older couple

A-
The Wedding Bait

I’m always excited when I find an author writing romances with older characters (and by older, I mean over forty) and Adele Buck’s The Wedding Bait hit the spot for me, garnering a place on my Best of 2022 list. Tove Nilsen is getting ready to attend her daughter Emily’s wedding at a lakesi ...

B+
The Wedding Bait

I grabbed Adele Buck’s The Wedding Bait because it features protagonists who are over forty, and I wasn’t disappointed. Tove Nilsen’s daughter Emily is getting married, and Tove’s dreadful ex-husband Anthony, Emily’s absentee father, has shocked them both by RSVPing yes - both for him a ...

A-
Foxed

Jay Hogan’s Foxed is a standalone contemporary romance featuring a couple of guys in their fifties – one a devoted father and grandfather, the other someone who never really thought a relationship and family was on the cards for him - who discover that maybe it’s time to re-think some of their ...

A-
Flirting with the Beast

In romance novels, the heroine is almost always under thirty. When older women - those over fifty - appear in romance, it's usually as a secondary character who, if she's very beautiful and has either a fortune or a heart of gold, might be lucky enough to have a lover of her own. Romance novels wher ...

B+
Sundays With Oliver

Kelly Jensen’s new Hearts & Craft series kicks off with Sundays With Oliver, a gently moving character-driven romance featuring two men in their forties (well, one is thirty-nine, but still…) who have to deal with significant life changes, prompted, in large part, by their becoming empty-nes ...

A-
A Counterfeit Betrothal

A Counterfeit Betrothal is currently available in a combined edition with A Notorious Rake which we reviewed when it first came out and gave an A. Lady Sophia’s parents (Marcus and Olivia, the Earl and Countess of Clifton) have been estranged since she was four. She knows that only a major even ...

A-
Renegade

You MUST NOT read this book review if you intend to read Raider and Gambler (books one and two in the Coalition Rebellion: Ziem series) because it has spoilers for those books, and they are best read in sequence. Iolana Davorin married Torstan Davorin and gave birth to four children, including Dr ...

B
The Worst Guy

The heroine of The Worst Guy is a plastic surgeon at a teaching hospital with a practice of reconstructive rather than aesthetic cases. My husband is a plastic surgeon who, for the first twenty years of his career was... at a teaching hospital and whose practice was half reconstructive/half aestheti ...

B
Amor Actually

Note:  The sensuality rating of these stories ranges from Kisses to Burning If you liked the movie Love Actually but wished more of the characters had gotten happy endings, Amor Actually, which re-imagines every plot thread from the movie, might be the anthology for you. Like the original, the c ...

A-
A Midsummer Flight's Dream

In this lovely, Sweden-set short story, Jolie Flynn returns to the island of Öland for her aunt’s funeral and to take care of her estate. In the airport, she encounters her first love, Mattias, now a father of five, who remembers her aunt and comes to Öland to stay next door to Jolie. Their seco ...