Representation: gender-fluid, non-binary main character on the cover!!! Steam: help me, I cannot breathe. You know that song, Sex on Fire? This queer Victorian romance is a perfect example of why I love Victorian romance above all other British histrom. You see, sometimes—no shade! Sometimes I get tired with the invisibility of working-class people while the wealthy take up every page. But Victorian romance is so much more likely to be gritty and realistic on the path to its happy-ever-after, and An Unsuitable Heir definitely does that.
Pen, our genderfluid MC, is the heir to a dukedom — and he is not pleased about it, and neither is anyone else. This is not a Cinderella story, and the HEA does not require an elevated class status. Yes, I italicised and bolded for emphasis. I feel very strongly about this. Fight me. First: Pen is a twin, and the classic twin mix-up trope is used to great dramatic effect. The betrayal! The angst! The confusion!
Second: the ducking. Steam: slow, but burning , but slow. There are old-timey maths and science jokes galore, and I love it. Ah, Courtney Milan, queen of my geek heart. The story also explores the lives of Black Brits and the work of Black British communities at the time. Obviously, obviously , my favourite thing about this book is the fact that its title is a pun.
A pun that the hero uses throughout! To flirt! With the heroine! Her last name is Sweetly, and whenever she tells him about her geeky pursuits, he says…. So there we have it. Four of my favourite diverse histroms, complete with several thousand reasons give or take why you should read them all, now, immediately. She wrote her first romance aged 12, and was promptly scolded by a teacher because her story of love in the jungle wasn't 'proper'.
Instagram Twitter Facebook. Username or Email Address. Skip to content. Your inbox needs a happily ever after. That's it, and now I see that another book I was thinking of was Sarah's Child , which is slightly connected to Bluebird Winter. It is? I didn't know that! Sarah's Child is one of my favorites. I'm going to have to go look for Bluebird Winter now! Apparently Almost Forever is slightly connected too, although I'm not sure how. The hero in Bluebird appears younger in Sarah's Child though according to an Amazon review. Is it the young neighbor who lived next door with his Mom and helped Sarah in the store?
I can't remember his name, Derek maybe? I am looking for a book I read before I don't know the title or author. It is set in England near the Thames. In the beginning the heroine is a highwayman dressed as a boy and is in charge of a group of orphaned boys. She tries to rob a nobleman and he captures her and takes her to his home to be punished. When they go to spank her they figure out she is a she and he decides to keep her and train her to be a lady. In the end she ends up being or looking like someone important that they were looking for all along.
Some other random things: I think she had her first "tub" bath and compared it to bathing in the Thames. I believe she had long red hair. I have read all the possible ones. I would love to find this book. I have been looking for more than 3 years now! Any help would be great! Hi winnie, welcome to the group! Thanks Julia, but I don't think either of these are it by the descriptions. I looked at the description and I don't think that it is the book I am looking for.
Looks like it is along the same lines though. I'll get it and read it just to be sure. Any more ideas? Winnie, can you remember anything else about the book? Anything at all? Yeah I read Captain Jack's Woman not too long ago and that doesn't sound like a match. Winnie: wish I could help ya, but I don't know the book you're looking for. It sounds like a good read, though, so I'll be watching this thread to see what you find out.
Good luck! CC, Let's see I read it when I was a teen so it was from sometime before about The robbery starts from like the the first page. She was young and virginal. He was maybe ish. Set in the regency era I believe. Sorry I don't remember anything else right now. Maybe someone here will remember this one: I read it in college, so it would have been published pre or so. It's a historical romance set in the crusades time period in England.
The heroine has a brother I think maybe he's the one who ends up becoming friar tuck. The hero who is a knight of some sort and the heroine travel across country with her brother and some other people as a group. They're going to save some girl I think maybe, who turns out to be blind? I do remember that there's a bar brawl scene at one point. Sorry so vague, but it's been a long time since I read it.
I remember really liking it though and I'd like to re-read it and maybe see if the author has written anything else.
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I dont remember if the woman was an actress. But she was a beautiful woman who got stranded and a rancher gave her a job. I "borrowed" a book trilogy from my Grandpa who loved to read romance novels! He can't see well enough now about 15 years ago that took place in the American colonies and some islands in the Gulf of Mexico that were used by pirates. There was a hurricane in one where the heroine lost her memory and was rescued by a Spanish galleon and was on the verge of marrying a Spanish noble when her memory came back and her pirate husband rescued her before they both were executed.
