Brandy is looking for this book, and first I thought it might be The Lion's Lady, which is far and away my favorite Julie Garwood novel, and then I thought it might be a novelization of The Phantom of the Opera, but I don't think I'm right on either count. Do you recognize this book?
I have done every Google, Biblio, Amazon, and other on-line search known to man. I even bought this software program that is supposed to help you track down mystery books. No luck! So I'm throwing myself at your feet and begging for mercy and an end to this obsession I have to identify this book! Why am I so fixated on this book? It was one of the first romances I ever read as an impressionable and innocent-but-wishing-I-wasn't teenaged girl, and it just resonated with me somehow.
Anyway, in the hopes that you will consent to throw this inquiry out to the Bitches Who Know Stuff I'll tell you everything I remember about the story…First it would have been published somewhere between 1978 and 1985. It took place in the 1800's. It starts out in an island setting, like maybe the Carribean, where the heroine dives from a cliff unaware that the hero, a visitor to the island, is watching. I can't remember his name, but I'm almost positive that hers was Christina. There is chemistry and passion between them, but he has a mistress named Carlotta who does not want to give him up so easily.
I vaguely remember a pretty awesome “He's-my-man-bitch-Oh-hell-no-he's-not” scene involving a broken wineglass and a threat to cut Carlotta up like last week's sushi if she messed with Christina's man ever again! At some point Christina goes to Paris where she is wooed by another handsome rake and our hero follows her there where he is jealous and tries to win her back. That's all I can remember
Do you remember this book? Am I insane for thinking this is a cross between Phantom and Lion? Phantom Lion! That'd be a pretty fun paranormal.