7 Spectacular Romance Books With Beautiful Disabled Protagonists

Romance, representation, and readership. Read on to discover recommendations starring disabled MCs falling in love!

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Book jackets for Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Always Only You by Chloe Liese, and Something More by Jackie Khalilieh are cut into abstract shapes. Seven different graphics of people representing disabilities line the bottom.

Romance books introduce us to new worlds, teach us unique information, guide us, and provide immersive experiences, allowing us to imagine ourselves in abundant affairs. As we explore the characters, we also explore ourselves. Romance books celebrate all kinds of people and love, reflecting the beautifully diverse reality of our world. So, here are seven extraordinary romance books with disabled protagonists.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Book jacket for Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. A woman accepts a side hug and forehead kiss from a man with long red hair and a black leather jacket. Her hair is tied up in a bun and she's wearing a red tank top with a blue skirt. A grey cat stands behind her feet. Arrow and line doodles decorate the blank space around them.

After a run-in with death, Chloe Brown devises a bucket list filled with choices she’d never usually make. Having spent her entire life ruled by her chronic illness, she finally moves out of her family’s mansion with plans to “get a life,” which include getting drunk, having a hookup, spontaneous world travel, camping, riding a motorcycle, and doing something bad. It turns out that Chloe’s not so good at being rebellious and enlists the help of characteristic bad-boy Redford ‘Red’ Morgan. He’s covered in tattoos, owns a motorcycle, and is incredibly attractive. Chloe’s minor obsession with him reveals that he’s also a secret artist who hides his masterpieces from the world and, once they build a deeper connection, is an entirely different person underneath his tattoos and good looks.

Me Before You Jojo Moyes

Book jacket for Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. An illustration of a yellow mansion looms in the distance of green hills and trees. A bumble bee hovers above the title.

If you have already watched the beautiful movie adaptation of Me Before You, consider reading the beautiful book! Ordinary Louisa Clark’s circumstances force her to take up a job working for the famous Will Traynor, a well-traveled, extreme sports player whose unfortunate accident leaves him in a wheelchair. Although the two have pretty much nothing in common, Lou doesn’t let Will’s pessimistic attitude drive her away. He becomes more to her than just a job, and upon discovering his shocking plans for his life, Louisa makes it her mission to restore his hope.

Always Only You by Chloe Liese

Book jacket for Always Only You by Chloe Liese. A woman in a white shirt, black pants, and long brown hair hugs and looks lovingly at a a man with long red hair and a beard in a hockey jersey. Her arm hooks around his neck and in her hand is a walking cane. They are on a beach at sunset, and a husky stands in the distance above the man's shoulder.

From the moment Ren Bergman met Frankie Zeferino, he knew she was the one for him. Her humor, heart, and quirky smile have him head over heels for his hockey team’s social media manager. Frankie finds her heart skipping a beat for Ren, but since receiving her diagnosis, her past relationships see her as a chore more than a partner. When Frankie switches careers and is free from workplace rules, Ren desperately tries to convince her that, despite waiting for her all these years, he is genuinely in love with her, no matter what.

What If You & Me by Roni Loren

Book jacket for What If You & Me by Roni Loren. The illustrated bust of a woman with pink hair, matching lipstick, and a black shirt stands behind a raining thundercloud. Her forehead consists of more clouds in the distance. Three lighter grey clouds frame her head.

Horror writer and creator of a true crime podcast Andi Lockley is finally starting to manage her crippling anxiety. She’s healing from her past with a dangerous man, one that has created a fear that gets between her and everyone she’s tried to date since. Yet, her noisy, sleepless neighbor, Hill Dawson, keeps her awake at night. A retired firefighter, Hill can’t sleep because he’s up wondering how he’s supposed to move on with his life after losing his leg from a rescue. Constantly distracted by his cute neighbor, he’s unsure where his life will lead him. But, when he saves Andi from a home invasion, the two ignite an unlikely bond, where they must learn to trust each other and themselves if they want to kindle the flame.

Wait For It by Jenn McKinlay

Book jacket for Wait For It by Jenn McKinlay. A man and a woman relax on floats in a pool. Behind the pools is a desert with sandy mountains and several wild and potted varieties of cactus near the pool. The woman is in a pink bathing suit, holding a wine glass on a pink float. The man is reading a red book in blue swim shorts, and is on a green float. White pool chairs line the left of the pool, and potted cacti and trees line the right.

At only 30 years old, twice-divorced Annabelle Martin makes a hasty move from Boston to Arizona in need of a fresh start. There, she takes an interest in her landlord, whose anonymity and irritated notes lead her to believe he’s an old, bad-tempered proprietor. When she finally meets the infamous Nick Daire, she discovers he’s the same age and uses a wheelchair due to a stroke. He’s on the road to recovery, but something’s holding him back, and Annabelle can’t stop herself from getting involved with Nick and his life. They just might be what the other one needs to achieve the happy life they’ve both been waiting for.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Book jacket for Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. The title words are written in dark blue on three separate pieces of scrap paper. The first is blank white paper, the next is graph paper, and the last piece is made of lined paper.

Samantha McAllister’s hidden struggles with Purely-Obsessional OCD are tiringly consuming every part of her life; her impulsive, worried thoughts are unable to be turned off. Her toxic but popular friends quickly criticize every choice she makes, increasing the intensity of every paralyzing thought. Yet, Sam believes she’d be completely ostracized in the high-school ecosystem if she left them, so she keeps her psychiatrist visits and newfound friendship with the ordinary Caroline a secret. But when Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a gathering of wallflowers, Sam finally feels comfortable in her skin, even falling in love with a guitar-playing misfit. Just as she begins to feel “normal,” something makes her question her mind all over again.

Something More by Jackie Khalilieh

Book jacket for Something More by Jackie Khalilieh. Three students in school uniforms were handed out in front of their school. First is a boy with long brown hair leaning against a brick wall. He is in a light blue button-up shirt and a red plaid tie. Next to him sits a girl on top of the wall. She's in a dark blue sweater with a white collar poking underneath her neck, a red plaid skirt, blue knee socks, and black boots. She stares at the sky. Next to her sits another boy with short brown hair, a light blue polo, similar grey pants as the first boy, and blue sneakers. Both boys stare up at the girl. A leafy green tree sways above them.

Only two weeks before entering high school, Jessie is diagnosed with autism. With hopes of keeping her diagnosis a secret, she creates a plan to do just so. However, Jessie learns that things are not black and white and that she likes it that way. But when two boys vie for her heart, she must deviate from her meticulously curated list of goals to choose whom to love.

No matter what, we can count on romance books for unique perspectives and heartwarming stories. You can’t go wrong adding any of these stunning books to your TBR, so do so today!

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