Plus-Sized Heroines

Found here are romances with heroines who are more generously proportioned. This is is an out-growth of our long-existing Beauty is in the Eye… list.

(List begun 07/04, updated 03/15)

Curvy

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  • The Bride and the Beast (2000) by Teresa Medeiros (B+ at AAR)
  • The Perfect Wife (2005) by Lynsay Sands
  • Taming the Wolf (1995) by Deborah Simmons – HH-284 (B at AAR)
  • Lord of Danger (1997) by Anne Stuart (B- at AAR)

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  • The Obedient Bride (1989) by Mary Balogh (A at AAR)
  • The Sugar Rose (1987) by Susan Carroll
  • A Gypsy at Almack’s (1994) by Chloe Cheshire
  • A Civil Contract (1961) by Georgette Heyer
  • The Spinster’s Secret (2013) by Emily Larkin
  • The Duke’s Dilemma (1996) by Nadine Miller
  • Lady Delafont’s Dilemma (2000) by Donna Simpson (B-/C+ at AAR)

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  • The Pretender (2003) by Celeste Bradley (B- at AAR)
  • Highland Ecstasy (1993) by Mary Burkhardt
  • The Accidental Bride (1999) by Jane Feather (A- at AAR)
  • The Seduction (1997) by Laura Lee Guhrke
  • The Wicked Ways of a Duke (2007) by Laura Lee Guhrke
  • Pleasure for Pleasure (2006) by Eloisa James (B at AAR)
  • A Dangerous Love (2000) by Sabrina Jeffries (B at AAR)
  • Seize the Fire (1989) by Laura Kinsale
  • Suddenly You (2001) by Lisa Kleypas (B at AAR)
  • Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (2002) by Julia Quinn (B+ at AAR)
  • Perfect Stranger (1996) by Rebecca Sinclair
  • No Regrets (2007) by Michele Ann Young

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  • River’s Dream (1991) by Virginia Lynn
  • Runaway Hearts (2001) by Katie Rose (B at AAR)

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  • Sweet Nothings (2002) by Catherine Anderson (A- at AAR)
  • Taylor’s Temptation (7/2001) by Suzanne Brockmann – SIM-1087 (B at AAR)
  • Just Desserts (8/1984) by Dixie Browning – SSE-182
  • More to Love (6/2001) by Dixie Browning – SD-1372
  • Size 12 Is Not Fat The Heather Wells series (2006) by Meg Cabot (B at AAR)
  • Size 14 Is Not Fat Either The Heather Wells series (2006) by Meg Cabot (C+ at AAR)
  • Big Boned The Heather Wells series (2007) by Meg Cabot
  • Size 12 and Ready to Rock The Heather Wells series (2012) by Meg Cabot (B at AAR)
  • The Bride Wore Size 12 The Heather Wells series (2013) by Meg Cabot
  • His Seductive Revenge (8/1998) by Susan Crosby – SD-1162
  • Bet Me (2004) by Jennifer Crusie (A at AAR)
  • A Whole Lot of Love (3/2000) by Justine Davis- SD-1281 (B+ at AAR)
  • He Loves Lucy (2005) by Susan Donovan (B at AAR)
  • Take a Chance on Me (2003) by Susan Donovan (A- at AAR)
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary (1998) by Helen Fielding (A at AAR)
  • The Bridesmaid’s Reward (5/2003) by Liz Fielding – HR-3749
  • Beguiled (1999) by Lori Foster
  • Caught in the Act (2001) by Lori Foster
  • Mr. November (11/2001) by Lori Foster – HT-856
  • Treat Her Right (10/2001) by Lori Foster – HT-852
  • Wanton (10/1999) by Lori Foster – HT-752
  • Tall Tales and Wedding Veils (2008) by Jane Graves (A at AAR)
  • Jemima J (2000) by Jane Green (B- at AAR)
  • Gabriel Hawk’s Lady (1997) by Beverly Barton – SIM-830
  • Runaway Bay (2002) by Lisa Hendrix (B at AAR)
  • Tall, Dark, and Cajun (2003) by Sandra Hill (B at AAR)
  • A Whole Lot of Woman (12/1985) by Anna Hudson – CER-345
  • The Millionaire Bachelor (1/1999) by Susan Mallery – SSE-1220
  • The Wedding Ring Promise (8/1998) by Susan Mallery – SSE-1190 (A at AAR)
  • The Real Deal (2004) by Lucy Monroe (A at AAR)
  • Too Perfect (2005) by Julie Ortolon
  • Cabin Fever (2003) by Marilyn Pappano (B at AAR)
  • Kiss or Keep (1999) by Debra Phillips
  • Slim Chance (2003) by Jackie Rose (B+ at AAR)
  • Museum Piece (4/1984) by Anne Stuart – HAR-52
  • Still Lake (2002) by Anne Stuart
  • Whirlwind Courtship (1980) by Jayne Taylor (Jayne Ann Krentz)
  • What a Man’s Gotta Do (1/2003) by Karen Templeton – SIM-1195 (B+ at AAR)
  • Good in Bed (2001) by Jennifer Weiner (B+ at AAR)
  • Beautiful Stranger (6/2000) by Ruth Wind – SIM-1011 (A at AAR)

