I know normally I am completely against troupes, give me anything with a biker or a billionaire and I sneer at it. However, that makes me a complete hypocrite, because there is one troupe of books, predating all these new-fangled troupes, that I adore. The Plain Jane heroine, the odd chick that manages to snag the hottest guy in the room, with the power of her personality and her good skin alone. It’s quite close to the Ugly Duckling style of book, only I prefer it when they don’t suddenly become the belle of the ball, but I will probably still enjoy it. So, I am posting my Top Ten Plain Jane heroines in the hopes that you guys can share your own to add to my TBR list!
Does anyone else remember this series? I have to admit, it wasn’t my favourite… but was saved by the last book, Lord of the Abyss and one of the main reasons I liked it was the heroine Liliana. Not only was she just plain, she was meant to be darn ugly as well.
“If you die, Lily … I’ll steal your soul and take you to the Abyss, where I will keep you in my magical dungeon so you can never escape.”
Who doesn’t have the secret fantasy of a handsome prince taking you away? Well for Ellysetta, a plain ginger haired commoner that dream comes true in spectacular fashion!
He held up his index finger. “Rule one: in any dispute between mates, the male is always to blame, even when he is clearly blameless. Rule two”—his middle finger joined the first—”whenever in doubt, refer to rule one.”
Claudia may not be beautiful; she does somehow manage to turn a supposedly gay man straight…not too bad for a plain Jane!
“Trust me.” His palms curved beneath her breasts, lifting them as his blunt fingertips tweaked her nipples expertly enough to have slickness gathering between her clenched thighs. “You are the most beautiful thing I have ever touched. Une ange, bébé.” He
groaned quietly as he caught her earlobe between his teeth. “Je t’adore,” he muttered, thrusting against her backside.”
Overweight and a little mousy Zoe doesn’t start Perfection as a ravishing beauty, as our delightfully arrogant and blunt hero rudely points out. Not that he can seem to resist her anyways…
“How dare you question my taste, woman?” he demanded. “If I say you’re beautiful then you’re beautiful so get the hell over it!”
The Perfect Rake (The Merridew Sisters #1)
by Anne Gracie
Prudence has always considered herself plain especially in comparison to her younger and more beautiful sisters, not that the hero seems to know that. In fact, he can’t seem to take his eye or mind off her.
“I would appreciate it if you would stop… stop… ogling me like that,” she hissed, tugging her very modest neckline higher. “It is very embarrassing.” She folded her arms across her breasts defensively.
He tried to look contrite. “It wasn’t me,” he confessed. “It was my eyes. They are bold and easily led and have no sense of propriety.”
So what does it take to seduce the Lord of Sex aka Paris? A great beauty? Nope, it was Sienna. Kind of slight and plain, nevertheless, despite her betraying him, he still can’t get her off his mind.
“Come on, baby.” Paris combed his fingers through her hair. “Look past my terrible personality and hideous looks and throw me a bone. Teach me how to woo you properly.”
She snorted. “I’d argue the hideous looks part.”
“But not the terrible personality? Ouch. That hurts, baby.”
Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold
by Ellen O’Connell
I love this book! Anne Wells may not be the most beautiful girl in town, but she makes up for it in strength and heart. I love the story between practical down trodden Annie and her silent, bad tempered Indian husband. Loved. It.
“You know, Annie, a long time ago an old man told me beauty doesn’t mean much in a woman. It disappears with age. But he said some women have something better. They have a special glow that lasts all their life and just gets richer. You’re like that. You really shine.”
Ah Zenobia, one of my favourite heroines! Smart, funny and with a craving for adventure, it wasn’t just the delicious hero in The Kraken King that kept me reading. Does it matter that she wasn’t exactly beautiful? Nope, not one bit.
“No siege engine could equal the destructive power of Zenobia sitting so close.”
Ruthless (The House of Rohan #1)
by Anne Stuart
Historical romance is full of plain Janes unexpectedly capturing the attention of rakes and keeping it ’till death do us part and Ruthless is that kind of book. Only better, much much better, Anne Stuart has you falling in love with her wicked rake and the straitlaced Elinor.
“The Revels won’t start for another day. At this point there are no more than half a dozen beauties in residence.”
“Then why don’t you go bother one of them?”
“Because I don’t want one of them, my sweet. I want you.”
Let’s face it, it isn’t a proper UTC Top Ten if a character from the Black Dagger Brotherhood doesn’t manage to sneak in here somehow. This time, it is Mary Luce. Not only my favourite plain Jane type heroine, but also just one of my favourite heroine’s in general, she’s pure strength and I’m glad my man Rhage knows just how lucky he is to have her.
Rhage shivered, a balmy rush blooming out all over his skin. The musical lilt of her voice, the rhythm of her speech, the sound of her words, it all spread through him, calming him, comforting him, Chaining him sweetly.
Those were my favourite Plain Jane heroines, who are yours?
Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?