Mrs. J is looking for a book she can't find, and y'all, you have to read this:
I read this historical romance YEARS ago and I can’t remember the name of it. The story starts with an older man defrauding the hero when he was a young man. In order to get revenge (years later), the hero decides to start a relationship with the man’s daughter with intentions to ruin her.
He starts by sending letters to her and she falls in love with him via the letters. IIRC over the course of their writing courtship the man realizes two things:
1) he really likes her and she really likes him
2) it would be a better revenge to marry her and take her from her father who treats her like crap
So, the hero comes to town to get his woman. Since the father has seen him last the younger man has grown a fortune and started collecting priceless dragon statues. The dragon statues are like his totem or symbol or something. IIRC they have some special meaning for him and people know of him and the statue collection.
The father knows who the hero is and wants money from him. Having a bad relationship with his daughter, he tries to blackmail her into stealing a dragon statue by telling her he’ll ruin her (IIRC in a way that will embarrass her man) before she can marry her love.
The heroine doesn’t know of the past her father has with the hero but she loves him and wants to protect her man – so she pulls out a gun threatens to kill her father. The hero shows up, hears her threaten to kill her father and gets all choked up. Then he saves the day and the HEA ensues.
PLEASE, please please! Tell me someone knows what book this is! I want to read it again so badly!
Revenge is always best when it's visited upon the children of the dastardly person. Because that's fair and makes all the sense in the world. Jeez. Anyone recall this book?