I love all kinds of heroines, but there are some I can relate to more than others. The heroines with the type of body that can rock a body con dress without looking like a poorly stuffed sausage or worry that if they put a thong on that it may be lost forever? They are who I aspire to be. Who I actually relate to are the heroines with some extra curves, lumps and bumps. And, although I am very much for body positivity and appreciating females of all shapes and sizes…those heroines who have a wobble of insecurity or worry that their bingo wings may actually lift them off the ground, I have a special place in my heart for them.
from Making Changes by Lila Rose
#1 Making series
I’ve discovered Lila Rose books very recently when someone recommended them to me. I wanted something to make me laugh and was easy reading that I could have fun with. Which describes Making Changes perfectly. Much like the heroines’ curves this book was overblown with the edge of ridiculous. But, damn, it was a lot of fun. Makenzie is a delightful heroine who made me laugh out loud so many times that I had to resort to only reading the book in private.
by Lila Rose
Released: February 14th 2017
Series: Making #1
Six years with my knight in shining armor.
Four years with my knight in dented armor.
Two years with my knight in rusted armor.
It is time to make a change. Time to find myself, even if it scares the hell out of me.
I, Makenzie Mayfair, am leaving my husband.
This is my chance to begin again, to rip my backbone out and yell, “I’ve found it.” It may take time, it may take new friends, a job and even a jerk of a boss who is annoyingly handsome, but I will get there.
I'm determined to be who I want to be, and plan to have a whole heap of fun along the way.
from The Lazy Girls Guide to Magic series by Helen Harper
Ivy Wilde is my kind of heroine. Some may call her lazy, I like to call it super efficient. She’s a witch with brains and power…just not that much motivation to use either commodities. Instead she takes life as it comes, enjoying snuggling on the sofa with some biscuits and her favourite show, with her foul mouthed cat lurking in the background. As I said, she’s my kind of girl.
by Helen Harper
Released: June 8th 2017
Series: The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic #1
Published by Createspace Publishing Platform
Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact, she's probably the last witch in the world who you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa where she could watch TV, munch junk food and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content.
However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order's noses. It doesn't exactly help that she's been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body which a cover model would be proud of but, as far as Ivy's concerned, he's a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch-work.
And if he makes her go to the gym again, she's definitely going to turn him into a frog.
from Perfection by R.L. Mathewson
#2 Neighbor from Hell series
My taste veers towards comedy rather than angst. So here’s another book that had me laughing out loud at the characters antics. I’ve reread this book so many times and I still laugh in exactly the same places. But, as well as being funny this book is so sweet. Zoe, our heroine, starts off as a bit timid but her confidence soon grows as the book goes on and she really lets her smart ass personality out to play. Meanwhile, our hero is kind of oblivious to the fact he’s falling in love and we, as the reader, get to relax back and watch it all happen.
by R.L. Mathewson
Released: August 27th 2011
Series: Neighbor from Hell #2
Zoe is used to taking care of herself and has long ago accepted that if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen to her. So when she loses her job over something most bosses would probably be happy with and her life starts going down hill from there she doesn't expect it to get any better. She certainly didn't expect any help from the loud jerk next door, but then again she has nothing to lose so puts her trust in him and hopes for the best. What she didn't expect was the once in a lifetime opportunity that he offers her through an arrangement where they both benefit and no one is supposed to get hurt, but she should have known better because her luck has never been that good.
Like most Bradfords, Trevor has a soft spot for food, but that's about all. He leads a pretty straightforward life and likes to keep things simple and that includes his relationships. He wants the perfect woman and knows exactly what she'll be like. So when he discovers much to his horror that he's thinking about his frumpy little neighbor he decides the best way to get his head straight is by working her out of his system. He'll keep her around, but only until he finds perfection.
from Man Hands by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby
#1 Man Hands series
Man Hands is a book you pick up when you want something fun, something delicious, something that will leave you with a huge grin on your face. It’s a fantastic feel-good romantic comedy featuring two characters who have been unlucky in love crashing into one another.
Released: December 11th 2017
Published by Rennie Road Books
He puts the "screw" in screwball comedy...
At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.
But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.
Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.
Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don't expect me to actually go through with it.
All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.
I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.
But I will find her.
from Claimed by an Alien by Tiffany Roberts
Aliens are my kink. I love them. With horns, with tails, with extra limbs, with scales or fur, with green or blue or grey skin, I’m equal opportunity, I love them all. Tiffany Roberts has now paired my love with aliens (in this case, check on the extra limbs, green skin and scales) with my love of a curvy heroine. This was a forced proximity story, with the hero and heroine stuck in a car together escaping the bad guys. It was smokin’ hot and incredibly sweet and I loved seeing them not just overcoming but appreciating their differences; four arms could come in very useful after all…
by Tiffany Roberts
Released: August 7th 2018
After losing her job, apartment, and boyfriend in one afternoon, Zoey doesn’t think things can get any worse. Then an uninvited passenger — green, four-armed, and sexy as sin — proves her wrong by dragging her into his frantic escape. Helping Rendash is the right thing to do, but it means becoming a fugitive and risking the only things she has left — her life, and her heart.
Weakened by years of captivity and torture, Rendash, an elite aligarii warrior, seizes his only opportunity to escape. Alone in an alien wasteland, he seeks the aid of a human — one of the very species that imprisoned him. But he finds himself inexplicably drawn to Zoey, and his need to protect her soon wars with his mission — return to his homeworld.
