Considering how much I’ve thoroughly enjoyed quite a few “older woman/younger man” romance reads (and all of the insecurities and social reactions that come with that kind of love story), I think it’s about time I put up a list of them for us to choose from!
And these fellow readers think so, too:
Paola: I have a suggestion for a list. Older woman/younger man. I’ve read all of the Pearl Trilogy by Arianne Richmonde, the Midlife Love/ At Last by Whitney Gracia Williams The Education of Sebastien/Caroline by Jane Harvey Berrick, On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. These were all fantastic books. Do you have any other suggestions in this same genre?
Claudia: I am looking for books where the man is younger than the woman..I read most of the popular ones. Any ideas?
Maryse: What a great idea. I will absolutely get started on this list. I haven’t read that many of them yet, BUT I did love the one’s I’ve read and there’s definitely a need for a good list like this.
Here are some reader suggestions (including a few of my own – which I’ve linked up with my reviews, plus a few that I found on Amazon that look good and fit the bill!
P.S. Let me know if you guys have any more suggestions. I’ll add them in.
- Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise <— Bobbi recommends this one! “Oh! One I thought was rreeaaally cute and sweet that I loved was Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise”
- Heights of Desire (The Heightsbound Series) by Mara White <— Sarah suggests this one: “Heights of Desire by Mara White. Haven’t read it, but I think the girl is 20 years older than the guy.” <— 40-something married woman meets young gang member…
- The Education of Sebastian (The Education of…) by Jane Harvey Berrick <— Athena loves these (actually, many of our fellow readers do!): “The Education of Sebastian and the Education of Caroline by Jane Harvey-Berrick….loved, loved, loved it!!”
- The Education of Caroline by Jane Harvey Berrick
- Diamond Girl (‘G-Man Series’) by Andrea Smith <— Cody says: “What about Diamond Girl?”
- On the Island: A Novel by Tracey Garvis-Graves <— Thanks for this suggestion, Laurie. I read it a few years ago and LOVED it!! It’s also a touch “student/teacher”… (my review of On The Island)
- Finding Home by Lauren Baker & Bonnie Dee <— And here’s one of my own suggestions, while I’m reminiscing of reads from a few years ago, here’s one that fits this list that I LOVED. While the age difference isn’t HUGE, the circumstances are and the age issues definitely comes into play (he’s 17 and on the streets, and she’s in her early-ish 20′s) – my review of Finding Home
- Coming of Age by Ciana Stone <— he’s just about to turn 18… and she’s ten years older. I read it and of course it made me uncomfortable… but still… can’t help enjoying an uncomfortable read. I didn’t review it, but not bad for a short.
- Fallen From Grace by Laura Leone <— This is a good one!! She thinks the gorgeous neighbor she’s befriending is a model, but he’s actually an escort… (my review of Fallen From Grace)
- The Unidentified Redhead (The Redhead) by Alice Clayton <— Laurie suggests this one, too. Oh yes sooooo good! Yep! I remember… she meets and falls for a famous young actor, and the paparazzi aren’t too nice about her age… (my review of The Unidentified Redhead)
- Mid Life Love by Whitney Gracia Williams <— Neika’s suggestion and Susan agreed, commenting: “A romantic, fun read that I really enjoyed and have re-read twice. We need some happier books occasionally…so much angst in so many books lately!“
- Knight In Black Leather by Gail Dayton <— One of Nancy’s favorites: “Knight in Black Leather by Gail Dayton. Standalone & absolutely loved it!”
