Top 75 Older Woman/Younger Man Romance Novels

Please Note: The House on Black Lake has been adapted to screenplay.  Go to home page to view provocative trailer, filmed by winning cinematographer, featuring scenes from novel.

Author Anastasia Blackwell recently was interviewed in historic Jacksonville, Oregon about the mature woman/younger man relationship in her novel as well as her own experiences.

 

 

In [amazon_link id=”0982500203″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The House on Black Lake[/amazon_link] heroine Alexandra Brighton is obsessed with charismatic Ramey Sandeley, a man she met in her early thirties, who is now, as is she, in his forties. However, it is young French artist Andre Labat, a man twenty years her junior, who teaches her about the fragile nature of love and trust, and guides her to heal her wounded soul and bare her darkest secrets and desires. Another character, Luna, is well into her sixties and uses her sex appeal to allure men of all ages.

It is quite natural for mature women to be drawn to younger men, as they provide greater reproductive prowess, progressive knowledge, and more vibrant protective mechanisms. The fact that society finds derogatory names for these unions only furthers the notion that there is great fear by older men that they will be left alone, abandoned for the younger bucks biting at their heals.

Following are 75 novels featuring mature woman and younger men. Many feature age differences that would be considered the norm for men. However, I am including these unions as the romance community  (many thanks to Amazon)  feel the stories worthwhile representations of age and status difference considered unique in context of historical and cultural mores. Hopefully, more authors will begin to explore the beauty of younger men with older women. The list is in no particular order.

Renaissance

1. [amazon_link id=”0884110737″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Return to Night [/amazon_link]by Mary Renault – 11 years difference

2.[amazon_link id=”0553578669″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] To Please a Lady[/amazon_link] by Susan Johnson – spinster fights against being wooed to marriage

Georgian

3. [amazon_link id=”0440245680″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] Outlander[/amazon_link] by Diana Gabaldon (7/91) — Time Travel — Claire is older than Jamie.

4. [amazon_link id=”0425238792″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Pleasure Me [/amazon_link]by Monica Burns – courtesan is 12 years older that 29 year old lord

Traditional Regency

5. [amazon_link id=”0425238792″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]A Promise of Spring[/amazon_link] by Mary Balogh – h is 10 years older and serious demeanor – mismatched love

6. [amazon_link id=”0451199758″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Ramshackle Suitor[/amazon_link] by Nancy Butler

7. [amazon_link id=”B000EAC7M0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Bishop’s Daughter [/amazon_link]by Susan Carroll

8. [amazon_link id=”0312206453″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Dower House [/amazon_link]by Carola Dunn – story of house for widows and young girl looking for new life 

10. [amazon_link id=”0451180941″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]An Immodest Proposal[/amazon_link] by Patricia Oliver – 5 years younger, less educated, charming

12.[amazon_link id=”0786250852″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] The Bumblebroth[/amazon_link] by Patricia Wynn -Widow is drawn to the man she chose to wed her daugher

Regency

13. [amazon_link id=”0759259402″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]To Wed a Viscount[/amazon_link] by Adrienne Basso – Widow sets out to marry deceased fiancee’s younger brother to save house

14.[amazon_link id=”0451203801″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] Anthology: In Praise of Younger Men [/amazon_link] by Jo Beverley, Cathy Maxwell, Jaclyn Reding – stories feature mature women with younger men

15. [amazon_link id=”0758214758″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Stranger I Married[/amazon_link] by Sylvia Day – widow’s MOC turns passionate when husband returns from exile

16. [amazon_link id=”006173408X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]A Talent for Sin[/amazon_link] by Lavinia Kent  – three times a widow with man in early 20’s

17. [amazon_link id=”0380802325″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Suddenly You [/amazon_link]by Lisa Kleypas (6/01) -30 year old finds love with 25 year old

18. [amazon_link id=”0758238169″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Victor [/amazon_link]by Julia Templeton -Erotica – widow is 38, hero is 10 years younger. 

