HaBO: Model Heroine Becomes a Teacher

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This HaBO comes to us from Sara, who wants to find an older category romance:

My google-fu is weak. Help me, Habo-wan?

I’m pretty sure this is a book I read back in the mid-90s, as that’s when I did the bulk of my category romance reading, but it could have been as late as 2000-ish. I believe it would have been a non-specialized Harlequin romance – it didn’t have a super-involved plot.

The book starts out with the blond heroine retiring from a modeling career to become a teacher. She’s just done her last modeling job and she eats her first burger in forever. It’s stuck in my mind that she gets ill because she hasn’t eaten greasy food for so long – I think vomiting in the gutter happens. Our setting is New York City.

The hero is your basic kinda-stalker alphole businessman. I think he’d been obsessed with her for some time from afar and goes to some lengths to get her to go out with him, wooing her with fanciness. I think she was resistant because she thought he just wanted arm candy?

For some reason I think the aforementioned burger vomiting into a gutter was out the door of his chauffeured car at the end of his first wooing attempt. She does become a teacher and de-glamorizes. Eventually she realizes that he likes her for her and happily ever after happens.

If someone is able to identify this, wonderful. And if not I will fully understand as even among the Bitchery I would find in depth recall of 25 year old category romance beyond impressive.

I hope the heroine gets to enjoy a burger later on in the romance without having any issues. To me, that’d be the real HEA.

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