Nikki: Hi Maryse! Any chance we could see a list of popular age gap romance? I feel like I’m in a year long hangover from Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas so definitely more recommendations for books like that! Lol.
Michele: I love age gap books with the man a lot older , I added the two to my kindle , do you have any more suggestions for age gap books.
Leslie M: I love age gap romance (esp older h) and the forbidden-y aspect!! 😘
rae: One of My favourite tropes. Thank you 🙂
You bet I do!! Ohhhhh there are some new to me on this list (*claps with gleeeee!!!*) and of course are a lot of oldies but goodies on here (tried-and true). In fact, those of you that are new to the genre, we’ll be jealous of you getting to read these for the first time. 😉
READER RECOMMENDED AGE GAP ROMANCE BOOKS:
Maryse: Age Gap Favorites? I’m getting requests for a new list! Let’s build it!!!
P.S. For more recommendations in this genre (just a little more specific in regards to age-gap), check out our:
➔ Older Man/Younger Girl or our
➔ Older Woman/Younger Man categories. 😀
J.M. Miller: …it’s not out yet but Vi Keeland’s All Grown Up sounds good!
Jeanette: Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan
Jess: another favorite of mine is Madeline Sheehans Undeniable series. So juicy and taboo.
Maryse: One of my very first forays into much older Hero and much younger heroine. Definitely gritty and a forbiddeny guilty pleasure! Here’s my Book Review
Jodie: Birthday Girl – Penelope Douglas
Ryn: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. And the audiobook is FABULOUS!
Maryse: Agreed!! SOOOOO much wrong that was SOOOO RIGHT in this one!!! My review.
Northernstar: Love this list. One of the best I’ve read recently is Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. So, so good!
Ashley: I was super happy that Birthday Girl was up for romance book of the year- I’ve recommended it to a few people. I’ve reread that one so many times!
Serena: The Idea of You: A Novel by Robinne Lee!!! This is a top 5 all-time read for me. You will LOVE IT.
Angie: this. All of this.
Melissa: I 2nd this recommendation ❣️
Shanna: absolutely this 🖤
Cindy: One of my all time favorites!
Marion: THE IDEA OF YOU by Robinne Lee…..Hands down the best in this genre.
Maria: Nope. As someone who is in a December/May romance I loved it but ultimately hated it.
Maryse: I loved every single bit of it!!! BUT I get you, Maria. 😉 That said, I couldn’t put it down. Here’s my Book Review
Talon: I loved this one.
Jen: one of my all time favorites ♥️
Fernanda: this this this THIS!!!!
Jen: On The Island, but I’m sure thats on the list. 👏🏻
Mary: again, agree 100% 😃
Maryse: ME TOOOO!! This one’s my favorite of them all. I’m always looking to capture that feeling again. She explored every aspect. Here’s my Book Review
J.M. Miller: On the Island is awesome!
- Gabriel’s Inferno (Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy Book 1) by Sylvain Reynard, and
- the YA series by Sarah J. Maas A Court of Thorns and Roses – my favorite was book 2 A Court of Mists and Fury.
Allison: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel by Bryn Greenwood… a really good book the age gap/father figure thing is definitely part of it.
Maryse: Kandace and I buddy-read “All of the Ugly and Wonderful Things” together. I remember that one specifically because we were constantly texting and freaking out, not sure how we should feel (but it was too good to put down). Here’s my Book Review
MichelleS: Whoa. Just whoa. Not sure what I think if it. Has a lot of “ick” in it.
Amy: You KNOW I’m all for taboo, but that age difference was a bit too much even for me.
R. Renee: I’m reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things right now and OMG!! At 48% I thought it had lost me, but I kept going. Now I’m at 77% and having to force myself to walk away so I can get some work done!
