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Subject: Help me remeber this book
Date Posted: 3/28/2009 10:11 AM ET
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My turn to ask:  I only got into romances about 2 yrs ago.  This is one of the 1st I read and I can't remember eveyrthing-like the author.  It's probably late 90's-early 2000's.  If I remember right the heroine had blonde hair and the hero had blond or light brown hair.  I think they were on the cover, back cover or inside flap.  It's a Regency taking place towards the end of Napoleonic wars or that time frame anyway.  It was not a little series romance as I don't usually care for those except the occassional Blaze title.

This is how I remember the plot: Hero is a Lord of some kind I believe and if I remember right he's looking into a friend's death or maybe trying to find a missing heiress.   Heroine is (again from memory) I think the long lost daughter/granddaughter/neice of an English nobleman or the illegitimate daughter/etc.., I think the mother might have been French or maybe just took the girl to France.  Anyway hero tracks heroine down because he thinks she might be connected to this case or the heiress he's looking for: he finds her basically doing anything she can (besides prostitution) to survive in a bad part of Paris.  I remember him looking in her room and seeing that she has used old theater playbills and fashion magazine drawings to wall paper her room. She has a couple friends that live in the same building that are prostitutes.  In my memory I think 1 may have raised her or turned out to be her mother or something.  Anyway hero takes heroine back to England, I think. Somehow they seperate (he may have broken her heart I don't remember) and she ends up back in Paris and gets sick during a flu type epidemic.  He goes back to find her and she's really sick.  

 

Here's another one I've been tryign to remember-I might as well toss it in as well:

Hero is son of an Early or Duke or something and they dont' get along.  Turns out hero might not be really his father's son and father has hated him since birth.  So hero goes out of his way to piss father off.  Hero falls in love with heroine but there are obsticles or something that keep them from getting married right away.  Heroine gets pregnant.  Hero's father tricks heroine into believing that hero is dead or run off somewhere or something.  He doesnt want hero's child to be legitimate as he is convinced his wife cheated on him. He love's hero's younger sister and wants her son (if she has one) to be his heir.  There's some letters I think suggesting that. Anyway hero finally finds heroine again a few days after she's given birth to his son.  He's angry that she's been hiding from-yes I remember now she belived a lie about him and hid from him or something. Anyway to make it up to him she takes the baby to Scotland maybe and buys a phony marriange certificate to make the son legitimate.  That's the gist of it anyway.  Oh and I think that it turns out that the sister isn't the father's kid either or something. 

Ok not much to go on but I'm hoping one of you will remember the title.  

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 10:26 AM ET
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The first one sounds like If You Deceive by Kresley Cole. I don't know about the second one.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 12:57 PM ET
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Hero is son of an Early or Duke or something and they dont' get along.  Turns out hero might not be really his father's son and father has hated him since birth.  So hero goes out of his way to piss father off.  Hero falls in love with heroine but there are obsticles or something that keep them from getting married right away.  Heroine gets pregnant.  Hero's father tricks heroine into believing that hero is dead or run off somewhere or something.  He doesnt want hero's child to be legitimate as he is convinced his wife cheated on him. He love's hero's younger sister and wants her son (if she has one) to be his heir.  There's some letters I think suggesting that. Anyway hero finally finds heroine again a few days after she's given birth to his son.  He's angry that she's been hiding from-yes I remember now she belived a lie about him and hid from him or something. Anyway to make it up to him she takes the baby to Scotland maybe and buys a phony marriange certificate to make the son legitimate.  That's the gist of it anyway.  Oh and I think that it turns out that the sister isn't the father's kid either or something. 

Ok not much to go on but I'm hoping one of you will remember the title. 

 

DECEIVE ME NOT by Eve Byron

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 2:02 PM ET
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The first one sounds like If You Deceive (MacCarrick Brothers, Bk 3) by Kresley Cole.

i was thinking the same thing.  it doesn't match on all parts, but the heroine is the daughter of a man the hero ruined and she's living in a very bad part of town, and her friends are prostitutes, and she does end up back there right in the middle of a flu epidemic, and she's already sick when he comes to get her.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 4:47 PM ET
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Deceive Me Not is the right book for the 2nd one I was looking for.  The first one is not the Kresley Cole book.  I've read that one too.  This one was an older book along the lines of Deceive Me Not. Same type of cover I think.  I don't remember the hero being out for revenge against her or the cause of her downfall.  I really think he came across her as a possible connection to something he was looking into but I could be remenbering wrong.  I don't think it was the Cole book though.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 4:59 PM ET
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I suggest that people just throw out any books remotely like the first book in here because if I go by how accurately Mary described the second book, she gets a lot of details wrong.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 8:38 PM ET
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I had the gist of it right didn't I?  The hero and father don't get along and the heroine tries to forge their marriage certificate to make their son legitimate right?  If that's not in Deceive Me Not then it's not the book I'm thinkign of afterall.  I did read Deceive Me Not though I know that.  I read the one with his sister as well. The book I'm thinking of has something about the father thiking the son isn't his and so makes son's life miserable.  He's really upset when his own some is born illegitimate so that's why the heroine goes off to get the false marriage certificate. Something like that.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 9:05 PM ET
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in DECEIVE ME NOT, the hero's official father knows that him and his sister are not his from the beginning. He never slept w/ his wife because he was bought by a Duke to marry the Duke's mistress to give their bastards a name.

The only thing you got right is that the heroine bore a child out of wedlock and she went to Scotland to get a predated marriage certificate to make it right so that their child wont be a bastard.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 10:18 PM ET
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OK yeah that's the book. I was remembering that they didn't know for sure.  Now I remember thinking-if you didn't want to raise another man's kids why did you marry her in the 1st place?