Fall In Love With These Sweet and Sexy Disabled Romances

Get ready to be enamored with these love stories that prove love and romance are for everybody!

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Book covers for "Knot My Type" by Evie Mitchell, "Out on a Limb" by Hannah Bonam-Young, and "Mickey Chambers Shakes It Up" by Charish Reid against a heart-patterned background.

Romance is more popular than ever. From books to shows to movies, everybody has at least one fictional couple they’re rooting for. The flavor of romance varies–enemies to lovers, childhood friends, unplanned pregnancy, fake dating–but the character descriptions can get a little monotonous. As good as the writing may be, reading about the tenth petite brunette falling for the hunky blue-eyed man can get a little repetitive.

Not all romances are the same because not all people look like the same The beauty of love is that it transcends race, gender, height, and weight, which is why there must be stories featuring people of all looks, backgrounds, and circumstances getting the love story they deserve.

Literature is more diverse than ever, so there’s a wealth of romances out there for people from all walks of life. For this Crazy Book Genre, we’re highlighting some romances where disabled main characters get their happily ever after. Disability representation is increasing in all media, but it still has a long way to go. The best way to show writers and publishers we want more stories centering on disabled people and their lives is by supporting the works that are already out.

Out on a Limb by Hannah Bonam-Young

Book cover for "Out on a Limb" by Hannah Bonam-Young.

Win McNulty is fiercely independent. She wants to do everything on her own, and with a few minor adjustments, she has. But a one-night stand with a charming stranger, Bo, changes everything. Although Bo is eager to be a part of Win’s life, Win isn’t too sure she wants him there. Win and Bo decide to tackle this new challenge as just friends, but life may have a different plan for both of them.

Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones

Book cover for "Getting Schooled" by Christina C. Jones.

Reese is a new grad assistant who has a terrible encounter with a student. Despite this student possessing the “trifecta”—the three traits Reese thinks are irresistible in a man—Reese has no intentions of pursuing him. Jason is a grown man just trying to finish his degree and move on with his life. The last thing on his mind is women. Until he meets the sexy, infuriating Reese.

Knot My Type by Evie Mitchell

Book cover for "Just My Type" by Evie Mitchell.

Frankie is a wheelchair user who runs the All Access Podcast, where she gives advice and crushes the stigma on disabled folks getting down. When a listener asks for guidance on accessible rope play, Frankie sets out for answers by seeing a rigger herself. Jay is a rigger who is down to help Frankie learn the ropes, and the sparks between them are flying. But commitment is not a word in Jay’s vocabulary, and Frankie wants more than just a fling.

The Best Man by Annabelle Costa

Book cover for "The Best Man" by Annabelle Costa

Kirby Matthews is tired of being the single friend in a group of married couples. So, when Ted, her long-distance boyfriend, proposes, she obviously says yes. But then she meets Ted’s best man, John. John, who is obnoxious, talks too much, and uses his disability to keep everything and everyone at a distance. As the wedding plans continue, Kirby and John end up connecting more than Kirby thought possible. Can she still follow through with her wedding when the best man has her heart?

Affogato by E.M. Lindsey

Book cover for "Affogato" by E.M. Lindsey.

Just when his career is getting successful, Deaf café owner Caleb suffers a humiliating and public breakup. After the video of his breakup goes viral, Caleb resigns himself to being a social tragedy and becomes a bitter shell of his former self who hides his feelings. But his resolve meets its match in new hire Bodhi. Bodhi is young, attractive, and so anxious he jumps at his own shadow. He’s also too sweet for a man like Caleb, who doesn’t deserve someone like Bodhi. But Bodhi has his own story, and he might be the one who teaches Caleb the meaning of love without strings. Love without expectations.

Mickey Chambers Shakes It Up by Charish Reid

Book cover for "Mickey Chambers Shakes It Up" By Charish Reid.

To help with her many medical bills, instructor Mickey Chambers picks up a gig bartending. So what if she’s never done it before? Maybe the bar owner, Diego, can teach her some skills. Or he could, if he wasn’t so occupied with keeping his late wife’s bar up and running. Diego knows hiring Mickey was a rash decision, but it’s hard to regret it when she’s breathing new life into the bar with cocktails, karaoke, and her blinding optimism. 

As you read these stories and fall in love alongside these characters, you may notice something–their issues aren’t about their disabilities. A lot of literature has a way of portraying disabled characters as bitter or resentful or defeated by their circumstances, which is just not true. Disabled characters are as ambitious, complex, and flawed as any other characters in any other genre, and deserve to take up space in literature. Let this small list inspire you to seek out their stories, not just in romances, but in all genres.

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