Age is just a number, right? Well, when it comes to romance novels, it certainly can be! Many authors have tackled the topic of age gap romance, creating stories that tug at our heartstrings and remind us that love knows no bounds. Here are some of our favorite age gap romances.
“Love Hacked” by Penny Reid
Sandra Fielding struggles to find love due to her psychotherapist tendencies until she meets Alex, a hot and argumentative waiter, who challenges everything she knows about relationships. Love Hacked is a standalone romantic comedy novel in the Knitting in the City series, featuring seven friends in Chicago.
“How to Fake It in Hollywood” by Ava Wilder
A Hollywood starlet and a reclusive A-lister agree to fake a love affair to boost their careers, but as they work together, they begin to develop real feelings for each other. Grey is desperate to save her career, while Ethan needs to clean up his reputation to produce a final movie with his late partner. Despite their chemistry, their years of faking emotions for the industry make them wonder if their feelings are genuine or just another act.
“For You & No One Else” by Roni Loren
Eliza’s perfect life falls apart after she becomes a viral “Worst Date Ever” meme. Beck offers her a deal: if she swears off social media for six months, he’ll teach her to survive in the “real world.” As feelings grow between them, Eliza discovers Beck’s raw honesty is what she needs to face herself and determine who she really wants to be. This book by Roni Loren has been praised as “unique, swoony, and lively” and a “must-read.”
“Waking Olivia” by Elizabeth O’Roark
Track coach Will Langstrom takes on troubled new transfer student Olivia Finnegan, who is resistant to help due to her troubled past. Despite their attraction, Will is determined to save Olivia and avoid destroying them both in this seat-gripping story of forbidden love.
“Wrong” by Jana Aston
The protagonist has a habit of choosing the wrong kind of guy, but now she’s developed a crush on a customer at the coffee shop where she works. She never expects to see him again, until she runs into him while trying to get birth control at the student clinic, where he turns out to be the doctor. Despite her initial embarrassment, she wonders if he could be the right guy for once.
“The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang
Stella is a successful econometrician who struggles with social interactions and intimacy. She hires an escort, Michael, to help her practice and become more comfortable with physical touch. As they spend more time together, the two fall in love, despite their significant age difference. The book is a beautiful exploration of what it means to be vulnerable and open to love.