Books with Specially Challenged Characters

I am thrilled when I find strong fictional characters with a physical disability. Romances focus so much on finding the tall, dark, handsome hero with washboard abs. We cannot all be stunningly perfect. In truth, beauty comes from within. The following stories have characters with different forms of physical disability. None of these book boyfriends  are no less masculine or impressive when compared to the Christian Grey and Gideon Cross of literature.

Last updated of Dec 29, 2014

5 Hearts

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan – Standalone novel about Bree Prescott,  a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and Archer Hale, a deaf man whose love is the key to her freedom; while Bree is the woman who helps him find his voice.

Broken (Redemption #1) by Lauren Layne – A college student decides to take a hiatus from education to gain some life experience caring for an injured war veteran

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – Controversial story based on a quadriplegic main character and the relationship that he forms with a hired personal care attendant.

Making Faces by Amy Harmon – A wounded soldier for the main hero, and s supporting character with DMD

Remy (The REAL Series) by Katy Evans –  The lead hero struggles with manic depression, or bipolar, disorder

Within These Walls by J. L. Berg – This is a touching romance between a young hospitalized woman with congestive heart failure and her male CNA, who cannot leave the halls of the hospital due to his own tragic loss.

2 Hearts

The Wright Brother by Marie Hall – A pair of childhood friends  form a romantic interest. The challenges that they face include her being a few years older, and he was born deaf and colorblind.  The rating is due to her obsession with their age difference more so than any concern with his physical challenges.


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