She was courted by at least one other pirate, maybe Jean LaFitte? I think in the 3rd book they retired and settled down on his estate in the Carolinas or Virginia under his real name. Classic bodice-rippers all three, but I thought they were wonderful at the time and reread them at least once, maybe twice. I remembered the author!!!
Valerie Sherwood I was slicing up potatoes for beef stew and it just popped into my head! The books were Nightsong , Windsong , and Lovesong. Not necessarily in that order. This is an add on to my message I still think it was one of Janet Dailey's State books, but it might have been the one about Utah.
Land Of Enchantment was set in New Mexico. Katybear, Check out this page, which lists books that touch on the Robin Hood legend and characters. Many of those listed are romances. The story opens on Elyse overseeing the wedding preparation of her cousin female. During the ceremony she slips away to the bridal chambers to make sure every thing is everything where she is kidnapped by Max and his cronies. Any suggestions to the title and author would be really appreciated, I am longing to re-read this story.
Dainty, that sounds an awful lot like Jude Devereaux 's Velvet Angel. The hero's name was Miles, though, and the heroine's was Elizabeth. He kidnapped her by mistake in a rolled up carpet. I read it not too long ago. They end up in the north wintering over in a castle and getting involved with some bad guys from the hansiatic league. I was thinking it was set in the Elizabethan era, though.
It's one of Woodiwiss' best, in my opinion. Wasn't the heroine in that one also rolled up in a carpet? Thanks a million, katybear. You guys are the best. But Knight in Shining Armor is awesome! Dainty - Glad to help! I'm not nearly as well-read romance-wise as most of the people here, so I confess I was absurdly excited when I recognized the book!
Don't you just love those tried n true plot devices? I got three books that I need help finding one is driving me "bonkers" 'cause I didn't like it the first time around, but message 21 sounds like it and I thought I knew the name, and the more I try to remember ahh I don't remember the author.
He's a utter bastard, but considering that his little daughter screams evertime he comes near her that would make anyone mad at the world. They met on a ship, the hero having a hard time comforting his travel-worn daughter, and the heroine who happen to be a spy for her side is carrying some priceless porcelain doll which she kindly lends the child.
Somehow losses sight of them in the crowd and has to track down the guy, the child and the doll, because the doll has a secret compartment with vital info need by her side. I think the guy was also a spy for his side too. She did find them and had to pose as a nanny for hire so that she can steal the doll back before its secrets are discovered.
The Duke is dead and his brother plots to do away with the new born heiress and assume the title. The dying duchess is aware of the plot and after the delivery of her daughter she details the plot in a letter which she places in the spine of her bible and on her the last of her dying strength she takes the newborn, warms the family seal and brands the child on her "butt".
Child escape death as the henceman kind of a Finnegan character the villain used decided to raise the child as his own so one day he can claim the title thru the child. She's raised as a pickpocket and on her first time out she gets caught by the hero who likens her appearance to one of their ilk. Hi Everyone! Actually found the title right one, silly me and the author of book 1.
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It's called Loving Julia by Karen Robards which was suggested to me on talk forum at www. I usually like time travel stories too. It appears to be a book that generates a lot of divided opinion. A lot of people really like it, but an equal number seem to hate it. I'm looking for two books: 1 is a gothic romance, and I only remember a few details.
First, it was by an author I wasn't familiar with, and had a black cover with no people on it. I know that the hero accused the heroine of being a witch, which she denied, but after they slept together, he made note that she had two "witches marks" that were birthmarks above her pubic line.
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Also, she was clueless about sex, and asked the hero what "fellate me" meant because she overheard another man say it to a woman I remember he had to teach her all about sex, and she was so afraid of it, that he tied himself up for her so she wouldn't have to fear being overpowered. I remember she wore a jean skirt with buttons all the way to the floor, and they had sex on a kitchen table.
Thanks, Ireland. Now if I could only get relief from the 3RD. This one I found on another site and it sounds so good, I would like to read it Ring any bells? Message 43 O. I know this is kind of late but I just read your 3 as part of my search - I am still looking for the book above in post I see you found it. Hi Winnie, Whisper to Me of Love isn't your book of 21?
