Heart Thief - Robin D. Owens I'm starting to see a pattern here - H identifies h as "the one", pursues her rigorously, then, 50 pages from the end, they break up, only to walk around like zombies (because they're like, soul mates or whatever) until the last chapter where they get back together, the birds begin to sing and flowers bloom. Gaaah. I should have read the first book I actually acquired of this series so I'd know not to bother hunting the rest of them.

The first book, someone had wiped out the H's family. This one, the H's uncle, an ambitious, greedy, evile sort, had stolen his right to the household leadership while he was a child.