Romance Book Recommendations: Reverse Age Gap

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Today I want to share one of my favorite romance tropes: the reverse age gap. As a woman in my late thirties, I love reading when the heroine is older than the hero.  I love when the hero is so smitten by the heroine that he will do anything to act mature for his age so she can pay attention to him.

What is Reverse Age Gap Trope?

The reverse age gap trope is when the Female Main Character is older than the Male Main Character. The romance books featured in this list include Female Main Characters that are in their 30s and 40s.


The Idea of You by Robinne Lee – This is not a romance but it’s a steamy love story/Harry Styles fan fiction, where a mother meets a boy bander at a meet and greet and they start a whirlwind romance. This book was everything. Yes, you will be mad reading the ending and will need a support group. Bad on Paper has a great author interview that you should check out after reading this book.

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves – This is a slow burn romance where the couple is stranded on an island for a few years. The hero was 18 when they started the romance. This book is so good! I know it’s pricey but you may be able to borrow it from your library.

Flirting with 40 by K. Bromberg – The hero is in his 30s and he is a doctor, the heroine just turned 40. They travel to a corporate retreat where they pretend to be in a couple. Yes gotta love when it’s fake dating meets a reverse age gap. I interviewed K. Bromberg and we chatted about this book.

40- Love by Olivia Dade – This book is on my TBR but this is a vacation romance between a tennis instructor and a 40 year old heroine. I really love how Olivia writes fat heroines. If you want to know more about Olivia’s writing process and her other books, then check out this author interview with Olivia Dade.

That KInd of Guy by Talia Hibbert -This book is on my TBR. Talia knows how to write steamy romance. The trope is Fake Dating. This series is a small town romance. I read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. Talia knows how to write Cinnamon Roll heroes. Last summer, I had the chance to interview Talia on her latest Brown sister series, feel free to check out the author interview.

The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane – This book was everything. It was NC-17 for the steaminess but it had a plot. The hero is the son of the heroine’s best friend and he is her pool boy. The hero has a crush on the heroine for about 5 years so yes there is pining. So good! Read it in one sitting. This book is one of my all time favorite books in 2021. I am hoping to release an author interview with Nikki Sloane this year.

Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey– A Tessa Bailey book that I didn’t low key hated this is so good. This is an enemy to lovers where the heroine is in her 30s and the hero is 23 but he is matured for his age. This was a fun one. If you want to hear about Tessa’s thoughts on this book, then check out this author interview. 

Now in the comments, feel free to share your favorite Reverse Age Gap romances. Let me know what I should add to my TBR.

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