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HaBO-Bration: Proof Always Stains the Craftmatic

Meagan is looking for a western romance replete with those pesky whore rumors about the town’s secret virgin:

It is a Contemporary Western “small town” romance novel where the main
male character a rancher (who is raising his younger brother after they’re
father’s death awhile past, who is in high school) already has an
on-again-off-again fiance who out of habbit not love (not that he realizes
it yet) has protected since grade school. Everytime she cancels the
engagement he does’nt seem to care, but the opening scene is they are at a
bar the spoiled rich girl cheating fiance calls off the engagement again but
he is distracted by the young woman behind the counter. The young woman is
alone in the world because her mother died and she never knew her father
because her mother was the towns whore/prostitute, thus everyone makes up
stories and lies about how slutty the daughter is and how everyone has
bedded her, even though she is a virgin.

After work Rancher man offers to
give her a lift home and after some convincing she finally accepts, they get
to her mother’s old worn down place/house and this is when he takes her
virginity. A couple weeks go by and she finds out she’s pregnant, Rancher
is in the bar ignoring his spoiled rich cheating fiance as usuall his eyes
are glued to the young woman behind the bar. The young woman over a bout of
nausea goes to the alley and throws up, he follows her and puts two and two
together stating they will be married and she is going to live with him on
his ranch.

After some arguing she sees the correctness in this because she
has very little means, no family, no one to support her and accepts. They go
to her house pack up her things and the last thing packed are her sheets,
which are clean but when she pulls them off ..the blood stain from theyre
rendevous is there, he goes stiff (she thinks hes disgusted when it turns
out he got hard) and he takes a box and walks out of her mother’s small old
house to his truck to deposit his box. I apologize I don’t remember the
names perhaps the rancher’s name was Mitch.

I hope there was major groveling. Major. HUGE! Anyone recall this book? And doesn’t anyone know how to get stains out of a mattress? How DO you get stains out of a mattress?



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    I don’t know this book, but I know a way to get blood stains out of a mattress—a combination of dish soap, epsom salt, a damp wash cloth, and a whole lot of elbow grease. Saline solution helps as well.

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    Suzy says:

    don’t know the book, but to get blood out of sheets or whatever material, use hydrogen peroxide. lightly dab it on the stain.. just a little and it should foam up… .. if the item has color, test to see if the peroxide removes the color. if the item is white, just use it…

    works for me


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    LauraGr says:

    This HABO sounds like another Diana Palmer novel. I have no idea if it is or which it might be though.

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    I really feel like I’ve read this, but no clue. I’m thinking Harlequin Desire, maybe? Lots of cowboys and innocent pregnant down-on-her-luck heroines in those from the late 90’s.

    I have two forgotten romances from my teens that are driving me nuts because I can’t find them anywhere, so I hope someone has this one for you soon!

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    Shoot. Meant Silhouette Desire!

    Academic writing is frying my brain tonight.

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    Sarah W says:

    Sounds very Diana Palmer to me too, though how ridiculous is it to take blood on the mattress as proof of virginity. Because there is NO other reason. Maybe baby daddy needs birds and bees maturation refresher.

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    I hope someone knows this one, because I’d love to read it!

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    lilywhite says:

    … end italics?

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    lilywhite says:


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    I messed up the italics thing again. This is why I should not be allowed to use any tags, at all. Sigh.

    progress45: I’d make more on this paper if I’d quite HaBO obsessing.

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    Ell says:

    Anti-italics experiment.

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    Ell says:

    Anti-italics experiment.

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    Ell says:

    Hey, it worked! I’d tried in the past to put a close tag in the text, but this time I put it after Ell in the Name part. Yay! Now I know how!

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    Lindlee says:

    I am 99.9% sure this is What Price Paradise by Katherine Allred.

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    Spider says:

    I’ve had good luck removing bloodstains with a little diluted clorox 2 and soaking up the dampness with borax. 

    Borax is like a secret weapon—it will keep laundry fresh longer, soak liquids out of carpet (or mattresses), kills fleas, deodorizes garbage cans and disposals….

