The best sexy/steamy romance novels featuring characters in the prime of life

Who am I?

Reading and writing romance about characters who are beyond the first blush of youth is important to me because these characters represent who I am and the people I know. We live in an unapologetically youth-centric culture. When I wrote my first book, I wrote about a 40-year-old heroine, not realizing that in traditional romance publishing, no one over 30, maybe 35, gets to fall in love. Well, I had news for them. I joined forces with some other like-minded readers and writers and we created a group on Facebook called Seasoned Romance, where we say you’re never too old to fall in love.  


I wrote...

Love Game

By Maggie Wells,

Book cover of Love Game

What is my book about?

Kate Snyder is at the top of her game. A former Wolcott University player, the WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist is now a coaching legend at the helm of the #1 college women's basketball team. But the university hires a football coach trying to escape scandal―paying him a lot more than she earns.

Danny McMillan had hoped for a smooth transition at Wolcott, but the fiery Coach Snyder made that impossible. Every time he and Kate are in a room together, snark and sparks fly. Danny gets her frustration, but her pay isn't his problem, right? When Kate and Danny finally see eye to eye, their sparks turn into something even hotter...and they need to figure out if this is more than just a game.

The books I picked & why

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Gray Hair Don't Care

By Karen Booth,

Book cover of Gray Hair Don't Care

Why this book?

It is exactly what the author’s tagline says: A feel-good later-in-life romance. This book resonated with me for multiple reasons. First, I love a second chance romance. I love the inherent tension of characters hauling great big trunks of baggage into a relationship. Second, I stopped coloring my hair in 2018, and have been embracing my own gray. It’s not an easy step for many women to take, and I love that Karen wrote about a woman who not only accepts this outward sign of her maturity, but rocks it for all it’s worth. 

Gray Hair Don't Care

By Karen Booth,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Gray Hair Don't Care as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The July Guy

By Natasha Moore,

Book cover of The July Guy

Why this book?

This was the first book in Natasha’s Men of Lakeside series. Most people don’t realize that this book was one of the launch titles for an entire line of romances geared to readers who are looking for “older” characters. Personally, I loved The July Guy for the heroine. Anita is an independent, sexually-confident woman who makes no apologies for her life choices. In other words, she is like many of the women I know. And Noah is not your typical romance hero. He is a widower whose only experience had been with his wife. I love how skillfully Natasha flipped the near-virgin widow(er) trope.

The July Guy

By Natasha Moore,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The July Guy as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


At Your Service

By Sandra Antonelli,

Book cover of At Your Service

Why this book?

This books is a delightful mash-up of romantic suspense, a spy thriller, and a cozy mystery. While I was reading it, I couldn’t help thinking how much more interesting James Bond would have been if he’d been paired with women who challenged him. And it’s funny. If an author can make me laugh out loud while reading, they have me hooked. Sandra does a masterful job of infusing her characters with all the best things we learn are important to a romance as we grow older: equality, mutual respect, and a desire to form true partnerships. 

At Your Service

By Sandra Antonelli,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked At Your Service as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Second Chance on Cypress Lane

By Reese Ryan,

Book cover of Second Chance on Cypress Lane

Why this book?

Small town romance + coming home + second chance? This book was like catnip to me. Dakota and Dexter felt like real people I would know. I love any story that explores how our needs and ambitions change as we grow older, and this book delivered. Dexter made choices when they were young. Dakota made some career choices that have set her life in a tailspin. I also very much enjoyed the friendship between Dakota and her best friend, Sinclair (Sin). Enduring friendships are another facet of a character’s ability to love that I enjoy seeing in a good romance. 

Second Chance on Cypress Lane

By Reese Ryan,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Second Chance on Cypress Lane as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this heartwarming second-chance romance, a woman returns home and discovers that, when it comes to finding love, there's no place like home.

Since leaving her North Carolina town and the boy who broke her heart, Dakota Jones has focused on making it big as a journalist. But when a mistake in her personal life gets splashed across the tabloids and causes her to lose her job, she has no choice but to return home until she can figure out what to do next.

Dexter Roberts never forgot Dakota, and he's always regretted the way things ended between them. Now…


Breathing Room

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips,

Book cover of Breathing Room

Why this book?

This is one of my comfort reads. It’s been out a while, so it may be a little dated in terms of technology, but the heat is still there. One of the things I love most about this book is that it blows the perception that we should have everything figured out by the time we reach a certain age or level of success. Isabel thought she had a fool-proof guide to living a successful life free of messes. Well, you know that had to blow up in her face. But I also like Lorenzo Gage’s story as much. As one of the world’s most bankable movie stars, he should be riding high, but he finds himself inexplicably discontented with his career and life choices. This book reminds me it’s okay if I don’t have a handle on every little thing.

Breathing Room

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Breathing Room as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Isabel Favor is a life-style coach whose life is falling apart. Her accountant has run off with her money, her reputation is in tatters and her fiance has just dumped her for an older woman. Isabel needs to escape so she heads for Tuscany determined to find a little perspective - breathing room - and start over.

Instead she ends up in a hotel room with Hollywood bad boy, Lorenzo Gage. He makes his living killing people on the screen at least. Ren's reputation is blacker than black. But when you're everyone's favourite villain, it goes with the territory. Isabel's…


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