Top Ten: Plain Jane Heroines

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!


circle10Liliana Lord-of-the-Abyss
Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows #4)
by Nalini Singh

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.”

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Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul #1)
by C.L. Wilson

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.”  

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circle8Claudia Corrupt Comte, The
The Corrupt Comte (The Bourbon Boys Quartet #1)
by Edie Harris

 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.”

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circle7perfection Zoe
Perfection (Neighbor from Hell #2)
by R.L. Mathewson

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!”

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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.”

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The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9)
by Gena Showalter

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.”

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Anne Wells
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.”

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Zenobia Foxcircle3 Kraken King, The novel
 The Kraken King (Iron Seas #4)
by Meljean Brook

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.”

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Elinor Harriman
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.”

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Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2)
by J.R. Ward

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.

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Those were my favourite Plain Jane heroines, who are yours?

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I love Faye from Breath by Kristen Ashley, Jane from Lover Unbound, Millie from The Song of David, and Janie Morris from Neanderthal Seeks Human.


What a great list! A few of my favorite plain jane books are Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas, The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt and Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie.


OMG I love bet me! I recommend that book every chance I get!


Yay prudence and mary! I would add penelope from romancing mr bridgerton, tory from acheron, soenaid dunbar from the chase and I’m sure there are many others I just can’t think of them!


I’ve read #1 love Mary and Rhage, I’ve got #3, #8 and #9 on my Kindle need to find time to read them.

Sharon Dixon

I highly recommend Wall of Winnipeg and Me (Mariana Zapata). I liked it so much I read all her books.


Yes, one of the best books I’ve ever read..my favorite of my all time favorites