April: Maryse we can have a list for older H? I want hottttt older bossy men that show the h all the love!!!! Lol can we?
Stephanie: Can anyone recommend a good older man / younger woman book? … I love the idea of the “forbidden” dad’s friend aspect but don’t really know any. Any good ideas?
Leslie M: …I don’t think I have read ANY older man/younger woman romance. How is that possible?? I hope someone recs some, I like sound of that.
Ana: Hi, Maryse! I really love your lists. I didn’t find the one I was looking for, though. Older man and younger women. Do you have recommendations? Thanks!
Mar: …have been looking for similar books involving a hero way older than the heroine… Do you have any suggestions? I’ve checked the recommendations list on your page but was wondering if there were any other recommendations!!
Allison: … nothing makes me weaker than an older man and a younger woman…
Dawna: …older man/younger woman. That would be another good list.
I JUST received a request for a list of this exact trope. How could I resist? So let’s make it, shall we? 😀
Maryse: Right off the bat I’m going with Karina Halle’s Love, in English. What a forbidden-love, heartbreaker this one is. So angsty, so addictive, so unputdownable, and it made me cry HARD. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an HEA. Or does it? 😉 P.S. Here’s my 5-star Book Review.
Leslie M: I finished Love, in English this weekend and of course it was awesome-sauce. Yup! Everything is big fat swoonfest when it comes to Love, in English.
Maryse: Ahhhhh yes Love, In English. OMG that bus scene and the Lana Del Rey song KILLED ME. LOVED IT SO HAAAAARD!!!!
Amy: Holy freaking moly, I absolutely LOVED that one. SO much emotion and turmoil and swooniness, and I don’t think I had even one single complaint. And the cover…ohhhh the beautiful cover. Everything about it was just… *dreamy sigh*
Maryse: ALSO!!! Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan. Incredible forbiddeny and tumultuous, and he’s loved her since she was just a teen… and he’s SO much older and the president of an MC. What a rollercoaster ride this one is! P.S. Here’s my 4.5 star Book Review.
Ela: If you’re into bike clubs then Madeline Sheehans Undeniable series all have older men younger woman.
MichelleS: I LERV Madeline Sheehan and her gritty writing.
Jan: Wrong is a book I thought I wouldn’t like (because it is SO wrong!) but in fact I did like it. I liked Right as well.
Allison: …This book is about a woman about to graduate college who works at a coffee shop and has a crush on a handsome older man who comes into the shop once a week.
Then one day she heads to the local clinic for her first OB exam and some birth control because she’s about to go all the way with her BF, and the hottie coffee shop guy is the Dr. So, the book is super fun. And super hot. I was totally in lust with the H…
Beautiful Player (The Beautiful Series Book 5) by Christina Lauren is one of my favorites.
marina: LOVED and have reread Beautiful Player numerous times as well!
Jan: …Beautiful Player. If anyone out there hasn’t read it yet, go do it now!
Grey: …Player is one of my Top Ten ever…
Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry is a great student/teacher romance as is
Maryse: Yesssssss!!! LOVED THIS ONE!!! Here’s my 5-star Book Review!
Rima: Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry one of the best books about forbidden love I ever read. Highly recommend it!
Cheryl: OMG. Spent my saturday with Loving Mr. Daniels. Wow, just wow. Why did I put off reading it again?! *sigh…now what to read?
DG: Amour Amour is soo good! It’s my fav “circus” read. Still looking for my next “circus” read that matches it….so wish Krista Becca Ritchie would make this into a series.
Anne: DG I love Amour Amour too! I need to find another romance around the circus.
Kathy P: Read Amour Amour by Krista Ritchie on Kindle Unlimited. It was really good.
Leslie M: First one that comes to mind is Heat Wave by Karina Halle. AWESOME book and she is a chef!!
…Sort of forbidden-ey. She is crushing on her dead sisters hub. Who happens to be a hot Aussie. *swoon* Oh yeah, and story takes place in Hawaii!!!
Kylie: Heat Wave was great. My favourite out of Halle’s contemporaries, I think.
