With mothers day coming up, I thought it would be a fantastic time to talk about our favourite mum heroines. Although, please note I am using the title ‘mum’ to describe any female guardian of a child; adoptive parents and guardians need love to! (For all the dads/male guardians, they can wait for fathers day for their list!) But, I love a mum heroine. Not only do you often get the ‘cute kid’ scenes, but I like the maturity that motherhood often brings to a heroine. They have to put the needs of their child before themselves, and that often includes their love life. Which makes the romance deliciously complicated.
from Grim by M.K. Eidem
#1 Tornian series
I can’t do a recommendation list and not have a sci fi alien romance on it. Luckily, one of my favourite sci fi romances happens to slot in perfectly. Lisa, a single mum, has been abducted, however, she isn’t worried about herself…it’s the two young children she has left behind. However, only one of her captors is willing to go back and get her children, on one condition, she agrees to be his mate. She accepts gladly. This book…it hits all my sweet spots! A curvy heroine, adorable kids, a gorgeous hero who is just a big sexy marshmallow. Cue my swoon!
by M.K. Eidem
Released: August 30th 2013
Series: Tornians #1
Published by M.K. Eidem
King Grim Vasteri is the strongest, most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He has been sent by his Emperor to find and retrieve compatible females for their dying civilization.
King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered 'unfit'. The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females. The Emperor's discovery of a compatible female on a slave ship changed that. He'd ordered Grim to find his Empress' home world so more 'unprotected' females could be obtained, knowing Grim would never be allowed to Join with one.
Lisa Miller is a widowed mother of two little girls, Carly and Miki. Her husband died just a year ago, after a long battle with cancer and she misses him immensely. Friends want her to start dating again but in her heart, she knows there isn't a man on the planet she could love like her Mark. Who could love their girls like their own. Therefore, she'll stay alone.
When Lisa is discovered 'unprotected' at her husband's grave, she wakes on an alien ship heading for an alien world. Refusing to accept this she confronts the large males, demanding she be returned to her children. Seeing his chance to have a female, Grim agrees to accept and protect her offspring, if she agrees to Join with him and only him. Realizing this is the only way she can retrieve her children Lisa agrees and the Tornian Empire changes forever.
from Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds
#3 Until series
This book is a double whammy as it features a single mum and a single dad. It’s utterly perfect if you want something that’s short and sweet.
by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Released: February 27, 2014
Series: Until #3
Published by Self Published
When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him.
When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved wasn’t who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Proving just how strong she was.
What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie?
Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again?
Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved Until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children.
The power of love is a beautiful thing.
from Raising Kane by Lorelei James
#9 Rough Riders series
I am not a fan of the bad boy hero character type, so when I first read Raising Kane featuring hell raiser Kane I wasn’t that excited about it, but I loved the series so I picked it up. Little did I know that Kane had transformed into a reformed bad boy. That is something I can get into. Kane isn’t the man he used to be; he’s grown up and wants to give back, which is why he is part of the Little Buddies programme. But, as fantastic as Kane is… Ginger our single mother who has her boy in the Little Buddies programme is who I love. She’s strong and independent with a heart full of compassion, I can see why Kane fell so hard for her.
by Lorelei James
Released: June 29th 2010
Series: Rough Riders #9
She surrendered the reins. Now he's raising the stakes.
When a patch of ice sends attorney Ginger Paulson head-over-high-heels down a flight of stairs, she has no one to care for her young son and her invalid father - until lethally sexy Kane McKay shows up at the hospital, determined to prove his cowboy chivalry. Past experience has inoculated her against take-charge men, but even Ginger isn't immune to Kane's invasive charm and Built Ford Tough body.
For two years rancher Kane McKay has followed the Little Buddies mentoring program's cardinal rule - hands off his Little Buddy Hayden's mama. But one look at Ginger's bruised body and Kane is through watching the stubborn woman take care of everyone but herself. The feisty, curvy redhead needs his help, and he'll give her the hands-on type whether she likes it or not.
After Kane throws out doctor's orders and issues his own demands - her full sexual submission - Ginger realizes Kane's caring nature extends beyond just fulfilling her physical needs.
Can the former hell-raiser convince the gun-shy single mom to look beyond his past - toward a shared future?
Warning: Contains one sweet and hot hunk of cowboy manflesh who uses every sexual trick in the book to render a sassy, fast-talking attorney speechless and put a new twist on the term "binding arbitration"
from To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
#3 Legend of the Four Soldiers series
If you’re a fan of fairy tale re-imaginings then To Beguile a Beast is perfect. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling involving a scarred naturist and a former courtesan with the addition of children. What I love about books where you have a hero or heroine with children is seeing the bond form between the children and the parent’s love interest and this book does this so well. They are all wounded in different ways and human kindness and acceptance goes a long way towards healing.
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Released: May 1st 2009
Series: Legend of the Four Soldiers #3
Published by Forever
CAN A WOUNDED BEAST . . .
Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe has hidden in his castle ever since returning from the Colonies, scarred inside and out. But when a mysterious beauty arrives at his door, the passions he's kept suppressed for years begin to awaken.
TRUST A BEAUTY WITH A PAST . . .
Running from past mistakes has taken legendary beauty Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton to a crumbling Scottish castle . . . and a job as a housekeeper. Yet Helen is determined to start a new life and she won't let dust-or a beast of a man-scare her away.
TO TAME HIS MOST SECRET DESIRES?
Beneath Helen's beautiful façade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn't back away from his surliness-or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen's secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find-a happy ever after.
from Wait For It by Mariana Zapata
If I can get Mariana Zapata on a recommendation list I will, I love her books they are full of slow burn romance goodness. Wait For It isn’t her most popular title, however, I really enjoyed it. Diana is the guardian of her two nephews and I just loved her relationship with them. It was tragic, they’d all suffered a loss, but beautiful as well as she embraces them fully into her life and takes on a mother figure role.
by Mariana Zapata
Released: December 8th 2016
Published by Self Published
If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn't been one long enough.
Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn't know what the hell she's doing half the time. How she's made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.
With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.
Except for a boyfriend.
Or a husband.
But who needs either one of those?
from King of Hearts by L.H. Cosway
#3 Hearts series
There is so much to love about this book, L.H. Cosway gleefully tap dances on our heart strings and has you smiling one moment and heartbroken the next. I don’t want to say too much though as it would give major spoilers. But needless to say…read this book, you won’t regret it.
by L.H. Cosway
Released: July 16th 2015
Series: Hearts #3
Published by L.H. Cosway