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Guardian/Ward romance 1981-1990

Updated on June 29, 2011

older man and young girl theme

Ward/Guardian was a popular theme in romance books from the 1950's and on. Now, the theme is less popular but there are still books published. The books listed below are from the 1980's. I am slowly reading most romance books and I will be adding additional book details in bold. when I can. I have a website at vintageromances.com which has information on thousands of harlequin and silhouette romances.

early guardian ward romances

1971-1980 guardian ward romances

1991-2010 guardian ward romances

408 GIRL FROM THE SEA BY ANNE WEALE

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

Sholto Ransome, the millionare yacht owner, had saved Armorel’s life and then taken her under his wing as her trustee. And a very comfortable wing it was—finishing school, life in Paris,Switzerland, Italy. He gave her the best of everything, and Armorel was duly grateful. But Sholto could not give her the one thing she most wanted from him—his love. As time passed, she realized he was a cynical,cold-hearted womanized. Was it too late to save herself, before she went the way of all his other conquests? She was adrift in the South Seas when he rescued her. Sholto takes her under his wing and sends her off to school.

630 DARK HERITAGE BY YVONNE WHITTAL

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

"Your eyes harbor dark secrets." The truth in Rick's remark flustered Dale. When her parents were killed in a plane crash, Dale was thrust out of her lonely world at boarding school into a new life with her handsome guardian, Rick Crawford. Then she discovered the disastrous truth about her heritage. Now she dared not fall in love with Rick. He knew the humiliating circumstances of her past, and besides, he had Melissa. She possessed everything Dale longed for--beauty, confidence, a proud heritage . .. and Rick.

660 STORM IN THE NIGHT BY MARGARET PARGETER

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

Julia's was a passionate nature. A devastating warmth surged between Julia and her self-appointed guardian, Guy Guerard, the first time they met. Inexperienced in love, Julia let Guy take her to his estate in France, where she was paraded in virginal white before some of the country's most eligible bachelors. Other men wanted her, but there was something about Guy, something so rare and inexplicable that Julia was at a loss to explain her sudden peculiar hunger to become a part of his world and his heart.

697 PRINCESS BY ALISON FRASER

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

Adam was now her adversary. Serena Templeton was not a sleeping princess. She was a tragic little figure existing in a shadow world that she had constructed as a fortress to pain. Then Adam Carmichael pierced her defenses and established himself as a force in her life. In time Serena became a lovely, vital young woman. But she jealously guarded her innermost feelings for fear that Adam would use them against her. Adam demanded her love... but first he would have to force Serena to confront her fear.

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718 BY LOVE BEWITCHED BY VIOLET WINSPEAR

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

Having tracked her down, a young woman's stern guardian forces her to become his wife-until the birth of their child. To resist his power is difficult, if not impossible.

816 OBJECT OF THE GAME BY VANESSA JAMES

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

Natasha felt suffocated by her safe, ordered life in Cambridge. Alexis persisted in treating her like a child, refusing to acknowledge her as a woman who no longer needed a father figure in her life. So she seized an opportunity to work for a notorious, best-selling author in London's infamous Soho district. And surprisingly, Alexis took a chance, despite his concern her, and let her go…For Natasha it was a voyage of discovery, rough but vital. For Alexis it marked the end of years of waiting….

900 LEAVING HOME BY LEIGH MICHAELS

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

A young woman never dreams her guardian’s decision to remain single has anything to do with her, until he proposes marriage—to pull her out of yet another scrape.

955 HAWK'S PREY BY CAROLE MORTIMER

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

An English journalist’s latest scoop involves her boss, the man who used to be her guardian. Why can’t he just confide in her—man to woman—instead of treating her like a child and pulling her off the story?

1150 BELOVED INTRUDER BY PATRICIA WILSON

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

"I do not need a guardian, monsieur!" Beth was over eighteen. She bitterly resented Gaetan Vernais's insistence that she accompany him to Paris and remain under his protection until she was twenty-one and came into her inheritance. Happy as Beth was with her little flat and low-paying job in England, Gaetan viewed it as a squalid existence. His friendship with her deceased uncle obligated him to see that she had better. But to Beth his obligation was more of an obsession. She was frightened by his total disregard for her rights, frightened even more by his raw sensuality and power...

2436 RAIN OF DIAMONDS BY ANNE WEALE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Although she was alone in the world and very young, Francesca’s idolization of the man who became her protector was no puppy love. With Caspar Barrington she had sailed the golden Caribban. Life had been idyllic—until the news arrived. Caspar was Lord Layton now. They went to England, where Francesca couldn’t’ help comparing herself to the eligible women anxious to be his wife. She must leave before heartbreak destroyed her completely.

2490 HOME TO MORNING STAR BY MARGARET WAY

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Miranda was shocked to suddenly learn she was penniless—and that her distant cousin, Blake Seymour, had been supporting her. Blake, her self-appointed guardian, had always treated her as a foolish child. It was embarrassing, humiliating…and now he insisted she return to the family ranch. Miranda had once idolized Blake, one of the cattle barons of Australia. Now the very thought of him both frightened and thrilled her…..Miranda's scatterbrained mom has just died from hang-gliding and her lawyer tells her she is broke. Miranda is used to being rich and her fiance is absolutely shocked when she turns out to be penniless..