Tessa: Reasonable Doubt was awesome. *grins* Jean: I started the Reasonable Doubt series this morning and couldn’t put it down! Now I’m running late for work…… Damn.
Janet: I recommend it -read all three in less than a day, although the third lost pace a little bit. The main man is irresistibly bad!
Cindy: Andrew from Reasonable Doubt by Whitney Gracia Williams!! He is such a jerk that you gotta love him!
Tessa: I can say these though for just older man/ younger woman.I have issues, thus the list for friend of the father/ best friend’s father romances.
- Monster in His Eyes by JM Darhower
- Reasonable Doubt by Whitney G.
- Gabriel’s Inferno (Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy Book 1) by Sylvian Reynard
- Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan
- Kulti by Mariana Zappata
MichelleS: The Wild Side Trilogy (three novellas bundled – really just one book)… by RK Lilley. Ultimate Older Man Younger Woman book!
…Oh Dair!!! He was amazing! ….it’s my favorite of that “flavor”… he’s a famous author and she is significantly younger… major jail-bait… and possibly a gold digger. He’s a mess and his inner dialogue is hilarious. He doesn’t know what to think with this hot little chick by his side!
MichelleS: Torn (All Torn Up Book 1), by Carian Cole. He’s 15 years older, her father’s best friend, and he practically raised her!!! GASP!!! But it works. Talk about forbidden May-December romance!
Lisa K: older man younger woman I would recommend author “Bink Cummings” MC Chronicles: The Diary of Bink Cummings Vol 1 it is wonderful, there are three volumes.
The author herself is in a MC, and the story is part true mixed with fiction. …I love her books, she reminds me so much of Kristen Ashley! I am constantly waiting for her new book to come out!
Niki: I just finished the first Diary of Bink Cummings and oh my gosh!!! LOVE it!!!! I re-read my favorite parts before I even finished the book….and pretty sure I bookmarked almost every page!! So good!!!!
Shirley: I just started the 2nd book of Bink Cummings. It is very eye opening! Wow! I cant put the dang book down!
Liz: Recent favorite older man/younger girl; best friends father super angsty was Dear Mr. Black by Shanora Williams and I believe it was a duet but I can’t remember book 2 name.
(NOTE FROM MARYSE: This one used to be called “Tainted Black”)
Kris: This is an amazing book about a girl falling in love with her best friends father. I will *spoiler*. Other than that this was a great story!
Jenn: Tainted black…..so good. Makes your heart hurt!
Ela: Latest book I read with much older H and younger girl was All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel, hope got the title right?
MissR: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is one of the best books I’ve ever read and I’ve been reading for many years I borrowed it from a friend because it’s a little to pricey for my book budget.
MichelleS: I just finished All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I reserved it at my library a while back. Whoa. Just whoa. Not sure what I think if it. Has a lot of “ick” in it.
Drowning Instinct (oh, my heart), …holy moly, I am so not kidding when I say that it is different from all of the other teacher-student books.
I started it at one point and then stopped (I was probably in a mood), but when Maryse reviewed it I had to go back and BAM! It kicked my mind’s a$$. And my heart’s a$$. And my a$$. In other words, it was perfect.
Nay: …sat outside all day reading Drowning Instinct. Finished it this morning, reading through the tears–LOVED it!!
Kooloo: Gahhhhhhh!!!! YOU guys I just finished a “Marmy” book called DROWNING INSTINCT Amyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy you are absolutely right we HAVE to get EVERYONE to read this book like a NOW!
The Truth About You & Me (he didn’t know she was only 16…EEEP!), and so many others.
Amy: The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace. It’s written as a letter of sorts from her to him after the fact, hence the ominous feels.
We know he’s in trouble (not a spoiler, we find out right away) but I don’t know the extent of the repercussions yet or if there will be an epilogue with an HEA or what.
Tessa: I’d say Diamonds by KA Linde. 17 “mean girl” type who falls for a much older man and lies to him about her age. It’s a simple premise, but the uniqueness of the MC and the relationship and lies in itself kept me on my toes. …angst, all from the lies being told.
