The best romance books with an age gap relationship

Written by Silke, updated 08 Jun 2021

A big age difference - something my mother has always warned me about, but nonetheless very popular with romance readers... We were asked to compile a list of the best romantic fiction with an age difference angle and this is the result. Do let us know if we missed some good ones in the comments, please!

  • #1 Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling #10) - Nalini Singh

    Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling #10) - Nalini Singh

    contemporary paranormal tortured heroine alpha male magic

    Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

    Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

    Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. more

  • #2 Devil's Embrace (Devil #1) - Catherine Coulter

    Devil's Embrace (Devil #1) - Catherine Coulter

    historical virgin heroine abduction pregnancy alpha male

    The #1 New York Times bestselling author's first historical romance.

    Kidnapped and taken to the beautiful city of Genoa, Cassie Brougham finds love in the arms of her captor, while she is betrothed to another man.

    Cassie has known the Earl of Clare all her life, but she's in love with a soldier she's been secretly writing to since she was fifteen. Now he's home and they're going to be married. But the day before her wedding, Anthony Welles kidnaps her aboard his yacht and sails away with her to Genoa, Italy; his stated intention to make her his wife. more

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  • #3 Monster in His Eyes (Monster in His Eyes, #1) - J.M. Darhower

    Monster in His Eyes (Monster in His Eyes, #1) - J.M. Darhower

    suspense erotic romance billionaire insta-love tortured hero

    Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

    I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I'm thinking before I even do.

    It's alarming and alluring. It's dark and deadly. It's everything I've ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

    It doesn't take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it's too late. He has secrets, secrets I can't fathom, secrets that make it so I can't walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. more

  • #4 Temptation Ridge (Virgin River, #6) - Robyn Carr

    Temptation Ridge (Virgin River, #6) - Robyn Carr

    contemporary men in uniform military virgin heroine shy heroine

    At twenty-five, after five years as her mother's caregiver, it's time for Shelby to experience freedom and adventure. Time for travel, college and romance. But when she visits Virgin River, she runs into Luke Riordan, decidedly "not" whom she has in mind. A handsome Blackhawk pilot, Luke exited the army after twenty years, four wars and having been shot out of the sky three times. At thirty-eight he's tough and jaded. His major was in one-night stands, with a minor in commitment avoidance.

    Technically, these two are all wrong for one another. But sometimes what you want and what you need are two different things...two very "good" things. more

  • #5 Annie's Song - Catherine Anderson

    Annie's Song - Catherine Anderson

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    Annie Trimble lives in a solitary world that no one enters or understands. As delicate and beautiful as the tender blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is shunned by a town that misinterprets her affliction. But cruelty cannot destroy the love Annie holds in her heart.

    Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on a helpless "idiot girl." Tormented by guilt, Alex agrees to marry her and raise the babe she carries as his own. But he never dreams he will grow to cherish his lovely, mute, and misjudged Annie; her childlike innocence, her womanly charms and the wondrous way she views her world. more

  • #6 The Saint (The Original Sinners: White Years, #1) - Tiffany Reisz

    The Saint (The Original Sinners: White Years, #1) - Tiffany Reisz

    contemporary suspense virgin heroine bondage fem-dom

    In the beginning, there was him.

    Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn't want to break. She's sick of her mother's zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she'll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they're apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can't be right. more

  • #7 Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1 (Reasonable Doubt, #1) - Whitney Gracia Williams

    Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1 (Reasonable Doubt, #1) - Whitney Gracia Williams

    contemporary erotic romance forbidden love dark romance suspense

    My cock has an appetite.

    A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar... (Although, that's a story for another day.)

    As a high profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online.

    My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats.

    This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    At least it was , until "Alyssa"...

    She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. more

  • #8 Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders, #3) - Lorelei James

    Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders, #3) - Lorelei James

    contemporary western erotic romance alpha male friends to lovers

    Ridin' the edge of lust is fun--until someone falls in love.

    Goody-two boots AJ Foster has waited her entire life for her dream cowboy Cord McKay to see her as more than the neighbor girl in pigtails. Now that she's old enough to stake her claim on him, she's pulling out all the sexual stops and riding hell-bent for leather--straight for his libido.

    Divorced rancher Cord has sworn off all women...until innocent AJ suggests he teach her how to ride bareback--and he realizes she doesn't mean horses or bulls. more

  • #9 Shades of Twilight - Linda Howard

    Shades of Twilight - Linda Howard

    contemporary second chances virgin heroine alpha male mystery

    Roanna Davenport was raised a wealthy orphan on her grandmother's magnificent Alabama estate, Davencourt, where she had a passion for horses, a genius for trouble, and a deep love for her cousin, Webb. But everyone expected Webb to marry their ravishing cousin, Jessie. When he did, Roanna's desire became no more than the stuff of dreams -- until the night Jessie was found bludgeoned to death.
    After the shocking murder of his wife, Webb left for Arizona, abandoning the legacy that he had once believed was all he wanted. But then an all-grown-up Roanna walked into a dingy bar in Nogales to bring him home; the mischievous sprite he had known ten years earlier was no more. more

  • #10 Saving Grace - Julie Garwood

    Saving Grace - Julie Garwood

    historical abuse alpha male arranged/forced marriage regency

    When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry and selected a bridegroom for her—it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

    At first Johanna was shy, but as Gabriel tenderly revealed the splendid pleasures they would share, she came to suspect that she was falling in love with her gruff new husband. more