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HaBO: Science? What Science?

Help a Bitch OutThere's forced proximity, forced engagement, forced marriage by shotgun and by other duress, and now… forced to get pregnant asap! Kelly is looking for a book, and I'm hoping someone can tell me, no, really, that science is real: 

I have a HABO request– it's been driving me nuts and my mad Googling/Bing skillz are no help.

I read it when I was in my mid teens, so it dates from late 80s, early 90s. It was one of the thinner Harlequin or popular romances available on the spinning racks at the library.

Our heroine Melanie has just received a diagnoses of sudden onset infertility–if she wants to have kids she needs to get knocked up right away.

Enter Bubba (I think) the neighbor slash best platonic buddy who volunteers his services (or she asks him to help out). I can't remember the middle, but (spoiler alert) when she goes into labor, she is so out of it with pain that she decides that she doesn't want to have the baby after all and tries to leave the hospital.

After reading thousands of romances over the past 20 years, this one is still sticking in my head. I'd love to find the title and be able to reread it! 

Sudden Onset Infertility.


Do you recognize this book? IS Bubba on the COVER? There aren't enough heroes named Bubba. 


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  1. 1
    garlicknitter says:

    Oh, hey, I know this one!  That’s Bachelor Mother by Elda Minger.  It’s actually a pretty sweet book.  And yeah, the hero has a real name, but his friends (which is pretty much everybody ‘cause he’s such a good guy) call him Bubba.  So there you are.

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    Stephanie Scott says:

    These requests always crack me up. I love that readers have answers!

  3. 3
    Kelly says:

    garlicknitter said “Oh, hey, I know this one!”

    THAT”S IT!! YES! You found it!! Thank you, thank you. I love Smart Bitches.

  4. 4
    DonnaMarie says:

    Why, why, WHY is it that the few times I know the answer someone always beats me to the hero response? I still have this under the bed somewhere because I LOVED this book. Especially the part where they go to the grocery store and he pushes her around in the cart.

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    Vicki says:

    Sadly, I once had a late teen patient with that. Bad endocrine dysfunction. Her endocrinologist told that, if she wanted to have kids, she had maybe a three year margin. Sad. But imagine finding it in a romance!

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    Kris Bock says:

    I don’t even want to know what kind of ad choices I’m going to get after having looked up “sudden onset infertility.” But with endometriosis, patients are advised to have children sooner rather than later.

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    SB Sarah says:

    GarlicKnitter FTW!

  8. 8
    L. says:

    Tell us: how exactly do you knit garlic?

  9. 9

    I think it wasn’t a book.  I think it was a headline story in East Buford, West Virginia.

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    Bona says:

    Girls, you are truly amazing. How can anybody discover a book like that in an hour and a half? I’ve looked for it in the fiction data base, because I just didn’t believe a plot like that existed. Well, it exists. #133 – Harlequin American Romance

    This is the link:

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    Kim says:

    I love that book. It’s one of about a dozen category romances in my “keep forever” pile.

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