Careless Whisper: Romance Novels that Cheat

Heroes and heroines who cheat tend to be an automatic turn-off for most readers of romance. Even if we haven’t experienced infidelity in our own lives, we all know someone who has been affected by it, and as a result, we tend to have strong feelings about it. In some of the following romances, the main characters have reasons—it’s up to the reader to decide if they’re good or not—for cheating. In others, the  main characters turn their lives around after it happens, and true love prevails. In the rest, one of the main characters gets cheated on, but finds a stronger, truer love after the fact. Have a box of tissues, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and that old mix tape of breakup songs at the ready.


breatheJust Breathe, by Susan Wiggs 

Chicago cartoonist Sarah Moon might be having a hard time getting pregnant, but the rest of her life is improving: her comic strip is in syndication, and her husband is doing better after cancer treatments. Then, on the way home from a fertility treatment, Sarah discovers her husband is having an affair. Sarah returns to her family home in California, and starts a relationship with Will Brenner, her high school adversary, when she discovers that she’s pregnant.


nowNow That It’s You, by Tawna Fenske

Meg Delaney left her cheating ex at the altar two years ago, but still feels the need for closure. Arriving at the hospital where Matt is recovering from elective surgery, she plans to wish him well and finally move on with her life. Instead, she bumps into his brother, Kyle, and learns that Matt has died. Kyle always had a crush on Meg, and seeing her again brings it all back. This time around, his feelings are reciprocated, but dating your dead ex-fiance’s brother is complicated and becomes even harder when Matt and Kyle’s mother files a lawsuit against Meg. Fenske takes tragedy, fills it with quirky characters, and makes you laugh out loud while still experiencing heartbreak and grief.



Sharing You, by Molly McAdams

Kamryn Cunningham left Kentucky and her uber-wealthy family because she doesn’t want the “perfect” life they have all planned out for her. She opens a bakery in a small town in Oregon where she can finally be her true self. When Kamryn meets Brody Saco, there is an instant connection, but he’s already married. Brody’s marriage to Olivia should have ended years ago, but Olivia has manipulated him into staying. Kamryn and Brody are meant to be together, but guilt and secrets threaten to tear them apart.


Need more reasons to be sad? Here are 27 more tales of betrayal and heartbreak:

53 Letters for my Lover, by Leylah Attar

Adorkable, by Sarra Manning

Courting Sparks, by Joselyn Vaughn

Dirty, by Kylie Scott 

The Exchange, by Nikki Rashan

Fool for Love, by Marie Force

The Forbidden Man, by Elle Wright

From This Moment On, by Bella Andre

If Your Wife Only Knew, by Cydney Rax 

Just a Summer Fling, by Cate Cameron

The Ladies’ Room, by Carolyn Brown 

Maybe Someday, by Colleen Hoover

My Time in the Affair, by Stylo Fantome

Notorious Pleasures, by Elizabeth Hoyt 

Pure Abandon, by Jeannine Colette

Rumor Has It, by Charis F. Hodges

A Season for Tending, by Cindy Woodsmall

Sugar Springs, by Kim Law

Summer of Sloane, by Erin L Schneider 

Take a Chance on Me, by Jill Mansell 

Thoughtless, by S. C. Stephens

Three Christmas Wishes, by Sheila Roberts

Up to Me, by M. Leighton

When a Duke Says I Do, by Jane Goodger

When You Are Mine, by Kennedy Ryan

What My Sister Didn’t Know, by Janie De Coster



About the Author:

Ilene Lefkowitz is a supervising librarian at the Denville Public Library in Denville, New Jersey. Along with C. L., co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). When she is not reading romances she can be found cooking up a storm or attempting to be crafty. Follow her on Twitter @ilefkowitz.C. L. Quillen is the director of the Spotswood Public Library. In her spare time, she likes to get creative in the kitchen, travel, and spoil her already very spoiled Siamese-mix cat. She is the co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). Follow her on Twitter at @cielle.

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