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  • The Changeling Bride (1999) by Lisa Cach (A at AAR)
  • Legend (1996) by Jude Deveraux
  • Wishes (1989) by Jude Deveraux
  • The Star Princess (2003) by Susan Grant (B- at AAR)
  • Son of the Morning (1997) by Linda Howard (A/B+ at AAR)
  • Night Play (2004) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (B- at AAR)
  • Games of Command (2007) by Linnea Sinclair secondary heroine (A- at AAR)

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  • Eleanor & Park (2013) by Rainbow Rowell

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  • Sheltered (2012) by Charlotte Stein

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Big & Tall Heroines

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  • Earth Song (1990) by Catherine Coulter
  • Outrageous (2001) by Christina Dodd
  • The Protector (2001) by Madeline Hunter (B+ at AAR)

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  • The Famous Heroine (1996) by Mary Balogh (A at AAR)
  • Miss Carlyle’s Curricle (1999) by Karen Harbaugh (B+/C at AAR)
  • The Grand Sophy (1950) by Georgette Heyer (A at AAR)
  • The Toll Gate (1954) by Georgette Heyer

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  • A Summer to Remember (2002) by Mary Balogh (A at AAR)
  • The Courtship (2000) by Catherine Coulter (B+/D at AAR)
  • That Scandalous Evening (1998) by Christina Dodd (A+ at AAR)
  • The Proposition (1999) by Judith Ivory (A at AAR)
  • The Heroine’s Sister (1975) by Frances Murray
  • The Rake (1998) by Mary Jo Putney (A at AAR)
  • On a Long-ago Night (2000) by Susan Sizemore
  • For the First Time (2003) by Kathryn Smith (B at AAR)
  • The Devil’s Waltz (2006) by Anne Stuart (B+ at AAR)

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  • Bitterleaf (1983) by Candace Camp
  • Traitorous Hearts (1994) by Susan Kay Law
  • I Do, I Do, I Do (2000) by Maggie Osborne (A at AAR)
  • Land of Dreams (1995) by Cheryl St. John – HH-265
  • Beckett’s Birthright (2002) by Bronwyn Williams – HH-633

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  • Looking for Laura (2001) by Judith Arnold (B- at AAR)
  • Taylor’s Temptation (7/2001) by Suzanne Brockmann – SIM-1087 (B at AAR)
  • Red Roses Mean Love (1999) by Jacquie D’Alessandro (B at AAR)
  • Taken! (9/1998) by Lori Foster – HT-698 (B- at AAR)
  • Lola Carlyle Reveals All (2002) by Rachel Gibson (A- at AAR)
  • The Trouble with Valentine’s Day (2005) by Rachel Gibson (B at AAR)
  • Princess Charming (1997) by Jane Heller
  • Just One of the Guys (2008) by Kristan Higgins (A/C+ at AAR)
  • Carried Away (4/2002) by Donna Kauffman – HT-874
  • Unwrapping Her Perfect Match (2014) by Kat Latham novella
  • Love Song for a Raven (6/1987) by Elizabeth Lowell – SD-355 (B+ at AAR)
  • The Dancing Floor (1998) by Barbara Michaels
  • A Match for Sister Maggy (2002) by Betty Neels
  • Vicky Bliss series (1973-1994) by Elizabeth Peters
  • The High Price for a Good Man (2003) by Debra Phillips
  • Walking after Midnight (1995) by Karen Robards (A at AAR)

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  • A Girl’s Guide to Vampires (2003) by Katie MacAllister (B- at AAR)

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