Good Minds Suggest: Samantha Young's Favorite Contemporary Scottish Heroes

Posted by Goodreads on October 15, 2018

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Are you looking for a man who "straddles the line between irrepressible rogue and brooding alpha?" Do you crave hilarious banter and playful overconfidence? Bestselling romance writer Samantha Young understands—and she knows exactly what you need: a Hot Scot.

The author of On Dublin Street and Hero, who herself is from a small town in Central Scotland, has made a career out of introducing readers to this particular type of hero. In her latest book, Fight or Flight, the Hot Scot is Caleb Scott, a sexy, arrogant, well-named Scotsman who clashes with feisty Ava over a first-class seat to Boston.

In her noble quest to help more people appreciate the Hot Scot, Young shared her recommended modern-day Highlanders with Goodreads. "There are some ultimate Scottish book boyfriends out there in the contemporary romance world," Young said. "Here, in no particular order, are just a few of my favorites."

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Linden McGregor from The Pact
by Karina Halle
"In this friends-to-lovers story, Halle captures the quintessential essence of the Hot Scot. Linden is Cocky with a capital letter, but his funny, charming playfulness means that even when he's being egotistical, you can't help but laugh out loud at his quips! A typical Scot, he has a cute nickname for the object of his affections (Baby Blue) that makes me melt. Moreover, he's a helicopter pilot. Yum. He's the ultimate player you just want to tame. Oh, and he never breaks a pinky swear. Can he please be real, Karina? Please?"

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Prentice Cameron from Fairytale Come Alive
by Kristen Ashley
"Prentice is a sexy, famous Scottish architect living in a quiet Scottish fishing village. More mature than the other Hot Scots on my list, he is a widower with two young children. In this second-chance romance, Prentice is reunited with his first love, but he doesn't make it easy on her. The epitome of alpha bluntness, Prentice's brooding hero faces off with his misunderstood heroine in some epic angsty romantic scenes. He's loyal, smart, kind, and a brilliant dad. All that and he's hot, too. He's that rare breed—the good-guy alpha—making him one of my absolute favorite Scottish contemporary heroes ever."

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Cameron McGregor from Melt for You
by J.T. Geissinger
"I do love a friends-to-lovers trope, especially where sex lessons come into play. A confident hero who can help a less-than-confident heroine understand how awesome she really is? That's always a winner in my book. No one can do that quite like a charming Scot with his straightforward attitude and a bluntness tempered by an innate kindness. Cameron McGregor is all that and more. He's also a tattooed rugby player. He's determined, and he's—yup, you know it—cocky. But he's also sweet and patient. In other words, I'd want to stand next to him and only him in a scrum. Just the two of us. So more like a date than a scrum."

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Rory Tremaine from One Hot Scot
by Donna Alam
"Rory offers the most scorching representation of a Hot Scot, so the title is pretty perfect. In this sizzling second-chance romance filled with authentic Scottish dialogue and hilarious banter (so much banter!), we have Rory, a born-and-raised Scotsman living in London who returns home, only to meet up (again!) with our extremely funny heroine. In a cast of colorful characters, it takes a lot to stand out in the crowd, but Rory manages it in style. He's cockier than cocky, dirtier than dirty, richer than rich, and pretty much the poster boy for tattooed players everywhere. Anyone have a fan handy? Warning: This one can melt underwear."

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Lachlan MacReive from A Hunger Like No Other
by Kresley Cole
"He's the only contemporary Hot Scot from a paranormal romance on my list, but I just couldn't leave him out. OK, so as a Lykae (that's werewolf to you and me), he's been around a little longer than the other heroes on the list. He's also endured brutal torture, so he's more brooding alpha (literally an alpha—he's pack leader) than cocky charmer. He wants what he wants when he wants it. This one's a contemporary warrior with a caveman mentality, but when he meets his mate, everything changes and that Scottish humor kicks in. Forbidden romance? Check. Predestined mates? Check. Hot Scot whose true love makes him want to be a better person? Check. It's the trifecta. I dare you not to fall in love with Lachlan."

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Deborah A. Eicholtz I would like to read the Alex Cross by Patterson.

message 2: by A.S. (last edited Feb 28, 2019 12:29PM) (new)

A.S. Seriously?!? You omitted the original, the BBF of all time -


Of course, you left off your guys, too. But no Jamie????? Shame, woman.

message 3: by Natalie (last edited Oct 16, 2018 01:23PM) (new)


But if he was on the list the threshold for BBFness would be too high!

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Sarah What about Gail Carriger’s Lord Connal Maccon from Soulless?! Another paranormal read.

message 5: by Jean (new)

Jean JAMIE FRASER from Outlander

Not sure how anyone could credibly compile a ‘list’ with this subject title without including Jamie.

message 6: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Howlin The book links are all messed up in this post. Clicking on Melt for You took me to The Secret Garden.

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Aimee I love how many people are outraged by the omission of (wait for the caps) JAMES ALEXANDER MALCOM MCKENZIE FRASER 😂😍

Yes it is a list of modern Hot Scots. But I don't believe you for a second if you say your mind didn't immediately jump there... 😉
That's all I'm saying.

Honourable mention from the comments!

message 8: by A.S. (new)

A.S. Aimee wrote: "I love how many people are outraged by the omission of (wait for the caps) JAMES ALEXANDER MALCOM MCKENZIE FRASER 😂😍

Yes it is a list of modern Hot Scots. But I don't believe you for a second if ..."

I say: There would be no contemporary Hot Scots if there hadn't been JAMES ALEXANDER MALCOLM MACKENZIE FRASER. End of.

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