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HaBO: He’s Only Rumpled in the Bedroom

Help a Bitch OutThis Help a Bitch Out request comes from HedgehogLibrarian, who is looking for a category she read long, long ago: 

Hoping the HABO call can go out for this one….

I read this book when I was either in late middle school or high school, so approximately 1994-1999. Pretty sure it was published by Silhouette because I know my mom didn't care if I read those though she gently steered me away from some of the more, um, descriptive authors. (Basically she said nothing with Fabio on the cover and I self-selected from there).

This was a second book–not sure if the series went on from there, but the first book had been nice girl who gave up bad boy, now is engaged to good guy but here is bad boy back in town and of course she dumps the nice guy. I don't care about that one.

The second book was about the good guy and nice girl's dippy best friend. I think the good guy was a dentist, also maybe blond?

Anyway, he was always perfectly put together and didn't like his hair to be out of place or anything like that and the best friend is carefree and rough and tumble and so of course opposites attract after his heart has been broken, etc etc.

Best friend I think owned her own business, something craftsy?

The only thing I can remember clearly is some line about her accepting that he could be rumpled in the bedroom where only she could see him. I was 14 and impressionable, it seemed romantic.

Anyway, I hope someone beyond me read this book and remembers what it was. Appreciate any ideas! 

Anyone recall a rumpled maybe-dentist curing a broken heart with a good bit of rumpled-ness? 


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    DonnaMarie says:

    You’d think with the number of these the mom and I devoured in that time period, that I’d remember this. Then again, I guess with the number of these the mom and I devoured, it’s no surprise that no particular one that isn’t Linda Howard, Elizabeth Lowell, Sandra Brown/Erin St.Clair, JAK/Stephanie James, doesn’t ring any bells.

    Someone please do better than me. I really want to read this.

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    cleo says:

    I was going to guess JAK, except a dentist seems like an unlikely JAK hero. But a perfectly put together hero with a carefree, small business owning heroine sounds a lot like JAK.

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    Barb in Maryland says:

    Having read ALL of the JAK/Jayne Castle/Stephanie James books more than once (back in her category days) I can say that this isn’t one of hers.  But I sure can understand why the set-up sounds like it could be by her.

    But I have no idea whatsoever it could be…

    Dentist hero would be really cool!

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    Lindleepw says:

    I’m not sure this is it but it sounds a lot like Wife is a 4-letter Word by Stephanie Bond. I own this one, and it sounds right except I don’t think the hero was a dentist.

    How do you spell “disaster”? W-I-F-E!

    At least, that’s what Alan Parish thought. Getting dumped at the altar saved him from making the biggest mistake of his life. From now on, it was the single life for him! And since he’d already paid for his honeymoon, he might as well enjoy it—wife or no wife.

    Easier said than done.

    Enter Pamela Kaminski, his ex-fiancée’s best friend. She’d come to offer her condolences, and ended up on the plane with him. But she made it clear there could never be anything between them. Pam was blue collar, vivacious and gorgeous—he was Armani, conservative and happy to be single. So how did his fake honeymoon become real? Didn’t he know that…

    WIFE Is A 4-Letter Word!

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    Lindleepw says:

    Wanted to add – pub date on Wife is a 4-letter Word is right (1998) and the cover is not racy.

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    Architart says:

    It sounds like Sarah Mayberry’s ‘Hot Island Nights’ and ‘Her Best, Worst Mistake.’ I really enjoyed both of the books.

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    Sandra says:

    Probably not it but sounds vaguely like Jenny Crusie’s Strange Bedpersons.

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    Kathleen says:

    Do we have a consensus on this one? I’m dying to read it!

  9. 9

    Oooh look! I’m a HABO officially :D I think it might be Her best, Worst mistake! I didn’t remember anyone running off to Australia but it’s been nearly 20 years (yikes). 

    Thank you! I’ll grab the Kindle version and hopefully it’s what I remembered.

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    MaryK says:

    It can’t be Her Best, Worst Mistake because HBWM is very recent.

  11. 11

    You’re right, it is too recent. This was definitely mid 90s.  It did have a very similar description though…..

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