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Initial post: Apr 24, 2012 7:13:47 PM PDT
Can someone please recommend me book/s (with added spoilers) where the heroine suffers a near fatal experience (I mean, literally NEAR DEATH'S DOOR)?

Books may follow themes where heroine:

A) Sacrifice herself for the hero
e.g. take an arrow/bullet meant for hero (I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS THEME)
- Judith McNaught's Something Wonderful --- A personal favorite
- Jude Deveraux's Lion's Lady

B) Became seriously ill due to hero's callousness, or someone else's
e.g.
- Christine Monson's Stormfire --- controversial book; hero was beyond callous, but I did enjoy it
- Eloisa James' When Beauty Tamed the Beast
- Katherine Sutcliffe's A Fire in the Heart

C) Suffers some sort of accident that caused heartache for the hero
e.g. poison, abuse, child-bed fever, car/carriage accident, burning house, sky diving accident, attacked by rabid paranormal monsters, you name it (all genres are welcomed)... But again, the injury/ies must be severe enough that the hero fears certain death for the heroine. The more angst the better!
- Eileen Dreyer's Never a Gentlemen --- LOVED THIS ONE!!

Again, the more angst, tears, and heartache the better. I'm planning to have a crying fest this weekend!

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 8:21:55 PM PDT
Upon a Wicked Time (An Avon Romantic Treasure) by Karen Ranney
A Perfect Scoundrel (Lords of Love) by Heather Cullman

The heroes in both are pretty much jerks, but I enjoyed them :-)

The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss (hero starts out an a**hat but becomes devoted before too long).

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 8:28:17 PM PDT
I've read "A Perfect Scoundrel" some years ago and loved it; I'll probably revisit it soon. As for "The Flame and the Flower" I didn't enjoy it so much, OK nothing too spectacular. "Upon a Wicked Time" is in my TBR pile this weekend! THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTIONS!

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 9:08:28 PM PDT
Try The Windflower by Laura London.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 9:24:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 9:25:09 PM PDT
Lisa says:
Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh
Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley: actually, Lily was dead for over 2 minutes from complications of childbirth

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 9:51:35 PM PDT
Death Angel: A Novel by Linda Howard. The H is a hitman hired to kill the h. He is trying to make up his mind if he wants to do this (they had a history) when she gets in an accident when she sees him tailing her. The h was actually dead for at least an hour, but was given a second chance.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 10:52:50 PM PDT
Interestingly enough, "Death Angel" was the reason I had the sudden urge for the 'near death experience' theme... I just finished reading it this morning! =D

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 2:58:22 AM PDT
I would add Kresley Cole If You Deceive. H sent family into poverty as revenge for scarring him and being blamed for something he was innocent of. Years later he falls for their daughter (h). She eventually finds out about all his lies and leaves him and goes back to the slums of Paris. While back home she gets sick because of a cholera outbreak and is at deaths door. H is frantic to save h because if he had been honest and not deceived her she would have been safe and never gotten sick.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 7:25:40 AM PDT
redmoran1 says:
Seduction of a Highland Lass (The Highlanders) by Maya Banks
All the books in the seires are great IMO.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 9:53:54 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 10:19:35 AM PDT
Well, it's a good one to start on. :)

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 9:17:10 PM PDT
This is all I ask fits B on your list. FYI I LOVED When Beauty Tamed the Beast and this is one of my favorite plots in a book.

~SPOLIERS~

Hero thinks heroine is trying to manipulate him and in a fit of rage tells her to pack her things and get out. She runs away before he comes to his senses and realizes he was wrong. She ends up being in the woods in the cold and gets sick. She's found and cared for by an old woman. Meanwhile he is berating himself for his stupidity and desperately searching for her. By the time he finds her she is alone and raging with fever. He goes through many moments of sickening worry while she's gone thinking she's dead and then when they find her so sick he still is freaking out and insists on taking care of her personally. I enjoyed this one as much as "Beauty/Beast" :)

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:20:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 27, 2012 2:14:42 AM PDT
Fiona B says:
The Outsider by Penelope Williamson, and Keeper of the Dream also by Penelope Williamson.

The Outsider synopsis & spoiler: After Rachel Yoder's husband is murdered by outlaws in an act of outrageous greed, she must raise her 10-year-old son alone on the Montana Plains. One day, a handsome stranger dying from a gunshot wound walks into her ranch. With simple kindness, she treats his injury and nurses him back to health. Soon Rachel finds herself drawn to this mysterious outsider with a violent past--and must put her future on the line for a last chance at happiness. During a confrontation with another man near the end of the book, the H accidentally shot the h. I cried when I read it, you feel so bad for the H (lol, instead of feeling bad for the h who got shot)

Keeper of The Dream: The h was shot in the chest by the enemy's arrow, the H was cradling her and a bit incoherent because of shock when the enemy came and took him as prisoner. Leaving the unconscious h in the woods, the H thought that surely she was dead.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 11:48:46 PM PDT
V says:
Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5) by JR Ward. This is a paranormal. The h was shot by the enemy and dies in the H's arms. I know it doesn't sound like it would have a HEA ending but it does(some might disagree with the ending because it's not the usual HEA).

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 1:32:51 AM PDT
JenKoko says:
My personal favorites for the emotional turmoil are Elizabeth Lowell novels. She knows how to write compelling love scenes as well as those perilous "Oh my God what have I done" scenes.

