The list author says: "I enjoy reading romance stories where the hero/heroine is not physically perfect. It may be that they have physical/emotional scars or another physical problem or disability. They might be blind, have horrible scars, have a disease,or even just have very bad knees. Those are the heroes/heroines that I root for and enjoy reading about. Here is a list of great romance stories with possible SPOILERS below."
"Remy LeDeux is the hero. He was disfigured (burned) because of a helicopter crash during Desert Storm. One half of his face, chest, hip, belly, and on down is disfigured because of burns and subsequent surgeries to fix his skin. Remy is a dreamie! Really sweet story! Contemporary romance."
"Sheriff Brody Carlton is the hero. He lost a leg while serving as a soldier in Iraq. He has a prosthetic (bionic knee?) limb. Brody is my probably my favorite hero of those listed. I love this story, it is a keeper! Contemporary romance."
"Ethan MacCarrick is the hero. Ethan's face is disfigured. He was scarred at the age of 23 for a youthful indiscretion. He now has a nasty scar that runs down his face.The twist in the plot is that the heroine's father caused Ethan to have that scar. Historical romance."
"Zsadist is the hero. This is probably the saddest story of those listed. He lived in captivity and was tortured for many years until he was rescued by his brother. He bears many physical/emotional scars. If you can get through his story, expect to cry more than once. Paranormal romance."
"Lucien is the hero. He has physical scars over his body and face. What I really like about this story is how the heroine, Anya, persistently pursues Lucien even though he tries to turn her away. Plus, it has some great humorous moments and dialogue. Paranormal romance."
"Thayer is the hero. He is a very large warrior with lots of red hair, hence the beast title. He also has lots of battle scars and low self-esteem; he basically thinks that he is ugly. He also doesn't think that he is good enough for the heroine. Historical romance."
"Truman McCain is the hero. He is the deputy of a small town in Alabama. He has a very bad limp because of a knee injury. When asked by the heroine how his knee is, he replies that his knee is like hamburger meat. I really liked this story. The portrayed Truman on the cover is a hottie too! Contemporary romance."
"U.S. Air Force Captain Samantha Hall is the heroine. She has endometriosis and has lots of pain with it. Having sexual intercourse is painful for her. I love that this story addresses such a common disease/ailment among women, that to some can be crippling. This story has my favorite heroine of those listed. Contemporary romance."
"Rain, King of of the Fading Lands, is the hero. His scars are of the tortured emotional kind. He has tormented himself for years over the death of the woman he loved. Plus, he feels burdened with saving his people and his land. This is a great debut novel by C.L. Wilson. Fantasy romance."
"Carly Winters is the heroine. She was in a bad surfing accident and broke her back and messed her leg up. She has a steel rod in her thigh and scars down her leg and back. She now also has a fear of water and surfing until she meets the hero who is a Navy SEAL. He tries to "save" her from her fears. Contemporary romance."
"Laurel Wilkins is the heroine. She is deaf. She lost her hearing when she was young and had an illness. She does talk, but she can sign as well. The hero is a cop who looks beyond her disability. When he first tells her that he loves her, he spells it out using his fingers. Very sweet story! Contemporary romance."
"Kyrian is the hero. He has numerous physical scars on his body from having been tortured years ago. He is a Dark Hunter who has many lived many years. His first wife ruthlessly betrayed him and set-up him to be tortured so he has emotional scars as well. Many of S. Kenyon's characters have scars of some type."
"Chantelle is the heroine. She was sexually abused as a child and she has emotional scars. She has never enjoyed sexual intercourse with a man until she meets the hero, Tristan. He wants to show her how love can really be between a man and woman. This is a sweet and emotional story! Contemporary romance with paranormal elements."
"Clarissa Crambray is the heroine. She is extremely near-sighted and needs spectacles to see. Adrian Montfort is the hero, and he has a scar on his face that runs from the side of his eye to his chin. He is extremely self conscious about it. This is a must read! Historical romance."
"Etienne Baptiste is the hero. He has emotional and physical scars from having been a prisoner during?/after? the Civil War. He was believed to be dead when someone cut his finger off to steal a ring he had on (maybe it was Gollum, lol). This is one of my favorite books! Historical time-travel romance."
"Viscount Simon Wade is the hero. He was in a horseback riding accident, and he has lost most of his sight. He can see shapes though. Great story! Loved the hero, and the heroine who wouldn't give up on him. Historical romance."
"Belle Flambeau is the heroine. She has a scar that runs from her cheekbone to her mouth. She was cut on her face when she was attacked by a serial killer. She is very self-conscious of it. This is a quick, easy read, but I enjoyed it! Historical romance."
"Gabriel Fairchild is the hero. He is blind from a war accident. He also has a scar that runs down one side of his face. He has secluded himself from others except for his servants. This story is similar to The Viscount in Her Bedroom. Both are great books! Historical romance."
"Major Jack Carstairs is the hero. He has a scar on his handsome face and a lame leg from having fought in a war. His father disinherits him because of who he chooses to marry, but after his injuries occur, his fiance leaves him. Great story! Historical romance."
