The best (and sexiest, and funniest) romances with plus-sized heroines

Who am I?

I’ve struggled with weight and body issues most of my adult life. When I first wrote Worth The Weight (nearly 20 years ago), I had just lost a lot of weight and was coming to terms with what that meant to my self-image vs my body image. Package deal? Able to be separate the two? The weight loss romances on this list spoke to me. But the “love all those curves” books spoke to me on a different level. And the body-positivity movement has spoken to me on yet another level as I evolve into the imperfect, but hopefully always learning, person I am still becoming.

I wrote...

Worth The Weight (Worth Series Book 1): A Copper Country Romance

By Mara Jacobs,

Book cover of Worth The Weight (Worth Series Book 1): A Copper Country Romance

What is my book about?

Lizzie Hampton is literally a shadow of her former self. Having lost half her body weight, she's headed to her small hometown to test out her new body on an old flame. Just a harmless fling to get her self-confidence back before she returns to the city and the new man in her life. But Lizzie's plan has a few bumps in the road.

Finn Robbins can't believe Liz is back in town. Desperate to be the holder of her innocence eighteen years ago, he never got the chance. Now she's back and he can finally check her off his to-do list. But her friends, his son, and the mysterious Annie may have something to say about that.

The books I picked & why

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Jemima J

By Jane Green,

Book cover of Jemima J

Why this book?

Catfish before there was Catfish. Though technically chick lit and not a romance, this book is old-school catfishing. Think scanning in doctored photos to email. No dating apps. No apps. It feels quaint nowadays.

Jemima Jones goes through a transformational weight loss to meet the man of her dreams, and of course, finds herself along the way. (And the guy who was always right in front of her – in true early chick lit fashion.)

I remember laughing out loud (before LOL was a thing) at this book when it first came out. And I really remember the smell of the bacon sandwiches.

Too Much Temptation

By Lori Foster,

Book cover of Too Much Temptation

Why this book?

One of the first books I remember reading that had lots of sex with a plus-size heroine. There are many now (thank goodness – a long time coming!), but when this first came out, it was quite unique.

Grace Jenkins has long wanted Noah Harper. She gets her chance, but her body image makes her hesitate.

I loved Noah’s flat-out desire of Grace and all her curves. This made me come up with a mantra that I use to my friends, on myself, and in my writing: To men; any naked is good naked.

Tempt Me, Taste Me, Touch Me

By Bella Andre,

Book cover of Tempt Me, Taste Me, Touch Me

Why this book?

Rose is dumped by her boyfriend for a thinner woman, throwing her into a body image crisis. But a chef (a chef! How perfect! Or horrific?) makes her appreciate herself just the way she is.

Very, very sexy. It was the first Bella Andre I read (waaaaay back when) and I’ve been a fan since. Much like Too Much Temptation, the fully-realized love scenes with a plus-size heroine (at least, in her mind) are romantic, arousing and so, so satisfying.

He Loves Lucy

By Susan Donovan,

Book cover of He Loves Lucy

Why this book?

He Loves Lucy uses the reality-show trope to hilarious, and lovely perfection. Lucy Cunningham is a PR exec who allows her client, a fitness club, to use her as a weight-loss guinea pig. Trainer Theo Redmond is up to the task, but finds working with Lucy to not be work at all.

I loved all of Susan Donovan’s early romances, but this one has a warmth, charm, and humor that has stuck with me through the years. When thinking about this list, this book was the first one that jumped into my head.

Spoiler Alert

By Olivia Dade,

Book cover of Spoiler Alert

Why this book?

April Whittier is a professional by day, and a fan fiction queen by night. Unbeknownst to her, her best online friend is the star of TV’s biggest show (think Game Of Thrones) who agrees with her about everything the show is doing wrong. Now, due to some harsh online trolls criticizing her weight, she’s going out on a date with him.

I love how different Spoiler Alert is from the others on my list that were written a decade – or two – earlier. The body-positivity mindset is refreshing and so much more emotionally healthy than the fat-duckling-to-thin-swan take. (As much as I enjoy those, too.) April has issues, yes, but never any doubt that she’s as worthy to date a huge star as any size 4. And in fact, questions whether he is worthy of her!

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