Y'all! It is HaBO time! Time to feature reader requests for help in locating books when you remember some really off the wall plot points or odd moments of WTFery, but can't recall the author and title. Help a Bitch Out, here we come!
Our first HaBO today is from Ellen:
Recently I ran across a vintage romance in a used bookstore. I only read the back cover and flipped through a few pages, but then I described it to a friend and she really wants to read it. Maybe one of your readers will be familiar with it and will be able to identify it from this sketchy description?
It had a cover that SCREAMED '80s. I don't think it was quite a clinch cover, but it came close. The thing that made me pick it up in the first place was that there were two dudes on the cover.
I couldn't believe there was a traditionally published gay romance from 30 years ago… but indeed it was. Set in England, I believe. One of the heroes was young, maybe a teenager, and had come to live on the other hero's giant estate. I think he was there as either some sort of worker or a ward — in any case, he was far socially inferior to the other hero, who was possibly nobility.
The older hero took the younger one under his wing, and the younger one was really unsure about the older one's feelings for a long time. The older one was pretty reticent. I referred to it, to the friend, as “gay Jane Eyre,” which was totally the vibe I was getting (except without the crazy wife).
That's all I've got, I'm afraid! Here's hoping someone knows exactly what I'm talking about.
Do you recognize this book? I'm betting someone will be all, “DUDE THAT IS THIS BOOK AND IT IS RAD.” I hope so, anyway.