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A comic drawn heroine with awesome eyebrows saying, Feeling like HaBOs on a Saturday morning? Let's do this! A HaBO from Ruthie: 

I have a HABO for you. I suspect this was a Loveswept or Silhouette Desire
from the late 80s / early 90s. I remember it as the first romance I read
where I really fell HARD for the wounded hero. Who was, if memory serves,
kind of an alphahole. Here's what I remember: This was a contemporary series
book. At the beginning, the hero is At War (Where, in the late 80s/early
90s? Am dying to know if it was some made up war.), and he's carrying on a
torrid correspondence with the heroine, who is mousy and shy. When things
get steamy, she sends him a picture of her (much hotter) sister.

Then hero gets wounded and is dying and (I think!) they get married over the phone. Or
something. Because he's dying, so why not? When the book begins, she's
picking his not-dead ass up at the airport. He's wounded — leg wound? I
sort of remember an eye patch, but I think I might be projecting my latent
love of eye patches onto this book — and limping and grumpy.

She's terrified that she won't be hot enough to hold his interest. Then they go
back to his family farm, where he's angsty and assholish because he can't
farm anymore. And I'm pretty sure at one point they have sex on or near a
fence. As one does. And then, of course, love, betrayal, resolution, etc.
Also, the hero's name might be Luke.


I would LOVE to read this book again. Anyone remember it?

Ok, sex on a fence would just… no. I can't. Just can't. Anyone recognize this book? 


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  1. 1
    Kadie74 says:

    Could it be “I Do” by Olivia Rupprecht? …..

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    Janine says:

    The OP will have to tell us if “I Do” is correct, but I started browsing the author’s backlist …sex on a fence would be vanilla for her. There’s one where the hero has been frozen in a glacier for decades, and another where the heroine gets lost in the Bermuda Triangle with a martial arts master. I have got to get hold of some of these…

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    Jaelwye says:

    Hope it wasn’t a picket fence.

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    Ellielu says:

    Or worse yet, a barbed wire fence.

  5. 5

    don’t know the book, but if it was the early 90s the war would probably have been the 1st Gulf War under the 1st Pres. Bush (that is assuming the book is American).

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    Elise Logan says:

    And there were any number of operations other than war/low-intensity conflict things in the ‘80s- Grenada, Panama, Beirut. You also have the former Yugoslavia mess in the ‘90s. So, a lot from which to choose. And, of course, lots of stuff in Central and South America and in Asia doing drug interdiction operations.

    So many choices!

    But, I have a number of old Loveswepts, some of them Rupprecht. She was pretty…interesting. Though I don’t have “I Do.” Now I want it. lol

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    Nik says:

    Yup, definitely “I Do” by Olivia Rupprecht… one of the first romance novels I ever read :)

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    xaipe says:

    I know it’s not Mary Burchell’s WWII Mills & Boon My Old Love Came, but I am amused that they have basically the same premise: plain heroine with pretty relative, & correspondence with a soldier who comes home wounded and unaware that he has been corresponding with the plain one. The most hilarious part of My Old Love Came (to me) is that the plain and pretty relatives are cousins with the same name (Rosalind), but the mother of the pretty one decrees that they shall refer to the plain niece as Pixie. Pixie!

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    Hollygg238 says:

    I Do for .99   is available in Kindle under Mallory Rush – looks like she reissued them under her name…

    Per Amazon :

    Mallory Rush, aka Olivia Rupprecht, has been published by Bantam, Doubleday, Harlequin Books, and Dorchester Publishing. Her many titles have frequented bestseller lists. Mallory is also the series developer for True Vows, the first reality-based romance line from HCI Books

    Date with the Devil
    Saints and Sinners
    Kiss of the Beast


  10. 10
    Nik says:

    Thanks Holly, I’ve wanted to re-read I Do!

  11. 11
    Ruthie says:

    YAY! God, I love you guys. And there is an eyepatch! I’ve already ordered a copy. I always remembered the early romance novels I devoured as being Silhouette Desire, but evidence is piling up that they were in fact Loveswepts. Which makes me happy.

    If I DO is as cracktastic as I remember, maybe I’ll do a review. In the meantime, you have my undying gratitude. And Janine, I really need to read the frozen-in-a-glacier-hero book. Oh my GOD.

  12. 12

    sex on a fence and another book with a guy in a glacier. THis author may have become my new must read.

  13. 13
    snarkhunter says:

    the hero has been frozen in a glacier for decades

    …her hero was Aang? /Avatar: TLA reference.

  14. 14
    Smwurfy says:

    LMAO- Aang, the 112 year old hero! =D

  15. 15
    Ruthie says:

    The book arrived today! I can’t wait to start reading. *bounce bounce bounce*

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    Ruthie says:

    I read it! It’s not . . . quite as I remembered. On the plus side: Eyepatch! Sex with a fence! (No, wait. Not like that. It’s a sort of bondage scene. He ties her to the fence BY HER PRAIRIE SKIRT and then has sex with her as a way to try to get her to trust him and confess the truth. Or something. I can see why I remembered it. It’s . . . different.) On the minus side: Fairly flowery, high-falutin’ prose (fine if that’s your thing). Prominent use of a Kenny Loggins song at the dark moment. And (worst of all) a NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD heroine. With at thirty-one-year-old man. She’s supposed to be a very mature, Doogie Howser type, but she acts, most of the time, like a nineteen-year-old girl. Which was a lot less problematic for me when I was fifteen than it was this time around.

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    Kadie74 says:

    Yep and that’s exactly what i remembered…..but it somehow manages to stay on my shelf…..i think its the crazy that does it!

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    Trish5170 says:

    She is also the author of Date with a Devil which has the previously mentioned homemade grass lined bowl/pad for the heroine’ period, I believe.

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