I should have HATED this character. The mean girl that is popular and a cheerleader. Yet, I totally emphasized with her and felt every emotion she did.
Jan: These Old Shades still holds top billing, in spite of the crappy cover pictured above. (What were they thinking???) This is a truly beautiful story. Be warned, though, the H/h are much older man, much younger woman. I think I’d find this pretty creepy IRL, but for me this book works its magic every time…
Allison: Eighteen (18) by JA Huss ….at the end JA Huss explains how it is based on her life when she was 18. She was in a relationship with a much older man, though he wasn’t her teacher. But she went through the same thing as Shannon, having extra credits but still not able to graduate HS because of the timing of when she took her classes and having a counselor who rallied to support her.
She goes into much more detail about who each of the characters were based on from her life. She claims to have written it in just 2 weeks because the story was already there from her real life. Loved the book so much!
Melissa: How about Fearless: The Complete Novel (Dartmoor Book 1) by
Lauren Gilley. Who cannot love all that is Mercy Lecuyer.
Jan: Really well written and meaty motor cycle club series. This best MC series out there IMO. It’s pretty hard core, but the characters are fascinating, and once you get hooked, you’ll love the ride!
Jan: Oh yes, just saw Fearless up there and had to add another of my all time favs: Tastes Like Candy (Lean Dogs Legacy Book 2) by Lauren Gilley.
Michelle is the only daughter of the head of the London chapter of the Lean Dogs MC. She has to get out of London, so heads for the safety of the Texas chapter. And there she meets the much older Candyman…… who’s supposed to be protecting her, not, ahem, falling for her. It’s forbiddeny and real and so, so good. Gilley is a fantastic writer.
Heather: Aleatha Romig — promises series
Mary Ann: I’ll add The Kiss Thief by L.J Shen
MichelleS: The Kiss Thief. Another 5 star read! I’m on a roll here. Could not put it down. … Still thinking about that one and replaying scenes in my head.
Mona: The Kiss Thief was unputdownable (is that a word??) for me! Sooo good!!
DG: Soooooo….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!
Northernstar: Love this list. One of the best I’ve read recently is Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. So, so good!
Ashley: I reread Birthday Girl….it’s just so good. It’s my top read so far this year.
Bunny: Does anyone know if there are books similar to Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas? That gets you hot and heavy and is a slow burn romance? Also taboo of course. Please let me know!
Chris: I’ll add Unteachable by Leah Raeder.
Amy: REALLY good teacher-student read.
Lu: If you like the forbidden teacher/student trope, you should try Unteachable by Raeder. It is pretty racy, but is so beautifully written that it somehow avoids being smutty.
Virginia: In UNTEACHABLE, Evan Wilke is 32 and teaches Film Studies…
Mica: Unteachable by Leah Raeder is a brilliant story. I was reeled in from the first sentence to the last. It was so well written. It stands out from the teacher-student romance novels, in my opinion
Leslie M: Hmmmm…I am trying remember older man books.
- Consequences by Alethea Romig
- Dirty Billionaire by Meghan March
- Dark Notes by Pam Godwin
- This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas
I’m sure I’ve read tons more.
Denisa: Hi guys …you should add Wanting Mr. Cane (Cane #1) by Shanora Williams on the very top of the list..and also put somebody to take your heart rate because this book my just stop it 🙂
Kim: Oooh! Also, the Cane trilogy! “Wanting Mr. Cane” is the first.
- Luna and the Lie
- Nine Minutes (The Nine Minutes Trilogy Book 1)
- The Iron Tiara: A Nine Minutes Spin-Off Novel
- This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas,
- Twist Me trilogy by Anna Zaires and
- Phoenix Rising Rock Band series by Kathryn C Kelly
- Also Monsters In The Dark by Pepper Winters
- and El Diablo by M Robinson
Kim: Also, there’s “Welcome to the Dark Side (The Fallen Men Book 2)”. It can be read as a stand-alone. There’s 19 years between them!
