Plus size heroine

B+
Playing it Cool

Hooooo buddy, grab a fan to fan thyself when reading this one because Playing It Cool is intense. Set in Australia, this romance is between Dex, a professional rugby player, and Harper, a mural artist. They meet on the sidelines of one of Dex’s matches, where he cannot take his eyes of the curvy b ...

A
Rock Wedding

Rock Wedding is the fourth and final instalment of Ms. Singh’s popular Rock Kiss series, which tells the stories of Schoolboy Choir, one of the world’s foremost rock bands. Abe, the keyboard player, knows he found lightning in a bottle when he married Sarah, and was a complete idiot for pushing ...

B
Dumplin'

So I admit, I definitely read this book because I heard the author lived in my area and was also a librarian. I normally avoid contemporary Young Adult stories because they aren’t my thing, but I knew I needed to give this a shot. The result was a charming, wholly Texan, story about friends, boyfr ...

C
Dangerous Curves Ahead

I started Dangerous Curves Ahead when I was waiting in line at an RWA booksigning. It begins with a funny scene - the somewhat chubby heroine is caught red-handed buying a delicious black and white cookie, and when her ex’s skinny, mean aunt criticizes her, Ellis Garrett hilariously puts the old b ...

C
The Man Most Likely

I looked forward to reading The Man Most Likely because it featured a plus-sized heroine, and it’s become a point of interest for me to read the different ways in which authors deal with physically less than perfect women. With respect to overweight heroines, some authors have their characters los ...

B
Certain Girls

Certain Girls is the follow-up to Weiner’s debut Chick Lit bestseller Good in Bed, which I've not read. Luckily, there were no gaping, unexplained points of history, so my enjoyment of the novel was not affected beyond wishing I had read the earlier book in order to share in the "welcome back" fee ...

C+
A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action

I voted for LuAnn McLane's Dancing Shoes and Honky-Tonk Blues as best contemporary romance in AAR's 2007 Annual Poll, so was very eager to read her latest release. While I enjoyed reading A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action, in the end, I could have done with a little more talk between the hero ...

C-
My Immortal

As a devoted fan of Erin McCarthy, it was no question I would read My Immortal even though I’m not too happy with that whole vampire thing she’s trying to pull. Now she’s going with a new angle: a darker fantasy romance that counters her humorous contemporaries and vamp books. Damien du ...

B
Pleasure for Pleasure

Pleasure for Pleasure is an adorable Regency-era story, charmingly written, and although it's the final in a series about four sisters, the reader new to Eloisa James (such as I) will have no trouble following the characters or plot. Josephine Essex is the youngest of the sisters, and has rec ...

B-
It's a Wonderfully Sexy Life

Historical author Hope Tarr makes her contemporary debut with It's a Wonderfully Sexy Life, the third of Harlequin's Extreme Blazes. This holiday-themed tale makes a few missteps, but overall it's an enjoyable read. Baltimore cop Mandy Delinski doesn't think she has much to celebrate t ...