34 Best Age Gap Romance Books to Read

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If you’re an avid romance reader, you probably have a list of your favorite tropes and if you’re here, the age gap trope is likely one of them. Whether you prefer the older woman younger man trope or older man younger woman romance books, this curated list of age gap romance books has it all.

Best Age Gap Romance Books With An Older Woman

All Grown Up by Vi Keeland

In an attempt to get back into the dating scene, 37-year-old divorcee Valentina ends up meeting a hot 25-year-old on Match. Everything is going according to plan until he’s in her sights and she recognizes him as the kid next door who used to babysit her son over the summer. Valentina nips it in the bud straightaway but Ford is not so easily swayed and when he learns that she’ll be slumming it at her family’s beach house, he decides it’s time to take a trip back to his summer home and win over Valentina.

If you’re in the mood for a slow-burn older woman / younger guy romance, All Grown Up may be one of the best age gap romance books for you.

Age Gap: 12 years

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Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

Determined to reinvent herself after a bitter divorce, Helen Carpenter signs herself up for a three-week wilderness survival course that will test her physically, mentally and emotionally. Hoping to take this time to piece herself back together, Helen’s plans are quickly derailed when she discovers her younger brother’s annoying best friend Jake Archer will be joining her on the trip. Yet, despite Helen’s reservations, she finds herself falling for Jake’s jubilant can-do attitude and unrelenting positivity. 

If you’re on the market for an age-gap romance that takes place out in the wilderness between a sister and her younger brother’s best friend, read Happiness for Beginners.

Age Gap: 10 years 

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The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

When Solène Marchand takes her daughter Isabelle to a concert to meet her favorite boy band, August Moon, she never expects to forge an instant connection with the lead singer: the twenty year old British pop star Hayes Campbell. Enamored with one another, the pair find it impossible to resist each other and are forced to face numerous obstacles when their relationship goes public.

Read The Idea of You if you’re looking for a raw and realistic forbidden romance that will stay on your mind for months to come.

Age Gap: 19 years

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On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job to tutor sixteen-year-old T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer home, she accepts. Anna and T.J. are en-route to meet up with T.J.’s family when the pilot suffers from a heart attack and crashes into the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets are the only things keeping them afloat before they find themselves on an uninhabited island. As months shift into years, feelings surface. With nothing holding them back besides their own fears, it’s up to them to shatter the barrier and take their relationship to the next level. After all, they only have each other.

Read On the Island if you’re eager to devour one of the best age gap romance books featuring an unforgettable story of love, bravery and survival.

Age Gap: 14 years

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Never Again by Lilliana Anderson

Cora is on the cusp of 30 when she files for a divorce, gets slammed with an intervention order, is demoted to a “glorified babysitter” for lawyer trainees and accidentally has a one night stand with her boss’s son who just so happens to be one of Cora’s interns. Of course, at the time she thought he was just some smokin’ hot young lad who she’d never see again. Yeah. Imagine her surprise.

Never Again is perfect for anyone who loves their age gap romance books mixed with a splash of humor and a dash of lust-filled glances between colleagues. After all, the office serves as an excellent place to meet one’s soulmate.

Age Gap: 9 years

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What If It’s Right by J.B. Heller

At eighteen, Victoria was granted sole custody of her nephew after her sister’s tragic death. Desperate for a fresh start, Tory moves them to a new town where Finn becomes fast friends with their neighbor’s son Weston. Days turn into months which turn into years and before she knows it, Finn and Weston are no longer boys anymore…something Weston plans to make crystal clear.

Read What If It’s Right if you’re interested in a slow-burn age gap romance with a sweet hero who is steadfast in his plan to win over his bestie’s mom. 

Age Gap: 10 years

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Love Hacked by Penny Reid

When almost every one of your dates leaves in tears, you can safely assume that you may be doing something wrong. After Sandra Fielding’s latest date fail, the handsome waiter Alex from the restaurant slides into the booth and takes her date’s place. Shocked by Alex’s blunt line of questioning, Sandra finds herself opening up to him. But Alex is the exact opposite of what she’s looking for and, to top it off, he’s much younger, creating quite the dilemma for the psychiatrist. 

If you love hilarious romance books with an age difference that will make you simultaneously laugh and swoon, check out Love Hacked.

Age Gap: 6 years

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Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby

When the woman of Liam McAllister’s teen fantasies walks through the doors of the daycare with her two-year-old twins, he’s instantly smitten. Sadie Matthews is a single mother running on fumes between work, her young kids, the revolving door of nannies and her ex’s inability to spend time with their kids. When she brings Amy and Kate to daycare, she never expects to find the scrawny teen turned 29-year-old hottie she babysat 15 years prior. 

