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Subject: Childless books?
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 6:01 PM ET
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I know a few heroine stories, don't think I've ever encountered one where the hero had the issue. Of course before we had the science to study infertility women were generally blamed for childlessness so it's less likely to come up in a historical.

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I know a few where the husband shoots blanks but they are not the hero IMO. Inability to have children reflects on a hero's virility. Same thing with hair. You never see a bald hero.

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IIRC, doesn't the hero in one of Anne Mallory's books have some degenerative disease and therefore he doesn't want to have children so he doesn't pass it to them? 

 



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Same thing with hair. You never see a bald hero.

I'm assuming you are distinguishing between losing hair bald and shaved head bald, as there are a number of the latter.

Date Posted: 6/18/2009 9:12 PM ET
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Brockmann has a balding hero. One of the things I love about Brockmann. :-) Maybe she will do an infertile hero.

I've encountered some heroes who were afraid of having kids because of fear of passing along some disease or other, but I think they always decide to risk it by the end of the book.

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Take a Chance on Me by Susan Donovan deals with male infertility (due to a sports injury).  I think she does a good job of illustrating how it might affect the hero's psyche and his view of the relationship.  But I don't think it has the ending you are looking for.

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What about Outlander?  The uncle has his brother do the deed to make the kids.  And Clare realizes it as she knows the condition is genetic.  Is that in the first book of the series? 

There are a bunch of adopted kids in the series as Claire knew the genelogy from the future.  Randall adopts his brother's kid. (in book 3?).  And the priest adopts a war orphan.  But you could argue that they are not the hero.

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 11:19 AM ET
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In Outlander, the Laird is crippled and cannot reproduce.  His brother, his War Chief, does the deed and the Laird claims him for his own child.  Also Jamie has a child but cannot claim so a gay "friend" of his agrees to adopt the child and watch over him as his own.  And Jamie's son in law is also adopted because his parents were killed in the Blitz of London.  His uncle adopted him.   Jamie himself unofficially adopted Fergus, a boy he found living in a brothel.

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Sherri,

 

The Outlander by Gil Adamson? 

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I just finished one last week where the hero is unable to have kids.  It is a sci-fi romance.  It was only my second one in that genre and was actually pretty good.  It's called The Star King by Susan Grant.  If you are wanting to try something new.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  It is that series of huge books that falls somewhere between historical, romance and paranormal.  Not traditional romance with HEA.

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I have Outlander on order since I've heard a lot about it. I had the trade size version on my wishlist and my wish was granted so we shall see if I actually get a trade size version!

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I don't think you're weird, Babs. I think the romance genre just tends to be kind of conservative in some areas, and people who enjoy variety in their characters, especially the heroes, have a harder time finding it.

 

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There are so many possibilities in romance and I'm personally thrilled when I discover a story that has something that makes it stand out as different.

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I can think of several that are SciFi.  (different species)  And almost none that are romance.  The one I can recall was where the guy thought he was sterile and wasn't.  Whoops. 

ETA.  I wonder if this is because more men read SF?



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I've read a few Harlequins where the hero has thought he's unable to have children.  Of course, he reveals this to the heroine after a night or two of passion and she turns up pregnant.  He doesn't believe it's his baby until the end of the book..  Diana Palmer's The Case of the Mesermizing Boss is one.

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Elizabeth Lowell- Granite Man - he thinks he is sterile but he really isn't. :)

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LaVryle Spencer has one called " The Fullfillment" (historical) It's about a happily married couple whom after years of being married are unable to have children together. The husband suspects that he is infertile, comes up with a plan to have his brother father a child with his wife.

Normally a storyline like that would creep me out or turn me off to it,but LaVryle Spencer  writes it so well that it doesn't  come across as weird or yucky. I believe years ago they made a made for t.v. movie based on this book. It starred Cheryl  Ladd as the wife.

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I read a book recently--it's a contemporary, Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy--where the hero could not have kids due to an undiagnosed STD as a teenager. It works because the heroine is a widow with two kids already.

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 9:55 AM ET
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I read one recently where the heroine had an issue conceiving... "Not Quite a Husband" by Sherry Thomas.  Definitely a different style of romance novel than what I have read in the past (not because of the issue with conceiving.. just the nature of the story).  But it was a great book.

I don't think I have ever read one where the HERO has had an issue.  I think there was a harlequin one I read where the hero THINKS he shoots blanks but doesn't :P

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I'm reading The Fulfillment now, because of this thread. Good story, but I don't think you could consider the infertile husband the hero, in the romance sense.