Plain Jane and Hot Stud Romance Novels

romance novels (contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, chicklit) in which an average-looking heroine meets Prince Charming.
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321 books · 444 voters · list created October 11th, 2011 by Hanae (votes) .
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namericanwordcat Lord of Fire (Knight Miscellany Series #2). I didn't think of her as plain. Her sister in law is jealous of her. She is uptight but plain?


message 2: by Hanae (new)

Hanae you are absolutely right!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Removed Lord of Fire.

Btw, I suppose Jane Eyre wouldn't qualify, either, on the grounds that Rochester isn't exactly Prince Charming himself?


message 4: by Hanae (last edited Jul 05, 2012 08:26AM) (new)

Hanae nope :-) The Stud in question has to be ridiculously attractive, sizzling hot, etc. As much as I love Rochester, he wasn't exactly a stud material (unless he looked like Michael Fassbender)


message 5: by Hanae (new)

Hanae removed books by Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott and Anne Bishop - these are not "romance novels".
This list is about contemporary romance books, may it be modern or historicals. Austen, Alcott and Gaskell are 19th century classics; Bishop writes fantasy.


message 6: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Hanae wrote: "removed books by Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott and Anne Bishop - these are not "romance novels".
This list is about contemporary romance books, may it be modern or historicals...."


Love this list - I'm using it to search out new authors and then hassle my local library :)


message 7: by Hanae (new)

Hanae I'm happy to hear it and I'm constantly adding new books to our list.


message 8: by Hanae (last edited Jan 15, 2014 04:50AM) (new)

Hanae I had to remove four books by Amanda Quick and three by Cassie Edwards - the heroines were clearly described as beauties, there was nothing plain about them


message 9: by Hanae (new)

Hanae I have read "Wicked Intentions" and the heroine was no plain Jane - she had been even described as the "beauty of the family". Since ten people voted for this book, I want to ask you if I should remove the book or not. Technically, it does not qualify for our list. What do you think?


message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I haven't read it but I would assume that Plain jane = Plain Jane? I would vote for it being taken off :)


message 11: by Hanae (new)

Hanae done and done!


message 12: by Hanae (last edited Jan 31, 2014 10:12AM) (new)

Hanae a useful tip: check out the new historicals from no. 100 upwards - I'm constantly adding new releases which haven't been rated that often but there is plenty of good stuff waiting for you on the second paige of this list!
I strongly recommend books by Julie Anne Long, Melody Thomas (the title is very misleading), Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, Tessa Dare and Elizabeth Hoyt. Read them, love them, vote for them!


message 13: by JG (new)

JG 'Can you keep a Secret' should NOT be here. She's not plain!


message 14: by Hanae (new)

Hanae let's remove her then :-)


message 15: by Hanae (new)

Hanae has anyone read the books by Cassie Edwards added to this list some time ago? Judging by their synopsis, they don't sound like Plain Jane stories to me.


message 16: by Hanae (new)

Hanae removed Susan Enoch's "London's Perfect Scoundrel". The heroine was described as a beauty and a "social butterfly" - no Plain Jane here, ladies and gentlemen.


message 17: by Bespectacledreader (last edited Jul 09, 2016 07:52PM) (new)

Bespectacledreader The Chief by Monica McCarty does not have a plain Jane. Christina is viewed as a beauty. Even the Highland guards keeps on comparing women to her beauty. She is like a standard to them.


message 18: by Hanae (new)

Hanae Thank you for noticing! I'll remove this book from the list.


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