Read Boy Toy if you love romance books with an age difference and adorable kids.

Age Gap: 6 years

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The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton

At thirty-three, Grace Sheridan is ready to give Hollywood a second shot. After a chance encounter with Hollywood’s new A-lister Jack Hamilton at a party, Grace finds herself captivated by the 24-year-old heartthrob. Weeks go by and they continue exploring their connection, but with Jack’s rising stardom, their relationship is bound to be thrust into the limelight and Grace is unsure whether she’s ready for that type of scrutiny. 

If you love a good celebrity romance with an older woman and a younger guy, you’re in for a real treat with The Unidentified Redhead.

Age Gap: 9 years

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Best Taboo Age Gap Romance Books

Defy by L.J. Shen

Defy tells the story of Melody Greene, a twenty-six year old woman whose career as a dancer ended after an accident. When she lands a job as a teacher at an elite high school, she never expects to have an affair with Jaime Followhill, an arrogant and sexy-as-sin senior who also happens to be the principal’s son. 

Read Defy if you’re searching for a fast burn teacher-student romance that will get your blood pumping.

Age Gap: 8 years

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Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling

After spending years in an unhappy marriage, a fresh start is exactly what Cressida Irons needs. When she starts all over in a new town with a new job as a teacher, she never anticipates King Kyle Garro, a man that knows that he wants and refuses to let anything, or anyone, stand in his way. The only problem in this scenario is, well, he’s her student.

Read Lessons in Corruption if you’re in the mood for a forbidden romance between a teacher and a student.

Age Gap: 8 years 

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The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

Layla Robinson is in desperate need of a distraction which comes in the form of the pompous and brooding artist, Thomas Abrams. There are two problems with this: one, he’s her professor and two, he’s married. Thomas is completely off limits, so will Layla act on her feelings? Stupid question, we all know she will. The real question is whether Thomas will still give her an A in the class…   

Read The Unrequited if you’re in the mood for a teacher-student relationship between two broken souls that are seemingly beyond repair.

Age Gap: 9 years

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Crossed Lines by Lana Sky

When seventeen-year-old Maryanne Mayweather is expelled from her twelfth boarding school, she is sent to live with her flakey aunt Elaine and her aloof husband James Thorne. With vengeance on her mind, Maryanne has a personal vendetta to disgrace the once successful author except there’s a glitch in her plan; Maryanne underestimated the thin line between love and hate.  

If you’re interested in a heartbreaking taboo age gap romance that crosses a few dozen lines, take a look at Crossed Lines. It won’t disappoint.

Age Gap: 10+ years

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Misconduct by Penelope Douglas 

At twenty-three, former tennis player Easton Bradbury has high hopes for her first year teaching at a private school in New Orleans. What she never foresaw was Tyler Marek: the enigmatic businessman she met at a Mardi Gras ball. When Tyler shows up at a parent-teacher meeting, Easton quickly realizes two things: one, Tyler has no idea how to raise a teenager and two, nothing can ever come of their strong mutual attraction.   

Read Misconduct if you enjoy steamy taboo romances where the teacher falls for her student’s father. 

Age Gap: 12 years

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Misbehaved by Charleigh Rose

Remington Stringer is looking for a way out and her prayers are answered when she is offered a scholarship at a prestigious private school. There she meets the aloof and secretive debate teacher, Mr. James. Every sign points away from Pierce, but Remi decides to throw caution to the wind when she seeks him out, leading to a whirlwind romance. The question is, how will it end? 

If you’re on the market for a slow-burn teacher-student relationship with tons of sexual tension, you’re in the right place. 

Age Gap: 11 years 

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The Truth About Tomorrow by B. Celeste 

Thirteen-year-old Charlie Tucker has a tragic past and an equally tragic obsession with the one person she can never have: her pseudo uncle. Oliver James grew up in a loving and successful household with his adopted sister River who ends up adopting Charlie. When she befriends Oliver, he quickly becomes her best friend in a completely platonic way. But as the years progress, Charlie’s feelings evolve into an unrequited love that leaves her hoping for more. And when the perfect opportunity arises to make her move, she takes it.

Read The Truth About Tomorrow if you’re looking for a forbidden romance between two lonely souls who were never supposed to fall for one another.

