I received this email from Dorothy, who is searching for a book on behalf of her great aunt:
Dear Smart Bitches,
(That felt really naughty! Are you sure you don't mind being called that?) [SB Sarah: Nope! Don't mind at all!}
I was wondering if you could help a bitch out? My great-aunt has been reminiscing about her first steamy romance, borrowed from the public library a couple of years ago (bear in mind, I'm not sure how steamy a book has to be to qualify as such in my great-aunt's eyes).
She can remember very few details, but I would still love to have a go at finding it for her. She said it was set in France in the 1700s and that the hero and heroine are being hunted down by some faction. They may be trying to make it to Holland. And suspense is created because they're frequently apart and wondering if they'll see each other again, if the other is safe, if he or she be waiting at such and such a spot.
And then they'll meet up again and get busy. At one point they have a passionate love scene in a small house. I know, I know, that's not very specific. Heroine had long brown hair and may have worn peasant garb. Hero was French or Dutch. The cover was dark and she's wearing red and gazing up at him. I asked my great-aunt if she could remember any particular detail that would help, but apparently the story only stood out because of how explicit the sex was, and well, you know, YMMV. Oh, and on the back cover it said that the author was known for her sexy bits.
I appeal to the bitchery!
I know what Dorothy means, but the part where the author is known for her “sexy bits” made me laugh because, well, there are some very provocative author headshots out there now. Heh. Anyway, do you recall this book?