19. [amazon_link id=”0515132772″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Duchess’ Lover [/amazon_link]by Julie Beard – heroine is 40, hero is in late 20’s

20. [amazon_link id=”0380786451″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sleeping Beauty[/amazon_link] by Judith Ivory – Courtesan is 8 years older

21. [amazon_link id=”0843952423″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Rebel Baron[/amazon_link] by Shirl Henke  -h 36 – H 30

22. [amazon_link id=”055357213X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Brazen[/amazon_link] by Susan Johnson – h is thirty-five with children and as experienced as younger lover

Frontier – Western – Americana

23. [amazon_link id=”0821756443″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Tiger Lil [/amazon_link]by Ellen Archer  Victorian –

24. [amazon_link id=”0451407393″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Summer Fancy[/amazon_link] by Anne Avery – 1895 Colorado – tall, plain women finds love with young farmer

25. [amazon_link id=”0843940379″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Spirit Path [/amazon_link]by Madeline Baker 1872  -Hawk 25 and Maggie 32

26. [amazon_link id=”0821778153″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Loving Mercy[/amazon_link] by Teresa Bodwell 1860s Kansas and Colorado

27. [amazon_link id=”0812544676″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Randolph Legacy[/amazon_link] by Eileen Charbonneau – 1810s Virginia Post-American Revolution – 9 years difference

28. [amazon_link id=”0671744585″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Anthology: The Invitation by Jude Deveraux [/amazon_link]1920/1930s

29. [amazon_link id=”B00303JS66″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Rainbow Season[/amazon_link] by Lisa Gregory

30.[amazon_link id=”0515117609″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] Last Chance [/amazon_link]by Jill Marie Landis – 1894 Montana

31. [amazon_link id=”0553761951″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Courting Miss Hattie[/amazon_link],  Wild Oats, and Simply Jess by Pamela Morsi

32. [amazon_link id=”0345447174″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Midnight Confessions[/amazon_link] by Candice Proctor [New Orleans, Civil War] – Widow  is 30 and 5 years older than yankee marshall, who is 25 years.

33. [amazon_link id=”0446602493″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]From Fields of Gold [/amazon_link]by Alexandra Ripley (11/94) — 1900s-1910s – woman is nearly 30 when barely 20-year-old agrees to marry her.

34. [amazon_link id=”0373294670″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Christmas Day Family[/amazon_link] by Cheryl St. John – (A) A Western Winter Wonderland – Marvel Anne is 33 and Dr. Seth Paxton 26. 

35. [amazon_link id=”0425243435″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Tender Texan[/amazon_link] by Jodi Thomas -German widow needs husband to claim land in new world – offers $100 to man to marry for one year – the taker is a boyish lad, but also a seasoned gunslinger

Historical Fiction – Historical Mystery

36.  [amazon_link id=”0449219615″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Farrier’s Lane[/amazon_link]The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Mystery Series – Late Victorian England – Charlotte’s mother, 53-55 ,meets her longtime lover, Joshua, 40, in this book.


Contemporary – Romantic Suspense

37. [amazon_link id=”031238565X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Last Time I Saw Paris[/amazon_link] by Elizabeth Adler. When her surgeon husband tells her there’s another woman, Lara Lewis, 40-something, decides to invite a much younger man to go with her on a trip to Paris she had planned for she and her husband as they retraced their honeymoon.

38.  [amazon_link id=”B0030CML1Q” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Convincing Silvia[/amazon_link] By Erin Aislinn – Silvia is 46 and Andy is 35. e-book short story.

39. [amazon_link id=”096574373X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Night Magic[/amazon_link] by Charlotte Vale Allen ( The secondary character Kitty is 10 years older than Hal. Kitty is/was the housekeeper/nanny for Marissa and Hal is Erik’s personal assistant.