Jen: Finding Home by Lauren Baker & Bonnie Dee
Maryse: YESSSSS!!! One of my favorites ever, and I either read that one right before or RIGHT after “On the Island”. I was in book-age-gap heaven! Here’s my Book Review. And OMG THAT STEAMY SCENE!!??? *whoooooooo*
Lynn: I just finished reading Finding Home and thoroughly enjoyed it after seeing it on your list of recommendations! It has also just been re-released on Amazon for anyone who was unable to get a copy before. Highly recommend this fabulous touching read and sexy too!
MichelleS: FINDING HOME by L Baker. OMG, how did I forget that one? Sigh… …Maryse recommended it when I was in a slump and needed a single good read (no series). It was fantastic.
Pia: read Finding Home 🙂 you won’t regret it.
MichelleS: Love this trope!
- The Wild Side, by RK Lilley was one that was particularly good!
- The Boy and His Ribbon (Ribbon Duet Book 1)…. forbinney & so so good!
- Surviving Raine: Surviving Raine Book 1 – Oldie but goodie
Maryse: Oh this one is one of my all time favorites!! P.S. Here’s my Book Review.
Stephanie: Torn (All Torn Up Book 1) by Carian Cole
Cindy: Stephanie yes!
Jodie: When August Ends – Penelope Ward
Naroba: The Rebound: A Novel by Jen Rogue
Cassie: The Rebound
Talon: Definitely The Rebound by Jen Rogue
Angie: really? Good to know.
- Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry
Denise: My favorite was “Loving Mr. Daniels” BY Brittney Cherry. There was another really good one about a swim coach and his student but, I can’t think of the name of the book for the life if me. Loved them both so much.
Maryse: YESSSS I loved this one too. I completely lost myself in it. My very first Brittney Cherry book! Here’s my Book Review
- Love, in English by Karina Halle
Maryse: ABSOLUTELY LOVED this one!!!!! So much forbidden tension, let alone the age gap. Here’s my Book Review
Jean: Finished Love in English last night! I LOVED IT! Jumped right into Love in Spanish this morning….. cannot get enough of Mateo! Don’t know what the heck I’ll read after this…. nothing will compare! You guys should have forced me to read this one sooner…. I would have listened… I swear!
- Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan
- Torn by Carian Cole
- Kulti by Mariana Zapata
- Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
- The Devil/Devil’s Advocate series by Ashley Jade (warning: it’s a more dark and twisted type of story. Not a super lovey romantic type)
Jan: I have loved some OWYM books e.g. The Fall by Nia Forrester is terrific, but the age gap isn’t so big.
bev: I really liked Deborah Smith’s A Place to Call Home: A Novel. Older man/ younger woman meet when both kids.
- Mr Masters by TL Swan,
Susan: I just finished reading T L Swan’s Mr. Masters and it’s on KU. I couldn’t put it down. It has been a while since I have read some of her books and I had forgotten what a great writer she is and her books are steamy. I have loved every book I have read of her’s. All of her books are free on KU right now if you are looking for some great reads. The Stanton Series and Dr. Stanton Series are great too!!
- Scandalous (Sinners of Saint Book 4) by L.J. Shen.
D.G.: Finished Scandalous last night! Boy, oh, boy… those Sinner of Saints boys are the biggest jerks! But oh so easy to fall for and Trent did not disappoint! So hard to choice who is my fav…
JulieO: reading Scandalous and am hooked. I really liked Viscious but didn’t read the next 2 in the series. But don’t care. Am in love right now with Trent.
Colette: Piper: A Last Score Spin Off by KL Shandwick is a great age gap rock star romance
Stephanie: Unconditional by qb tyler!! he takes her in at a young age and they fall in love. soo good!!!
Brinda Berry: Mine is The Shape of Trust (a Stand By Me novel Book 5)
Skye Warren: OVERTURE is mine!
Stacy M. Wray: I wrote an age gap book – can we share our own? 😉 The Reason
Bethany Lopez: I have one as well. Older woman – 3 Seconds (Time for Love Book 6)
Diane: Depravity (King University Book 1) by Jacob Chance
Diane: Devilry (King University Book 2) by Marley Valentine
Ashley: Wrong (Wrong Series Book 1) by Jana Aston
Jan: Wrong by Jana Aston. Cute, sweet, funny. A student falls in love with an older guy, her gynaecologist! But it turns out they fit together really well.
