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HaBO: Stepmother incest!

KS writes:

This book was the first romance I ever read. I must have been 8 and was reading it (secretly) over my aunt’s shoulder as she read it on the beach. In short: set just after or at the end of the Revolutionary War. Possibly in Virginia. As the story opens, we meet the hero on horseback and he has a tryst w/his stepmother. (She’s not the heroine.) His father and family are loyal to the Crown.

During the course of the story, the hero goes blind in a fight/war. He regains only a small circle of vision, and makes love to the blond (?) heroine that way. It was that last image that stuck with me.
Help? Thanks.

If he can barely see her, then it’s extra more hot and totally True Lurrrrrrve™, right? Right.


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  1. 1
    A says:

    When was this?

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    KS says:

    Thanks, SBSarah!

    I read it in the early 80s (pre-1985).  Stepmother was the standard evil woman married to a rich old man. 

    It was a bit of a saga—it includes the heroine having children and a fairly long separation between hero and heroine.

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    Karen says:

    Don’t know this one, but has anyone read a contemporary (mid 90s maybe?) about a woman involved with a professional football team who is the kicker (or maybe she just helps to coach the kicker?) and who has a cap with an acronym on it that the hero keeps trying to guess the meaning of?  It’s one that I can’t remember and has been bugging me for years!

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    militaryspouse says:

    Sounds like something that was written for your bi-centennial.

    Now, anybody know who wrote the Vampire PI set in Los Angeles book that goes looking for who murdered a porn star?  He became a vamp after serving in Iraq.

    spamword: boy53.

    Boy oh boy that book was 53 ways of good.

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    MilitarySpouse—You’re thinking of Mario Acevedo’s book, X-Rated Bloodsuckers. Good stuff!

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    Carmen says:


    The hat had WAGARA on it.

    It is IMPULSIVE by Catherine Hart.
    Freelance journalist Jessica Myers accidentally meets the NFL’s Columbus Knights’ quarterback, Tyler James, when he rescues her from an embarrassing predicament. Ty is furious when word comes down that he must pretend to be this outspoken woman’s boyfriend in order for her to get close to the other players. Now, in close quarters, the inescapable attraction between the feisty reporter and the ultimate player is too hot to ignore. And soon, the pair discovers they are in danger of losing a game where no rules apply.

    I LOVED that book.

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    militaryspouse says:


    Thanks!!! People thought I was making that one up when I tried to describe it.

    Heading off to Chapters to look for it and some of yours.


  8. 8
    Karen says:


    Thank you soooo much!  I remember loving that book and haven’t been able to figure out the title, etc. to re-read!

    Three cheers!

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    krsylu says:

    Karen, I really liked Impulsive too! I thought the hero was just a little too multi-faceted (if that’s possible…), but I loved her and her hat!

    WAGARA, indeed! Now, do you remember what it means? I do.

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    Kaetrin says:

    I suppose to share the meaning of the acronym is a major spoiler??  If not, please share – I’m being eaten up with curiosity!!

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    krsylu says:

    Kaetrin, the revelation of the acronym would be something of a spoiler. Far be it from me to deprive you of the joy of finding it out by reading the book!

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    Pepper says:

    I was really hoping somebody had the answer to this one. I read this book, too, and I would love to know what it was (I, too, read it sneakily).

  13. 13

    Did KS stump the collective knowledge of the Bitchery? When was the last time that happened? And does she get a title for that?


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