Today, I’ve got another very popular romance trope for you. A lot of romance readers love age difference romance novels.
Traditionally, an age gap romance is considered a romance novel in which there’s an age difference of at least 10 years between the two main characters. The main focus isn’t so much on the specific number of years, though, but the disparity in experience and life stage. For example, if one of the characters is in college, while the other already has a successful career, even eight years could feel like a considerable age gap.
May/December romance novels are a subcategory of age difference romances. In these novels, there’s an even bigger age difference between the lovers. One partner is in the spring of her life, while the other is in the winter of hers, so it’s an intergenerational relationship.
15 GREAT LESBIAN AGE DIFFERENCE ROMANCE NOVELS
I’ve put together a list of 15 lesbian romance novels in which there’s a significant age gap between the two main characters. I hope you’ll enjoy them!
Summer Winds by Andrews & Austin
Widow Maggie Tanner needs a ranch hand to work her thousand acres of Kansas hayfields. Young Cash Tate takes the job—a summer break from the city and her girlfriend troubles. Cash is irritated by and enamored of this self-sufficient rancher woman who refuses to treat her as an equal, and she vows to earn her respect. While Cash struggles to win a place in Maggie’s heart, Maggie fights her unwelcome desire to take Cash into her arms.
By Design by JA Armstrong
Jameson Reid spends her days designing some of the most elegant buildings in North America. Senator Candace Fletcher has spent her life working to build bridges between people. When they meet, Candace challenges all of Jameson’s preconceptions about the women of Washington D.C. The enigmatic architect will test the resolve of the Junior Senator from New York.
After Mrs. Hamilton by Clare Ashton
Clo leads a loveless life as an escort for older women. Laura is locked in a safe marriage, but longs to break out and find the parents she never met. Two women enter the lives of these friends and Clo and Laura’s secrets, and those of the generation before, begin to unravel.
Seasons of Love by Harper Bliss
Alice McAllister is a successful solicitor who likes a quiet, disciplined life. But when her business partner Miranda forces her to take a vacation at her holiday home in Portugal, the presence of Miranda’s daughter Joy turns Alice’s world up-side down.
Just My Luck by Andrea Bramhall
Genna Collins works a dead end job, loves her family, her girlfriend, and her friends. When she wins the biggest Euromillions jackpot on record everything changes…and not always for the best. What if money really can’t buy you happiness?
Coffee Sonata by Gun Brooke
Four women, Manon, Eryn, Vivian and Mike, whose lives unexpectedly intersect in a small town by the sea share one thing in common—they all have secrets. Despite tragedy, past and present, each learns that life holds more than they dared dream.
Totally Worth It by Maggie Cummings
Twenty-something Meg McTiernan is all about her career when her house hunt unexpectedly lands her at Bay West—a lesbian mecca tucked away in the suburbs of NYC—and her social life is given a turbo boost. There’s a pool, a softball league, even a nightclub practically in her backyard. In this loaded environment, finding the right girl just got a lot more interesting.
Winter Jacket (Winter Jacket series, book 1) by Eliza Lentzski
Elle Graft might have made it through six years of graduate school, but she’s not convinced she’ll survive her first position as an Assistant Professor. Because for all she learned, graduate school never prepared her for dealing with a student crush.
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Next of Kin (Portland Police Bureau series) by Jae
In the last few years, Deputy District Attorney Kade Matheson has taken case files and law books, not lovers, to bed. She has been focused on her career, but now a case forces her to finally face her attraction to women. She suddenly finds herself with two secret admirers, but which one is more dangerous—the threat to her life or to her heart?
Arbor Vitae by Susan X. Meagher
Clancy O’Connor, a young landscape architect, is trying to build her business. Getting recommendations from Abby Graham’s upper-class social circle would be a major coup. Faster than she could have dreamed, Abby is singing Clancy’s praises—in bed. All too soon a threat develops that could destroy the tentative, but tenacious bond that holds them together.
Rest and Relaxation by Rhavensfyre
Allyse DeLeon is a high-powered executive at the top of her game. Dani lives alone and likes it that way. She’s young, quirky, and doesn’t appreciate having her uncle’s business partner foisted on her—that is until sparks start to fly between the two. The problem? Dani isn’t great at catching subtleties, and it’s up to Allyse to find a way to get her point across.
Echo Point by Virginia Hale
Bron never intended to move back to Australia. Wracked with guilt over her sister Libby’s death, she’s spent three months trying to handle her grief while taking care of Libby’s young daughter, Annie. When Libby’s best friend Ally suddenly returns home from prison, Bron can’t fathom why her family is so enamored with her, but grudgingly admires the way Ally and Annie get along. When bushfires begin to rage in the nearby mountains, Bron begins to see that she’s sorely underestimated her sister’s friend.
The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter
Aussie crime reporter Maddie Grey is out of her depth in New York and secretly drawn to her twice-married, powerful media mogul boss, Elena Bartell, who eats failing newspapers for breakfast. As work takes them to Australia, Maddie is goaded into a brief bet—that they will say only the truth to each other. It backfires catastrophically. A lesbian romance about the lies we tell ourselves
If you haven’t done so already, download your bingo card and brush up on the rules of Lesbian Book Bingo. Then pick the book you want to read for the age difference romance novel square, and start reading! Remember that you can either read one of the 15 books listed above or pick another lesbian book featuring characters with an age gap.
Leave a comment to win a book
In addition to winning books by completing a line on the bingo card, there’ll also be a giveaway for each post. This time, you can win an ebook copy of:
- Just My Luck by Andrea Bramhall
- Sidebar by Carsen Taite
- The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter
To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment and let us know which book you’re going to read for the “age difference” square or if you can think of other lesbian books that fit this category.
I’ll announce the winners of the e-books on Thursday, May 10.The reading list for the next bingo square—foodie romances—will be posted on May 17.
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