Ashley: it’s one of my favorites.
Nay: the Off Balance series: Balance and Execution. LOVED, LOVED
Jess: I would have to say Lucia has stolen my heart in the forbidden love book department.
Maria: Ultimate age-gap romance is the Off-Balance Series by Lucia Franco!!
Kristina: Fearless: The Complete Novel (Dartmoor Book 1) by Lauren Gilley – Dartmoor Series
Heidi: I really did love this book. I found some parallels between fearless and undeniable; the age gap, the mc princess, the forbidden romance, the name…. … I finished it in a little less than 48 hours…..I may or may not have ignored my kids almost a whole day!!! I’m anxious to get into prince of Angels next. This is definitely a series I’ll continue!
Michelle: YESSS. I want more older woman younger man age gaps like Resist by KM Golland.
Beth: Lolita, Vladimir Nabakov
Danielle: The most uncomfortable book that I’ve ever read has to be Nabokov’s Lolita. I know its an old classic but the subject matter and reading the story thru the eyes of a predator made the book difficult to read, definitely took me WAY out of my comfort zone.
Michelle: The Dark Light of Day
Maryse: PERFECT YES!!! I LOVED this one by T.M. Frazier!! 😀 Here’s my review.
Lisa: I just finished the Dark light of day which i absolutely adored (I needed that book it was amazing),
Leslie M: I love age gap romance (esp older h) and the forbidden-y aspect!! 😘 Most of my faves have already been mentioned but let’s not forget: Waiting for the Sun/Riders on the Storm has older H
Maryse: YESSSSSS!!!! This one!!! I loved it, too (I still need to read #2 now that it’s out. 😀 P.S. Here’s my Book Review
Jenn: I ended my year reading “Waiting For The Sun” Robin Hill and wow! I am in awe! Such a breath of fresh air this was for me! I literally am still walking around with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes remembering certain moments and just these 4 words… you know get me right in the heart! *“Baby….I met someone!”* I absolutely loved it…..so beautiful!
Tasha J: Ahhh, Waiting for the Sun is getting super intense in the feels and I’m scared!! I feel like covering my eyes, taking a peek *deep breath* and then covering my eyes again. Lol
- This is War, Baby and The Glue (Taboo Treat) – Author K Webster
- Welcome to the Dark Side (The Fallen Men Book 2) by Giana Darling
- Misbehaved by Charleigh Rose
Tessa: I’m currently reading Misbehaved by Charleigh Rose. So far, it’s definitely interesting. Good, but some darker elements besides teacher/ student.
- The Unrequited by Saffron A Kent
Nicole: devoured The Unrequited, it was intense, but oh so good!!
- Dear Mr. Black by Shanora Williams
Tracey: love Giana Darling and Shanora Williams
Nay: Giana Darling Fallen Men series–VERY age gap taboo. …It’s AWESOME if you love teacher/student, age gap, and taboo,
Tracey: …anything by Giana Darling
Catherine: Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling …Agreed. Daddy Zeus is just my favorite.
MichelleS: Nay – I must be warped. Loved Dani-Ryodan, and Sheehan’s Undeniable… and loved book two in Fallen Men series. Not in real life. No way. But I like forbidden themes, so it was all good for me.
Christine: This man series Jodi Ellen Malpas
Wilmari: Dark Notes – Pam Godwin
Leslie M: An “untame” student/teacher book I would rec is Dark Notes by Pam Godwin.
Skye Warren: Dark Notes by Pam Godwin is one of my favorite reads of the year.
Lisa K: LOVED Dark Notes and give it gigantic 5 stars. Enjoyed it so much I’m sticking with Pam Godwin and am now reading Dead of Eve by her!
Maryse: YESSSS!!! Excellent suggestion and all sorts of forbidden!! My review.
