Monday, July 17, 2017

May-December Romances-Yes or No?


Congratulations to "Trude V.", the winner in Julie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!


Do you associate that storyline of an older hero/younger woman with fine wine and classic movies? Or with creaky bones and driving an Edsel? In other words, hot or not?

Personally, this is one of my favorite romantic hooks. There’s something sexy and reassuring about a man who’s comfortable in his own skin. A man who has already made his mark on the world and doesn’t get caught up in the drama of others around him can be patient in ways that younger men usually are not. I love a man who can take care of a woman (in every way!), yet respect her and treasure her without feeling threatened by her talents and accomplishments. He understands teamwork and bringing out the best in others. Confidence and maturity are sexy in my book. And generally, for a man to mature past those hormonal twenties and gotta-achieve-my goals thirties, and be alone, he’s gone through some kind of trauma or loss that opens my heart up to him. He’s been through pain/life/heartbreak and survived. That means strength—and that’s sexy in a man at any age.

Romance can happen at any age—even when a person thinks the time for falling in love, or falling in love again, has passed. That’s the case of Detective Lieutenant Thomas Watson in my July 18th release, PROTECTION DETAIL. Thomas has survived the murder of his wife. He’s raised four children. He’s a respected leader at the police department. He believes happily-ever-after’s have passed him by. Until he hires live-in nurse Jane Boyle to care for his father, Seamus, as he recovers from a shooting at the wedding of Thomas’s daughter. Jane is a woman of secrets. He sees trouble in her eyes…and fear dogging her footsteps. Because he’s a man who protects his own, Thomas is determined to uncover those secrets to find a way to help Jane. He’s not immune to the younger woman’s attributes, and if all she wants is his protection, he’ll respect that. Jane isn’t immune to the attraction she feels for her boss, either. She doesn’t want to endanger the family she’s grown to love, or the older man who captures her heart… but just how long can she keep pushing Thomas away when the safest place is in his arms?

PROTECTION DETAIL

A seasoned cop becomes the target of a killer. And so does the woman he's falling for. 
Detective Lieutenant Thomas Watson had been off air force active duty so long, he thought he was safe. Until a gunman crashes his daughter's wedding, reawakening the warrior inside him. He hires nurse Jane Boyle to care for his injured father so he can focus on bringing the gunman to justice. While Jane is the ideal caretaker, her dark past has landed her in witness protection. And the more she's embraced by this family of cops, the more danger she's in. For a shadow from Thomas's own past might be willing to lend Jane's stalker a helping hand… 

So, yes or no? What do you think of mature heroes? Have a favorite older hero or May-December book you can recommend?

Giveaway:
(I’ll give away a signed copy of PROTECTION DETAIL [or another title from my backlist] to one lucky reader who posts a comment or asks a question. Print or digital. Print copies limited to US readers.)

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27 comments:

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  2. One of my favorite May/December romances is Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann and The Unsung Hero, also by Brockmann. I am a huge fan of the May/December romance and feel like too few are written. Another author that captures this genre is Diana Palmer.

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    1. I loved Brockmann's THE UNSUNG HERO! You're right, she does the genre well.

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  3. I enjoy heroes and romances of all types including May/December romances! A fav is not coming to mind at the moment....

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    1. I like variety, too, Colleen. A Beauty & the Beast tale is almost always my favorite. But May-December feeds another hope of mine--that love is possible at any age. :)

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  4. I have no problem at all with mature heroes. Of course, mature heroines are also fine in my book. May/December, not a problem. :-) patty.pattyharrison@gmail.com

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    1. Do you like the mature heroine with a younger man? I've written a couple of those, too. Or to have both characters be mature. I get requests from readers to feature older characters.

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    2. And no, not a problem at all for me. I think Kevin Costner. George Clooney. Russell Crowe. A little snow on the mountain can be a sexy thing. :)

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  5. For me, it's all about the characters. May/December is fine, but I do have a preference for older woman, younger man to the opposite, generally speaking. :)

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    1. Cool, Natalie. Have you written a younger man/older woman-themed book?

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  6. sure, as long as he's not a grandpa

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. So no crotchety old men? ;)

      I do have a very sweet grandpa in my Bachelors in Blue miniseries--Seamus Watson, the family patriarch. He gets shot at his grand-daughter's wedding. He's not the leading man in PROTECTION DETAIL, but he does have a little romance of his own.

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  7. I love older heroes and heroines. As I age, I want the books I read to match. I don't mind May/December, but how about some maturity for both?

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    1. I get that same request from a lot of readers. Sometimes the publishers balk at making both the hero and heroine mature--they want someone hot to put on the cover. ;) And I've really only read one where both were 60ish. But I loved it. I'll try to think of the title. It was a while back.

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  9. So, yes or no? What do you think of mature heroes? As long as the male and female characters are close in age. Have a favorite older hero or May-December book you can recommend? No that I can think of right now.

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  10. Thanks for stopping by, Debra. :)

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  11. May-December romances are OK with me, as long as the age difference isn't too wide. A 60 year old with a 18 year old is a bit much for me. 10 to even 15 years isn't too bad, especially when the younger of the pair is older. As for his being a grandfather, as someone mentioned, not a problem. Grandparents are likely to be widowed and still need companionship and love. I have know some such couples and it has worked nicely whether they are close in age or one is a little younger.


    I really can't think of any such couples in books I have read. As for favorite older heroes, Tom Selleck and Mark Harmon are on the top of my list. Of course, we are about the same age, so there is no May-December factor.

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    1. Tom and Mark are absolutely two of my favorites! They're hero material at any age. :)

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  12. I like May/December romances for all the reasons in your blog. Julia Spencer-Flemming's Claire Ferguson/Russ VanAlstine series features a 50s small town cop and a 30s Episcopalian female priest is a favorite May/December series...and also really good mysteries. vandine3atmsn.com

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to check out the series.

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  13. Yesss to May/December or even December/December story!! XD I love mature characters in books. It's probably due to (my) age, but I have (very) limited patience for young characters these day, especially if they acted really immature.

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    1. I'm hearing a lot of that exact feedback, Dee. I'm taking notes for future story ideas!

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  14. Hi Julie, I did enjoy the relationship between Thomas and Jane in this book. I think there is old and then there is "old." If you think you are old, then you are. Even though Thomas knew he was probably too old for Jane, he didn't let his age stop him from going after what he wanted, i.e., he didn't think he was too old to find love again. Regarding the cover, I think you said one time that Harlequin authors don't get to pick their covers, they just have to take what they get. That guy on the cover doesn't look even close to 60 years of age! It's too bad Harlequin can take a chance and put an accurate portrayal of the H/h on their covers. I don't think a little grey hair or a few crows feet would have turned away potential buyers.

    There are so few books with a wide age gap between the H/h it is hard to think of any. I did find one though, although the age gap was only 10 years--Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard. This is a book in the Bodyguard series. Manny the hero is only 18 years old when he and Lily, 28, first got together. Congrats on another great book! Keep 'em coming! Kathy Brown

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! I always appreciate your thoughtful reviews of stories.
      And yes, even though that's a great cover, imo, I know it doesn't accurately represent the hero. No way does that hunk have grown children!
      I wish Harlequin wouldn't have taken a chance with an older hero on the cover. As a reader said earlier--think Mark Harmon or Tom Selleck--they would definitely sell books, I believe.

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