This request comes from Marja, who is descibing one heck of a 0_o plotline up in here.
I'm hoping the bitchery could help me relocate two books from my past. Both of these were in the first pile of Harlequins I stole from under my older sister's bed and helped to turn me into a romance novel addict. Both were propably published in the late 80's/ early 90's. Also sorry about the typos. I'm Finnish and it's quite late and I don't know how to use my Mac's spell check…
The first book I remember quite well and the name of the book in Finnish was something like “10/10″. I also remember that the heroine was a chef and the hero was some sort of a millionaire. In the beginning of the book they are seated together in an airplane and she happens to notice that the guy is making a list of qualities for a perfect woman, giving some poor gal a pretty low score. Hero notices the heroine's snooping and later tracks her down in order to take some incriminating pictures of her so he can get a leverage so she won't tell anyone about his embarrasing scorecard method.
I don't remember why, but he uses the pictures to blackmail her to cook for him and his perfect woman candidates (there were two or three) a meal and also give him an opinion of the women, because, why not? The hero is a real jerk, which I absolutely LOVE in the old romance novels, because I LOVE it even more when they have to grovel in the end. There really isn't that much jerk-groveling in today's contemporary romance novels. Shame.
Of course the sparks fly even tho' the jerk/hero parades the wife candidates in front of our heroine. I remember that one of the women was a real bitch, but another was a real sweetheart. Of course in the end the jerk/hero does some groveling, actually butt-naked in the lobby of his building after losing a towel… don't ask, I don't remember… and it was TOTALLY haaaawt! I need to find this book so I can check if it was as steamy as I remember, or was I just so young and naive.
GROVELING. It's awesome. Anyone recognize this book?