I could have sworn that your book was solved in another thread Anyho, here's an overview for Whisper to Me of Love by Shirlee Busbee A whisper of Passion She was a raven-haired waif from the streets of london - a wild innocent to be rescued A spirited beauty she would captivate Royce Manchester's jaded heart-while resisting the smoldering desire she felt for her virile protector. When fate hurls them together in , their lives are changed forever.
A whisper of Danger In Royce's glittering world of money and privilege, young Morgana discovered the shocking sercret of her true identity- entangling the wealthy American planter in a deadly skein of aristocratic family intrugue. But grave evil would only feed the flames of love that knew no bounds and glorious rapture that would not be denied. Hope you find your story. She's supposed to be watching this one guy and there is a scene with him where he is giving her a massage with oil etc.
I got it at this used book sale these old ladies in my neighborhood had in their garage but after i read my grandma took and i never saw it again. Here's another one. This book is called something like Second Chance or something to that effect. It's about this deaf woman a scientist who dies getting hit by a car while crossing a street after work.
She goes to a "heaven" like place where this apparent angel tells her she wasn't supposed to die so she gets another chance. She ends up in the pass in the body of this woman who was in a coma maybe? It ends happily ever after with her wining back the husbands love And one more kind of similar to the last one. Starts out with this car crash scene. Woman in car crash hits her head apparently and can't remember anything of who she is. Her husband finds her but she doesn't recognize him and passes out and into a coma. She wakes has no idea about anything, doesn't even recognize her own face.
She goes home and the reader gradually finds out that she was not a nice person but since she can't remember She lives in a huge house with her husband and these apparently French siblings who work for her and her husband. Anyways she kind of starts to remember, makes up with her husband Who does end of rescuing her. So there are my vague summaries of books i read at one type and can't remember. I've been looking for these forever it seems like cuz they were really good Help! Do you all know about Byron? The last one sounds a little like a Theresa Charles book which was published as both Dark Legacy and Happy now I go, neither of which touchstone.
I love this book. I don't think it's that one since I remember it being more contemporary then that It was republished in the 80s, but it was very much set in WW2. Although since it was written during WW2 orignally the "feel" is more contemporary. Sort of. But the French part is not it. A woman wakes up in the hospital in France after a car crash. She has amnesia and doesn't recognize the man who claims to be her husband. He lives in a castle with his mother and sister -- and they have a daughter she doesn't remember either.
Eventually it turns out to be a case of mistaken identity. Too bad no one else recognizes my first one! It sounds interesting. I just added it to the Romantic Times Book Sleuth discussion thread, though. Winnie, I don't see a post that you found your book 21 yet. Could it be Love's Charade by Jane Feather? Oh, this is so exciting! The book I'm looking for is a totally trashy romance my cousin and I read for the sex scenes when we were younger.
It involved this guy who was a teacher or a professor and had bright red hair. Anyway, he had sex with a bunch of girls, and they all came back to this reunion with batches of redhaired children It was cheesy, but I remember it so vividly and wish I could find it again!
Anybody recognize it? No sorry. But welcome to the group superblondgirl! Jenson, According to the people on the Romantic Times Message Boards, my book 2 up there is Fantasy by Lori Foster , which they say was originally published as part of a series romance and then repubed after she got famous. I've got it bookmooched now, but I haven't received it yet, so I'll let you know when I get it in. Ireland, I have Foster's Fantasy, but I didn't recognize it from the bits you remembered.
Here's the blurb from the back cover: Security consultant Sebastian Sinclair agrees to be sold at a bachelor auction. Being bought is one thing, now he's about to be given away as a gift for some lucky birthday girl. But one look at Brandi Sommers and Sebastian can't wait to be unwrapped. Brandi really means it when she says "Oh, you shouldn't have" to her sister's outrageous birthday gift, a five-day dream vacation to a lovers' retreat.
Lover included. What's she going to do in paradise with the sexy stranger Sebastrian Sinclair? Brandi soon discovers she can do whatever she wants. I remember this one now. If you like Fantasy, and you haven't read the other Visitation books, you should. They are all fabulous! I hope someone can tell me what this book is. I read it years ago, from the library, and could never figure out what the book was after I sent it back.
I don't know names either. All I remember was that the lady was going on vacation in either scotland or england. She was staying in a type of lodge or log cabin. There was something magical that appeared, some type of God or Faery. They fell in love. It was forbidden for him to love someone, so he was sent back to no-where land before a council to get his fate judged. She went home and balled her eyes out.
