Can you or fellow members of the romance community recommend some romances - I'm not picky about genre - where the heroine is at least thirty years old? Preferably late thirties into her forties and up? I'm tired of romances featuring heroines that I could have babysat. Thanks!
I finally have some time to answer this properly!
Some generalities about heroine age: Historicals skew younger, so shooting for stories with widows or spinsters is going to be the better bet for older heroines there. Old-school romances are pretty much always emerald-eyed 18-year-olds, better to go for books published recently. Contemporaries are the best bet (obviously not new adult) and second-chance romances and heroines with careers* and/or children help narrow the field further. *Not heroines starting careers or trying to prove themselves to their boss by taking this one impossible assignment, but established careers.
Certain authors write more older heroines than others: Kristen Ashley, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julie James, Rachel Gibson, Jennifer Crusie are some names.
A few titles:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl
Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy
The Admiral’s Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly
Soulless by Gail Carriger
The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
Please add your recommendations, all! I’m always seeing people say they want more older heroines – let’s share the ones we know.