- Jane’s Melody: A Novel by Ryan Winfield <— Nancy also recommends this one “Jane’s Melody by Ryan Winfield. Standalone & absolutely loved it, too!” and I agree!! Loved it, and the age-difference insecurities really play a big part! (here’s my review of Jane’s Melody)
- Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun <— Kandace brings up this one and, I’m with you, Kandace. I want to read it SO bad. I don’t know how this one dropped off my radar, ’cause I remember wanting to read it. Ah well, I’ve got it now and it’s officially become one of my top TBR books on my list. And I just found a comment from Melissa recommending this one: “Liberating Lacy…whoa. Younger man in uniform meets newly divorced (slightly older) upper class lady. Kind of a “How Stella Got her Groove back” But much better. It pulls you in from the very beginning…and very hot and steamy Nothing like Sweet Gum Tree but another that will keep you up!“
- Noah (5th Street #1) by Elizabeth Reyes <— Kathy recommends this one: “Noah (5th Street Series) by Elizabeth Reyes. Have read her Moreno series and loved them.” Yep! I loved this one too. Not only is he a boxer, but this one fits this list perfectly! (my review of Noah)
- Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour (The Sinners on Tour) by Olivia Cunning <— she’s not that much older, but Lindsay reminds is she’s about seven years his senior. Awesome read, and it’s fun to experience the “young” rock star falling for the older University student. (my review of Backstage Pass)
- Everything I’ve Never Had by Lynetta Halat <— Recommended by Maureen: “I also liked Everything I’ve Never Had from Lynetta Halat. Sexy younger guy with “skills”, if you catch my drift! **wink**wink*nudge**nudge**”
- The Pearl Trilogy Boxed Set (The Pearl Series, books 1-3 of 5) by Arianne Richmonde as suggested by Paola, above.
- The Film Student and Me by Julie Hilden <— I just found this one on Amazon: “When happily married forty-year-old Rebecca Moore discovers that her husband is having an affair with a younger woman in his firm, she decides that there’s only one solution: have an affair of her own—with a younger man.”
- Seducing Kate by Emilia Mancini <— Another Amazon “find” – He seduces his best friend’s mother…
- Unrivaled (Unlikely Lovers) by Cheryl Brooks <— Another Amazon find… “Devoted to her nursing career and her college-age son, Leslie Wilkes isn’t looking for love. But when she spots an adorable young man sitting at the bar while celebrating her fiftieth birthday, she secretly buys him a drink. Construction worker Robin Thatcher has always preferred older women. He can’t believe his luck when he deduces that the woman of his dreams paid for that drink. Determined not to lose her, he contrives a meeting.“
- Unbridled (Unlikely Lovers) by Cheryl Brooks <— “A widow with an autistic child, Miranda wears her ring as a deterrent to suitors. Although smitten with Travis, she can’t believe the handsome younger man could ever be more than eye candy.” <— okay, I gotta say I’m biased towards the name Travis… so of course I had to include this one!
- Still Fine at Forty by Dakota Madison <— “Jennifer gets more than she bargained for when she meets the ruggedly handsome 29-year old tour Jeep guide, Cody Miller, and the two begin a passionate romance. What Jennifer doesn’t know is that Cody has a secret past that not only threatens to destroy their new love but also expose a tragic event from Jennifer’s past that she has tried desperately to forget.“
- All Of You (Only You) by Rhian Cahill <— Another Amazon find: “Claire Jones never thought her fantasies about the hot—younger—guy next door would ever turn into her reality but after a push from her best friend and an encounter involving dirty laundry she’s getting more reality than one woman should be allowed. But with reality comes emotion and Claire finds herself falling deeper and deeper under Ryan’s spell until he’s infiltrated every part of her life.“
- His Touch by Emma Keene <— “Heather realizes that she has known the man of her dreams for years, but she is worried that he might not feel the same. Not to mention she’s worried what everyone else might think.”
- A Long, Hot Summer (The TripleHornBrand) by Delilah Devlin <— Amazon find “…the man they send has her working double-time to shore up the walls around her heart. He’s older now, harder—and hotter—but he’s the same Tommy Triplehorn she couldn’t resist all those years ago.” <— a review says he’s twelve years younger than her…
- Scoring Lacey by Jenna Howard <— “The NHL goalie is her brother’s best friend and is ten years younger than her.”
- Meander Scar by Lisa J. Lickel <— “Former neighbor Mark Roth has secretly loved Ann for years. A respected attorney, he’s returned home to help Ann face down disapproving family members and the legal maneuvering of her likely deceased husband’s family—while quietly winning her heart. When the hidden truth of Ann’s situation turns their lives on end and another tragedy strikes, the two must come to terms with family, faith and the depths to which true love can run.“