Sara is looking for a book – and dude, this kind of sounds amazing.
I am trying to remember the title or author of a book, and I hope someone can help–my inability to remember this book is driving me insane. Here is what I remember:
-It's a historical romance, most likely Regency.
-The hero was engaged to someone before he and the heroine got together. He ended the relationship and refuses to discuss what happened.
-His “jilting” of the first fiance has led to much gossip about him. The first fiancee's brother hates him for calling off the wedding and wants to kill him; I believe they were supposed to duel near the end of the book. The brother also tries to stir up trouble between the hero and heroine.
-I think the hero and heroine are forced together by circumstances, but I am not sure. In either case, the heroine is very insecure about the relationship and fears she can't live up to the first fiancee, who is beautiful, polished, etc.
-The heroine goes to the first fiancee to ask if she'll get her brother to chill out and not try to kill the hero. While there, she realizes the first fiance is in love with the woman previously described as the first fiancee's best friend.
-We quickly learn this is why the hero ended things with the first fiance–he discovered that she was in love with her best friend. He let everyone think he “jilted” the fiance in order to protect her secret.
-First fiancee went to her brother and told him the truth about the end of the relationship so that he would no longer blame the hero.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
DUDE. Do you remember this book?