The Lady: After her father's accidental death, it was up to young Fancy Cranson to keep her small family together. But to survive in the pristine woodlands of the Pacific Northwest, she had to use her brains or her body. With no other choice, Fancy vowed she'd work herself to the bone before selling herself to any timberman – even one as handsome, virile, and arrogant as Chance Dawson. The Logger: from the moment Chance Dawson laid eyes on Fancy, he wanted to claim her for himself. But the mighty woodsman had felled forests less stubborn than the beautiful orphan. To win her hand, he would trade his roughhewn ways for tender caresses, and brazen curses for soft words of desire. Only then would he be able to share with her a love that united them in passionate splendor.
I loved this and have re-listened to it several times. The hero is a huge jerk to the heroine because he thinks she's a prostitute (she's not) and it drives him insane that he is still so jealous and desirous of her. She also hurt his pride by turning him down flat the first time they met. This is one of those that some may hate, but it totally worked for me. The story sucked me in. I think it was nice to have a break from all the rich Lords and Greek tycoons and listen to a story about regular people.
I have to give a nod to Norah Hess' reference to Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men with the big, strong, mentally delayed character Lenny. I'm glad to report that things turned out much better for this Lenny and no rabbits were petted to death.
I use to love Norah Hess when I was a teenager. Maybe now that I'm older my tastes have changed?
I could not stand the lead man! What an arrogant dick! How anyone could love a SOB like him I don't know!