2646 CARVAR'S BRIDE BY NICOLA WEST

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

She couldn't run from him forever. Why had famous sculptor Jason Carver insisted that Linzi Barwick be the model for his latest commission? He had, after all, had to trick her into the whole thing. She would have never returned to him voluntarily. Surely, after the way she had jilted him and walked out on him five years ago, it was hardly possible that Jason now had any loving feelings left for Linzi. Why then was the jealous, devious Ceri Penrhys so determined to keep them apart?

Lois is retiring from modeling to marry Richard, just has one last job. She knew Jason in childhood, he was raised by her parents. She jilted him one week before the wedding. He had been her guardian and had asked her to marry him just to take care of her. The modeling commission is very mysterious and she goes to Wales to pose. Of course, Jason is the artist and he says he will ruin her agent if she doesn’t stay.

2922 BID FOR INDEPENDENCE BY YVONNE WHITTAL

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Maura was determined to strike out on her own. Her decision to teach school enraged Clayton, her stepbrother, and the administrator of the family's considerable wealth. 10 years older than Maura, Clayton had always shared an affectionate relationship with her. He'd respected her intelligence and recognized her independent spirit. But now his affection was eclipsed by fury, and Maura was at a loss to understand why. One thing was becoming increasingly obvious. His feelings went beyond brotherly protectiveness and affection.

Maura has been raised from birth by Clayton's mother. Her mom died in childbirth and his mother was an old friend, later his mother married her father. The 2 fathers had been business partners, now Maura and Clayton own the business and Clayton had wanted her to help him in the work.

26 SEPTEMBER MORNING BY DIANA PALMER

SILHOUETTE DESIRE

At thirty-four, Blake Hamilton was an arrogant lady-killer determined to keep his heart free. But to Kathryn Mary Kilpatrick he was a guardian stricter than the father she'd lost. She tried to rebel in the arms of another man, until a furious Blake promised to teach her a lesson she'd never forget, plunging them both into a fiery passion that was dangerously close to love!

228 RAND EMORY'S WOMAN BY NICOLE MONET

SILHOUETTE DESIRE

When her father's sudden death left Sara Benedict alone and facing bankruptcy, the last person in the world she wanted to depend on was business tycoon Rand Emory. Rand had promised her father to take care of her, but Sara wasn't interested in his plans for her future. Determined to challenge his control, she vowed to keep her new employer at a distance. But underneath the cold, ruthless exterior was a man of gentle strength, and soon the sweet power of his kiss had bewitched her. Sara knew she wanted Rand's passion, not his protection. How could she convince him that she needed a man--not a guardian angel?

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270 UNFINISHED RHAPSODY BY GINA CAIMI

SILHOUETTE DESIRE

Jason Caldwell was the scariest man Lauren Welles had ever met. As a child, she'd worshiped him--he was her guardian, her harshest judge, her most demanding teacher. He'd been her world, but he seemed determined to mold her to fit his own vision. Feeling she could never satisfy him, Lauren left home. Four years later she returned, no longer the shy, adoring young girl he'd once dominated. She was her own woman now, an acclaimed concert pianist. But the moment she looked into Jason's eyes she knew her attempts to free herself of him had failed. Caught in a crescendo of passion, they knew that their unfinished rhapsody needed some final touches.

301 ROOMFUL OF ROSES BY DIANA PALMER

SILHOUETTE ROMANCE

Only one thing stood in the way of Wynn Ascot's marriage--her legal guardian, McCabe Foxe. The tough war correspondent returned from Central America with an injured leg-and with the force of a cannonball invaded her home, her life, and her heart. A hard-headed journalist, Wynn was uncharacteristically devastated by the new, disturbing feelings McCabe aroused. But he was a man who made no commitments and asked for none. With Wynn it was all or nothing, and though her heart had already been captured, the surrender would have to be on her terms.

491 DARE TO DREAM BY CARA COLTER

SILHOUETTE ROMANCE

Her teenage girlfriends had laughed when Spring O'Hara revealed her secret dream of marrying Reed Caldwell. She'd spent the happiest moments of her life growing up with him, surrounded by their Canadian apple orchard. But after a tragic accident had left Reed as Spring's guardian, he'd decided to send her away. She'd vowed to hate him forever .. until one day, years later, he stood at her door, as ruggedly handsome as ever. The season of warmth seemed to return when he brought Spring back to the orchard. But he'd hurt her terribly once-could she dare to dream again?

580 CALHOUN BY DIANA PALMER

SILHOUETTE DESIRE

Calhoun Ballenger had raised Abby Clark since childhood, but now that she was 21, she’d set his heart of fire…and was determined to make this long, tall Texan her own. (LONG TALL TEXANS TITLE SERIES)

645 WHEN JOANNA SMILES BY PEGGY WEBB

SILHOUETTE ROMANCE

Upon returning home from college, Joanna Deerfield declared war on her guardian. She'd had enough of Kirk Maitland ordering her around. But every time she confronted him his intense gray eyes stirred her--and the heat of each battle inflamed dangerous desires. Whether she was coaxing him to play basketball or demonstrating a provocative Spanish flamenco, Joanna's bubbling spirit and grown-up curves were tempting Kirk to his very core. But he was an all-too-serious workaholic, and his disastrous first marriage had warned him off carefree younger women. Besides, he had a duty to protect Joanna. Yet Kirk wondered how long he could control his passions, passions that were ignited merely by Joanna's lovely smile.

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