Jessie Edwards from Avon, who gets to be a professional romance fan (WORD), is looking for a book. Can you help her?
So I started writing you a HaBO that wasn’t actually a HaBO and then it turned into one. I’m looking for this American romance I read…maybe it was Zebra? Think it was set during/right before the Revolution and was about this guy who was a spy but everyone thought he was a traitor…or something. It was based off the Scarlet Pimpernel and I think was part of a series celebrating legendary heroes.
Anyway, all I remember is that he acts like an idiot at parties, but he’s really a spy, and he marries this girl but then thinks she had a hand in implicating an innocent person in a traitorous act and he starts acting terrible to her. And at some point she paints a mural on their wall in their new home. And the rest of her family may be Tories. Maybe. And I think the cover was all different colors, but there might have been some neon pink on it…I could be making that up.
The original question was me wondering if your readers could suggest any really good Scarlet Pimpernel romances in the vein of the above HaBO, which I then realized I didn’t really remember. Elizabeth Boyle’s If Wishes Were Earls had a little bit of that element in it and while I was reading it I remembered it’s one of my FAVORITE tropes—you know, where the hero or heroine appears bumbling/stupid/ditzy but really is only appearing that way to society to cover up some deeper mission (escaping marriage, being a spy, etc.). Seriously, I LOVE when people think a character is one way and then are completely proven wrong (but I don’t mean times when the hero thinks the heroine is a slut but then she’s really a virgin).
My favorite of the “He's pretending to be dumb” is Sherry Thomas' His at Night, but that's not this book. Do you recognize this description?