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Subject: Plus size romances and books like......
Date Posted: 3/28/2010 7:44 PM ET
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I like romances where the plus size woman falls in love and gets the hunky guy. Does anyone know of any books like that? Also I like Lucy Monroe's books. I really like her series books like Ready, Able, Willing. Are their any other authors that write books similar to hers? Thanks
Date Posted: 3/28/2010 7:51 PM ET
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Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie is FABULOUS and perfectly fits your description.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 7:56 PM ET
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He Loves Lucy has an overweight heroine and a hunky trainer. Lori Foster has at least 2 - Too Much Temptation and another can't remember the title Never too Much I think is the name

eta: someone suggested The Perfect Wife and I have it onmy tbr but haven't read it yet..think it's by Lynsay Sands and is historical. adn I think Susan Donovan wrote He L oves Lucy.

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Date Posted: 3/28/2010 8:00 PM ET
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He Loves Lucy is good but the plot surround the heroine getting thin.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 8:37 PM ET
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There was another discussion on this here not too long ago.  I suggest doing a forum search for the topic; there were a number of good recommendations in it.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 9:08 PM ET
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In fictiondb.com, I've tagged all the BBW (Big, Beautiful Woman) stories that I've read... Some are parts of series, others are standalone stories.

SERIES: SD = Silhouette Desire, SIM = Silhouette Intimate Moments, SR = Silhouette Romance, SSE = Silhouette Special Edition, HBZ = Harlequin Blaze, HT = Harlequin Temptation.

SUBGENRE: CR = Contemporary Romance, ER = Erotic Romance, RR = Regency Romance, RS = Romantic Suspense, WR = Western Romance (historical)

My top recommendations are in BOLD CAPS


Author Title Series             PubDate     SubGenre
Barton, Beverly Jack's Christmas Mission (The Protectors) SIM-1113 2001-11 RS
Barton, Beverly The Outcast SIM-0614 1995-01 CR
Barton, Beverly CAMERON SD-0796 1993-07 CR
Barton, Beverly Gabriel Hawk's Lady (The Protectors) SIM-0830 1998-01 RS
Barton, Beverly Murdock's Last Stand (The Protectors) SIM-0979 2000-01 RS
Brockmann, Suzanne     Taylor's Temptation (Tall, Dark & Dangerous) SIM-1087 2001-07 RS
Browning, Dixie Lucy and the Stone (The Outer Banks) SD-0853 1994-05 CR
Browning, Dixie MORE TO LOVE SD-1372 2001-06 CR
Camp, Candace Hard-Headed Texan (A Little Town in Texas) SIM-1081 2001-06 CR
Davis, Justine A Whole Lot of Love SD-1281 2000-03 CR
DeNosky, Kathie Baby At His Convenience SD-1595 2004-07 CR
Faulkner, Colleen A SHOCKING REQUEST SR-1573 2002-02 CR
Foster, Lori Impetuous HT-0572 1996-01 CR
Foster, Lori Say No to Joe? (The Winstons/Visitation)   2003-08 CR
Foster, Lori Jamie (The Winstons/Visitation)   2005-06 CR
Gold, Kristi His E-Mail Order Wife (Dynasties: The Connellys)      SD-1454 2002-08 CR
Halston, Carole Separate Bedrooms...? SSE-1385 2001-03 CR
Hunter, Madeline Lord of Sin (The Seducer Series)   2005-05 RR
Johnston, Joan The Virgin Groom (Hawk's Way)   1997-08 CR
Kent, Alison The Beach Alibi (Files of SG-5)   2005-01 RS
King, Sherri L. FETISH   2004-08 ER
Kleypas, Lisa Prince of Dreams   1995-08 RR
Kleypas, Lisa SUDDENLY YOU   2001-06 RR
LaBrecque, Jennifer DARING IN THE DARK HBZ-0206 2005-09 ER
Laurens, Stephanie A Fine Passion (The Bastion Club)   2005-09 RR
Lee, Marilyn Full Bodied Charmer   2003-03 ER
Leigh, Lora HIDDEN AGENDAS (Tempting SEALs)   2007-07 RS
Matthews, Lena Stripped Bare (Joker's Wild)   2008-01 ER
McCarthy, Erin Houston, We Have a Problem   2004-09 CR
Miller, Julie At Your Command HBZ-0373 2008-01 ER
Nelson, Rhonda The Loner (Men Out of Uniform) HBZ-0400 2008-06 ER
Palmer, Diana Tyler (Long, Tall Texans) SR-0604 1988-10 CR
Palmer, Diana Emmett (Long, Tall Texans) SR-0910 1993-01 CR
Palmer, Diana Boss Man (Long, Tall Texans) SD-1688 2005-11 CR
Quinn, Julia Romancing Mister Bridgerton (The Bridgertons)   2002-07 RR
Stacy, Judith The Last Bride in Texas HH-0541 2000-12 WR
Tarr, Hope It's a Wonderfully Sexy Life HBZ-0293 2006-12 ER


