ATTENTION: Do not read this unless you are willing to be spoiled!
In Can’t Hurry Love, Eli and Victoria have a sexual encounter and they forget to use a condom. (Which actually makes sense in the context of what’s happened in the story and results in a compelling emotional journey for Eli.) However, Victoria’s reaction to this turn of events is not revealed until the epilogue. And, it left me wondering if the morning after pill, which exists for situations such as these, is ever discussed in romances. At the point at which this encounter occurs, Eli and Victoria’s relationship is far from solid and the fact that it appears that she doesn’t deal with their dumb mistake isn’t addressed. It left me worrying about them as a couple, in terms of their maturity in dealing with the bumps in the road that happen in any relationship. We see them happy in an epilogue, but that relatively small plot point left me wondering about what went unsaid.
For what it’s worth, the only novel I can remember discussing the morning after pill is C.K. Kelly Martin’s Come See About Me, which handles this topic skillfully. Beyond that, the best books I’ve read in terms of confronting the realities of family planning and sexual health have been young adult novels.