Mar 23 2012 9:04am

H&H Book Club: Final Guidelines and First Book Selection!

Liam Neeson as Rob Roy

First off, thanks to everyone who contributed general ’yay’s and offered suggestions for how to keep the Book Club both fun and fresh.

Here are the general guidelines:

—The book will always be a romance novel.

—We will read a book a month.

—One day a week, the Morning Coffee item will be a general discussion of the book, with a final wrap-up and no spoilers banned free-for-all discussion at the end of the reading month.

—We will vary choices by genre, and hopefully move ALL of us out of our usual reading comfort zone.

—We’ll never read a book in the middle of a series (that just makes my skin break out in hives anyway!)

—We will do our best to make sure it is available internationally, and in e.

Okay then! More guidelines as they occur. This is going to be FUN!


First genre: Scottish hotties!

Choices could include, but are not limited to:

(revised based on comments!)

Julie Garwood Honor’s Splendour

Donna Kauffman Some Like It Scot

Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other

Sabrina Jeffries Beware A Scot’s Revenge see comments

Joan Wolf The Scottish Lord

Kathleen Givens On A Highland Shore

Karen Marie Moning’s Kiss of the Highlander Beyond The Highland Mist

Victoria Dahl To Tempt A Scotsman

Jennifer Ashley The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Karen Hawkins How to Abduct A Highland Lord

Paula Quinn Ravished By A Highlander


Vote, nominate, comment!

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Laurin Wittig
1. LaurinWittig
Is it fair game to suggest our own Scottish Hotties novels?
Grace S
3. Grace S
I don't know about the Kresley Cole, in that it's book 2 in the Immortals After series. I guess it could be a stand alone but there's an awful lot of overlapping that goes on in those. How about Diana Gabaldon's Outlander?
Megan Frampton
4. MFrampton
@GraceS, AHLNO is the first book in the IAD series, so it's still okay. I knew someone would say Outlander--we'll see if others want to read, we'll keep the post live for a few days to give everyone the chance to weigh in.
Grace S
5. anna-lissa
Jeffries's Beware a Scot's Revenge is the 3rd book in her School for Heiresses series. It's been a while since I read it, but some characters do overlap. My vote goes to Moning- I've been meaning to read this series, but keep putting it off. The book club would be great (additional) motivation!
Grace S
6. Jen G.
I've read the Sabrina Jeffries book, and it was great -- but I want to read something new. So anything else.
Megan Frampton
7. MFrampton
@anna-lissa and @JenG--okay, no Jeffries then. I'm intrigued by the Moning as well, but am also eager to see what other Scots the H&H community comes up with.
Kristin O
8. krismas29
I vote for the Moning book also, as I haven't read it yet.

If you are going to take Kresley Cole's book off the list, you might be able to replace it with The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.
9. ChelseaMueller
I say Karen Marie Moning’s Kiss of the Highlander

Moning is always a good pick, and I'd love to give those highlanders a go. ;)
Grace S
10. Lege Artis
I'm all for Julie Garwood... You can't get wrong with her.
I nominate:
On a Highland Shore by Kathleen Givens- I heard good things about it.
11. wsl0612
I'll vote for the Moning one too, since it's already on my TBR pile :-) I love the Kresley Cole but I have already read it so I would like to read something new. But just to confuse things I'll add in How to Abduct a Highland Lord by Karen Hawkins as a suggestion too!
I've had book 3 from Moning's series on my shelf (since it was published) and have been looking for an excuse to start the series. She gets my vote too :)

The Jennifer Ashley book sounds great too (The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie).
Vanessa Ouadi
13. Lafka
Having read none of the books proposed, I'm quite confused here, because one of the guidelines is not to read a book in the middle of a series, and yet, if I believe what my friend Google tells me, out of the list of books mentionned in the article, are :
- book #4 in the Highlanders series (Karen Marie Moning)
- book #3 in the School of Heiresses series (Sabrina Jeffries)
Not that I mind as long as they can be read as stand-alone :-)

Having not read much scot-romance I could not propose any other books. I've been recommanded to read Paula Quinn's Ravished by a Highlander by a friend of mine, though I've not done it yet (the title kind of pushed me off). So why not.

And out of the books proposed here, mmmh... Garwood and Wolf's are the only books I don't feel like reading. Any of the others shall do the trick for me :-)

PS : the books proposed by wslo612 and Lege Artist sound great too.
Marquetta Whitmore
14. lovetoreadforfun
My vote is for KMM's Kiss of the Highlander. I've been meaning to read this series and this will be the push that I need to finally read it! Plus I lurve KMM!
Barbara Bauschka
15. njoireading
I would propose A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland. It is a great start to a long running series of books, with hot Scottish hunks, a bit of time travel and/or paranormal, some ghosts, etc. I would also go with Outlander, just because when it originally came out we were not all invested in Jamie and Claire's story as we are now and it would be good to go back to the beginning.
Barbara Bauschka
16. njoireading
OK, I also see The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie on the list which I would agree with.
Rachel Farrell
17. rfarrell
Some like it Scot gets a vote....Donna Kauffman writes of many humorous situations in her books and with such vivid clarity that it always makes me laugh. I've been wanting to read this one for a while.

Also, When a Scot Loves a Lady, by Katherine Ashe is another option. Based on my interpretation of the synopsis, it may have a bit of a "beauty and the Beast" type of story plot which typically leads to some emotionally charged scenes.

Outlander would be a no vote for me...I've read it and it's a good book, but not something I'm in the mood for at the moment....otherwise I'm game for any other good HEA read!
Carmen Pinzon
18. bungluna
I would like to suggest something different, "To Wed A Highland Bride" by Sara Gabriel. It's a historical/fantasy novel. Here's a description at Amazon:
Shannon Bastian
19. shannonB.
My vote would be for either KMM or Jennifer Ashley.
I've read Beyond the Highland mist, but it was fun and maybe if I re-read it I will get in the mood to read the rest. And I've had The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie on my tbr for awhile now!
Celia Bubb
20. bluebelle
All of these authors are new to me so that is great start. I'm torn between KMM, Jennifer Ashley, and Donna Kauffman.
21. Rose In RoseBear
Okay, you've already pushed my boundaries! Yay! Let's rock the tartan!

I'd pick KMM, simply because she's very popular, and I've never read anything by her.
Grace S
22. Acole
Jennifer Ashley The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie!!! Please, please, please. I have read this book, and so love it, but have no one in my life to talk to about it. Can I say please again? It's totally worth it I swear.
Lady Wesley
23. LadyWesley
Jennifer Ashley. Spectacular book and there's a lot there to discuss.
Grace S
24. StaceyIK
Not a huge fan of time travel, although I loved Outlander, but not so much interested in Moning. I vote for Jennifer Ashley's The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.
Louise Partain
25. Louise321
I vote for The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie basically because it's my favorite novel from my favorite series set in Scotland.
Laurin Wittig
26. LaurinWittig
If you want to give a lesser known book/author a try, my medieval Highland romance, Charming the Shrew, the first of The Legacy of MacLeod series is out in ebook form from Montlake Romance (Amazon) and is still available in paper (used only). :-)
Grace S
27. Chelle
I would suggest that we NOT do the JA book The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie...simply because so many people have already read it and there are tons of commentaries and interesting critiques out there that discuss the book.

Personally, I'd perfer a lesser known book/author, so I can explore new genres and styles of writing.

With that said, I am looking to forward to reading or rereading whatever is selected! ?
Kiersten Hallie Krum
28. Kiersten
Jennifer Ashley The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie so I have an excuse to read it - again. Not that I need one. Seriously good book and unusual hero.
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