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Initial post: Jun 11, 2012 10:26:38 AM PDT
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Romance4Ever says:
I am looking for books where h is in love with the H for a long time. Then when she finally gets the courage to tell him he turns her down for some reason (i.e. Not good enough for h, loves another etc.) Heartbroken the h leaves town, ignores the H or dates someone else. This jolts him into action making him realize he actually loves the h. I would really like it if the h doesn't give in right away. I love it when the H squirms a little. Thank you for the help!!!

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 10:51:09 AM PDT
Highland Vow by Hannah Howell meets your requirements (if you want historical). The h has loved the H since she was a young girl and helped save the H when he was accused of murder. they meet again, years later when he rescues her from a rejected suitor who had her kidnapped. They travel together to make it to the royal court and her kinsmen and make love, but the H has had it in his head for years that he loves a certain woman (who is always being married off by her family to someone else who mysteriously dies). He refuses the h's declaration of love because of this and ends up crawling to her (the h) literally) on his hands and knees after the scales fall from his eyes (and he finds out the woman he loved has been murdering husbands, was responsible for his plight years ago, and was planning to blame him again for the death of her next husband). For some reason, the h doesn't want to accept his apology.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 9:54:53 PM PDT

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 8:46:55 AM PDT
Romance4Ever says:
Any more?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 10:55:53 AM PDT
Give me a bit, I'm sure I can come up with several more. Now, if you'd asked for soft headed heroes, well, you could be over whelmed. :)

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 11:20:04 AM PDT
Romance4Ever says:
:) lol

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 6:51:42 PM PDT
Ok, some of these don't fit exactly but were close enough to get a mention.

Love Only Once: A Malory Novel by Johanna Lindsey. This is a close match, the H kidnapps the h by mistake thinking it is his mistress and compromises her reputation (the mistress tells everyone). He is forced to marry her which is ok with the h because she's taken with him. The H never intended to marry or sire children and abandons the h at his seat and drives off, leaving her alone with his malicious mother. She has had the H's child by the time he gets back.

Tender Pirate (Lovegram) by Linda Lang Bartell. The h is the natural granddaughter of a nobleman at the time of the roundheads, just before the restoration. The mother was simple and they didn't know who the father was so when the child was born, the grandfather gave her nurse maid some money and told her to take the baby away--he didn't want to know where. The nurse loved the child and she and her husband went to London and opened an inn and raised her as their own alongside their children. They are very protective of her which gets the attention of a party of sailors when the father won't let her serve them. Their captain is a nobleman whose uncle tried to kill when he was young, instead he ends up in a pirates hands and eventually displaces the captain. He is now searching for the priest who rescued him from the beach to prove his identity to the King's court. As a prank, his crew kidnap the h after the inn closes and presents her as a gift to the captain. He keeps her and sails away to Peru (!?!) where the priest is supposed to be. Along the way, he seduces her and she wins the heart of the crew. When he finds the priest, she tells him she loves him, but he rejects her and tells her he will marry a noblewoman. He didn't even plan to keep her as his mistress because she was too common. She is devastated and leaves with the priest who agrees to meet the captain in London and verify how he found him. After she leaves, the crew is unhappy, and the captain realizes he does love the h so he searches for her when he gets back to London. The family tells him they haven't seen her and he sadly goes to the court where he is confirmed as the missing nobleman. He finds the h at court--when she disappeared, the nurse appealed to her grandfather, hoping he could force the captain to release her. The grandfather had been searching for her for years because his daughter disappeared and was never seen again, so her daughter was all he had left of her. When she is returned by the priest, her grandfather takes her and is grooming her to take her place at court. She is still hurt and angry and wants nothing to do with the captain for a while.

