The best single parent romances that bang

Bethany Bennett Author Of Dukes Do It Better
By Bethany Bennett

Who am I?

I spent a decade as a single mom, so stories featuring solo parent protagonists make my book antennae perk up. A happy ever after is a must for a relaxing read, and I prefer stories that don’t slam the door in your face when things heat up between the couple. So much character work can happen between the sheets—especially when you’re dealing with people who have been hurt by love before. While there are closed-door or chaste romances out there that feature single parents, those are less likely to end up in my TBR, and thus less likely for me to push them into your hands.


I wrote...

Dukes Do It Better

By Bethany Bennett,

Book cover of Dukes Do It Better

What is my book about?

With my history in mind, it made sense to wrap up my Misfits of Mayfair trilogy with a heroine like Emma.

Dukes Do It Better features Emma Hardwick, a single mother with oodles of secrets and a son she’d do anything to protect, and Captain Malachi Harlow, the man who wasn’t supposed to be more than a one-night stand. Sparks fly and found family saves the day amidst stolen journals, blackmail attempts, grave robbing, and baby goats determined to eat everything that isn’t nailed down. Publisher’s Weekly called this one “a gem,” and I hope you agree.

The books I picked & why

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Tempest

By Beverly Jenkins,

Book cover of Tempest

Why this book?

There’s a reason those in Romancelandia call Beverly Jenkins Ms. Bev. The woman is a queen. Jenkins is a trailblazer in the genre and writes unforgettable historical romances. So many historicals take place in England (mine included), but she prefers an American setting. Catnip tropes in this one include a mail-order bride and a single dad. The heroine makes you care about her personal love story while upending the usual power dynamic. Ms. Bev will always make the path to the happy ever after worth it.


Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny

By Rebekah Weatherspoon,

Book cover of Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny

Why this book?

This is my go-to recommendation when people ask for a low angst feel-good romance. Sloan is a brilliant surgeon and a single mom to twin girls. Rafe is a bearded, tattooed, motorcycle-riding nanny. Plus, he bakes. Yes, please. I’m not kidding when I say this book is a warm hug of a story, with two people who communicate like adults and bond over adorable kiddos.


Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

By Alexis Hall,

Book cover of Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

Why this book?

As a reader, I adore Alexis Hall. As a writer, his pitch-perfect prose and wonderful characters give me a bad case of Holy-Crap-I-Could-Never-Write-This-Well. Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake straddles the line between Women’s Fiction and Romance. Yes, there’s a happy ever after, but the story is about more than the romantic relationship. Rosaline truly goes through a period of growth and healing, with a focus on her versus the couple that is reminiscent of Women’s Fic. She’s a single mother and a baker on a show inspired by The Great British Bake-off. A racially and sexually diverse cast of characters entertain and sometimes challenge you to think differently as Hall deftly maneuvers everyone to their happy place.


Sustained

By Emma Chase,

Book cover of Sustained

Why this book?

I’ll be honest, I didn’t like Jake at first. But, trusting the author to make it all worthwhile, I hung in there, anticipating watching the hero fall flat on his face. It was worth the wait. Chelsea has custody of her nieces and nephews—six of them—and Jake is a lawyer who undergoes a massive transformation from Dude Bro to Father Figure.


Forever and a Day

By Jill Shalvis,

Book cover of Forever and a Day

Why this book?

This one is part of her Lucky Harbor series, which takes place in a fictional small town. Shalvis has a loyal following of readers who love the small town trope, where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and half the residents are related to each other. If you like interconnected books that read as standalones, give it a try and see if you like her particular flavor of Americana! Forever and a Day focuses on a doctor and a woman rebuilding her life after losing everything.


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