Older Couples

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This list features romance heroes and heroines who are somewhat older than the norm. While heroes and heroines in their 30s were once unusual in contemporary romances, that is no longer the case. Contemporary romances will only appear on the list if both the hero and heroine are at least 40.

NOTE: If the hero and heroine span two decades we have placed the title in the youngest character’s decade.

(List begun 12/04, updated 08/13)

Contemporary unless otherwise indicated

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  • Winter Garden (2000) by Adele Ashworth – European Historical (A at AAR)
  • A Christmas Bride (1997) by Mary Balogh – Regency
  • A Counterfeit Betrothal (1992) by Mary Balogh – Regency
  • The Notorious Rake (1992) by Mary Balogh – Regency (B at AAR)
  • A Secret Affair (2010) by Mary Balogh – European Historical (B- at AAR)
  • Simply Perfect (2008) by Mary Balogh – European Historical (C- at AAR)
  • Black Hawk (2011) by Joanna Bourne – European Historical (A at AAR)
  • All through the Night (1997) by Connie Brockway – European Historical (A at AAR)
  • Armour against Love (1945) by Barbara Cartland – PYR-64
  • Lord Perfect (2006) by Loretta Chase – European Historical (A- at AAR)
  • Tatya’s Story (1984) by Dinah Dean – European Historical
  • Siren Song (1984) by Roberta Gellis – Medieval
  • Lady Dearing’s Masquerade (2005) by Elena Green – Regency (B+ at AAR)
  • And Then He Kissed Her (2007) by Laura Lee Guhrke – European Historical (A- at AAR)
  • Just One of those Flings (2006) by Candice Hern – European Historical (C+ at AAR)
  • Lady Be Bad (2007) by Candice Hern – European Historical (B- at AAR)
  • Black Silk (2002) by Judith Ivory/Judy Cuevas – European Historical (A at AAR)
  • Dance (1996) by Judith Ivory/Judy Cuevas – European Historical (A- at AAR)
  • Untie My Heart (2002) by Judith Ivory – European Historical (A- at AAR)
  • The Admiral’s Penniless Bride (2011) by Carla Kelly – European Historical (B+ at AAR)
  • Her Hesitant Heart (2013) by Carla Kelly – Frontier/Western (A- at AAR)
  • For My Lady’s Heart (1993) by Laura Kinsale – Medieval Romance (A at AAR)
  • My Sweet Folly (2006) by Laura Kinsale – European Historical (A at AAR)
  • Alicia (1992) by Laura Matthews – Regency
  • An Accomplished Woman (2009) by Jude Morgan – Regency
  • Something Shady (1995) by Pamela Morsi – American Historical
  • Dedication (2005) by Janet Mullany – Regency (B at AAR)
  • Petals in the Storm (1993) by Mary Jo Putney – European Historical
  • The Rake (1994) by Mary Jo Putney – European Historical (A at AAR)
  • Lady Julia Series (2007-) by Deanna Raybourn – Historical Mysteries (Various grades at AAR)
  • The Edge of Impropriety (2008) by Pam Rosenthal – European Historical (B- at AAR)
  • Cry for Passion (2009) by Robin Schone – European Historical (B- at AAR)
  • The Lady’s Tutor (2002) by Robin Schone – European Historical (A- at AAR)
  • The Lover (2000) by Robin Schone – European Historical (B- at AAR)
  • The Silver Nutmeg (1947) by Margery Sharp – European Historical
  • Lady Delafont’s Dilemma (2000) by Donna Simpson – Regency
  • Scandalous Miranda (2005) by Susan Sizemore – European Historical (B at AAR)
  • The Gamble (1987) by LaVyrle Spencer – American Historical Historical
  • Hummingbird (1994) by LaVyrle Spencer – American Historical Historical (A at AAR)
  • That Camden Summer (1996) by LaVyrle Spencer – American Historical Historical
  • Delicious (2008) by Sherry Thomas – European Historical (C+ at AAR)

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  • A Basic Renovation (2013) by Sandra Antonelli – Contemporary Romance
  • Out of Control (2002) by Suzanne Brockmann (secondary romance)- Romantic Suspense (A at AAR)