June is chock-full of seasoned romance, and I am so excited to share what I’ve uncovered for your TBR list. Buckle up buttercups!
Dreams of You by Morgan Malone
Dreams of You is a novella in Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay series. Perpetual bachelor Dr. Joel Alfonso has been set up by his friends more times than he cares to count. He’s met a lot of nice ladies and hasn’t lived a hermit’s life, but no one compares to the woman that broke his heart well over a decade ago. I mean, this Dr. McDreamy has carried the torch for her for a very long time. As a good romance heroine is wont to do, Dr. Sydney Washington just accepted a research job in McDreamy’s practice. Nothing says good times like a second chance romance with a whole lot of baggage to unpack. These two compelling and mature characters have waited a long time for their HEA.
10-Code by Freya Barker
10-Code is out on June 17th. It’s the fourth book in her Rock Point series. While both main characters don’t fully meet the 35+ criteria, I’m including it anyway, and I’ll tell you why. Marya Berger, our 41-year-old single mom heroine, is paired up with a younger, single dad, 33-year-old Dylan Barnes. Three cheers for the older woman, younger man pairing! Dylan is an FBI agent. The two know each other from their kid’s soccer team, but when a young boy goes missing, Dylan’s job becomes doubly hard; find the missing kid and protect Marya. Click here for an interview and a wicked hot exclusive excerpt from this book.
My Best Friend’s Ex by Shannyn Schroeder
My Best Friend’s Ex releases on June 10th. It is the second book in Schroeder’s standalone Daring Divorcees series with Entangled Publishing’s August line. Our hero, Trevor, goes from every-other-weekend dad to full-time dad when his ex-wife suddenly dies. Callie is the ex’s best friend, and through the devastation of the loss of her dear friend, she vows to help the kids get through these sad, and trying times. Callie is forced to deal with a double whammy of emotions as she navigates the grief of losing her best friend while discovering her new-found attraction to Trevor. Is it the warm, snuggly feeling of being part of this makeshift family, or is it something more?
Wine & Dine by LB Dunbar
Wine & Dine is part of LB Dunbar’s Sexy Silver Foxes series. Out now, it tells the story of Dolores and Garrett and Garrett’s dog that ends up being our unwitting matchmaker. These two over 40 main characters are both successful, smart business people but, that is where their similarities end. I’d classify this as an opposites attract sort of story, Dolores has been through a lot and is the shell of the woman she could be. Garrett is a bit more put together and is perfectly comfortable with his bachelor status, in fact, he embraces it wholeheartedly. I’m getting a My Fair Lady redux from the plotline so check it out.
Slow Dancing at Sunrise by Jo McNally
Finally, I have two new series I’d like to get on your radar if they aren’t already there. First up is Jo McNally’s Slow Dancing at Sunrise is the first book in her Rendezvous Falls series. While Slow Dancing at Sunrise has only one main character of seasoned age (hero, not heroine), there is a bawdy senior book club that’s featured throughout the entire series. In Slow Dancing, a 62-year-old member of the club has a very prevalent POV throughout the book. Each book in the series will include a different senior’s POV, and some of them will find their own HEA.
Stealing Kisses in the Snow, the second book in the series comes out in November. Both main characters are over 35, and the senior book club member is a saucy 80-year old grandmother! I cannot wait to read this series, the premise sounds utterly fascinating!
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Secondly, Olivia Waite’s Feminine Pursuits series is boundary-busting all over the place, and I am here for it! Book one, The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics has one heroine, Catherine St. Day, an explorer’s widow/embroiderer that ages in around 35. The lovely and brilliant Lucy Muchelney, her love interest, is about 10 years younger. In terms of historical romance, these are old ladies, but they both don’t fit the technical description of “seasoned” romance. Have no fear and get to reading because book two will have heroines over the age of 40. Did I mention how excited I am for this series on so many levels? The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics comes out on June 25th. Waite is breaking new ground with this traditionally published, adult, historical, LGBTQ romance(F/F) and, she’s not slowing down with book two’s over 40 heroines. Did I mention I’m here for it?!!?