I don’t play sports. If you know me and read that line, you just let out a huge yell/laugh because, well, you know me. I absolutely love sports, watching it that is, and while I consider myself pretty well versed in sports terminology and things of the sort, playing is a whole other story.
So because of my love for sports, today we’re going to talk about the sports romance. The books I listed here, while they all may not have a ton of active playing or sports talk in there, it features athletes and that’s what counted when I put this together.
Make a play and read these five sports romance novels, publisher’s descriptions are included:
I am not a huge hockey fan. I mean, I’ve been to a few games living here in Tampa and I love the atmosphere but I won’t lie and say that I am a die-hard fan and know everything there is to know about the sport. However, Maureen Smith may have gotten me to see things a little differently. I absolutely loved Wicked Games, you can check out my review here. (P.S. that damn Reid was pretty close to perfect!)
“From USA Today Bestselling Author Maureen Smith comes a sizzling new interracial romance series featuring four sexy-as-sin hockey stars who lose their hearts on the road to winning the Stanley Cup…
Wicked Games (Book #1)
College recruiter Nadia Warner has sworn off jocks for good. So when her sports reporter brother drags her out to a hockey practice, the last thing she’s looking for is romance. But when she locks gazes with hockey superstar Reid Holden, all bets are off….
Reid is the resident bad boy of the Denver Rebels. On the ice, he delivers bone-crushing hits that often land him in the penalty box. Off the ice, he has a reputation for snubbing reporters, partying hard and breaking hearts. No woman has ever been able to crack his tough shell…until Nadia comes along.
When their eyes meet, the electricity between them is hot enough to melt the ice beneath Reid’s feet. In exchange for giving Nadia’s brother a quote for his column, Reid wants an introduction to Nadia.
But that’s just the beginning…. ”
Check out my review of this book here.
Ever since enduring a possibly career-ending injury, Miami superstar shortstop Carlos Bradley has retreated from the world. His life undergoes a radical makeover when he’s convinced to hire a designer to restore his secluded island mansion to its former glory. Completely different from the women Carlos has known, interior decorator Virginia Andersen captivates him with her infectious spirit and the sensuality beneath her coolly professional demeanor.
The owner of a struggling design firm, Virginia can’t believe her new employer is a baseball legend. But Carlos wants more than just her expertise. And when he insists she move into his tropical getaway during the renovations, Virginia soon finds herself sharing the irresistible playboy’s bed. But when the media descends, she’s thrust into the limelight and her past becomes an open book. Is she ready to overcome her doubts to fight for a future with the man of her dreams?”
I was first introduced to K. Bromberg via her Driven series where Colton and Rylee had an interesting relationship, to say the least. Set in the world of Nascar, Driven is a story of angst, tragedy, secrecy, but most of all; love.
“From New York Times Best-Selling Author K. Bromberg comes an unforgettable series about lust, love, redemption, and healing…
Our paths should never have crossed.
Colton Donavan was arrogant, exuded that bad boy vibe, and embodied everything I never wanted. And yet all it took was one night, one hallway, and one stolen kiss for me to know I hated him and desired him instantly.
My heart was healing. His soul was damaged. But with one bid, one little boy, and one carnival date, I couldn’t walk away and he wouldn’t let me in.
This is our story. Our fight. Our perfectly imperfect love.”
Here I Am is a part of Rochelle Alers’ The Wainwright Legacy series. I liked that Brandt didn’t go into the family business and he followed his heart and did something he truly enjoyed. I also liked that Ciara didn’t have an interest in sports; it made for an interesting dynamic.
“Born into a real-estate dynasty, Brandt Wainwright chose football over the family business, and now he’s a Super Bowl MVP. That streak of good fortune runs out the day Brandt crashes his SUV into a tree. During the long recuperation, the fun-loving quarterback becomes cranky and sullen—until private nurse, Ciara Dennison shows up for duty.
Ciara has zero interest in sports, or in tall, blond jocks with overblown egos. She’s dated a man in the public eye before, and she’s not repeating that mistake. Somehow Brandt keeps breaking down all her defenses, seeing through her facade to the sexy free spirit underneath. But once his recovery is complete, will he return to the celebrity life he knew—or choose the woman who can fulfill his dreams?”
This was probably my favorite book in the With Me In Seattle series. Will had no qualms letting Megan know the extent of his love and wasn’t willing to let her walk away just because she was afraid. Will made it clear very early on that he was in the relationship for the long haul.
“Will Montgomery is a successful professional football player and seemingly has it all. He’s not used to being told no and certainly doesn’t take no for an answer. So when he turns his charms on his sister’s sexy rocker-chick friend Meg, he’s not only turned down but met with open hostility, piquing his curiosity and libido. He’s determined to show her that he’s not the arrogant jock she thinks he is, and to get her into his bed.
Megan McBride is not impressed with Will Montgomery, his fat contract, fancy car, or his arrogant public persona. She doesn’t have time for a relationship, and if she’s learned anything in life, it’s that loving means losing, so she guards her heart ferociously. But she can’t deny the overwhelming attraction to the sexy, tattooed athlete, and when Will starts breaking down her defenses and grabs hold of her heart, will she be able to admit her feelings for him, or will her troubled past cause her to lose the first man she’s ever truly loved?”
Judging by this list, it’s pretty safe to say that I love football. Basketball is actually my favorite sport to watch but ironically some of my favorites don’t include that particular sport. I need to rectify that ASAP. A sports romance is always good to pass the day, especially on a Sunday where there’s no football. 🙁
What are your favorite sports romance?