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Initial post: Mar 10, 2010 3:19:17 PM PST
Lola says:
Please, I really want to read a GOOD romance novel where the hero is a good deal older than the heroine, and yet they still fit fine together. I recently read Breaking Point by Suzanne Brockmann, and I loved the chemistry between Max and Gina, I loved the way Max never took advantage of Gina and they way he didn't pursue her because she was young and beautiful. And I loved the way Gina showed she was wiser than her years by leaving Max. I do think that she should have made him grovel a bit more, but whatever, you cant have it all, huh?Breaking Point (Troubleshooters, Book 9)
The ending of the book was a bit too abrupt for me, but Max and Gina are still one of the best couples out there in the romance novel world (trailing after Kevin and Molly, Blue and Dean, and Claire and Jamie in my opinion)

Anyways, does ANYONE out there know of a good romance novel with a good hero and heroine pairing that can compare to Max and Gina?

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 3:44:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2010 3:44:38 PM PST
If you like Brockmann's Troubleshooters, you would LOVE her Team Ten/Tall Dark and Dangerous series. They were released earlier in her career at Harlequin but they were pretty cool. I started with her Admiral's Bride which features an older hero and a younger heroine storyline and it was excellent! It got me hooked on Brockmann! There's also Taylor's Temptation which deals with another Team Ten member you will meet in Admiral's Bride. Both are very good.

For regular romances, I suggest Surprise of His Life by Karen Keast, a contemporary romance, Letters to My Mother by Rebecca Heath and Pushing 30 by Whitney Gaskell which is a little more chicklit but really good nonetheless.

Older Heroes/Younger Heroines are my fave pairings btw, too. :-)

Check out this awesome list over at the Romantic Times board. It's situated by theme/time period and it's where I got most of my list of books to read. :-)

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 7:10:30 PM PST
Reader in NJ says:
Just about every book that Diana Palmer wrote has a hero who is at least 10-20 years older than the heroine. Her Heroes tend to be cruel to the heroine at first (not all -- but many of them).

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 7:19:44 PM PST
kkitao says:
There's always Jane Austen's Emma.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2010 9:53:29 PM PST
Eric Walden says:
Hell Bent

The heroine is late twenties and the hero is early forties. He has a teenage daughter and an Ex-wife.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2010 11:05:24 PM PST
Lola says:
Thanks for the tip of the Romantic Times board. It has a Huge list of books I've never read!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2010 11:06:17 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 11, 2010 5:13:28 AM PST
Jane Eyre is the only one I can think of off the top of my head. It's quite a large age difference.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 7:51:06 AM PST
In Carolyn Jewel's INDISCREET, the hero is 38 IIRC and the heroine is early to mid-twenties, I think. This is a historical set in the Regency period but mainly in Turkey.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 8:10:20 AM PST
I just recently finished "Midnight Angel", a historical romance by Lisa Kleypas. The hero was in his mis 30s and the heroine was 18. I thought it was really well done.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2010 10:00:22 AM PST

I too am a big Max and Gina fan. I also second the recommendation for Brockmann's "The Admiral's Bride." A very good book with an older hero/younger heroine is "Lost Warriors" by Rachel Lee. It is a wonderful book with a hero who suffers from PTSD from his experiences in Viet Nam. It is part of her Conard County series but can be read on its own. Great series, though. Let me know how you like it, if you do read it.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 10:26:51 AM PST
Catie Vargas says:
You should try Best Kept Secrets By Sandra Brown. I just love this book. There is an age difference and the book is very well written.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 10:37:03 AM PST
notpreoripho says:
Check out Sandra Brown's earlier romances. Off the top of my head, Words of Silk comes to mind.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2010 10:47:54 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2010 10:48:25 AM PST

I think you will find my wife's book fits your request.

Learning to live again

Let me know if this is along the story line you asked about.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 4:24:44 PM PST
Angel9460 says:
I really enjoyed Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend. Jaxi is 21 and Blake is in his early 30s. They grew up neighbors, her friends with his younger brothers. He felt like he should act like an older brother to her, but she was totally in love with him and when she is all grown up, he struggles with feelings he thinks he shouldn't be feeling for her.

I loved this story! Check out an excerpt at Vivian Arend's website by using the link below.

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2010 11:20:22 PM PST
Emmalee316 says:
Lola, try Something Wicked by Catherine Mulvany. The hero is older than the heroine. I haven't read it yet, but it sounds good. Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 12:27:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2010 12:28:16 AM PST
susieq says:
A Kiss Remembered by Sandra Brown..the Audio is dynamite..! OOOH YEAH After the Night by: Linda Howard is spicy HOT U wouldnt wanna miss out on that Read!

