Special Title Listing: Beauty Is in the Eye… Alisa Herr
Beauty Is in the Eye…
Romances with characters who are homely, plain, scarred, or do not meet the standards of beauty for their time. This list was originally created in 1996 and reorganized in 1999 into two sub-lists, one for “less than beautiful” characters, the other for characters with physical, mental, or emotional maladies. The lists were totally separated in 2003; click here for the “Disabilities in Romance” list. Plus-sized heroines got their own list in July 2004.
Going Back (7/1988) by Judith Arnold – HAR-255 – Daphne Stoltz is plain.
Aaron (2012) by J.P. Barnaby – Aaron, knife slash on face. (M/M)
An Unexpected Love (1998) by Andrea Boeshaar – Renna Fields has a large purple birthmark on one cheek.
Get Lucky (2002) by Suzanne Brockmann (A-/B- at AAR) – SIM-991 – Sydney Jameson has average looks, small breasts, and a butt that’s “double wide.”
Over the Edge (2001) by Suzanne Brockmann (A at AAR) – Stan Wolchonok is unattractive, self-described as “butt ugly.”
Shelter Mountain (2007) by Robyn Carr (B+ at AAR) – John ‘Preacher’ Middleton, “Preacher looked intimidating – he was six foot four, bald with bushy black eyebrows, a diamond stud earring and shoulders about as broad as an ax handle was long.”
Skin Deep (2013) by Pamela Clare – Nate West has burn scars.
See Jane Score (2003) by Rachel Gibson – Jane Alcott is plain.
Be My Wife (5/1991) by Marcy Gray – SR-792 – Adam Neil is scarred.
Just One of the Guys (2008) by Kristen Higgins – Chastity O’Neill is a very tall tomboy.
Terrific Tom (7/1998) by Martha Hix – SSE-1186 – Tom Tillman has facial scars and a crippled hand.
Rumor Has It (11/1989) by Tami Hoag – LS-304 – Katie Quaid has body scars.
Wild Rain (3/1995) by Donna Kauffman – LS-732 – Jillian Bonner is flat-chested and plain.
About That Night (2012) by Ruthie Knox (B+ at AAR) – While Cath Talarico is good-looking, she has a number of tattoos all over her body.
Butterfly Tattoo (2009) by Deidre Knight – Rebecca O’Neill, scar on face from a knife assault.
Infatuation (6/1984) by Charlotte Lamb – HP-700 – Judith Murray is plain.
Miss Emmaline and The Archangel (3/1993) by Rachel Lee (B+ at AAR)- SIM-482 – Gage Dalton has facial scars and suffers pain from a previously broken back.
Fallen From Grace (2003) by Laura Leone (A at AAR) – Sara Diamond – is plain.
Morning Comes Softly (1993) by Debbie Macomber – Mary Warner – frumpy and mousy.
Beauty and the Badge (2009) by Julie Miller – Kevin Grove, described as having a “bulldog ugly face”.
Call Me Irresistible (2010) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (B+ at AAR) – Meg Koranda has marking-pen eyebrows, big hands, paddleboard feet and irregular features like her father.
Heaven, Texas (1995) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (A at AAR) – Gracie Snow is flat-chested, badly dressed, and has bad hair.
Midnight Angel (2005) by Lisa Marie Rice – Douglas Kowalski, Big giant of a man. His facial features irregular, a nose that had been broken and various scars on his face.
Night Magic (1987) by Karen Robards – Jack McClain is box-faced, squash-nosed, and large-chinned.
Always a Lady (2/1993) by Sharon Sala (B+/C+ at AAR) – KIS-130 – Lily Brownfield has a scarred face.
Because of You (2011) by Jessica Scott – Shane Garrison, War wounds.
The Crossroads Cafe (2005) by Deborah Smith – Cathryn Deen, Car accident left the formerly beautiful actress with burn scars, including those on her face.
High Stakes (11/1989) by Dana Warren Smith (Lisa G. Brown) – SSE-563 – Ren Garrett is unattractive.
Night of the Phantom (7/1991) by Anne Stuart – HAR-398 – Ethan Winslow has a port wine birthmark.
Shadow Prince (1994) by Terri Lynn Wilhelm – Jonah has facial burns.