Remember all the harem books? I was a huge crack-addicted fan of Silver Angel (though I don't think this description matches that book), and I remember a few other kidnapped-and-sold-to-a-harem stories at about the same time. TrippingOutMySoul is looking for a harem book – and I kind of like the sound of the heroine in this one:
I'm hoping you can help me identify a historical romance I read some time in the past 8 years or so.
From what I'm able to recall, a young English girl-child is kidnapped while on a trip abroad (somewhere…) with her family. I think she was snatched from a marketplace and sold to a harem because blonde white girls were such a hot commodity.
Meanwhile, back in England, her family keeps paying people to look for her, and there was a young man, who I guess would have been a young teen during the kidnapping and I think is either a ward or very close friend of the girl's family. He never stops looking for her.
I *think* I remember him being the one (all grown up) to check out her identity claim, to spare her family the pain of more false applicants, when she (somehow) pops up in England again as a young woman.
The girl reunites with her family, including her vapid, bitchy sisters, and everyone is all scandalized by how 'shameless' she is, talking about sex and body parts.
Somewhere along the line I think there is a carriage accident and the Family Friend Guy gets all pissed off because Harem Girl doesn't stay safely out of the way, and instead jumps in to help.
I've been racking my brain for weeks, going through books I own and Googling every possible variation of this summary, to no avail. I have the impression that it was of the more recent variety of romance novel- no crazysauce or purple prose, so maybe published some time in the past 15 years or so? I hope this is enough to go on!
This heroine is like an EMT in the Regency! With sexy talk! Do you recognize this book?