Only His - heroine Willow finds out hero Caleb guided her through the wilderness of Colorado because he's wants to kill her brother for seducing and abandoning his sister (she died in childbirth). Except the brother never seduced his sister so willow assumes hero seduced her by mistake and out of revenge. The entire time she's learning the truth by eavesdropping on his conversation with her brother, Willow is biting her hand to keep herself from crying out. Inflicting physical pain on herself is more preferable to losing herself to the emotional pain. Then when she runs off to escape Caleb being forced into shotgun marriage, she's captured by an outlaw gang who beat her and threaten to torture her if she doesn't reveal his location. During the ensuing shootout to rescue her, Willow takes a gunshot wound to the head from the lead outlaw in his dying bit of revenge. Caleb's outright emotional torture is beautifully described. Lowell uses his interactions with the brother and friend Wolfe to portray Caleb's terror she may never wake up again. This hard man who starts out the novel playing a cruel game of revenge ends up in tears because he nearly loses the love of his life physically and emotionally. He never did set out to seduce her for revenge, by the way. He assumed she was her brother's mistress (she lied about being the man's wife) and fell in love with her. Then he just wanted to steal her away from what he thought was a callous seducer only to torture himself with the knowledge he had inadvertently done the very thing he believed her brother guilty of. By far this is the best falling in love story I've ever read. They make great trail mates during the mundane and the perilous situations of riding through 1860's Colorado.

Only Mine - the follow-up story with Wolfe and his childhood sweetheart Jessi. This is a story where the hero and heroine both harbor painful secrets that threaten their friendship. Jessi traps Wolfe into a marriage of convenience, but he spends most of the book being so angry at her he fails to question why she would do such a thing. It's not until 3/4s of the way through when he has humiliated her for the last time and she's ready to go commit suicide (by running outside into a cold vicious mountain storm) that she finally reveals the secret that's been haunting her all her life. Her father continually beat and raped her mother to get a son which made her terrified of sex and marriage. Trapping her childhood friend into marriage was her only way of saving herself from the same fate. (In fact the trapping was a result of her running to his bedroom after her arranged fiancee attempts to brutally rape her in the hallway of her guardian's house.) By the time Jessi recounts her chilling tale, I'm always in tears. The hero is equally appalled by her fears and his own callous reactions toward her. Then we get treated to some very stirring and gentle explorations of their love life as she asks him to help her get over her fears of the marital bed. This story is only difficult because for 2/3rd of it the hero acts like a total jerk to the heroine, but he redeems himself handsomely in the end. I always cry when I read Jessi's story. No one should ever have to experience that hell as a child.

Untamed - is a medieval. The hero Dominic is a calculating Norman knight who marries a Saxon bride said to be a Celtic witch doomed to provide him no sons unless he learns to truly love her. Meg has a few beautiful selfless scenes. The first comes when Dominic is poisoned using her medicinal herbs and to save him she has to forcefeed him the antidote from her own lips. That means she ends up exposing herself to an unhealthy amount of stimulant in order to save his life. She nearly overdoses, pulls at her hair and almost dies but saves him. In the finale, she's taken captive by raiders who seek to use her as bait to ransom Dominic's fortune. She tells her captors to bring a priest to hear her confession because she knows he will not save her. To do so would cost him his land and she is just not that important. She knows it means her captors will gang rape, torture and murder her if he doesn't come. When Dominic is told by one of his spies what she said and that she truly believes he will let her die that horrible death, he vows to the people that they will get her back. He does so with tears in his eyes. Sure enough during the battle Meg tries to save Dominic from a crushing blow and takes the mace to her side instead.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 5:04:58 AM PDT
Mercered says:
JKoko: I read Untamed and that's one of my rereads, loved it! I like the others in the series too, with Simon.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 7:27:28 PM PDT
Agnes says:
Fiona B, I've never read anything by Penelope Williamson, but those sound really good.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2012 2:02:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 27, 2012 2:11:51 AM PDT
Fiona B says:
whoops! Sorry, it was suppose to be The Outsider by Penelope Williamson instead of Heart of The West XD wrong link

ETA: and they made a movie out of this book too. Naomi Watts played the heroine and Tim Dally as the Hero

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 8:22:27 AM PDT
Sandra H says:
The Prize
h takes an arrow protecting the H that had been shot by her brother while returning to her former home (castle) now owned by the H.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 3:49:10 PM PDT
Linda Howard's Diamond Bay.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 6:36:00 PM PDT
D. Stom says:
Rock Chick Renegade -> h gets shot twice trying to save a kid /Cat A? (not sure, it's not for the H...)
Rock Chick Regret -> h is brutalized/raped/beaten in very beginning, doesn't say she's on the verge of flat-lining but she pretty much gave up trying to stay alive before she woke up in the hospital. /Cat B
Sought (The Brides of the Kindred) (PNR) -> has to do with the loss of mate, so I'm going to throw it into /Cat C
Pleasure's Foehn (WindVerse, Book One) (another PNR/SF) -> h is stabbed /Cat B

Posted on May 4, 2012 4:14:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2012 12:25:23 AM PDT
Adnana says:
You may want to check out this older thread:

Hero Genuinely Believes Heroine Is Dead. Cue Massive Angst.
http://www.amazon.com/forum/romance/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg1?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxM42D5QN2YZ1D&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=TxD63IPCGQP4UQ

Posted on May 4, 2012 6:21:27 PM PDT
The book I'm reading now has that event, Games of the Heart (The 'Burg Series) by Kristen Ashley. The h is shot by thugs trying to chase the family off their farm so a sleazy developer can buy them out.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 8:04:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 8:05:33 AM PDT
D. Stom says:
uh, no. that's not what happened. She was shot by an idiot psycho teen, with two others who were thinking to scare her nephews. had nothing to do with the developer.

Posted on May 5, 2012 8:44:06 AM PDT
D. Stom, Was it just that? I just skipped ahead and took a quick look. But they were calling Debbie and yelling at her for starting it all, so I assumed they were associated with the developer since he was known to strong-arm people out of their property. I'm still working toward it, but KA has longer books.
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