She told her sister or someone close to her about him, and the person was convinced that it was all a dream, that she had from the plot of a book she was reading. She convinced herself of that too. Then months later he moves in across the street from her, and thats the end of the book. I keep thinking that he begged the councel to send him back as a person so they could have a life together. BUT I have a very active imagination, so I don't know if that was in there or if I just dreamed it up myself when the book was done with.
Thanks :D. The Secret Life of Bryan was one of my faves of the visitation series. I'll have to check out fantasy, it sounds good. Ireland, it will be interesting to see if they got the right book. CrazyDaisyLou - It kind of sounds like a short story I read in Man of My Dreams which was an anthology except the ending it much, much different. In this short story the heroine is a librarian who discovers her former lover at a solstace celebration.
He left her because he had been taken by the fairies and was the consort of the fairy queen. It's probably not the same one but I thought I'd mention it. It does sound like a very good story, hope you figure out what it is. There is a Johanna Lindsey with a plot like this. The heroine is named Rosalind or something like that and is a medieval history professor. She collects swords and bought one that was cursed and brought forth Thor, a Viking warrior. They fall in love and travel through time, and the only way to break the curse is if she voluntarily gives him the sword back, which she does to free him, but it send them back to their respective times.
Her brother and best friend both tell her she's been sick and it's been a dream or some such thing and at the end Thor does appear in her time as a modern man, having appealed to Odin in Valhalla to give him a second chance at life. I think it was called Until Forever or something like that. Her name is Roseleen, but other than that you are on the mark gracer. It is called Until Forever. I don't usually read contemporaries, but I remember reading one when I was younger that I would like to find again.
It was written in the 80s and followed the romantic lives of music prodigies who meet at school as teenagers. It followed them into adulthood and was an old school 80s epic. The main character is a virtuoso girl who is considerably younger than the others who has a serious case of unrequited love for the big man on campus. He de-flowers her an expression one never uses outside of a romance novel and then walks out on her.
They wind up getting together years later and she of course has only ever had sex once with him as a teenager because who knows. They also have a male friend who is involved in some weird bi-threesome plot where he refers to some sex act as being as romantic as "changing a light bulb. Thanks so much Gracer and LucyMaude. I hope this is it, it sounds like it is. I'm surprised I don't have it, considering I've collected 25 Johanna Lindsey novels so far.
But I'm 25, and it's been at least 9 years since I read it, and I didn't even actually own any books back then. I am SO going out tomorrow to look for it. Remember Me there are 3 of them. I am still looking for the book in message Here is the description from bn.
Synopsis Eyes snapping emerald fire, Isabeau DeBurgh alias the Devil's Flame-sat motionless upon her fine black stallion. The most feared and notorious highwayman of them all was about to strike Publishers Weekly Readers who don't put a premium on originality may find this fast-paced tale of s England amusing, with its masterful hero and spunky heroine. Isabeau DeBurgh, a beautiful woman with a hot temper and a vocabulary to match, earns a living at what she does best--highway robbery.
But the night she tries to rob Lord Griffin Stone, an aristocratic black sheep just back from America, her luck runs out; he wounds her in a sword fight. Griffin won't turn Isabeau over to the authorities who might hang her nor turn her loose to steal, so he decides to take her home, dress her up and teach her the finer points of etiquette. Meanwhile Isabeau develops a soft spot in her heart for Griffin, as he does for her.
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Compared to the rest of the crew, a mere thief looks pretty attractive. Winniekuhl, I think I have solved the mystery of I knew it sounded familiar, I just had a hard time coming up with the name. It is Birdie by Taylor Ryan. It is a Harlequin Historical published in Actually, a copy is being sold on ebay right now if you want to look at it. I probably shouldn't be so confident.
After all I could be wrong. But I hope I'm not. Let me know if I got it. Thanks megkrahl, I read the desciption and it is not it. Thanks for trying! Hi Winnie, i thought it might be The Rogue and the Hellion by Connie Mason as she is a highwayman, but found out to be a girl, he takes her back to teach her a lesson but she turns out to be a lady! But then i realised it wasn't published until , might have been re-released, but i thought it was worth a mention just incase Hope you find what yr looking for! Her flirtatious sister, Daphne, is engaged to a man who will only inherit if he is married by a certain date.
