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h or H doesn't want or can't have children

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Initial post: Jun 3, 2012 1:54:30 PM PDT
M. C. Frank says:
Any suggestion is welcome, please include whether by the end of the book they manage to have a child or not. I would prefer it if they didn't.
Also, I don't mind spoilers (I rather like them actually).
thanks in advance

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 1:59:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 3, 2012 2:08:19 PM PDT
BethB says:
The Trouble With Joe - Joe is sterile, which takes a while to be revealed IIRC. They end up adopting.

ETA: Just remembered this one. It definitely helps if you've read the series Heart Choice (Celta's HeartMates, Book 4). H is desperate to rebuild his family, h cannot have children.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 2:45:25 PM PDT
Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon. The main couple can't have children because they aren't 'soul mates' (read to understand), but they decide they'll adopt. Of course, that's before someone intervenes and makes it so they can. That happens in the last pages, so they probably don't have any yet considering their lifespan is as long as they don't get killed.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 4:06:21 PM PDT
A Season To Be Sinful - historic - the h was sexually abused and therefore, cannot have children. However, she and the H end up taking in 3 (delightful) orphans.

Rescue Me: A Novel - contemporary - the h was attacked/raped/beaten and lost her ability to have children. However, she and the H do end up adopting.

Both were very good.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012 4:15:21 PM PDT
Sydney says:
Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise

Neither the h or H want children. They don't have any by the end of the book.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 4:55:05 PM PDT
In Pack Challenge They get "fixed" lol

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 4:58:50 PM PDT
anni says:
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas

The h can't have any children. We're shown a bit into the future, where the h and H are just happy w/ each other.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 5:17:51 PM PDT
MelissaB says:
Pack Challenge and Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston - neither couple wants kids

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 5:31:07 PM PDT
bougeau4 says:
Gabriel's Inferno deals with this towards the end of book 1.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012 7:21:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 3, 2012 7:23:47 PM PDT
SheReadsALot says:
Flying Books, that couple did have kids. But it's briefly mentioned in one of Sherrilyn's later books.

On the Island - the H is sterile due to cancer radiation. He did save his sperm though prior to treatment. In the epilogue, he has children with his wife.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 9:36:07 AM PDT
Death Angel: A Novel by Linda Howard. The h is sterile due to a difficult delivery when she was 15 yr old, and the hit-man H took steps to make sure he couldn't have kids.

Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (I'm very angelic today). The H doesn't want kids and when the h accidentially falls pregnant, he threatens to take her for an abortion causing her to bolt.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 10:03:26 AM PDT
Kate Barley says:
Until It's Over by Lauren Gallagher. Neither want kids.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 11:06:03 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
<I would prefer it if they didn't.>

Me too.. Odd how there are few postings that reflect that choice. (This is one of the reasons I loved Bet Me.) Is it really that rare?


Posted on Jun 4, 2012 12:27:54 PM PDT
BethB says:
There's Dallas and Roarke, of course. But I think one day they will get up the nerve to have a child. Even if it means the end of the series.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 12:37:50 PM PDT
Quite rare but then in many romances there's never a discussion of children one way or the other since most couples aren't engaged or married until the end of the book. But yes it's a romance staple like getting married even if lots of people just live happily together and the couple have only known each other a couple of days.

Loretta Chase: Captives Of The Night. Heroine believes she can't have children (considering her past marriage that might be just the fault of her husband or true because of an STD he passed on) and hero while he'd like to have children wants her more. We never find out if they do or don't.

Jennifer Crusie: Anyone But You. 40 yr old heroine doesn't want children which is one of the reasons she doesn't want to get involved with 30 yr old hero who finally convinces her he doesn't either.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 9:12:50 PM PDT
whitty says:
True Confessions by Rachel Gibson. h is unable to have children, but H already has a son from a previous relationship.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 10:05:12 AM PDT
a reader says:
She's Got It Bad by Sarah Mayberry h is sterile since adolescence
A Natural Father by Sarah Mayberry-h is pregnant by someone else H is sterile
Tapestry by Karen Ranney h is sterile due to miscarriage during the book they adopt in epilogue

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 11:01:35 AM PDT
A Customer says:
Pulled - the H/h actually get PG while teens and then are in a bad car accident. h loses baby and the damage leaves her sterile. H/h break up. Fast forward 9 years, H/h run into eachother and fall back in love, but the H has knocked up some other woman by accident. OW leaves baby in the hospital and H/h keep it and raise it.

I personally didn't like this book, FWIW. :)

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 11:06:20 AM PDT
misty87mt says:
Killjoy: A Novel : h can not have children and H does not want them

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 11:19:38 AM PDT
tealadytoo says:
There are books that reflect that choice, but while not a really rare choice, it's still not all that common. Since so many people see kids as part of the HEA, they tend to be in romance novel HEAs.

The proportion of romance novels that exclude possible kids is probably about the same as the general population. (Speaking of those that choose no kids ever, as opposed to no kids for now.)

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 5:17:47 PM PST
lvj19 says:

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 9:53:29 AM PST
Once a Ferrara Wife... (Harlequin Presents) by Sarah Morgan. The h had an ectopic pregnancy and lost one tube and the doctors told her the other was damaged and so she was unable to get pregnant again.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 10:07:58 AM PST
a reader says:
A Natural Father by Sarah Mayberry -h is pregnant by someone else and the H is sterile due to mumps (they may use donor sperm to have a child together but it is up in the air. He is happy to raise her child since he has always been interesated in her from afar.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 11:23:13 AM PST
MelissaB says:

Couldn't she still do IVF?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 2:23:53 PM PST
MelissaB: Very possible, but this is HPlandia, remember. She had left her husband directly after the event because when she called him at the beginning of the problem, he called her doctor who said it was nothing to worry about so he turned off his phone to go into a business meeting and she couldn't reach him when it became a full-blown emergency. He didn't understand why she was so upset about a miscarriage and didn't realize it was because she almost died and felt that he put his business before her life (she also had emotional scarring from her childhood, making trust difficult). When he realized the extent of the problem he'd left her to, he spent the rest of the book winning her back and re-earning trust. It features a pretty good extended grovel and, because this IS HPlandia, she manages to get pregnant again against the odds at the end.
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