Sweetbriar by Jude Deveraux. This takes place in the late 1700's in America. The h's family is traveling on a wagon train in Kentucky seeking farmland when Indians attack and kill all but the children. Since the h is small statured and was playing with the children, she is taken with them (they sell them to other tribes to replace lost loved ones). On their way back to camp, they discover she is not a child and plan to kill her. The H who is a half breed fights for her to save her (pretty much on a whim) and takes her back to the white settlement where he stays when not with his Indian relatives. He is reluctantly attracted to her, but also gets angry about it. They both succumb to each other and after the act, the H gets angry and yells he doesn't want her and runs away to his Indian grandfather to try to get her out of his head. She is now tired of him, and leaves the settlement and travels back further East where she has his child and works as a teacher. When the H gets back, he has to track her down and convince her to return (and many other adventures were had)

Elaine Coffman has two, If You Love Me which is an imperfect, but fits somewhat. The H is an English nobleman traveling with a friend through Indian country, painting the people and landscape. His father, whom he hates, sends him a letter demanding he come home and marry (to the woman his father chose for him) and produce a child. A white slave is being sold where he gets and reads the letter, and on a whim he buys her and cleans her up and marries her. She has been with the Indians since she was captured at age 6 (ish). He takes her home with him and arrives on Christman day and presents her to his family as his wife (she is still wearing her indian clothing) and then turns around and leaves. The girl had really loved him by this time and is horrified to be left with these strangers. The mother, thinking fast, sends a family retainer with her son and takes the girl under her wing. By the time the son's ship arrives back in America, he has rethought his actions and wants to go back to his wife, but his companion has developed consumption (what they used to call tuburculosis) and will die unless he stays in a dry climate. The H won't abandon him and waits until he dies until going back. When he gets back, he discovers his wife has been groomed into a beautiful woman, had been pregnant and borne him twin sons, and wants nothing to do with him.

The second Elaine Coffman is Heaven Knows. It's actually part of a series that the previous book also belonged to about a Scots family in America that gets attacked by Indians. Some are killed, some are captured, some escape but the family is split up and it takes years for them to figure out where all of the survivors are (one even goes back to Scotland because he has inherited a title). In this book, the H was a boy who escaped and was sent to live with distant relatives on the east coast. The h is a girl living there who immediately falls in love with him and makes his life a misery trying to make him love her back. Her family finally sends her to live with an aunt in Boston to acquire some polish (and so she'll stop embarrassing them with her antics). When she returns after the aunt's death, she has become very beautiful, but has learned not to do many of the things that got her in so much trouble. The H is a talented ship designer, and is designing a ship for the war dept (this is just before the civil war). He catches a man stealing his plans and pursues him down to the docks, where the their jumps on a sail boat and takes off. The H takes a boat belonging to the h's family (she is below decks taking a nap) and sails after him. When she wakes and comes up, the H refuses to return her, but continues the chase for several days until he loses the thief. On their way back, he takes the h to bed. Her brother seize him when they get back and force him to marry her (even if they did nothing, she was still compromised). He tries to get her to cry off (he hates to be told what to do) but she is pregnant so doesn't. They get married and he leaves her on their wedding night and goes to DC to work on new plans. She leaves his house and goes to live with her grandfather in his lighthouse because she not only mad at her husband, but at her family for making her do this. The H wants to return to the h after his temper cools down, but the War dept. won't let him so he doesn't get back for two years to discover the h has no more use for him.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 7:17:05 PM PDT
On the contemporary front, Linda Howard has a couple where the h/H had several dates and the H decided the h was too high maintenance and was lackluster on their final date and then did not call her again (the old I'll call you later.........NOT). He is a cop and two years later, a woman is shot at the h's gym and he thinks it's her and he gets upset and rushes there to find a p!ssy h still mad at him. I think the books were To Die For: A Novel and Drop Dead Gorgeous: A Novel (Blair Mallory).

Back to Hannah Howell, you might try His Bonnie Bride where the H/h belong to border family on each side of the English Scots border. She is captured briefly when a child and helps save the H's father's arm with her medical care, and again when she is grown during a raid. Her father is doing military duty in France, so the evil stepmother refuses to ransome her and it is a while before the father gets back and discovers what happened and actually saves the H's clan from being killed by the evil stepmother and her lover (who want the h). The h is in love with the H, but he lets her go because her father just saved all their bacon and he's afraid that if he finds out he was intimate with his daughter, he'll decide to finish the job. Much misunderstand ensues, but they get together (in this one--sorry--but she falls back into his arms when he travels to her keep).

Howell also wrote Highland Knight and Reckless (Highland Brides 3) which have some of the elements, but not all.

Some HP's also have this plot line, but I don't know if you like that style book.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 7:30:58 PM PDT
SheReadsALot says:
The H wasn't in love for a long while but this is one of my favorite stories, damn it, Dreaming of You (Gamblers)
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