Age Gap: 15 years

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Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

In the aftermath of her mother’s passing, nineteen-year-old Blaire Wynn moves in with her father and his new wife in their beach house along the East Coast. What Blaire never anticipated was Rush Finley, her twenty-four-year-old step-brother who has an uncanny talent at getting under her skin. With the house to themselves for the entire summer, there are so many things that can go wrong… or right.  

Read Fallen Too Far if you’re in the mood for a forbidden age gap romance between step-siblings.

Age Gap: 5 years

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Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Willow Taylor is counting down the days until she completes her treatment at the Hearthstone psychiatric hospital. Everything changes the day Dr. Simon Alistair signs on as her new psychiatrist. Known as the Ice-Man, Willow holds only feelings of disdain towards him. When Simon starts digging into her mind and past, contempt turns into interest which eventually shifts into desire. With so much on the line, will their relationship blossom or be their downfall? 

Read Medicine Man if you’re on the market for a forbidden age gap relationship between two ill-fated individuals.

Age Gap: 15 years

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Manhattan Secret by V. Theia

The moment Lachlan Fierro eyes land upon Delaney Sloan, he knows he’s a goner.

After a chance encounter in a bar brings Lachlan and Delaney closer than ever, Lachlan is disappointed when his mystery girl disappears…only to be pleasantly surprised when he finds her in his computer studies class the next day. The only problem? She’s the new teacher.

Read Manhattan Secret if you’re looking for a steamy forbidden love between a teacher and her student. 

Age Gap: 7 years

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Best Age Gap Romance Books With An Older Man

Scandalous by L.J. Shen

Thirty-three-year-old business mogul Trent Rexroth, aka The Mute, has no time for distractions, especially in the form of eighteen-year-old high school senior Edie Van Der Zee. Blackmailed by her father, Edie is tasked with finding dirt on Trent, but along the way, she finds something completely different, yet incredibly priceless.

If you’re hungry for one of the best taboo age gap romances that will send your ovaries into overdrive, read Scandalous.  

Age Gap: 15 years

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Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas 

What happens when you fall for your boyfriend’s dad? Yeah, imagine that for a second. Talk about awkward family dinners. 

Nineteen-year-old Jordan is older beyond her years and struggling to make ends meet. Moving into her boyfriend’s father’s house rent-free will help her save up money, but it will also bring about many complications when sparks fly between Jordan and Pike. Will their nineteen year age gap keep them apart or will it be said boyfriend and son Cole. 

Read Birthday Girl if you’re in the mood for one of the best age gap romance books centered around a beautiful relationship between a 19-year-old and her boyfriend’s dad.

Age Gap: 19 years

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Mr. President by Katy Evans

Matt Hamilton has been Charlotte Well’s crush since she first met him at her home along with his father, the President of the United States, when she was only 11-years-old. While there, Charlotte jokingly states that she’ll help the President’s son on his campaign if he ever decides to run for office. Flash forward ten years and Matt takes Charlotte up on her offer…and sparks fly.

Read Mr. President if you’re on the market for a political romance between the future president and a girl who will stop at nothing to get him the votes.

Age Gap: 11 years

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The Ribbon Duet by Pepper Winters

Ren was only 8-years-old when his mom sold him into child labor and for the next two years, he lived in constant fear. When he makes his escape, he fails to realize that he has a stowaway in his backpack, his tormentor’s young daughter, Della. With so many unknowns, survival will be difficult, but their bond will be their saving grace. Their story spans across two decades and is told over the course of two stories. Forced to shed their innocence at an age when all they should’ve known was love, their story is one that will stick with you. Quick warning: this duet will make you ugly-cry.

As one of the best age gap romance books out there, The Ribbon Duet is not one you’ll want to skip.

Age Gap: 7 years

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Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington

Born into a wealthy family, Emery Winthrop had it all: money, a loving family and a best friend who made her heart flutter. When Emery decides to make her move, she grossly miscalculates when she slides into the wrong bed: Nash Prescott’s, her best friend’s older brother. But in the midst of a family scandal, Emery’s boy problems are quickly forgotten when her life takes a turn for the worst. Now, four years later, the tables have turned and Nash has his sights set on the girl he’s never forgotten.

Read Devious Lies if you’re in the mood for an enemies-to-lovers slow-burn age gap romance.

Age Gap: 10 years

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Written with Regret by Aly Martinez

Caven Hunt was minutes away from closing on a billion dollar business deal when he discovers a newborn baby girl on his doorstep who he later learns is his daughter. Four years later, Caven’s world is turned upside down once again when Hadley, the mother of his daughter, makes a surprise appearance at Rosie’s fourth birthday party. Suspicious of her intentions, Caven fights her at every turn until he learns of their shared past, drenched in tragedy. 