40. [amazon_link id=”B003370JA8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Man in the Black Leather Mask [/amazon_link]by Evangeline Anderson – Erotica  – Attorneys Jacqueline (Jax) Emerson and Ryan Cutler: 10 yrs difference.

41. [amazon_link id=”0786226188″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Garden of Scandal[/amazon_link] by Jennifer Blake – Beautiful recluse Laurel Bancroft hires Alec Stanton, more than 10 years younger, intelligent, talented and passionate, to help her redesign her garden.

42. [amazon_link id=”1931696578″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Enchanted Cottage [/amazon_link]by Linda Bleser – Liz Riley discovers an enchanted cottage where time stands still. She wakes up to find her youth restored, and her passions ignited by the owner of the cottage – a man she believes is young enough to be her son.

43. [amazon_link id=”0061092096″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Love in Another Town [/amazon_link]by Barbara Taylor Bradford- h is 15 years older

44. [amazon_link id=”0440243653″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ladies’ Man [/amazon_link]by Suzanne Brockmann – almost 10 year difference.

45. [amazon_link id=”0804119538″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Defiant Hero[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”0804119724″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Into the Night[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”0804119716″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Out of Control[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”0425240517″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Breaking Point,[/amazon_link] Trouble Shooters Series -by Suzanne Brockmann -Navy seals – multiple character story lines

46. [amazon_link id=”B002MXYLGW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]What You Won’t Do For Love[/amazon_link] by Wendy Coakley-Thompson -Disillusioned Chaney Braxton 36-years-old, meets 28-year-old “tadpole” half black, half Korean veterinarian Devin Rhym, who may be young, but he’s got an old soul.

47. [amazon_link id=”B0042P57WA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Object of Love [/amazon_link]by Sharon Cullars – Interracial – Sean Logan, 21-year-old white male, and Lacey Burnham, 42-year-old black mother of his deceased, but ghostly and angry, ex-best friend, Calvin.

48. [amazon_link id=”0380784920″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Last True Cowboy[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”0380803097″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]What the Heart Knows[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B000C4SM4U” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Night Falls Like Silk[/amazon_link], by Kathleen Eagle by Kathleen Eagle.

49. [amazon_link id=”0446541923″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Bound to Please[/amazon_link] by Lilli Feisty -Erotica – Ruby Scott, event planner is 37, Mark St. Crow is 29 and plays the piano, rock star.

50. [amazon_link id=”0345499719″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Reunion[/amazon_link] by Therese Fowler – Lue Reynolds is 9 years older than Julian Forrester.

51. [amazon_link id=”1551664968″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Confession[/amazon_link] by Elizabeth Gage – an unhappy and betrayed wife falls for the young fiance of her only child.

53. [amazon_link id=”031298104X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Under the Wire[/amazon_link] by Cindy Gerard -h 10 years older than h 40s/30s. She was his first and only true love and when she left seventeen years ago, she took more than his heart.

54. [amazon_link id=”B0006NI3EQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Price[/amazon_link] by Joan Johnston – Secondary Romance – she is 53, he is 35

55. [amazon_link id=”1583147748″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Love Becomes Her[/amazon_link] by Donna Hill –  he is a basketball millionaire more than half h’s age

56. [amazon_link id=”0786292261″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Leaving Normal [/amazon_link]by Stef Ann Holm – 9 years difference – Hispanic Hero

57. [amazon_link id=”0505523418″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Romeo and Julia [/amazon_link]by Annie Kimberlin – 10 years.

58. [amazon_link id=”1410401812″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fallen From Grace [/amazon_link]by Laura Leone – h is 35 and author of a medieval mystery series, H is 26 and a male prostitute.

59. [amazon_link id=”0821750453″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Call it Paradise[/amazon_link]by Mary Jane Lloyd – successful advertising consultant has prominent attorney,as a lover. She meets younger owner of ad agency and their attraction intensifies.

