Mayhap tis the whole Sean Connery/Christopher Lambert thing, but I am simply incapable of passing by a book what has "highlander", "scots", or a guy in a kilt on the cover (like THIS one....hover over cover, select front cover, select zoom....yeah, no red-blooded female would be willing to walk on by sans a double take & dinna tell me a lie). Even though I KNOW it's going to be formulaic alas....there's just something about plaids LOL
By formulaic I mean most novels in said category generally read as follows: evil oppressing Englishmen, long-suffering oppressed Scotsmen, border raid, revenge, retaliation, whist, I dinna mean to steal the wee lassie but since her father/brother/uncle willna leave me in peace and restore my fortune/ancestral lands/imprisoned rellie, aye, handfasting & despoiling tis sort of thing until I get what I want LOL And the fair English lass always comes round to the Evil English POV, makes the crumbling ruin of a fortress into a palace, charms the rest of the kilt brigade & the poor old widowed mum, & stands by her man (refresh memory with book cover if you canna figure out why they fash themsel' so over an uncivilized braw laddie like that).
OK tis all in good fun....but just once I'd like to see it go the other way round. Methinks the fair English flower ought to kidnap Kilt Man if he dares rope her cattle & bring him round to the English POV & have him decide aye, tis no' too bad here & the lassie's got a grand estate & a fat bank balance, methinks I'll pack away me plaid & don breeks & sit in Parliament & effect positive Scots change that way LOL I'm thinking it would make for a fun historical romance thing. He could always just model the kilt in the privy chamber LOL
I blame Bothwell for the entire genre with that whole border lord ravishment thing