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Subject: Can't remember title. Hero named Devlin, bluestocking, Regency
Date Posted: 4/8/2008 7:30 PM ET
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I think this one must be pretty old. It seems like it was a skinny little thing (possibly a Signet or Harlequin Historical).

The hero is a nobleman named Devlin and a confirmed bachelor. The heroine is (I think) the sister of one of his good friends, and I believe she was something of a bluestocking. One of the scenes I remember best is when he was napping on the couch in the library, and she was looking for a big book and accidentally drops Shakespeare on him - and then falls on him herself. I also seem to remember something about crab cakes.

There was a young inventor who was also in love with her and made a point to come to her salons.

This one was really funny, and I loved it when I was younger, but I can't seem to find it at home anymore. Anybody have any ideas?
Date Posted: 4/8/2008 7:33 PM ET
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If you don't get any answers here, you should try smartbitchestrashybooks.  They often do "do you know this book", you just need to email Sarah or Candy.  They have such a large following someone almost always comes up with the title.  Good luck.

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 8:21 AM ET
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I remember a couple of books with this name, but no harlequins since I don't read them.  The ones that come to mind are Devil Takes a Bride (Foley) and Then Came You (Kleypas).  Both were very good and keepers for me.  Don't specifically remember the library thing, though.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 12:36 AM ET
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I think I read it too and I can't think of the name.  It sounds very familiar.  Post if you come up with the title.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 1:24 AM ET
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This is totally from left wing here, but is it "Merry's Christmas"?

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 10:41 AM ET
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I think I may have found it. Somebody on another site suggested  Belle of Portman Square by Clarice Peters. The cover seems familiar, and so does the story. I'm waiting for it to get here to see if this is really it. I'll keep y'all posted. Thanks for all of the suggestions!