60. [amazon_link id=”B000IOEYE6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]A Minor Indiscretion [/amazon_link]by Carole Matthews –  38-year-old wife and mother of three has an affair with a gorgeous street artist 15 years her junior

61. [amazon_link id=”0380711966″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Tim[/amazon_link] by Colleen McCullough – Mary is a 40-something unremarkable spinster, while Tim is 25-year-old mentally retarded young man who looks like a Greek god.

62. [amazon_link id=”0449005275″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Dancing at the Harvest Moon [/amazon_link]by K.C. McKinnon

63. [amazon_link id=”1590889355″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]A Rhythm Divine [/amazon_link]by Judy Mays – 13 years

64. [amazon_link id=”0821776851″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]She’ll Never Know [/amazon_link] – by Hunter Morgan -A victim of amnesia handsome lifeguard 10 years her junior. And then the first memory flashes return.

65. [amazon_link id=”0821761269″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Bewitched[/amazon_link] by Constance O’Day-Flannery – Successful career woman falls in love with a lawyer from turn-of-the-century America. He is younger and angry for being jettisoned a hundred years forward in time.

66. [amazon_link id=”B000LP66SO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Flirting With Forty[/amazon_link] by Jane Porter – divorced mother of two vacations in Hawaii for 40th birthday. Depressed with flabby middle-aged prospects poolside, she finds herself drawn to a younger, tanned and sexy surf instructor.

67. [amazon_link id=”0440208297″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]One Summer [/amazon_link]by Karen Robards – a Kentucky school teacher takes a former student under her wing after he is paroled from prison for a crime she does not believe he committed. Their love causes tongues to wag in the small town. Suspense.

68. [amazon_link id=”0425239594″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Family Blessings[/amazon_link] by LaVyrle Spencer – a woman answers the front door to learn her son has been killed. The person offering the news is a police officer and also her son’s best friend. The young man becomes a surrogate sibling to her to other children and a friend to her. Gradually their love turns to passion and when he proposes she must confront the judgments of others.

69. [amazon_link id=”0727890212″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Anything For Love[/amazon_link] by Janelle Taylor – Widow is 47; hero is much younger ex-football star

70. [amazon_link id=”0778329593″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Snowfall at Willow Lake[/amazon_link] by Susan Wiggs  – veterinarian is ten years younger than international lawyer.

71. [amazon_link id=”037377138X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Anyone but You [/amazon_link]by Jennifer Crusie – light, funny playful – Woman turning 40 looks forward to new life away from stuffy ex husband and suburbs. New life in her own aparment in city brings the “puppy” she desires, and a gorgeous 10 yrs younger E.R. doc sends her hormones raging.

72. [amazon_link id=”1934912239″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Meandar Scar[/amazon_link] by Lisa Lickel – woman’s husband disappeared 7 years ago. A neighbor, nearly young enough to be her son, returns from law school and helps her with paper work to declare husband dead. Story follows process of loss, grieving, and the transformative power of love, as well as the hurdles a mature woman/younger man relationship can face.

73. [amazon_link id=”143270205X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Naked in the Rain[/amazon_link] by Debra Marhowitz -43 year old woman picks up 23 year old stud in bar and takes him home for the night. They become fast friends and she provides him motivation and direction while he helps her come to terms with ghosts of past. Sexy, omance, suspense, pathos.

Alternate World – Science Fiction – Fantasy – Futuristic – Vampire – Paranormal

71. [amazon_link id=”0765336065″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Primary Inversion[/amazon_link] by Catherine Asaro

72. [amazon_link id=”B00006RGIC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ritual of Proof[/amazon_link] by Dara Joy

73. [amazon_link id=”0505524996″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Alternate World  – [/amazon_link]by Susan Grant

75. [amazon_link id=”B0042P57WA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Object of Love[/amazon_link] by Sharon Cullars

A mature woman with a younger man is the perfect match.

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