"Lillian Walford is the heroine. She was poisoned as a child and lost most of her speaking ability, but she is not deaf. Her lungs were also scarred. Most people consider her to be a mute. She does know sign language. This is a must read! Excellent story! Great hero too! Historical romance."
"Marcus North, the Viscount Draker, is the hero. He has a burn scar on his face from his cheek to his chin. His mother caught him on the side of the face with a poker. She also made him stay in a dungeon for three days when he was younger. He meets the beautiful heroine, but doesn't feel worthy of her. Historical romance."
"Caleb Connors is the hero. He lost the lower part of his left leg in the Civil War. Amanda Myers is the heroine. She was kidnapped several years earlier, and was held captive at a whorehouse so she feels unworthy of Caleb and his affection. Historical romance."
"Alistair Munroe is the hero. He was tortured by Indians when he went to America to study wildlife during colony times. He is now missing an eye, two fingers on his right hand, and has scars on one side of his face under the missing eye. Very sweet story and lots of hot romance between hero and heroine. Historical romance."
"I wasn't going to read this book, but I finally broke down and did. I already have one S. Kenyon book on this list, but how could I not include Acheron on this list knowing that his story probably trumps all of the others. I had to read the first 400 pages fast though because of the brutality, but the last 400 pages tell a breathtakingly beautiful love story. Paranormal Romance."
"Both the hero and heroine are scarred. The heroine was sexually abused by her step-brother and the hero was tortured when he was captured by Indians. He has burn scars and cut marks all over his chest.A real tear-jerker! Historical romance."
"Trace Coleman is the hero. He is an ex-bull-riding champion. The story does not go into a lot of specifics, but he was gravely injured by a bull. It left him with a limp and a scar on his face running from his eye and cutting down through his cheek. He is very self-conscious of his appearance. Great story! Contemporary romance."
"Larson Jennings is the hero. He leaves his wife to go on a trip. While away, he gets shot in the leg and caught in a fire. He has burns over much of his body including his hands, abdomen, back,and face. He comes home to his wife after months away recuperating to find that his wife believes him to be dead, and she is pregnant with what he mistakenly thinks is someone else's baby. Insp. romance."
"Nykarian is the hero.He has scars all over his body from where he was treated horribly as a child and on through his teen years. He doesn't know love. He has no fingernails and a couple of his fingers are twisted.Paranormal romance."
"Copper is the heroine. She has broken/fractured a bone in her ankle, and has a limp, yet this is the old west time so no one can really help her with her injury. It is too severe, unless she goes looking for the only doctor who might possibly can, which means traveling with the prickly wagon master, Josh Redlin. Insp. romance."
"Libby Jamieson is the heroine. She was taken hostage and tortured for almost three years because of her relationship with a jaguar shape-shifter, Jaxon Castille. She has scars and burns on her back and on the bottom of her feet and her infant baby was taken from her as well. Terrific debut! Paranormal romance."
"Broc Kincaid is the hero. He was shot in the face during the Civil War so the left side of his face is heavily scarred. The heroine is able to look past this though to the wonderful and caring man that he truly is. The only problem is that he is hesitant at first because he doesn't want her pity. Very tender and poignant love story. Historical romance."
"Lord Ian Mackenzie is the hero. He has a form of autism. He doesn't like to look people in the eye yet he's really good with numbers & remembers everything that is said. He has touch preferences/dislikes and he is a loner. Historical romance."
"Abigail is the heroine. She is deaf, but was not born that way. She reads lips, and she can speak as well. She has been promised to a Scottish laird who is a wolf shape-shifter. She doesn't know that and he, in turn, doesn't know that she is deaf. Paranormal/Shape-shifter romance."
"Eden is the heroine. She was kidnapped by a gang who abused her until Matthew Coulter, the hero, rescues her. Now they are on a run for their lives. These same men killed Matthew's first wife years ago and he has a couple of scars and partial paralysis of his face from where they roughed him up. CA stories have a lot of imperfect H/h's. Historical romance."
"Jenny is the heroine. She was injured from a bomb blast that left a little bit of a scar on her face and some on her leg from several hip surgeries. She still has some shrapnel in her hip area and some difficulty walking as she finds herself going home to her Grandmother and her first love in the Amish country. This is a really sweet story. Inspirational romance."
"Connor MacKenzie is the hero. He was a former fireman that got burned two years before the story starts. He now has scars on his hands, arms, and some on his shoulders and neck. Definitely one of the best B.Andre books that I've read. Contemporary romance."
"Declan Chase is the hero. He is a reincarnated berserker who was tortured by some creatures of the Lore (have to read the book). He has horrible scars on his chest, back and hands. If you haven't read a Kresley Cole book, then you need to. Definitely one of her best! Paranormal romance."
"Rio is the hero. He is a Breed vampire and was betrayed by his mate. As a result, he ended up hurt in an explosion (sacrificing himself for his friends) that burned one side of his face and left scars on all along one side of his torso. He is adamant about not falling in love again."