I can't say enough good things about DARING IN THE DARK by Jennifer LaBrecque. This is a funny story and our British hero sings praises about her plush derriere. An excellent afternoon's read! If you're not in a giggly mood, CAMERON will have you in tears, but it's a must read also.


Date Posted: 3/28/2010 9:09 PM ET
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I haven't read this yet but I started it in the book store and couldn't help but buy it: heroine is plus sized.

Dare to Surrender
Author: Lilli Feisty

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 10:39 PM ET
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I didn't think the woman in He Loves Lucy stayed thin though..can't remember..I remember her job was gonna document someone losing weight and her boss picked her but I thought it was just for the show. I vaguely remember much of that part but remember the romance a little better. I did like Bet Me though it was c ute!

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 11:37 AM ET
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Lori Foster has at least 2 - Too Much Temptation and another can't remember the title Never too Much I think is the name

Too Much Temptation is the story that contains the BBW heroine. Never Too Much is the sequel that deals with TMT's hero's brother, but doesn't have the BBW storyline. Both really good books, but TMT was a keeper for me. :)

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 2:07 PM ET
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Here is the link from All About Romance where you can get an entire list of BBW heroines.


Date Posted: 3/29/2010 2:19 PM ET
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Thanks for the help!!!
Date Posted: 3/29/2010 3:02 PM ET
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These aren't romance but Kathryn Lilley has a cozy series about a plus size reporter.  She usually has a hot guy interested in her.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 4:22 PM ET
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Cathie  Linz has a book called Big Girls don't cry.  The heroine is a former plus sized model. 

Date Posted: 3/30/2010 8:06 PM ET
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I'm on the phone with my best friend and she mentioned a plus-size heroine book she enjoyed -


We weren't talking about the boards here, but she was skimming through something at fantasticfiction and the Browning title caught her eye. I'm not even sure if I have it or not, but it does sound good.


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Date Posted: 4/9/2010 12:46 AM ET
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Definitely BeT ME by Jennifer Crusie, It is my favorite book period.  It is absolutely funny.

Date Posted: 4/10/2010 11:09 PM ET
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Older Karen Robards book Night Magic has a plumpish, sedentary girly romance writer who is mistaken by the KGB (80's Cold War era anyone?!:LOL:)  for a spy type due to a dedication in her latest book to her cat and is "rescued" by a burnout spy.   Then they're on the run w/ the cat and his allergies and her non athletic self.  Hot romance but funny too.  One of my keepers that has recently been reissued without the cheesy pink cover, pity that:P

link to the 2009 edition available here:)


and the others:


Date Posted: 4/6/2011 11:49 AM ET
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If you like paranormal, the whole "Real Vampires....." series by Gerry Bartlett is about a full-figured vampire who claims she was "just bloated" when she was turned, haha. My kind of girl. The first in the series is Real Vampires have Curves.

Date Posted: 4/6/2011 8:16 PM ET
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Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins and Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise. Both are great, enjoyable reads!!!

Date Posted: 4/8/2011 6:31 PM ET
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Simple Need by Lissa Matthews.  Short erotica.  She's definitely a Size 16 or better.

Date Posted: 4/12/2011 11:29 AM ET
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Eye of the Beholder by Ruth Ann Nordin is my absolute favorite of this kind of romance.  It is a realistic story of a woman who agrees to be a mail order bride when she realizes that her life back East will be as a spinster living with her parents when all her brothers and sisters have found mates.   She is spurned by the man who "orders" her because he doesn't consider her beautiful enough.  But another man sees her beauty and she becomes his wife.   I really loved this story.  One of the few Christian romances with a realistic sex and marriage story.

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Date Posted: 4/15/2011 3:07 PM ET
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Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie