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