We can thank Jill Shalvis for this post, as I just finished her latest, Second Chance Summer, which is what inspired this list. I have a serious soft spot for romances in which mothers (or grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, or other family members) manipulate and connive to help the hero and shero get out of their own way. I totally have one in my soon-to-be-released Know Me Well–oh Molly, I do adore you. So if you’re into that too, you might want to check it out. /shameless plug. So, without further ado, in no particular order, my top 5 matchmaking mother romances:
- Char Kincaid in Second Chance Romance. You gotta love a woman who is willing to punk her son when he interferes in her love life.
- Jana Wilder in the entire Sweet, Texas series by Candis Terry. She knows all her boys are in love before they do. The last in the series, Truly Sweet, releases TOMORROW. BUY IT. Buy them all. You won’t regret it.
- Tyler’s mom in Maybe This Christmas, the third in the O’Neil’s trilogy by Sarah Morgan. Cannot remember her name just now, but she has perfected the shove them together under the same roof and look completely innocent while doing so. <3
- BOTH moms of the hero and shero in Christa McHugh’s The Sweetest Seduction. This is actually the first of a 7 book series that’s a sexy, modern retelling of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, so I fully expect that Mama Kelly is going to be just as involved in the happily ever afters of her other 6 sons. Bonus, this one’s FREE on Amazon (at least as of the time of writing).
- The entire Sugar Shack trilogy by Candis Terry is centered around a mom who comes back from the beyond to make sure that her trio of kids finds their perfect love.
- Honorable mention. Okay, so Lucille in Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series is a grandmother, not a mom–and she’s only the ACTUAL grandmother of Callie in One In A Million, but she delightfully interferes in the love lives of ALL the Lucky Harbor couples, and she’s a real delight. Or a menace, depending on who you ask.