I love romances where the hero has to work hard to get the heroine. In the case where the heroine is older than the hero this seems to be especially true. In Historical Romance, the hero is often expected to be much older than the heroine making this troupe even more fun.
Enjoy these great Historical Romances where the Hero is Younger than the Heroine!
Wild Oats (Territory Trysts Book 1) by Pamela Morsi
Territory bachelor, Jedwin Sparrow, was merely hoping to sow some wild oats. And from what he’d heard, a logical place to start might be the cottage of Mrs. Cora Briggs, a notorious divorcee.
Cora’s first instinct was to slap his face! Then a better plan occurred to her. Why not call the tune and string him along. What better way to exact revenge on those gossipy hens than to ensnare one of their own in that wicked web of lies.
An unexpected love story, two people who discover the truth about themselves within the heart of each other.
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
Their marriage lasted only slightly longer than the honeymoon—to no one’s surprise, not even Bryony Asquith’s. A man as talented, handsome, and sought after by society as Leo Marsden couldn’t possibly want to spend his entire life with a woman who rebelled against propriety by becoming a doctor. Why, then, three years after their annulment and half a world away, does he track her down at her clinic in the remotest corner of India?
Leo has no reason to think Bryony could ever forgive him for the way he treated her, but he won’t rest until he’s delivered an urgent message from her sister—and fulfilled his duty by escorting her safely back to England. But as they risk their lives for each other on the journey home, will the biggest danger be the treacherous war around them—or their rekindling passion?
Pleasure for Pleasure (Essex Sisters Series Book 4) by Eloisa James
Fueled by the knowledge that notoriety is better than failure, witty, unconventional Josie does what no proper young lady should—she challenges fate. She discards her corset and flirts outrageously. She attends the horse races and allows an arrogant rakehell to whisk her behind the stables for a surreptitious kiss . . . and is caught!
She doesn’t want to marry the young hellion—but who’s to help? Her chaperone keeps disappearing for mysterious appointments; her guardian is on his wedding trip; and his friend the Earl of Mayne is too busy staring into the eyes of his exquisite French fiancée.
Can a marriage forced by stuffy convention and unwilling desire become the match of the season?
The Tender Texan by Jodi Thomas
Anna Meyer offers one hundred dollars to the Texas cattleman who can help her forge a frontier homestead. Chance Wyatt agrees to settle down and build a home with a lovely stranger. The boy in him never considered the possibility of love. But the man in him can’t deny the passion that Anna brings out in him. They vowed to live together for only a year, but as the challenges of the savage land bring them closer together, neither can resist the aching desire that inflames their hearts-and touches their souls.
The Countess Takes a Lover by Bonnie Dee
The student becomes the master in the precarious game of love.
Sexually adventurous widow, Countess Meredith du Chevalier takes Chris Whitby under her wing to teach him the ways of love. At Lord Whitby’s request she will “make a man” of his son, an intriguing challenge. But Meredith gets more than she bargained for when her pupil becomes her tutor in what true love really means.
Beneath his reserved demeanor, Chris hides a passionate nature. The young botanist travels to Meredith’s country estate to restore her abandoned greenhouse, but one sexual encounter brings more than fallow soil to life. Glimpses of the tender woman under the seductress’s brittle exterior make him determined to slowly coax his mistress to unfurl into glorious bloom.
When Chris learns about the secret arrangement between his father and the countess, his heart and confidence are destroyed. Can he forgive his lover, and will Meredith risk her heart for a chance at deep and lasting love?
Grace Howard has every reason to be devoted to Sir Peregrine Lampman. After all, the gallant gentleman rescued her from poverty by making her his bride. Even more nobly, he did not withdraw his affection after she confessed to a youthful folly that had compromised her virtue. But Grace did not tell the whole truth about the handsome lord who betrayed her—and now the one thing she’s kept from Perry threatens to destroy her last chance at true love.
Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas
She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn’t about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible…but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.
Jack Delvin’s determination to possess Amanda became greater when she discovered his true identity. But gently-bred Amanda craved respectability more than she admitted, while Jack, the cast-off son of a nobleman and London’s most notorious businessman, refused to live by society’s rules. Yet when fate conspired for them to marry, their worlds collided with a passionate force neither had expected…but both soon craved.
The Bedding Proposal by Tracy Anne Warren
Lord Leo Byron is bored with the aristocratic company he keeps; he needs a distraction, preferably in the form of a beautiful new female companion. So when he sets eyes on fascinating and scandalous divorcée Lady Thalia Lennox, he’s determined to make her intimate acquaintance. But the spirited woman seems to have no intention of accepting his advances no matter how much he chases—or how hard he falls….
Once a darling of Society, Thalia Lennox now lives on its fringes. The cruel lies that gave her a notoriously wild reputation have also left her with a broken heart and led to a solemn vow to swear off men. Still, Leo Byron’s bold overtures are deliciously tempting, and, for the first time, she finds herself wondering whether it just might be worth the risk to let the attractive rake into her life—and her bed….
Romancing Lady Stone (School of Gallantry Book 6) by Delilah Marvelle
He believes in destiny. She just wants to survive it…
At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.
Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain. In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor’s prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man’s life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is…he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.
WHAT DOES A WOMAN DESIRE?
A wife at fifteen, a mother at sixteen and now a widow, country-bred Frances Hart does not know how to simply be a woman. Until she accidentally interrupts a meeting of the Men and Women’s Club … an elite London association dedicated to the study of sex … and is challenged by sophisticated barrister James Whitcox. Her honesty—dangerous in an era when women were dependent upon fathers, husbands and sons for their very survival—tests the convictions of every man and woman in the Club, even as it catalyzes a passionate odyssey of intimate discovery. No one will escape the consequences …
The Duchess of Upavon discourages Lord Westbury’s attentions to her daughter, even though he is handsome and charming. Lord Westbury is not interested in schoolroom misses; he simply needs an excuse for hanging about the Duchess’s estate. But she is determined to misunderstand his intentions. A bumblebroth indeed!
Innocent Angela Bainbridge knows her dreams of a fairy-tale wedding and finding passion in a man’s embrace can never come true. So when she’s swept into the arms of—and kidnapped by—notorious Lee Raven she’s both righteously angry…and curiously captivated. There’s something about this brazen outlaw that awakens Angela’s desires. She knows any crimes he’s committed are for the protection of his family, but Angela realizes that a lifetime together with Lee can never be…Lee Raven knows he’s only two steps ahead of the law. But this innocent beauty has his head spinning and his heart longing for something more than a life on the run. She’s made it clear that she’s determined to discover all of his secrets—but how can he let her learn what’s hidden in his past? And how can he let her give him her heart today, when he can’t evenpromise her tomorrow?
Want more Older Heroines with Younger Heroes? Check out my Showcase of Best Romances with an Age Difference Between the Leads. Lorraine Heath