With a shadowy government agency pursuing them, Zoey and Rendash must race across the country before he is recaptured, and she is thrown in a dark cell as a traitor to her kind. But their greatest obstacle may be the most unlikely — their insatiable attraction to one another.
from Muffin Top by Avery Flynn
#2 The Hartigans series
In a lot of books with curvy heroines, she is shy about her curves. Self conscious in some way and trying to hide them or get them to melt away. What I loved about Lucy is her confidence. She owned her curves. And, even better, she was genuinely a bigger lady. It’s a pet peeve of mine when a “curvy” heroine is a character who has a beautiful hourglass shape aka tits and ass with a flat stomach in between. Lucy was a great character, she was apologetically who she was. It was refreshing to have a heroine like her. The 6’6″ fireman hero also helped with my love for this book as well.
by Avery Flynn
Released: October 22nd 2018
Series: The Hartigans #2
The only thing about me that’s a size zero is the filter on my mouth. I’ve got a big personality, a big rack, and a big number on the scale. And I’m perfectly fine with that.
But when some random guy suggests I might not be eating alone if I’d ordered a salad instead of a hamburger I’m shocked silent, which is a feat, trust me.
That brings us to one sexy fireman named Frankie Hartigan. He’s hot. He’s funny… And he’s just apologized for being late for our “date” then glared at the fat-shaming jerk. Next thing I know, he’s sitting down and ordering himself dinner.
I have no problem telling him I don’t need a pity date… unless of course it’s to my high school reunion next week. Oops where did that last bit come from? And what do I do now that he’s said yes?!
Because this is no make-over story, and I think Frankie is using me for something. I just have to figure out what…
from Melt For You by J.T. Geissinger
#2 Slow Burn series
I picked this up to complete a challenge in Romanceopoly. I wasn’t expecting much as I picked it for the challenge that entailed having a bad boy hero. I am NOT a fan of the bad boy hero. However, I fell head over heels for this book. I read it in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down. Was it the gorgeous, hilarious and mostly half naked Scotsman hero? Surprisingly…no. It was the hilarious, slightly awkward and super sassy (when in the right company!) heroine. Okay, and maybe the half naked Scotsman helped a little.
by J.T. Geissinger
Released: May 15th 2018
Series: Slow Burn #2
A wallflower gets seduction tips from a playboy athlete—until love changes the rules.
Socially awkward Joellen Bixby has a date every Saturday—with her cat, a pint of ice cream, and fantasies of the way-too-handsome Michael Maddox. She’d give anything to win over the unattainable CEO of her firm, but how can she when she blends in so well with her cubicle? The answer may be closer than she thinks.
Cameron McGregor is a cocky, tattooed Scottish rugby captain who just moved in next door. He’s not Jo’s type—at all—but the notorious playboy is offering to teach the wallflower everything he knows about inspiring desire. Though a lot of women have rumpled Cam’s kilt, Jo is special. Far from the ugly duckling she thinks she is, in Cam’s eyes she’s sharp, funny, and effortlessly sexy. Now, thanks to him, Jo is blooming with confidence and has the man of her dreams within reach.
Unfortunately for Cam, he’s just helped to push the woman of his dreams into the arms of another man—and now he’s in the fight of his life to keep this beauty from getting away.
from Beast by Pepper Pace
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Can I just type that to fill this paragraph? Would it persuade you to give it a try? I really love this book. It combines two things: a curvy heroine and an ugly hero. Although I feel cruel calling my precious Chris ugly, because the man has a beautiful soul and is one of my all time favourite heroes. This is a fantastic read, I loved Ashleigh and how honest she was with herself, I also identified with her struggle with her weight. Normally, I don’t like books where the heroine felt she had to change herself to please people. But, for Ashleigh, although it started that way, it became a journey of self discovery and honesty.
by Pepper Pace
Released: September 22nd 2012
Published by Pepper Pace
Pepper Pace's interracial fairytale is the story of Beast; a Marine with a destroyed face and a plus sized beauty who has identity issues. A lesson learned is that beauty is not what is on the outside...In this romance that is taken from the Beauty and the Beasts' fairytale, it will leave you questioning 'who is the beauty and who is the beast?'
Miss Penelope Featherington
from Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
#4 Bridgertons series
This book holds such a special place in my heart. It is pure wish fulfillment for anyone who has had an impossible crush that they can’t quite shake. But, there are plenty of books that have unrequited love miraculously become requited. What makes Romancing Mister Bridgerton stand out is the way Quinn does it. Our hero and heroine, who have known each other for decades finally fall in love…when they get to know one another. As more than just his sister’s plump wallflower best friend. As more than just her best friends kind and handsome older brother. Both the hero and heroine reveal hidden depths as their relationship deepens and destroying their pre-conceived notions about one another. And don’t you just a hero who falls for a heroine when she unmasks her true self?
by Julia Quinn
Released: July 2nd 2002
Series: Bridgertons #4
Published by Avon
Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for... well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret... and fears she doesn't know him at all.
Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone's preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph.
But when Colin returns to London from a trip aboard, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same, especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams!
And when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide... is she his biggest threat, or his promise of a happy ending?
Lady Calpurnia Hartwell
from Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean
#1 Love by Numbers series
This is Sarah Maclean’s debut adult novel and although I love the other books she has brought out since, this book has burrowed it’s way into my heart and made a home. Callie is used to being the bigger (in both age and size), plainer and passive sister. But, with her younger sister’s wedding approaching Callie is prompted to change that. So, she writes a list of scandalous activities; fencing, fighting in a duel or gamble at a gentleman’s club. First on the list though, kissing. I loved the premise of this book. A heroine pushing her boundaries and finding not just love, but self confidence and inner strength along the way. It remains one of my favourite all time books even after all this time, and with every reread I fall in love with Callie just a little bit more.
by Sarah MacLean
Released: March 30th 2010
Series: Love By Numbers #1
Published by Avon
A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club.
Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing.
But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.
If she's not careful, she'll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love.
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