Daphne elopes, leaving behind a note and her wedding dress. Sophie shows up at the altar, but Alex, the bridegroom, recognizes her for who she is. They agree to marry to allow him to inherit and her to save face for her sister. It does sound familiar, but I am at a loss as well. The names of the sisters are different, but the plot sounds very similar. In the Bradley story, the sisters are twins. Could be it. I found a description: Lovely Sophia Forest was a very intellectual young lady for the year in Regency England--quite different from her beautiful and flighty sister, Daphne.
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We'll see if it's the right one. It's original copyright date was Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me find the names of two books I read some years ago. I believe they were published around always before August I believe they are from British authors. They are both romances. One has a yellow cover with little cakes or cupcakes - I don't recall on them. She shares her house with some friends. The book is really funny. The other one has a light blue cover and I don't remember the story that well.
I do know that in the end, the guy gives the girl a unique rose that he himself well, his company I guess created by matching 2 types of roses. In this last one, I just remembered that in the beginning, the girl is trying some clothes in a shop and afraid of a bee runs topless through the shop and bumps into the guy. Well, I know it's not much, but if anyone could help, I'd be very grateful. Thank you very much. I love that you guys have this section.
New here, so please bear with me.
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I also think she had a girlfriend who runs a local bookshop. I know it isn't much to go on, but every time I think I may be remembering more of the story I start to think I'm combining two stories into one. It's driving me batty. Nyah99 -- yellow cover with possible cupcakes reminds me of He Loves Lucy by Susan Donovan , but I'm not sure that's your book. This one takes place in Miami? The heroine has a goal to lose weight for publicity with the hero being her trainer. Not one of the Bridgertons I'll dig around a bit and see if I can come up with a title. Thank you so much both of you. Thank you again.
Thank you for your help. I've just found the name of the other book. First of all, its cover is not blue, but white. Aviddiva- Thanks. It could be Amanda Quick, though I still can't seem to place it. And it seems like she has several with trading places type themes. I'll keep digging thru her stuff and see, though I appreciate you still looking as well. The Duke's grandfather corresponds with the heroine and carries on the courtship.
Grandpa dies and when grandson comes back from the war, he finds out he is engaged to her. Grandson goes to confront her, she thinks he is the new footman she has hired and the story then continues. It's pretty funny actually. Hope this helps. In that book, the hero is disguised as the heroine's butler.
He is a spy and the powers that be believe that her deceased husband had something of importance he was a spy too. There is also a Julia Quinn where the hero shows up and pretends to be her estate manager or something similar. She's the impoverished daughter of an earl or something similar who is working as a paid companion to a crotchety old lady who's nephew is a Marquis posing as her estate manager to get to the bottom of who is blackmailing her.
Very funny and entertaining! Thanks guys. Oddly, I have missed all of those and will now be reading those to see if maybe I've just lost my entire peas sized brain and maybe DID actually read one of those. Hopefully it'll come to me soon as it's still tickling the back of my mind constantly. Very sad I tell you. Thanks again! I'm pretty sure its a historical romance but all i remember is that the hero if the book is sold at an auction. He is bought by a woman for her daughter. I don't remember the name or the author of the book.
I have a vague memory of one like that as well, but can't quite place it.
I need some help with a book title too, It's a historical romance and the lady poses as a highwayman to take cre of the estate. The lady also posed as an ugly crone on the night their supposed meeting. Not quite sure this fits the bill but My Lady Notorius by Jo Beverley has a highwayman heroine with a cruel father and brother.
She is trying to protect her widowed sister and baby who the father is trying to marry off to some awful man. The book is part of the Malloren series and takes place in Georgian England. The one you describe sounds familiar too but so far it's escaping me! Hi everyone! Here goes nothing I'm looking for a book that's been bugging me for about a month now.
I don't know the title or author or character names. I think the "hero" is from a well-known, well-off family. I know the "heroine" is from a poor family. She has red hair. I'm not sure if she has an older brother or dad. I remember the first chapter or so clearly, but not sure if the rest when they're older is correct or from another story. I think the two sisters were off to the store I think the sister was hitting on the guy Sadly, that's all I remember.
I keep thinking Linda Howard, but I just don't know Thank-you for any help you guys can give. I will try my best to do the same. Cross is the co-owner of a gambling hell known as The Fallen Angel, and he has quite a reputation with the ladies, even if that reputation is slightly exaggerated. Instead, he develops a plan. How can you experience the most intimate and beautiful moments of your life while people around you are ordering their mocha-latte-frappe coffee drinks?
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