Sarah (not me, though my whole reading history is one big HaBO in my brain what with my inability to remember titles) asks for your help with a Harlequin Presents:
I’m trying to find a Harlequin Presents, which was used when I bought it at
least fifteen years ago—-since this is like trying to find a specific
needle in a needle factory, I need help!
The heroine ia a young girl with long, bright red hair (this is important).
Impoverished of course (the girl, not the hair). She somehow bumps into a
rich man who thinks she’s a wild, irresponsible tease who’s far too
young for him so he takes her into his home to support her. As rich men do.
She’s a complete innocent and doesn’t understand why he’s so angry
with her all the time—-but she falls in love with him anyway.
The scene I remember—-and the one I want to re-read because it’s
heartbreaking—-is the one after one of their fights during which he
verbally cuts her into ribbons for her wild, harlot-colored hair (or
something) and her so-called provocative behavior with other men. She gets
so upset that she goes and hacks off her hair to her ears with scissors,
takes the ragged armful to his den, and dumps it on the floor.
He says (in a hoarse voice because he’s appalled) “What have you done?”
and she says, something like, “If it’s my hair that makes me a slut, then
less hair should mean less of a tramp.” And she walks out—-not sure where
she goes, possibly to a hairdresser. And that’s when her beloved realizes
he has been suffering from severe rectal-cranial disorder and starts
Can anyone help me out? Or at least tell me I’m not making it up?
Does he then sell his watch to buy her hair clips while she sells her hair to buy him a watch chain? Or does he just grovel until she strangles him with her impoverished hair? Anyone remember this one? (Sounds hairy. *snrk*)