8 Romance Novels Featuring Disabled Characters
Diversify your bookshelf with these disabled romance novels!
Disabled Romance Novels
Disabled romance novels have an important place in the genre. It allows disabled readers to see characters like themselves in fiction, validating their existence. It also helps normalize disabled people and characters for ablebodied people, making them seem a part of everyday life, because they are.
We came up with a list of eight great romance novels feature disabled characters that you're sure to enjoy. Take a look!
Time and Tide by E.M. Lindsey
After finishing school at Oxford University in 1897, William Owens returns to his home in Maryland to discover that his mother has planned his entire future for him. She's arranged for William to marry a woman William has never even met, declared he will practice law, and even decided where he will live with his new wife. William has never been good at standing up to his mother and becomes resigned to an unhappy life. Until he meets Theodore Renard, a blind writer who teaches William that some things are worth fighting for.
Between You and Me by Lynn Turner
When Finnegan Kane was sixteen, he managed to survive a plane crash that killed his parents and took his leg. As an adult, he is a scientist working to better the lives of his fellow disabled people with his ideas for a new way to do prosthetic limbs. He just needs the capital. He turns to venture capitalist Emanuela Monroe for help, but wasn't counting on the spark between when they meet, which they both flee from. Will they get it together in time to make both of their dreams come true?
They Say Love Is Blind by Pepper Pace
Tory doesn't know how many times she's heard the words, "You're really pretty...for a fat chick." She just wants to find a guy that will accept her for who she is. Is that really so much to ask? Tory habitually runs late and has to run to catch up to the bus, a laughing stock to the other passengers. On what seemed like an ordinary day, she literally falls into the lap of a really hot white guy. Her mind strays to him over the next few days, wondering who he is. She never would have guessed he'd be interested in her too!
Rain Falls by Kelli Jae Baeli
Looking for some supplemental income, India Bell lands two gigs. The first is to interview Tegan Lowry, an up-and-coming writer of lesbian romance, and the second is to write her a lesbian romance novel herself to win a bet and land herself an editing job. The problem is India is a sci fi writer and doesn't know the first thing about romance. Maybe Tegan can help? India may be awkward, but Tegan is still excited to be interviewed by the gorgeous woman. Not that India would ever be interested in a woman who uses crutches and lives in a basement apartment. But a girl can dream.
Making a Comeback by Julie Blair
It's only been six months since Liz Randall's wife died and she's trying to keep it together. A jazz pianist, she's trying hard to keep her band together, especially after they get invited to the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival. She's just not sure they're ready, so she enlists the help of her neighbor, Jac Winters, a woman who knows a lot about jazz. Jac likes the ordered life she lives in small town Carmel-by-the-Sea with her guide dog, but reluctantly agrees to help Liz. Music brings the two women together, but it just may be love that keeps them in each others arms.
Tracking You by Kelly Moran
Good girl Gabby Cosette hasn't been on a real date in ages. One measly date, that's all she wants. Still, getting to work with her best friend, Dr. Flynn O'Grady, each day at his veterinarian clinic isn't so bad. Outside of Flynn's family, Gabby is essentially the only person that treats him like he's a human being. Born Deaf, Gabby became hellbent on learning sign language the moment they met back in school. Flynn has been in love with her for a long time, but it was easy to ignore until now when Gabby is actively looking for a boyfriend. Will he risk their friendship and tell Gabby how he feels? Especially after that heated kiss they share.
An Unseen Attraction by KJ Charles
Boardinghouse owner Clem Talleyfer lives a quiet, content life. Living with dyspraxia, he has work and plenty of hobbies to keep him busy. There's also his tenant Rowley Green, someone who has become a good friend throughout their long chats by the fireside. Clem knows he's fallen for Rowley wishes for more, for a quiet life together. That gets disrupted when the corpse of another of Clem's tenants is left on his doorstep, murdered. Together, they must unravel a mystery and maybe along the way, will also unravel their hearts.
Miracle for the Neurosurgeon by Lynn Marshall
He doesn't like to brag, but Wes Van Allen knows he's one of the best neurosurgeons around. Then he gets into an accident that makes him a wheelchair user. Wes doesn't let anything faze him and finds a physical therapist to help him build up his strength. That's where Mary Harris comes him, a woman Wes used to have a thing with. She wants to Wes achieve his dreams and in return, asks that he helps Mary achiever hers. Mary wants to have a baby. Wes agrees to help her and it isn't long before he discovers he wants to be more to Mary than just her donor.
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