Laura: Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling. Still my top read of 2019. Zeus’ letters from prison to the young Louise were hilarious.
Cicely: What He Never Knew (What He Doesn’t Know Series Book 3) by Kandi Steiner, it just came out and I just read it so it’s fresh on my mind!
JulieO: End of the Innocence trilogy by Alessandra Torre. One of my all time favorites. Brad DeLuca yum!!!!!
Jan: I think someone may have mentioned Alessandra Torre? Blindfolded Innocence. Brad DeLuca is yum! And he reluctantly falls for a pre-law student who is interning where he works. Rather saucy, but a good read.
JulieO: Years by LaVryle Spencer. I think is her best book. You still need to read this Maryse. Just ask your Mom.
Maryse: LOL JulieO!! And my aunt, too…
Jan: And yes, I also second LaVyrle Spencer’s classic, Years. I reread a few months ago and floved. Lonely widowed farmer with a nearly grown-up son, very reluctantly falls for the hot new young teacher sent to their remote farming community. Set just pre-WW1. A beautiful book.
Jan: I’ve been rereading a few of those old LaVyrle Spencers over the last year or so. She was such a fantastic writer. Many of her books still stand up really well. The CRs might feel pretty dated now, but the HRs are timeless. I really enjoyed rereading Forgiving last year. A beautiful slow burn romance.
Joy: Uuuuuuhhhhh, this trope is so me! I love older man/younger woman theme. It’s my catnip, meeeeeow. Its odd because I’m the older woman that married a younger man, lol.
This list is the bomb and I’ve read the majority of them. Birthday Girl, Eighteen (I’ve read at least 12 times), Torn, Reasonable Doubt, Wrong (my absolute favorite on the list and that’s hard to do with this list)!!! Please add: see list below
- Cherise Sinclair: Masters of the Shadowlands Series -most of them have the older man/younger woman theme and they’re smokin hot.
- Sierra Simone: New Camelot Series (to die for good)
- Winter Renshaw: Absinthe (older principal)
- Addison Cain: Alpha’s Claim Series (so hot, not for the squeamish)
- Laurelin Paige: P*rn Star ( a new look at adult film actors, sooo good)
- Anna Zaires: Krinar Chronicles
- Anna Zaires: Twist Me: The Complete Trilogy The Capture Me Trilogy, Tormentor Mine Series
- Jodi Ellen Malpas: This Man
- Laurelin Paige: The Fixed Series
- Whitney G: Mid Life Love Series
- Whitney G: Turbulence Series
- K. Webster: Taboo Treat Series
- Mia Madison: The Adamo Series
- Katy Evans: Playboy
- Jade West: Buy Me Sir (beware of Daddy/Little theme)
- Jade West: Teach Me Dirty
- Raine Miller: The Blackstone Affair Series
- Christina Ross: Annihilate Me Series and Unleash Me Series
- CD Reiss: The Submission Series
- Kit Rocha: Beyond Shame and Beyond Control, there are others in this series that have the same theme but I’m not sure which.
- Lane Hart: Wreck Me
- Jana Aston: All of her books
- Mia Madison: All of her books
- R. K. Lilley: Up in the Air Series
- Kristen Ashley: Knight
- Suzanne Wright: Feral Sins
- Skye Warren: The Pawn, The Knight, The Castle, The Masterpiece Duet
- Meredith Wild: The Hacker Series
- Samantha Christy: The Stone Brothers Series
—-Just a few of my favorites—–
- Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle
- Come Again by Jiffy Kate. I would have bought this for the cover.
JAN: Ooh. Some of my favourite books are up there! Beautiful Player, Wrong, and that classic Georgian HR, These Old Shades. All really enjoyable books I highly rec.
Hour of the Lion (Wild Hunt Legacy #1) by Cherise Sinclair. Sinclair’s bdsm series has been mentioned, but this is her pnr series. Older guy, wolf shifter, has been married and has a teen daughter. Falls for younger woman on the run who blows into his town. And, erm, his brother falls for her too, heh heh. Yup, it’s a menage situation. Pretty racy book, but well-written.
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