Read Written with Regret if you’re in the mood for an emotional story that will hit you with a twist you’ll never see coming.

Age Gap: 6 years

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Bad Habit by Charleigh Rose

Lusting after your older brother’s best friend is one thing, but when 14-year-old Briar Victoria Vale puts the moves on 17-year-old Asher Kelly, their relationship is irrevocably changed and when he returns three years later, things will never be the same.

Read Bad Habit if you’re looking for an enemies-to-lovers age gap romance where the girl falls for her brother’s best friend.

Age Gap: 3 years

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Torn by Carian Cole

At five-years-old, Kenzi told Toren Grace that she was going to marry him. By eighteen, those feelings haven’t changed. The only problem? Toren’s her pseudo uncle and her father’s best friend. Talk about complicated family dinners.

If you’re into contemporary romances where the girl is crushing on her dad’s best friend, you’ve found your new book obsession.

Age Gap: 15 years 

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Best Age Gap Romance Books For Sports Fans

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Budding soccer star Sal is overjoyed when she hears about their new coach: Reiner Kulti. As her long-time childhood crush and idol, she can think of nothing better than being coached by the elusive soccer legend. That is, until she meets him and realizes he’s a shadow of the passionate champion she admired growing up.

If you love slow-burn sports romance books with an age gap, then it’s time to give Kulti a go. You’ll love it.

Age Gap: 13 years 

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The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle

Still reeling from her very public divorce, forty-year-old Thalia Blackwood decides its time for a change in scenery and accepts a job in Madrid as the new sports psychologist for a soccer team. Rising soccer star Alejo Albarado finds himself enamored by Thalia, but when their platonic friendship turns into more, they will face many obstacles destined to tear them apart. 

Read The Forbidden Man if you’re looking for a sports romance that will undoubtedly score a goal into your 5-star shelf. 

Age Gap: 17 years

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Best Age Gap Fantasy Romance Books

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

In the midst of her hunt, Feyre spots a wolf stalking her prey. When she neutralizes the competition, she never expected to be dragged off to a magical kingdom and charged with murder. Now held captive by an elusive man with piercing green eyes, Feyre finds herself falling for the mysterious Tamlin in a shocking twist of fate. Yet she can’t help but question what exactly he’s hiding behind the mask that never leaves his face.

If you’re a sucker for slow-burn fantasy romance books with an age gap, you’ll love A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Age Gap: He’s a faerie, she’s human…he’s been around awhile.

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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

In place of a public execution, Yelena has the chance to become the Commander’s new food taster. Naturally, she accepts. Ever the cautious head of security, Valek feeds Yelena Butterfly’s Dust, a deadly poison that requires her to take a daily antidote or be subject to an agonizing death. Thrust into a dangerous world of politics, assassination attempts and deadly poisons, Yelena will need to keep her wits about her to survive this political warzone. 

If you love slow-burn paranormal romances with magic, love and adventure, you should check out Poison Study.

Age Gap: 13 years

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Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Siren Callypso (Callie) Lillis is a present day bounty hunter. Back when she was a teenager, she called upon The Bargainer to clean up a mess and with no one to rely on but herself, she continued calling him back for more and more favors. But every visit came at a price. Seven years pass before he collects on those favors and once he does, Callie’s life will never be the same.

If you’re a sucker for paranormal age gap romance books where the villain gets the girl, Rhapsodic is right up your ally. And get ready for a slow-burn romance that will give you all the feels. 

Age Gap: Unknown, but a lot.

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

Six weeks ago, angels of the apocalypse descended to eradicate humanity. When an angel kidnaps a young girl, her older sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Even if that means striking up a tenuous alliance with the enemy. After eons of fighting his own battles, Raffe never expects to a rescue from a half-starved teenage girl. But when a fight goes awry and he loses his wings, they must rely on each other in order to survive the dangerous wasteland that has become Northern California. 

In the mood for a paranormal dystopian world mixed with forbidden love? Then Angelfall may be one of the best age gap romance books for you.

Age Gap: Undetermined, he was an archangel, so let’s just assume it’s a lot.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

It’s 1945 when Claire Beauchamp and her husband Jonathan Randall decide to visit the Scottish Highlands. When she finds herself transported back to the year 1743, she finds herself in a new world filled with violence, danger and rising political tensions. What she never expected was to find a love that would transcend time and space. 

Read Outlander if you’re looking for a highly-acclaimed historical romance with an age difference.

Age Gap: 5 years

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