Candice is working on a paper “considering the elements of romanticism, eroticism and feminine arousal in the modern romance novel” and seeks a book from the wayback machine to help out her literary analysis:
I think it was a Harlequin Mills and Boon from about 10-sih years ago. The hero is a cowboy – fully maladjusted when it comes to relationships. I think he was an orphan and was raised by an aunt and uncle – uncle slapped him around I think. Umm… heroine is his wife who left him because he was so cold. They have children – twins, a boy and girl. Hero wants his family back but can’t bring himself to “love” anyone because of his childhood.
At some point the children get the chicken pox. The hero, feeling all rejected, barricades himself (literally) in his house – also with the chicken pox – and the heroine has to crawl through a window to get to him. And they all live happily ever after.
Reminds me of those parents who schedule play dates with children who have chicken pox to ensure that their kids get it as well, only with more romance. Anyone recognize this book?