The May-December Romance: Yay or Nay?

I’ve been thinking a lot about age difference romances lately. My upcoming release, Royal Treatment , features the biggest age difference I’ve ever written between characters—10 years. The heroine is 24 (and a virgin, but that’s a whole other story), and the hero is 34. I’ve always been intrigued by an age difference because I think it creates some inherent conflict and is something the characters will have to work through. In Royal Treatment, the hero, Callum, struggles with the age difference, feeling that he’s too old for the heroine, Audrey.

I’ve also been thinking about them because I’m toying with the idea of writing an older woman, younger man story, which I’ve never attempted before. I’m still not sure I’ll do it, but it’s an idea I keep coming back to.

And May-December romances have been in the spotlight recently. Apparently, 49-year-old Sean “Diddy” Combs is dating 22-year-old model Lori Harvey. The two have apparently known each other for a long time—she even dated his son at one point, which seems messy, if you ask me. I mean, how would you feel if your ex turned around and started dating your mom or dad?

And then there’s Leonardo DiCaprio—who is 44—and Camila Morrone, 22. Leo is infamous for dating models half his age, and Camila is no different (although sources say the two are getting serious). If they are, I have a feeling it has more to do with Leo finally wanting to settle down and Camila being in the right place at the right time than any cosmic connection between them, but hey, I could be wrong.

So, is older man younger woman (or older woman younger man) a trope you enjoy reading? If so, what books would you recommend?