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Initial post: Aug 6, 2007 7:56:53 PM PDT
LC says:
Ok, I know...squicking some of you out, and I sincerely apologize for that.

But still...I was clicking recommendations and reading reviews recently, looking for something different to read, and I stumbled across a book where the hero is injured and nursed back to health by breastfeeding from the heroine. I cannot remember the title or author of the book. I thought I saved it to my wish list, but I guess I was mistaken.

Does it sound familiar to anyone? Or are there other romance titles with this "topic" in them?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 8:05:46 PM PDT
April M says:
I know I've read romance novels where the hero is turned on by the heroine breastfeeding his child (sorry, no titles come to mind), but I've never read one where he's been the one breastfed. Kinda hot in a way.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 8:35:20 PM PDT
Misuzmama says:
The only two that come into mind that have breastfeeding in them are Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas -here the hero breastfeeds from the heroine in a love scene in the epilogue and Passion by Lisa Valdez -also in the epilogue where the hero watches heroine nurse their son and makes love to her at the same time.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 4:18:18 AM PDT
Lisa,

I believe that Virginia Henley wrote one.... A Year And A Day (I think). The hero was called Lynx, there was a lynx in the book, too. His evil mistress had made him think that he had a low sperm count or some such thing, and he wanted to see if he could make a baby with a girl from a very large family, even if she was a peasant.
He went to do battle, got a terrible gut injury, and the heroine, who had had his baby by then, handed off the baby to a wet nurse, and "nursed" the injured hero back to life.

Is that it?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 4:29:16 AM PDT
There was also a Susan Johnson book... Love Storm, where the villain was a Turk who liked to drink breast milk from the source and was willing to do almost anything to ensure he had a supply.

The villain was too wicked for my reading tastes, and I did not read on for the happy ending.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 5:54:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 7, 2007 5:56:01 AM PDT
LC says:
Yep, I think the Virginia Henley book is it. I can't believe I couldn't remember what book it was, because I've actually had that book in a hardcover on my shelf for years and just never got around to reading it.

Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 5:57:12 AM PDT
LC says:
Thanks for the recs! It ended up being a Virginia Henley book that I was looking fore, butI'll check these out too.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 7:31:35 AM PDT
May I just say...EWWWW!!! lol

But you know what? There's something for everyone in the romance genre. ;o)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 3:39:40 PM PDT
LC says:
Heheheheh! That's ok...you can "ewww"...I understand ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 3:49:15 PM PDT
SJ says:
Many people say "EWWWWWWW" to things they have never tried... at least until they try them. Think SUSHI!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 5:24:45 PM PDT
I do think it's kind of weird...but I just got finished reading a gay cowboy novel that I'm sure a lot of other people would find weird too. ;)

Funny...I just ordered Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas last week and I'm waiting for it to ship. So I guess I'll be reading about some breastfeeding after all. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 5:48:02 PM PDT
LC says:
Oh, I LOVE gay cowboys or just gay male romance in general. I cut my teeth for that on slash fan fiction.

*laughs at you ordering the Lisa Kleypas book*...We corrupted you! Yay!!! ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 5:49:29 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 6:47:34 PM PDT
Hardly a romance, but John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath has such a scene. Realistic but also highly symbolic. Fairly shocking at publication, I believe.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 7:56:28 PM PDT
Too Lisa--this is completely off topic for this thread, but I won't feel too guilty since you are the thread starter anyway... ;)

If you like gay cowboys (you must also have a stomach for very graphic erotica...and maybe a change of clothes handy...hehe), read "Bareback" by Chris Owen. OH...MY...GOODNESS. *swoons*

But the breastfeeding thing...I will let you know if it weirds me out after I'm finished with the Kleypas book.

By the way, I will never try sushi. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 9:45:54 PM PDT
Amy Lane says:
OKay--not totally squicked out (because you can't nurse 4 kids for a year a piece and not, you know, *think* about it... but I know that a a plot device this was used as a symbol of the country spending it's resources on the old guard and the old ideas instead of nurturing it's young in John Steinbeck's classic, Grapes of Wrath. Not a romance, no, but I'm a sucker for literary trivia and thought I'd share!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2007 1:48:32 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2007 4:03:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2007 4:06:27 PM PDT
LC says:
Hmmm...did it actually have the baby going hungry in it or was the hero just teasing? Because that sounds more like a teasing statement.

Of course it would be terrible if a baby went hungry, and not at all what I was looking for. But just because the hero breastfed doesn't mean he's being selfish or mean and that the baby would have to go hungry.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2007 5:28:16 PM PDT
Too Lisa,

I got the distinct impression that the baby went without it's meal. I can't remember what book it was, it was a book I was skimming. I think it was an older Zebra Books romance from the late 80's or early 90's, but I'm not positive, and I think it was an Indian romance.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2007 5:34:44 PM PDT
LC says:
Then that's not what I was looking for at all. That's not romantic or sexy. I just read Virginia Henley's "A Year and a Day" and the breastfeeding in it was very intimate and loving. And the baby didn't starve at all :)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2007 11:48:53 PM PDT
Ms.Kara says:
There was a breastfeeding scene in a Joanna Lindsey book on the Mallorys. The hero was Nicholas Eden and the heroine was Regina Mallory.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2007 5:49:02 AM PDT
LC says:
Thank you, Ms.Kara! I'll look for that one.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2007 10:01:21 AM PDT
texas12 says:
I read a book about the same thing years ago I think its by Susan Johnson but cant remember the title.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2007 7:19:21 PM PDT
SpeedyReader says:
Regarding the breastfeeding issue and Lisa Kleypas's Dreaming of You....I LOVE this book and read it many times.....the breastfeeding part is a tiny little end part of the book....almost like Epilog.

Carol

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2007 6:25:06 AM PDT
Al Past says:
I'm not squicked out either (love that word!). I put breastfeeding in my second novel, Distant Cousin: Repatriation, because the woman had twins and they needed to be fed. What's the big deal? It's part of a loving family, at least the way I see it. Same deal with Steinbeck, more or less.
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