The best historical BBW romance books - When skinny was not fashionable

Last updated: 08 Jun 2021

This list is a compilation of the best romance novels featuring curvy heroines in historical settings. From ancient times to the western frontier, from medieval Scandinavia to regency England, apparently heroes who appreciate their BBW are all over the place and times!

  • #1 The Perfect Wife - Lynsay Sands

    The Perfect Wife - Lynsay Sands

    historical plain heroine marriage of convenience curvy heroine arranged/forced marriage

    It was to be hoped that her groom was partial to cherries. For Avelyn feared she would very much resemble one at their wedding feast. Too round, too red in the scarlet gown that was all she could fit into…and perhaps too tart for his taste? No doubt he longed for a sweet, biddable bride, one who was tiny and trim as she was trying to appear.

    Paen Gerville longed for a lively, well-rounded woman, one whose plump breast would cushion his head after the lonely, harsh life of a knight. At first his wife-to-be- promised no such delights-her form was unbending, her health apparently fragile as she fainted in his arms after their first kiss. more

  • #2 The Bride and the Beast - Teresa Medeiros

    The Bride and the Beast - Teresa Medeiros

    fantasy historical alpha male vengeance curvy heroine

    I'd been prowling the crumbling ruins of Castle Weyrcraig for so long that I could no longer remember if I was man or beast. Then one stormy night the superstitious Highlanders of Ballybliss decided to leave a helpless virgin bound to a stake in the castle courtyard to satisfy my insatiable appetites.

    My demands might strike terror in the hearts of men, but this bold beauty dared to defy me. After she informed me that she didn't believe in dragons, I had no choice but to make her my prisoner—or risk being exposed to those I had sought to deceive with my dangerous masquerade.

    Soon I found myself stealing into the moonlit tower just to watch her sleep. more

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  • #3 Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah MacLean

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah MacLean

    regency historical curvy heroine bad boys alpha male

    A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club.

    Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing.

    But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. more

  • #4 Suddenly You - Lisa Kleypas

    Suddenly You - Lisa Kleypas

    regency historical curvy heroine plain heroine age gap

    She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible, but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.

    Jack Devlin's determination to possess Amanda became greater when she discovered his true identity. more

  • #5 Love and Other Scandals - Caroline Linden

    Love and Other Scandals - Caroline Linden

    regency historical curvy heroine enemies to lovers bad boys

    Joan Bennet is tired of being a wallflower. Thanks to some deliciously scandalous—and infamous—stories, she has a pretty good idea of what she's missing as a spinster. Is even a short flirtation too much to ask for?

    Tristan, Lord Burke, recognizes Joan at once for what she is: trouble. Not only is she his best friend's sister, she always seems to catch him at a disadvantage. The only way he can win an argument is by kissing her senseless. He'd give anything to get her out of her unflattering gowns. more

  • #6 Train Station Bride: Prairie Romance (Crawford Family Book 1) - Holly Bush

    Train Station Bride: Prairie Romance (Crawford Family Book 1) - Holly Bush

    contemporary western shy heroine western frontier curvy heroine

    1887 Debutante, Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Boston family. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to the Midwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother. Julia finds her new home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets threaten to ruin Julia’s one chance at love.

    Jake Shelling was sixteen and grew up quick when his parents died from influenza on the South Dakota prairie. Left with a half-cleared farm and two young sisters, he spent little time on his own needs . .till now. more

  • #7 Maverick Wild - Stacey Kayne

    Maverick Wild - Stacey Kayne

    western contemporary curvy heroine cowboys historical

    Haunted by a promise that he couldn't keep and a past he couldn't forget.

    Chance Morgan had locked away his heart. Until Cora Mae Tindale crossed half the country to find him. The beguiling creature who insisted on turning his serviceable ranch into a home was hiding something—and Chance was hell-bent on finding out her secrets!

    Cora Mae only wanted a place to hide, but her youthful protector had grown into a war-hardened rancher with looks that could tempt a saint. Yet his dark glances were filled with distrust…and unmistakable desire. more

  • #8 Matthew (Circle Eight) - Emma Lang

    Matthew (Circle Eight) - Emma Lang

    western historical suspense curvy heroine mystery

    In the wake of his parents' murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle Eight - a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas. He also needs to find a wife in just thirty days, or risk losing it all. Plain but practical, Hannah Foley seems the perfect bride for him...until after the wedding night. Their marriage may make all the sense in the world, but neither one anticipates the jealousies that will result, the treacherous danger they're walking into, or the wildfire of attraction that will sweep over them, changing their lives forever... more

  • #9 Ruby: A BBW historical erotic romance - Belle Divine

    Ruby: A BBW historical erotic romance - Belle Divine

    western erotic romance historical curvy heroine western frontier

    When Slade saves Ruby from a brutal assault and kills the men responsible, the curvy innkeeper can only think of one way to say thank you to the walking sex god bounty hunter who's going to be out of her life forever by tomorrow:
    with a night of intense passion neither of them will ever forget. more

  • #10 Mountain Laurel - Jude Deveraux

    Mountain Laurel - Jude Deveraux

    historical curvy heroine western western frontier

    Captain 'Ring Montgomery was handsome, a skilled rider, a crack shot, popular with the men and their ladies. That was reason enough for a jealous, surly colonel to saddle Montgomery with a most peculiar assignment: to escort an opera singer into the Colorado gold fields.

    'Ring's plan was to scare the little lady enough so that she'd hightail it for home. After all, a Civil War was brewing! But LaReina, The Singing Duchess -- as Maddie Worth called herself on stage -- didn't scare easy. And she didn't intend to explain her reasons for coming West to any high and mighty soldier. more


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