This HaBO is from Sarah (not me) on behalf of a library patron:
I love the HABO feature as a librarian, but I hardly ever get asked to identify specific romance novels, in fact people hardly ever ask me anything besides where they are, which is sad. Anyway, today I had a patron call with epic HABO need, and I thought you might be able to help where I came up blank—though I am now scratching my head as well as it sounds super familiar. Here’s the details:
The book was published in the last 2-3 years, and is set in generic 17th -18th century (probably regency) and the heroine is married to a man who has never consummated their marriage because he is not attracted to women, but the heroine thinks it is her fault (of course), and the mother-in-law is desperate for a heir (also of course) so MIL comes up with a scheme to obtain an heir since her son, who is a dandy, is not going to ever step up to the plate as it were. The MIL invites a cousin, who is similar in age and height, to impregnate the wife. (who is supposed to not be aware of the difference because it is dark, right?) The cousin, naturally, falls in love (and I got the impression that the secretly pretending to be the husband isn’t a big misunderstanding, just the plan).
Of course the husband is involved in shady import/export deals which end in him conveniently dying, and only being able to be identified through a particularly fancy shoe buckle. The patron stated she thinks the cousin/heroine meet early in the book when he saves her from a run away cart, possibly by taking her up on his horse or pushing her out of the way. The patron emphasized that the husband preferring men isn’t a major plot point and that it wasn’t in the description.
I swear I read a review of this book, but I can’t remember where, and I naturally can’t remember anything more.
If you could HABO and help a librarian out too, it would be awesome, I figure if you don’t know this one, one of your many readers might know. Though to me it sounds like a lot of typical romance conventions, so hard to identify!
CSI: SHOE BUCKLE! That's excellent.
Do you recognize this book?