Romancing the Weekend: Later In Life

You're older, wiser, and possibly happy with yourself and your life, but you feel as if something is missing.

Maybe you had the perfect spouse, but something happened—drifted apart, divorce, or even death.

You're not ready to be thrown on the ageism trash heap. Inside, you're still young, vibrant, and wondering what happened to your sex life?

Maybe you never had a great sex life due to reasons beyond your control. Perhaps you never found the guy who was The One for you. Is it too late for you?


It's never too late, and that's what LATER IN LIFE ROMANCE is all about. Women don't even hit their sexual prime until their forties! Yes, you young girls in the reading audience. You have so much to look forward to. Especially if you find a man who has learned the important difference between love and lust and is willing to show a woman how wonderful that combination can be.

Hint: This is another reason to take care of your health and fitness so when that carousel of life rolls around with The One on it, you can grab the brass ring with both hands!


Darby is a 50+ heroine.

Thirty years ago, torn by shock and guilt over the death of her mother, Darby York fled the dude ranch where she’d grown up in Montana. In her new life in the bluegrass of Kentucky, she’d become a horse groom, an artist, married a wealthy Thoroughbred owner, raised twins, and been widowed. But now, with word her father is growing feeble, Darby has to finally face the truth: no matter how far you run, the past has a way of catching up. 

Her father hadn’t been the only man Darby had left behind. Would the boyfriend she’d abandoned still be there?

Hank Slade, wrangler at Ghost Mountain Ranch, has never stopped carrying the torch for Darby. Her vibrant red hair may be tinged with gray now, but the natural, unsophisticated look about her remains—a look that speaks of home and comfort to Hank. But is he willing to risk his heart with Darby again?

What is the truth behind the death of Darby’s mother? When the past once again intrudes on the present, will Darby do what she’s always done—what her mother did—and run away? Grief and secrets had torn Darby and Hank apart once. Given a second chance at love, will the revelation of more shocking secrets from the past destroy their hopes for the future?


Sometimes making waves is the only way to chart your true course.

Gavin Hart’s intentions are noble. He’s putting all his energy and every penny he’s got into the marine science education program he devised with his grandmother, a world-renowned environmentalist from Cape Cod. Big boat, special equipment, and a crew of salty characters—everything is ready to launch. All he needs is the backing of his influential family. Turns out that’s the one thing he won’t get—unless he agrees to settle down and marry the woman of their choosing. A self-proclaimed bachelor for life, he’s never been tempted. That is until he meets Sophie.

High school science teacher Sophie Martin is only subbing in town for a few months. Yet the allure of the Cape—its nautical charm and off-season ambiance—has her wishing she could stay longer. Not to mention she’s falling for a local man with a heart of pure gold. They have a lot in common, including a passion for inspiring young minds. Too bad her days there are numbered. Plus, her boyfriend back home is hinting at a ring. Should she return to her previous life? Or is she brave enough to upend everything and take a risk on a man she barely knows?


Heroine: 46. Hero: 48.

Widowed Claire McMillan returns to her hometown of Cider Mills, Michigan to care for her 92-year-old grandmother who’s been diagnosed with dementia. A cozy mystery author, Claire plans her professional and personal time down to the quarter-hour.

Michael (Mick) Cousins is a retired navy seal who’s come to Cider Mills to take over his late uncle’s farm. He spent many summers working for Uncle Carl and has no doubt he can handle the day-to-day operations of a small family farm. What he doesn’t realize is that, in the time he’s been away, Scarecrow Farms has grown into a thriving business with a half dozen employees.

When Claire takes Gram on outing to the local harvest festival, the last person she expects to run into is the one man she crushed on throughout high school.

Mick can’t believe the young girl with the thick glasses who helped him cram for his chemistry exam is now a beautiful, mature woman. Can these two former acquaintances kick it up a notch now that they’ve outgrown the pressures of high school cliques?

Or, will Claire’s reluctance to risk her heart a second time, put an end to their mutual attraction as quickly as it began?

Steamy Romance Novella with a 47-year-old heroine and a 51-year-old hero. Will Cupid’s misfire cost her everything?

Still stinging from a breakup, Carla Portofino wants nothing to do with Valentine’s Day. When her bestie drags her to Bangers Tavern’s Anti-Valentine’s Bash, Cupid gifts her a swoonworthy silver fox. Maybe a no-strings fling is the remedy for her tattered heart? He seems perfect, until a greedy real estate development scheme tangles them in more string than either can handle.

All Jeremy Franklin wants on Valentine’s Day is to escape the lovey-dovey hype. But his pushy friend insists on cheering him up with a trip to Bangers Tavern, where Jeremy meets Carla, a woman so enticing he simply must pursue her. Trouble is, his real estate firm has the hots for her building, and he’s not sure he can save her shop from their greedy grasp.

To keep her business, Carla must dare the hardest hurdle of all—trust the enemy. Will her silver fox prove a predator, or will Cupid’s arrow strike true?


Sizzling hot Romance with a 50-year-old heroine and a 42-year-old hero.

Stormy, a woman with a past, refuses to acknowledge her desire for winery owner Sean Butler, the man who wants to be her future.

He's been after her for months, but she resists every advance. He scares her because of the way he makes her feel. Determined never to risk her heart, she denies her desire.

Once an interrogator for the U.S. Army, Sean knows a lie when he hears one, and that's all he hears in Stormy's icy refusals. He's smart enough to know the only way to deal with a control freak like Stormy is to make her lose control. 

He has a plan to win her heart. His plan? Whatever it takes. 

Review: "This is truly a feel-good book. Sean is wonderful and sexy and Stormy is aptly named. She is complicated and emotional and needs to feel the love and lust of a good man."


I hope you enjoyed this peek at 5 wonderful romance novels that show one is never too old to experience desire and fall in love. Some of these may be on sale and/or on Kindle Unlimited so be sure and click the titles to learn more about these books. Happy Weekend Reading!

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  1. Thanks for highlighting my later in life romance.

    1. You're welcome, Jan. I was a bit under the weather last week, or I'd have replied sooner.