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H&H madly in love but can't have each other , recs or suggestions?


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Initial post: Nov 3, 2012 5:48:43 AM PDT
T. Wheaton says:
I just finished reading Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy) and realized how much I love this trope. In this book the H is betrothed to marry but is in love with h. He can't just break the betrothal b/c it has much bigger implications for the needs of his clan and his king. So they make the most of the time they have realizing he must marry someone else.

I am looking for more like this. Where the H&H are madly in love and for what feels like insurmountable reasons simply can't marry.

Any genre is fine (contemp, PNR, historical) except YA.

All suggestions welcome.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 6:08:14 AM PDT
Lord Rose says:
When A Duke Says I Do- The H is a mute painter's assistant (or is he?) and the h is the daughter of a lord and engaged to another man. I really liked the first half of the book, but the second half kind of dragged.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 7:24:56 AM PDT
JennyG. says:
Wicked Angel by Julia London

Forbidden love is always a scandalous choice.

Hungry Heart
She raced across the pasture, vaulted a fence, and landed, stunned and breathless, on top of the most handsome man she had ever seen. The bemused stranger stayed to capture the fancy of the brood of orphaned children in her charge, then stole Lauren Hill's heart with a searing kiss as he left. Lauren couldn't tell him she was a widowed countess fallen on hard times. She tried to forget him--until she saw him again at a London ball. The man who haunted her dreams was a duke, out of her class...and he was pledged to another woman.

Reckless Spirit
The ton is ablaze with talk of the ravishing Bavarian countess. Stunned, Alexander Christian, Duke of Sutherland, recognizes Lauren as the country girl who's captured his heart. Duty has forced him to pledge himself to another, to take his proper place in society and in Parliament. He wants one night with his blue-eyed enchantress, but will he be able to walk away from her again, or will he risk it all to be with the woman who fires his blood and makes him think of a . . . Wicked Angel.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 8:00:11 AM PDT
Kim says:
Passion (Passion Quartet) Lisa Valdez

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 8:25:20 AM PDT
dp says:
I just finished reading "A Love By Any Measure" by Killian McRae. This is a great book.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 8:46:56 AM PDT
Kim says:
@T. Wheaton: Can Seduction of a Highland Lass be read as a stand-alone or should book 1 be read before this one?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 9:01:42 AM PDT
T. Wheaton says:
@Kim - I did not read the first book and did not feel lost at all. the author gives enough background in context so you don't feel like you missed anything.

And thanks for the recs everyone... keep 'em coming!

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 10:25:54 AM PDT
Catniss says:
Silver Nights, by Jane Feather. I loved it. This is the plot...no major spoilers, just a quick rundown. It's set in Russia - the h is a princess, but she's been raised in a rural area so she's a tomboy. She's been ordered to marry this guy (who is really cruel) and she's not thrilled but she goes. The H is the evil guy's aide de camp and he's been ordered to escort the h. Of course they fall for each other, but it's one of those great books (IMO) that builds up the sexual tension and doesn't have them have sex right away. Okay, so she gets married to the evil guy, and he keeps doing awful things to her - and the H, who is desperately in love with her and has to see she and her husband together all the time, always finds a way to save the day. It's angsty - it's a little dark so it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it was right up my alley.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 11:11:25 AM PDT
Kim says:
Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 11:14:16 AM PDT
MelissaB says:
Catniss,

I think I read this a long time ago if the evil guy

*****Spoilers*****

Gives her something that would make her miscarry if she was pregnant and she gets really sick?????

I have so many books I read that I can't remember any more because I didn't keep track.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 3:53:47 PM PDT
The Bronze Horseman fits this thread.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 5:46:22 PM PDT
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Robin Wilson says:
Heart of a Knight
A Bed of Spices: Bed of Spices, A (Harper Monogram)
An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgerton Series, Bk. 3)-part of the wonderful Bridgerton series.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 10:09:09 PM PDT
Huyen Vo says:
Autumn Rain (Onyx)
The Secret Pearl

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 3:15:00 PM PST
cathyr says:
@Kim - Banks has all three books of the trilogy available as The Highlander Series 3-Book Bundle.

I hate finding that sort of thing out after I've bought the first two...

Anwyay, if you think you'll be interested in the trilogy, it's a cheaper way to go!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 4:15:44 PM PST
Kim says:
Thanks Cathyr!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 2:08:20 AM PST
Catniss says:
No, the villain doesn't do that in Silver Nights. He just tortures her mentally, basically.
*SPOILERS* He was madly in love with her mother, who chose another man. He thinks if he marries her daughter he'll feel better about it, but he thought she'd be malleable and petite and docile - which she is not, so he's royally ticked. So he thinks he'll feel better if he bends her to his will and treats her horribly. He sells her beloved stallion, he has loyal Boris, her servant and only friend at her new home, flogged, and threatens her all the time. Then when he decides he's sick of her, he kicks her out in the freezing cold with only a thin satin dress on, fully expecting her to die. I love how Adam, the hero, has to show total deference to his captain but always finds a way to save the day.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 5:53:39 AM PST
MelissaB says:
Thanks Catniss! It must have been a different book.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:19:03 AM PST
Annie says:
I have silver nights if anyone wants it. Im about to read it as well. Sounds interesting and plus, im all out of reading material.

Somtimes i think i read more reviews than books :(

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:39:37 AM PST
RomReader says:
The Duke Is Mine by Eloisa James

h is engaged to be married to a future duke & H is the duke her beloved twin sister is interested in marrying.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:42:05 AM PST
Psylocide says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:47:28 AM PST
HJ Leonard says:
Time to read up on your Romance Genre definitions, there, Psylo.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 3:57:15 AM PST
T. Wheaton says:
@Psylocide - LOL. I was kinda hoping for suggestions where the H&H actually lived happily ever after instead of well, dying.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 4:53:57 AM PST
read4fun says:
In Wild Yearning the h is the one who has to marry somebody else.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 8:51:19 PM PST
annalyhk5 says:
Memoirs of a geisha

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 6:01:12 PM PST
T214T1987 says:
The best in this genre is Wuthering Heights....I know everyone has probably read it. But I just had to mention it.
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