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The Rec League: Caretaking Scenes

Written by ibxis

This Rec League came from Haley Berry from our very own comments section:

This reminds me, I recently connected some dots and have been meaning to request a #recleague. My favorite part of The Hating Game is when he takes care of her when she’s sick. He takes charge and she just gets to be sick and adorable. And I realized that a lot of the parts I rewind in movies and TV as my romantic favorites are when the “strong woman” gets to fall apart or be sick or get rescued or whatever, and the dude just handles it like a pro. Like in the Mercy Thompson books, where Mercy finally faces into her trauma and Adam supports her in every way, to make the space for her to do that.

I’m all for the moments when strong female characters hold their own, but I also really like the moments where they can just let go and not have to be the decision maker and caretaker and million other things generally expected of women in our society. Most recent example is in the excellent Toni Collette series Pieces of Her, Ep. 4, at 33:20. HOT. I need MOAR moments like these, in any genre. “I’ve got you.”

Sneezy: Oh!!! A Touch of Stone and Snow by Milla Vane fits, if fantasy is okay.

Sarah: Devil in Winter ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) might fit. I know there’s some illness/care but it has been so long I don’t remember the details.

Julie Garwood – The Bride ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) should fit right, Amanda?

Amanda: I don’t remember! It’s been so long.

Sarah: Also – the Kresley Cole one with Kaederin the Cold Hearted…no that’s when she is (spoiler) dead and he has to bring her back, No Rest for the Wicked. ( A | BN | K | G | AB | Au | Scribd )

Oh! The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand. ( A | BN | K | AB )

One more. Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis ( A | BN | K | AB ) but that’s ongoing care not one illness.

And Toni Blake’s Whisper Falls. ( A | BN | K | AB ) The heroine has Crohn’s and has a flare up during the story

Which books would you recommend? Let us know!

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