the complicated little boxes that often regulate shower / hot water consumption in some places.

      So glad you're enjoying our tour!

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  23. Hi Paula and Sue-Ellen! I love Highland romances. I mean come on...warrior men in kilts with that accent? *shiver* Count me in! ;)

    Marcy Shuler

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    1. Thanks for the late night smiles, Marcy. Shivers, indeed! Highlanders do melt us, for sure. Sigh...

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. :Love those highlanders, they are fiercely loyal and protective, and know how to go after what they want, no wimps here, lol. Love books by both Paula and Sue-Ellen, so definitely looking forward to reading their latest. Ceci's book came across my radar recently, so will have to try out her book for sure.

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    1. Well said about all the reasons to love Highlanders, Pam! No wimps, indeed! Not in Scotland. Woot! And thanks so much for your good words. I'm so glad you enjoy our books. You'll love Ceci, too. She's a dear personal friend and hit the scene running. She's doing super-well and I'm very happy for her, and proud of her.

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  26. love how Scottish historicals portray the beauty of the land & people -- particularly those handsome sexy men in their kilts :) congrats on the releases.

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    1. Beautifully said, Gamistress66. The beauty of the land is a huge part of the appeal for Highlanders live and breathe their love of their land. It's so much a part of them. Toss in the kilts and the burrs, and we all swoon... Thanks for the congrats. (mine will be a good while yet - TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER releases on Apr. 29th)

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  27. There is so much to love about Scottish historicals. For me it is the ruggedness of the people and country they inhabit. That ruggedness results in resilience, pride, loyalty to clan and country, and a people to admire. Men in kilts are a bonus.

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    1. Exactly! Yes, to every word you said, Librarypat. A resounding yes.

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  28. I would have to say... accents. It would be a lie if I said that wasn't my number one favorite thing. I was telling a friend that it would be a cheep trip to Scotland for me, because the only thing I would want to do is have people talk to me ;-)

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  29. I'm lucky enough to have been to Scotland, so I always imagine the countryside with my memories!!

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  30. Ooooh I've had The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell on my to-read list on Goodreads for a while now!! Not to mention, who doesn't love Highlanders? I'm definitely going to have to see if my local book store has both of these when they come out!! :)

    By the way - I LOVE THE COVERS!!

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    1. And what's my favorite thing about Scottish historicals? The accents are WONDERFUL. And heroic, muscly men who protect their women at all costs? Yes, please <3

      (Not to mention the kilts. Who doesn't love kilts?!)

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  31. Some of my favorite reads are about Highlanders!

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