We have a request to find a book – and there’s a lot of details so someone should remember this. UK readers, please let us know if you’ve heard of it.
I read the book in hardcover probably somewhere between 1994 and 1996. As I borrowed the book from the library it may have been published around that time, or it may have been published much earlier. The book cover was grey with either two masks on the front cover (one red and one black) or a red rose and a black mask.
It was a historical romance set in England during the time of the French Revolution and involved the heroine marrying a man that she barely knew and both the hero and heroine finding each other particularly dull. Each, however, was a captain of their own ships and were sailing across the channel each week to help save prisoners in France. Each was sailing under an alias. The heroine’s alias was something to do with red, i.e. scarlet, rouge, etc, and the hero’s alias was something to do with black, i.e. noir, etc. There was the usual conflict at sea between the two of them, which meant half way through the book they hated each other and by the end of the book they loved each other and then found out at the end, shock and horror, they were married to each other and never knew.
I am in the UK and I don’t know if it was only a UK publication or if it was published in the US as well.