This HaBO request is from Liz, who is hoping to identity this historical romance:
I’m looking for a book and hoping the community can help. Here’s what I remember:
It’s a historical novel (set in the U.S., I’m pretty sure) and the bilingual hero speaks Spanish, but the heroine doesn’t. I think she dislikes him at first, there’s something about riding horses maybe. I can’t remember why she’s hanging around there, but I think there’s some kind of culture shock on her part and a feeling that she’s roughing it wherever in the wild west they are.
I know you’re impressed by my specificity thus far, so let me add the two things I actually almost remember.
First, he starts calling her “querida” and she doesn’t know what it means. She asks another lady (I think the hero’s sister?) and the sister’s like “he called you what?!” and gives her Significant Looks that confuse the dopey little heroine, who still thinks she and the hero hate each other or whatever.
Second, he’s really sexually experienced (astounding!) and she isn’t (unique!), and during sexytimes he says something like how he learned woman-pleasing tricks from some exotic babe (classy!), and the heroine suddenly gets really upset (unforeseeable!) and openly laments that he isn’t a virgin, which gently amuses the hero. I remember being surprised by this passing wish for male chastity and thinking omg does this goof even know what genre she’s in? Then on further consideration it seemed weird that her reservations would be so rare. The episode lasts maybe two sentences (so it might not help anyone to identify the book), but I still think about it.
Oh, and he might have a tattoo, or maybe I’m just imagining one due to his Mysterious and Erotic Past.
I read the book in the early to mid 2000s, but it could’ve been published earlier because–as with most great things–I stole it from my mom.
I’m living for Liz’s parenthetical comments.