Shonda: The Kiss Thief by L.J Shen
MichelleS: Y’all I just finished The Kiss Thief. Another 5 star read! I’m on a roll here. Could not put it down.
D.G.: I started reading The Kiss Thief earlier today and I am HOOKED!!! My catnip…bully and arranged marriage. Not too far in yet but that Wolfe is a big ole meanie!
Amanda: The Boss series by Abigail Barnette. Hands down absolute favorite age gap.
Cristina: oh snap!! If you’re recommending this, I better go check it out! 🙌🏽🤗
Robin: Nocturne by Andrea Randall and Charles Sheehan Miles
Karen: LOVE this book!
Maryse: ME TOO!!! That one was a touch scandalous and so seductive!!!! Here’s my Book Review.
anonymous: Maryse, to say nocturne by Charles and Andrea is so good,is an understatement.that book even lacks a word to describe how it is.it hot to me in a way I never thought.
Branden: My favorite series of all time I would think falls into the category although it is also so much more… The Original Sinners Series by the Queen Tiffany Reisz… Omgosh I freakin love that series🙈
Jodi: Absinthe– Winter Renshaw
Jodi: Desire/Regret– Max Henry
Jodi: Professed– Nicola Rendell
Jodi: Voyeur – Fiona Cole
Ann: Sunshine and Rain (City Limits Book 2) by M. Mabie. So good, older woman younger man absolute 5 star read for me and thats saying something because this trope is my catnip
- Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (well Bill is a Civil War vet so there’s a pretty significant age gap there🙈. Throw in Twilight and Black Dagger Brotherhood series if this type of age gap counts)
- Something In The Way series by Jessica Hawkins
Nay: you have to try Something in the Way! Just remember it’s a slow burn–an epic saga spanning years in their lives.
Mishelle: Do you know of any books like something in the way? The heroine is under 18?
- Sin and Discipline by Lily White
S.N. Garza: All my books have age gaps. 8+ (S. N. Garza)
Lisa: His Father by A.E. Murphy
Megan: Eighteen (18) by JA Huss
Eden: The last forbidden romance I read was 18 by JA Huss! Super hot teacher/student romance.
Sharon: I am DEVOURING 18 by JA Huss. Nice and angsty just like I love them. A little naughty too – she is a student and he is 10 year older and a teacher. This isn’t a sugary kind of book. He is alpha and a little kinky and she is just so flawed. I don’t want it to be done.
Talon: Tampa: A Novel 😅
Talon: I cant help it. I couldn’t resist 🤷🏻♀️
Kayla: Steal You: A Standalone Dark Romance by KD Robichaux and CC Monroe
Cassie: I second and third this.
Stephanie: Guardian by Remy Blake
Carol: I loved Mae’s Cafe (Welcome To Chance Book 1) by Elsa Kurt. I think it would be a splendid addition to your new list!
Jan: I like this trope too. Somebody mentioned Lauren Gilley’s Fearless, which I loved, but don’t forget Tastes Like Candy (Lean Dogs Legacy Book 2). One of my fav books by Gilley, and a classic older-man-younger-woman scenario. OMG, I’m in love with Candyman.
For those who like a classic HR, Georgette Heyer’s These Old Shades (Alastair-Audley Book 1). The older, world-weary rake whose life is transformed by the love of a feisty young woman. Set in 1700s France and England.
Also, Years , another classic, by LaVyrle Spencer. A truly beautiful story set in about 1917. An older, lonely farmer who’s attracted to the cute new teacher but he thinks she’s way too young for him he and tries not to fall for her.
Stacey: Nine Minutes (The Nine Minutes Trilogy Book 1) by Beth Flynn!!
Ali: Currently reading All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil. Says young adult but more like new adult, indie with a fantasy twist but I’m digging it! 17 year old nanny with a past and a rockstar with an eccentric family.
What else should we add? 😀
P.S. Want more? Check out all of the posts categorized “age gap” here on the blog.