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 12:28:58 AM PST
Dana S. says:
Catherine Mulvany's Run No More has an older hero/younger heroine. It's fantasy/paranormal, but not the usual werewolf/vampire plot.

I also really liked Curtiss Ann Matlock's A Time To Keep, it's a Silhouette Intimate Moments and OOP, but it's easy to find a used copy. Another SIM is Her Secret Guardian by Sally Tyler Hayes.

I don't usually like chick-lit, but I did like Whitney Gaskell's Pushing 30. I thought it had a nice balance of the chick-lit elements and the romance.

If you don't mind historicals one of my favorite book is Vixen by Jane Feather. It's also a guardian/ward book and some people are bothered by that aspect, but I didn't really mind.

Another is Laura London's The Bad Baron's Daughter (Candlelight Regency #255). It's an older trad regency written in the 70s. There are some great humorous moments in the book. There's also Windflower by Laura London, but this one is harder to find at a decent price. (I wish London's backlist would be digitized!)

Jo Beverly has a short story, "Forbidden Affections", in the Spring Bouquet anthology. Loved the dynamic between hero and heroine. Another short story is "The Black Beast of Belleterre" by Mary Jo Putney, which can be found in A Victorian Christmas and in Christmas Revels.

If you don't mind fantasy, I recommend Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife series (there are four books). There's a great romance between the hero and heroine throughout the series.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 12:56:00 AM PST
Magelet says:
I love May/December romances as well. Some of my favourites (good enough that I've read them more than once):

"The Admiral's Bride" by Suzanne Brockmann
"Once in Paris" by Diana Palmer
"The Older Man" by Laurey Bright (have to love the self-explanatory titles, heh)
"Lost Warriors" by Rachel Lee
"The Edge of Heaven" by Teresa Hill
"The Surprise of His Life" by Karen Keast
"My Lord Protector" by Deborah Hale
"Years" by LaVyrle Spencer
"Lord of the Night" by Susan Wiggs
"Mesmerizing Mr Carlyle" by Arlene James
"The Older Man" by Barbara McMahon
"A Younger Woman" by Wendy Rosnau
"Pushing 30" by Whitney Gaskell
"A Noble Resolve" by Sara Blayne

I know I have more, but a lot of them are probably on the RT rec list anyway, which is great. :-)

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 1:38:28 AM PST
Lola says:
Thanks guys for all of the recs. I'm gonna try check all of the ones I haven't read yet.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 8:08:06 PM PST
Girl Reading says:
Lawless- Diana Palmer (probably her only book I enjoy)- H 36, h 20
Gentle Rogue- Johanna Lindsey- H late 30s, h 18/19 (forget exact ages, but I know he has a teenage son a year or 2 younger than the h and tells him he's too old when fighting and he's older than her 5 brothers)
A Heart Full of Miracles- Stephanie Mittman - H in mid 30s, H either late late teens or early 20s
The Gift- Julie Garwood- forget the age difference, but they were married as kids for peace and I think he's at least 10 years older

Of course, if you really want an age difference, try JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Several heroes are hundreds of years older than their heroines.

I don't read a lot of OH/Yh romances cuz I'm not a huge fan of the really young heroines (21st century mindset and all that) or over 40 heroes, so if I do read and like them then they are very good imo.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 12:36:25 PM PDT
Vanessa Jaye says:
Jane Feather's Accidental Bride.

The Accidental Bride

I think he's in his mid-thrities and she's in around 18/19 yrs old. It's been years since I read the book, but I think it takes place during the Restoration era. I'll be honest, in my mind I adjusted their ages a little closer. :-P Also, she is the younger sister of his deceased wife (didn't bother me, but I know that's a big No for some.) I really liked the two characters together and how their relationship developed. It's a keeper book for me.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 8:33:44 AM PDT
this weekend I read Judith Ivory 'Beast'
the h is 18 yo and the H is in his midthirties.

It is well written and definitely unique.


Posted on Mar 15, 2010 8:55:34 AM PDT
TX Reader says:
The Chadwick Ring by Julia Jeffries, hero is 35, the heroine is 18.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 3:04:50 PM PDT
An old favorite is Georgette Heyer's The Convenient Marriage, where the H is 35 and h is 17.

I just finished The Substitute Wife by Dallas Schulze, where the H was 35 and the h is 20. It's a very enjoyable read. (It's also a "marriage of convenience" plot, but with a twist that makes it somewhat believable for a modern setting.)
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