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Subject: Deaf heroes?
Date Posted: 10/11/2009 7:42 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/11/2009 8:01 PM ET
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Dark Thirst by Sara Reinke has it all... a contemporary story about a naive, virginal deaf/mute vampire paired with an African-American cop 5 yrs his senior. Oh, and she's the sister of his former tutor and a longtime acquaintance.

Sounds over-the-top with plot devices, but it actually works. I've yet to read the sequels, Dark Hunger and Dark Passion, but I'm looking forward to them.

It seems as disabilities go, blindness is much more common than deafness. One of my favorite disabled hero stories is Diana Palmer's Lord of the Desert... the hero is impotent from having stepped on a land mine years earlier.

Colleen

Date Posted: 10/11/2009 8:07 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/11/2009 8:37 PM ET
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Diana Palmer wrote Blind Promises.  The hero is blind, the heroine is his nurse.  I think the hero recovers his sight at the end.

I read an older Harlequin Temptation where the heroine is blinded in an auto accident.  The hero was involved in the accident somehow and finds her a couple of years later and they fall in love.  She never regains her sight.  She was a painter too but finds a way to paint blind.  I don't remember the name right now but it'll come to me.

Aha! It's The Color of Love by Binnie Syril



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Date Posted: 10/12/2009 2:00 AM ET
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All About Romance has a special title catagory of "Less than Perfect"  for disabled heros/heroines.  They include a brief description.

http://www.likesbooks.com/disabled.html

The Prince of Midnight (1990) by Laura Kinsale - Sophochles Trafalgar is deaf in one ear and suffers extreme vertigo, appearing drunk most of the time.

Kevin's Story (11/1986) by Adrienne Staff - LS-165 - Kevin Ross is deaf.

Deafness seems to be a sex linked disability, mainly women are deaf.

Date Posted: 10/12/2009 9:23 AM ET
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The Texan's Wager by Jodi Thomas.  The hero's parents were deaf and he doesn't talk very much.  Excellent book!

Subject: Deaf Heroine!
Date Posted: 10/12/2009 11:55 AM ET
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Erica McCarthy's excellent Mouth to Mouth has a sassy and smart deaf heroine with a stubborn and sexy cop hero.

Date Posted: 10/12/2009 2:27 PM ET
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That was a good link Emily!! Thxs! =)

And edited to add:  I'm might look into the books with the H/H has hearing loss.  For I having hearing loss in both ears and am almost deaf in my left ear.  Interesting topic!!



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Date Posted: 10/12/2009 8:05 PM ET
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So how come blindness seems to be an equal opportunity disability while deafness seems to happen almost only to women?  I expect much more men with hearing problems related to gun fire and explosions.  Is it not alpha enough?