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HaBO: Hero’s Got a Big Secret

Jennifer is looking for a book about a hero with a big ol’ secret:

I’ve been going BONKERS looking for a book I have read some time
ago. I remember the beginning over the book but for the life of me I can’t
remember the title or the author. I remember the king’s champion going to
the castle to deliver news and the body of a baron to his family. Also the
king told champion he has to choose between the grandmother, the mother or
the daughter to marry if he wants to keep the previous baron’s land.

The champion gave the family 1 day to mourn and to make the decision. He ends up
marrying the daughter. He falls in love with her but he has a secret. He’s
the one that killed her father. The baron had challenged King Henry’s place
on the throne so the king’s champion faught the baron.

PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!

I’ve been looking for this book for a couple of years and I can’t find it!

That must have been one hell of a big reveal. And grovel. “Sorry I killed your dad and gave you a day to grieve, but your dad was a douche and so was I but I luuuuuurve™ you!” Heh.

Anyone remember this book?

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  1. 1
    Gillian says:

    Jo Beverly’s Lord of Midnight.

  2. 2
    Gillian Webster says:

    Argh, sorry, that’s Jo Beverley. I was rushing to post on my iPhone so that I could be first and kept mistyping. Anyway, Lord of Midnight is in the same series as Dark Champion. You can definitely read them out of order. I enjoyed them both very much but liked Dark Champion more.

  3. 3
    Mo says:

    lmao I remembered the plot perfectly, and couldn’t have told you author or title at all.  I knew I’d read it, though.

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    Rebecca says:

    I remembered the plot perfectly, and couldn’t have told you author or title at all.  I knew I’d read it, though.

    Possibly as some version of El Cid.  Seriously, what is up with forcing medieval romances to take place in England/Scotland/Wales when there are tons of other interesting venues in Western Europe ALONE?  Still waiting on a good English-language romance of Rodrigo and Jimena.  Sigh…

    Spamword: book95 I can think of 95 interesting locations for books outside of the British Isles.

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    PamG says:

    Rebecca,

    Not romance or medieval, but have you read Arturo Perez-Reverte?  Well written and well translated.  His Captain Alatriste series is reminiscent of Sabatini, only darker.  His contemporary stuff is more mystery-suspense… only darker.  Oh well, never mind.

  6. 6
    Melissa says:

    Hey!

    Maybe you all could help me. I’ve been trying to remember this book I read years ago. It was about a house servant who got knocked up by her abuser owner, and was saved by some dashing man and they fell in love because he cherished her.  Was in Scottland or some rainy place. Ugh, not much to go on.

    -Melissa

  7. 7
    willaful says:

    Yes, defiintely Lord of Midnight.

  8. 8
    Yamyam says:

    Sounds like all kinds of crazy medieval fun. Now down to reading it :D

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  9. 9
    Diva says:

    I haven’t read it but I’m thinking champion guy woulda been smarter to marry the grandma…gets the lands plus she won’t live that long and he’ll be free and clear. The daughter is likely to be very emotional and live a long time and be a pain in the butt. go for grandma.

    Yes, I would be a very mercenary book character myself.

  10. 10
    Rebecca says:

    @Diva – Yes!  I’m with you.

    @PamG – Thanks for the rec.  I do like mysteries.  (I’ve even written a few.)  I read the first two Alatriste books when they first came out.  Loved the first one, thought the second one was ok, but didn’t continue the series.  (I think it was because in the second one Inigo struck me as TSTL.)  I’m glad the translations are good, and still winning fans.

  11. 11
    sandra says:

    For once I knew the answer, but couldn’t post it in time. Spamword until56.  Not until 56 people had gotten here first.

  12. 12
    P.N. Elrod says:

    DIVA—You are awesome.

    I totally want that hot stud marries the grandma book!

    But if I wrote it I expect he’d fall in love with her (because she’s a hawt grandma), then she finds out the big secret and bumps him off because her cousins are Borgias….annnnnd I’ve just written myself out of the romance genre.  Rats.

    ;)

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  13. 13
    Merrian says:

    @ PamG & Rebecca

    Vigo Mortenson stars as Captain Alatriste in a movie I saw a couple of years ago. I had not realised that his first language is Spanish. The movie is what I would call a ‘B’ movie and I think might telescope the two books.

  14. 14
    imelda says:

    Rodrigo and Jimena? What about Juana La Loca and Felipe el Hermoso? Now THAT’S “love” story I would love to read.

  15. 15
    Charlotte says:

    Pretty sure Viggo’s first language isn’t Spanish. I think it is English, and then Danish is his second language. I know he speaks Danish fluently and with very little discernible accent -one of his parents were Danish.
    Kinda funny how one of the sexiest men alive is named Viggo -that’s the kind of name that would get you teased mightily in schoolyards here in Denmark. But perhaps not anymore :)
    And I totally recognized this HaBO and could never ever have come up with the title. Although I remember there being a shrill sister as well… Maybe it’s time for a re-read. I remember liking the hero…

  16. 16
    AgTigress says:

    Pretty sure Viggo’s first language isn’t Spanish.

    Charlotte — I understand he has a Danish father, an American mother, and was brought up as a child in Spanish-speaking countries in S.America, so I believe he is effectively tri-lingual in English, Danish and Spanish, speaking them all as a native speaker, namely at the ‘first language’ level of total fluency. 
    He is actually rather a remarkable polymath for this day and age: poet, artist, photographer, writer, musician and actor.

  17. 17
    Hell Cat says:

    Ohh, so Viggo is who James Franco is trying to emulate!

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    Vina says:

    Actually, Viggo Mortensen had to do a lot of speech training to play Diego Alatriste because he speaks Spanish with an Argentinian accent and obviously a León-born captain of the Tercios de Flandes in 17th century Spain would have never spoken like that. He plays a very good Alatriste and it’s obvious that he made a huge effort but still there are awkward accent-related moments all around the movie.

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    Sophie says:

    Oi! I wanna read PN Elrod’s version!

    Spamword: come76—yes, please!

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