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October # H 1
I only remember the beginning of the story where the heroine is
sitting on a wall, outside a castle, waiting and watching the soldiers
for a glimpse of the hero, the man she is to marry. I remember she
sprinkles chicken blood on the sheets after the wedding night. I
remember some humor about this due to her husband and maybe someone
else also sprinkling chicken blood on the sheets, making an alarming
amount of blood. She and/or her mother/aunt is a knowledgeable herbalist.
Knowledge she uses to drug the men she discovers are plotting to
kill her husband.
Sorry, I do not remember anyone's name. I read this historical romance
over 10 years ago. I wondered if it might be an older book by Julie
Garwood, or maybe Johanna Lindsey, or Jude Deveraux. I used to really
enjoy these authors.
SOLVED! This is DESIRE
by Amanda Quick.
October # H 2
I am looking for a romance novel that was most likely published
in 2006. I read an excerpt for it at that time and I originally
thought it was Scandal of Black Rose as I read an excerpt for that
book around the same time, but unfortunately it was not the book
I was looking for.
The excerpt began in a ballroom. The crowd grew quiet as the scandalous
Duke ( I don't remember his name or title, other than he was a duke)
entered the ballroom. He was scandalous due to the fact that it
was rumored he only became the Duke after he shot his brother in
The heroine (I want to say her name was Elizabeth, but that may
not be right) was not afraid of him, she was intrigued by him and
seemed to be aquainted with him from before he was the scandalous
I believe the novel was set in the 1800's, not sure which era genre
that would be under, but it all involved the ton, ballrooms, dancing,
SOLVED! A reader says
there is a similar scene in THE GIFT by Julie Garwood.
October # H 3
Its historical fiction. The heroine is impoverished nobility,
and she sews for other ladies to make extra money for her family.
The hero pressures her into becoming his mistress, and she eventually
agrees in order to get money for her family. After a falling out,
the heroine leaves the hero and refuses to take the heros
money. She is pregnant and living in poverty because her father
has disowned her. The hero does not know about the baby. The heroine
continues to sew to try to make enough money to survive. The heros
former mistress is one her clients and actually tells other that
the heroine has done a bad job of sewing in an attempt to ruin her.
The heroine is near starving and almost out of money. The mother
of the hero eventually runs into the heroine and takes her in before
the heroine reconciles with the hero.
SOLVED! Try AN IMPOSSIBLE
ATTRACTION by Brenda Joyce.
October # H 4
I am trying to find a romance novel I read several years ago. It
starts with a man falling out of a tree, nearly hitting a reverend's
daughter. The young man used to climb the tree as a child, and decided
to try again. He must marry within a certain amount of time in order
to receive his inheritance. The daughter helps him back to town
because of a sprained ankle and while on the walk he decides to
ask her to marry him, so that he can get his fortune.
SOLVED! Try BRIGHTER
THAN THE SUN by Julia Quinn.
October # H 6
Second book is about a Pirate who robes a boat and steals a girl
from the boat. The pirates name is Drake... and the girl's father
turns up being a pirate and marries them?
SOLVED! Try PIRATE'S
ANGEL by Marsha Bauer.
October # H 7
I would like help finding a time travel romance novel that i read
but can't remember the title. The heroine lives in modern day time
and was to marry her fiancee but I am not sure what happens and
she goes to her ancestral home. There she sees the hero through
a mirror hanging in a hall. I think the hero was in a saloon or
was the owner when she first got there. The hero was not in good
terms with his father because i think he was the bastard son of
a powerful ranch owner and the heroine helped. I think the heroine
came back to modern day and had an accident. Later she arranged
all her affairs and was able to go back to the hero. I think she
read in modern day that the hero was suppose to die and she and
her ex fiance and another girl who I think was connected to the
hero helped him. I think it was like a western time travel and there
was a ranch involved. It is not The Mirrors at Barnard Hall.
SOLVED! Try MY OUTLAW by Linda
October # H 8
Years ago, I read a generally regency period book where the Lord
had to marry but rebelled so decided to solve his problem by marrying
a dying woman. He went to a London hospital and found a woman who
had been pulled out of the Thames and was thought to be dying. He
married her and then felt bad leaving her in the hospital so takes
her home. She recovers and it turns out some one tried to kill her
so the rest of the book involves finding her would-be killer and,
of course, the Lord and the woman fall in love.
SOLVED! This sounds like
THE BLACKWOOD BRIDE by Jasmine Cresswell.
October # H 10
This is an older book. I read it at least ten years ago, but it
seemed old at that time. Maybe from the 80s? It spans the life of
a young girl (I'm fairly certain she was a red head.) who was kidnapped
and sold into slavery. Ultimately she ends up as a virgin for an
Arab prince's harem(chosen by the prince's mother), and she becomes
his first wife. She ages and her son is the heir, which causes some
controversy with the other wives who have sons. This is not a typical
romance, but the woman and the prince do fall in love, and I remember
the cover to look like a classic bodice ripper. I'm fairly certain
the word "sheikh" or "harem" is in the title,
but I'm not positive.
SOLVED! This might be HAREM
by Diane Carey.
