Sports Romance

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Crossing Hearts

New-to-me author Rebecca Crowley has published a number of standalone romances in addition to two series.  Homefront deals with American military heroes and Elite Operators is a South African set romantic suspense series (I'm intrigued by this one!).  She's set her sights on soccer with her new se ...

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Pipe Dreams

Sarina Bowen’s Pipe Dreams is a thoughtful and emotional love story with the perfect blend of reality and fantasy to make it feel relatable while also still feeling like escapism, and I loved it. It has all the fun associated with a contemporary sports romance but also delves into some of the comp ...

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The Hot Shot

Kristen Callihan’s sexy, swoony and supremely entertaining Game On series tops my list of terrific sports romances.  This fourth book, The Hot Shot fits neatly into the series, but it’s a bit different and the only one that I haven’t rated a DIK.  For starters, the principal character, Finn, ...

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Good Boy

Hockey star Blake Riley has such a large personality that he couldn’t be contained as merely a secondary character in last year’s Us.  Using him as a launching point for their new WAGs series, co-authors Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are taking on the love lives of the other players on Toronto ...

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The Cad and the Co-ed

I enjoyed the first two books in the Rugby series and frequently recommend them to fans looking for great sports romances.  Entertaining, romantic and filled with great locker room banter and sports references, The Cad and the Co-ed is a delightful addition to this particular series.  But … it i ...

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Back Check

In Back Check, Tanner and Katelyn get their second chance at love. College sweethearts on a path to the altar, Tanner’s rising NHL star status derailed their plans. Now that Katelyn has been hired as the wedding planner for a pal’s wedding, Tanner is forced to confront the girl who broke his hea ...

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Getting Inside

Serena Bell's Returning Home series, about military veterans and their adjustment to life at home again after deployment is a favorite of mine, and book 3, To Have and To Hold, made my best reads of 2016 list for its thoughtful and emotional look at how a brain injury could impact a relationship. No ...

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Hard Hitter

Hockey season is in full swing and while I don’t watch a lot of games, as a Canadian it’s required viewing at least at some point during the year (or at any rate, someone in your family will have a game on TV while you’re sitting and reading on the couch).  As sports romances go, ones with ho ...

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Wild Zone

I have a strong affinity for sports romances and an even stronger one for hockey romances. It baffles me, then, that this is my first novel by Ms. Jordan. Wild Zone is the story of Tate and Olivia, a hockey player and a chef, who are determined to keep their sexual relationship devoid of feelings an ...

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Downed

I should have loved Downed.  Everything about it appeals:  I like the author, love sports romances and I enjoyed the first two books in the Gridiron series.  But unfortunately, Ms. Frederick fumbled the ball this time out.  Her heroine, Bryant Johnson, is such an exaggerated version of the stere ...