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    M&M says:

    I agree with Lindlee, the book is ‘What Price Paradise’ by Katherine Allred. I read it recently, so i remember it quite well.

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    M&M says:

    I agree with Lindlee, the book is ‘What Price Paradise’ by Katherine Allred. I read it recently, so i remember it quite well.

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    AgTigress says:

    This forum is amazing!  Not just discussion of novels, but handy household tips as well!
    Very true about the utter unreliability of blood-on-the-sheets as evidence.  But it reminded me of the running joke in JAK’s medieval romance Desire, in which all sorts of friends, acquaintances and devoted servants kindly and surreptitiously present the heroine with small vials of chicken-blood in advance of her nuptials, to provide the required ‘proof’ on the sheets.

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    Peroxide.  Blot.  It even fools the police spray stuff.

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    Katelynne says:

    And, how do you know this, Virginia?  ;)

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    Jessica E says:

    So is it worth the 8.38 Nook price on

    Wouldn’t he have noticed blood on the sheets first?

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    She washed the sheets.  And, um, research?

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    Dr. Zoidberg says:

    This sounds like an interesting book…however, I’m just a little worried at how many people here know how to get blood out of mattresses. What are you people up to?!!!  :)

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    HelenMac says:

    @AgTigress, that whole bit in Desire still makes me laugh! So ridiculous, the firends with the helpful helping, onlynot so much. And then he custs himself and bandages it, so tht that can be the excuse for all the blood so that is on the bed so that people don’t think he savaged her, or something.

    Also loving all the how to get blood out of a mattress tips, lol! What a bunch we are. If, like me, you’ve got a coloured mattress, rather than white, go for Vanish fabric/upholstery cleaner. Not the cheapest, but magic stuff – has gotten wred wine out of taupe carpet, and blood out of green sofa and charcoal mattress, and sundry other stains on non-chuck-in-washing-machine-able stuff.

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    Sylvia Sybil says:

    Who gets hard at the sight of blood?  If I was that young lady I’d be very, very worried.

    Also, if she had a reputation as the town slut, why would he immediately assume the pregnancy was his?

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    AgTigress says:

    @HelenMac:  I know, the chicken-blood gag always makes me grin, too. :-)

    On the household hints topic, a proprietary stain-remover that I have found really effective for everyday food/wine/greasy stains is White Wizard.  But I must confess that I have not had any occasion to try it on blood-soaked beds!!

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    Lindlee says:

    @Jessica E – I bought my ebook at Jasmine Jade website so I got it for $5-6. I really liked it but is it worth $8? I would say yes, but books are my weakness so I’m willing to pay more for them.

    @Sylvia Sybil – The sight of the blood makes him think of their night together and that’s what makes him get hard. A little weird but it’s kinda the same thing as if he saw her underwear and had a flashback to that night.

    Also, he doesn’t realize she’s a virgin b/c of the blood. He just knows she is b/c of her reaction to him, etc. She doesn’t actually tell him about the baby. He figures it out on his own. He’s already proposed and they’re packing up her stuff when he sees the bloodstain.

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    Sylvia Sybil says:

    @Lindlee So he knows she lost her virginity to him by the time he figures out she’s pregnant?  That’s what didn’t make sense to me, I thought he thought of her as a slut, then figured out the pregnancy, then proposed, and only when he saw the blood did he realize she was a virgin.

    If he knew she had been a virgin before he proposed, that makes sense.  Otherwise, why would someone assume an experienced woman’s pregnancy was necessarily theirs?

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    RebeccaJ says:

    Wow, I would have bet $ this was a Silhouette.

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    Holly says:

    Dab bleach and it will take blood out of a mattress. This is what I used as a teenager when I got my period in the middle of the night. Unfortunately I must have missed a bit because when we moved house recently the removalist asked Mum whose mattress was whose. She replied that they were both the same then glanced at one of them before declaring it mine.
    Yeah, it had a menstrual blood stain on it. Classy. I don’t think the removal guy noticed though.

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