Bookstorecat and some other folk are looking for this book, which contained three stories in one paperback:
I’ve spent many hours trying to find the first contemporary romance book I
ever read. I was about 13, so it was around 1993. The sad thing about this
is that I remember A LOT of unhelpful details about this book (which I’ve
condensed and abridged here), but I still can’t track it down—and believe
me, I have googled the hell out it.
The book contained three novels or novellas, all by the same author. It was
a primarily dark green paperback.
The first novel involved the hero
returning to his hometown to find the woman he loved about to marry a boring
lawyer. The hero might have been a successful actor named Brad. Hero:
brunette, boring lawyer: blonde. Heroine: takes some convincing that she
doesn’t need super-reliable-but-dull fiancé, and should drop him for
In the second novel, the boring lawyer fiancé from book 1 is the hero.
Dependable but set in his ways, he somehow has to come to the aid of a
brunette with curly hair whose name might have been Brandy, although if I
have all these details right, you’d think I would have found the book by
now. I believe they are holed up in a remote cabin.
At some point, the hero has a near-death experience, where he meets a sort of personal committee of
people on the Other Side, who are responsible for his fate. (Even as a kid,
this Life Council thing creeped me out.) They tell him he is sabotaging
their efforts to change his life, fitting the heroine into his old patterns,
instead of radically altering his ways as they intended. They send him back,
and he devotes his life to helping people and marries what’s-her-name.
The third story is about a hero who I believe had RED HAIR—and seriously,
how often does that happen? He is a spy or ex-special forces type who wakes
up next to an exquisitely beautiful blond woman one night, with no memory of
who she is. He’s been hurt and has just a Touch of Amnesia.
She may be reluctant to reveal to him the extent of their relationship for some reason.
The setting was quite possibly a mansion, but most of the book took place in
the bedroom—at least the way I remember it. Some intrigue and danger are
involved, but I have almost total amnesia on the plot, though not the sex
scenes, strangely. Those made an indelible impression on my 13-year-old
brain. In one they are both tired, and, as they are making out, each is
continually surprised the other hasn’t fallen asleep. As if!
I might have tried to find this book eventually anyway, but the thing that
actually started me looking was a post on the Barnes & Noble Lost Books
board called “3 stories in one book, can’t remember title.” I thought,
“Oh, I know that book. I can figure out what that was. And then I’ll get
to read my first contemporary romance again.”
The original poster on the board remembered quite a bit about it, too
(including more about the um…plot)
Seriously, does anybody know what the hell this book is?
Ok, does anyone remember this menagerie of hair color?