MILLS AND BRIGADOON; Americans Go Wild for Kilt-Ripper Romances
Byline: By Christina Stokes
SMOULDERING Scottish heroes are sending American women weak at the knees.
Bodice-ripper historical romances have been overtaken by the kilt-ripper - featuring heather-covered hills, feisty heroines and brooding kilt-clad hunks.
And authors say the macho heroes are the main reason for them claiming a huge chunk of the pounds 1.4billion-a-year romance novels market in the US.
The raunchy books have titles such as Devil In A Kilt, Master Of The Highlands and Heaven And The Heather and feature semi-clad men with rippling muscles on their covers.
Sue-Ellen Welfonder, author of Devil In A Kilt, says American women find Scotsmen incredibly sexy.
Floridian Sue-Ellen, who claims Scots ancestry and is a member of the Clan MacFie Society in the US, said: 'It's the kilts. That or the men that fit in them.'
And readers agree. In an internet cha-troom, one, known as Keltictemptress34, writes: 'Scottish men are so passionate and uncontrollable.The thought of trying to tame one makes me weak at the knees.'
Wantonlass - whose grasp of geography is a little shaky, adds: 'And the warriors! The thought that one could seize you and take you back to his Highland castle in the Borders. …