August # H 1
The heroine was accused of being the cause of the harm done to
the hero's brother. The hero was an owner of a gambling den/hell.
The brother kidnaps the heroine and drugs her with a drug that makes
her want to have sex. The hero steps in and spends the night taking
care of the heroine sexually without taking her virginity. The hero
and the heroine are later forced to marry to prevent a scandal and
he finds out she was not responsible for the damage done to his
brother. This isn't THE PLEASURE OF YOUR KISS by Teresa Medieros.
SOLVED! A reader thinks this
sounds much like ECSTASY by Nicole Jordan.
August # H 3
I can't remember the hero or heroine's names but it is a historical
novel, pre 1800's. I think the book must be written in the late
80's or early 90's.
At the beginning the heroine is being escorted by her brother's
men. The group is attacked. The group splits - one to stay and delay
the attackers and about 3 men head off with the heroine to try to
outrace the attackers. They fail, the last to die is her cousin,
I think. The heroine is the only one who has survived the attack.
I can't remember if it's a group of brigands or the hero's men who
attacked the heroine's group.
The heroine ends up being a captive of the hero.
The hero and heroine are from warring factions (scots versus english
or normans vs saxons).
In the middle of the book, the heroine's 2 brothers try to free
her. The hero and heroine are outside the drawbridge of the hero's
castle and the heroine realizes her brother may shoot an arrow at
the hero and kill him. Because she is now in love with the hero,
she flings herself at him so her brother will not shoot and the
hero/heroine ride back inside the safety of the castle.
At first the brother's feel betrayed when they find out the heroine
loves the enemy but at the end they are resigned to the couple's
It's not THE PRIZE. I'm pretty sure it was an Avon Historical Romance
and I know it's not a Julie Garwood or Johanna Lindsay as I devoured
SOLVED! This sounds like THE
CONQUEST by Jude Devereaux.
August # H 5
In the book, I think the main guy, he is to be wedded to a lady.
A week or two before the wedding takes place, his soon to be bride
comes in to call off the wedding. She tells him that he is really
in love with the heroine of the story. I believe he works for a
shipping company. He said he does not and that he really wanted
to wedding to go on as planned. His soon to be bride told him straight
out that her name is in almost every other word to come out of his
The heroine of the story loves the main guy. I also think he may
have saved her life a couple of times. Once the main guy gets I
his head that he ready does love the heroine, he goes and tells
her. She does not believe a word of it. In the end, they get married.
SOLVED! THis is THE HAWK AND
THE JEWEL by Lori Wick.
August # H 6
I read this historical romance book about 7 or 8 years ago and I
think it had been out for a while then. It was set at the border
of two disputing countries, I think maybe in England or France.
The heroine's father is sent off to war or a country dispute with
most of his warriors and she is left with her stepmother. I believe
the stepmother is having an affair with one of the father's people.
The girl ends up being kidnapped by people from a castle just across
the border while on her own land, but I don't remember if she was
truly taken or traded by the stepmother. She is kept prisoner but
gradually makes friends there and eventually she and the lord of
the castle fall in love. I remember at one point she is kidnapped
by her stepmother's people and beaten within an inch of her life
in some tunnels under her former home before being rescued by her
love. They later discovered she was pregnant while she was captive.
I also remember a passage where the stepmother was about to engage
in a three way with her lover and a servant woman. The father eventually
comes back and the stepmother is defeated, though I don't remember
SOLVED! Try HIS BONNIE BRIDE
by Hannah Howell.
August # H 7
I had read this book in the early 1990's. The story is set in the
South somewhere around the time of the War of 1812. The heroine
is abducted by the hero believing her to be someone else. Once they
realize they have the wrong woman, the hero and his accomplice don't
quite know what to do as they have socially compromised the heroine
by being alone with her. Our heroine gets sucked into working with
our hero and poses as his wife in one of his spying missions. Our
heroine loves the adventure. They manage to get her returned to
her family, but now our heroine is hooked on the adventure and our
hero. They have a relationship.
While she is at his house, she runs into his ex-girlfriend who
isn't going away quietly. I believe her name may have been Angelique.
Angelique dabbles in voodoo and threatens our heroine. Our heroine
believes in the possibility of the voodoo curse, while the hero
scoffs at it.
She tells her family that she is going to spend time in the local
convent on her prayers, but in actuality sneaks off with the hero
on another spying mission. They go to England or France (I am not
sure which) and infiltrate high society as man and wife. Our hero
plays an idiot while him "wife" charms the nobles of society
trying to find out information that would be useful about the upcoming
war. Our hero believes that our heroine is sleeping with these men
to gain the information she returns with and shuns her. In reality,
our heroine is playing cards with these men. If she wins, they tell
her what she wants to know. If she loses, then she would have to
sleep with them. It is very stressful for her, but she wins and
gets the information. She is heartbroken over the cold treatment
she is receiving from our hero.
They return from their mission and the ex-girlfriend shows up again
and tries to harm our heroine. It all works out in the end and the
heroine and hero live happily ever after. I believe that our hero
refers to our heroine as having golden, tiger like eyes if that
SOLVED! Try RECKLESS SEDUCTION
by Jane Feather.
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