Sports Romance

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Necessary Roughness

In this seventh book in Julie Brannagh’s Love and Football series, Necessary Roughness, Tanner Cole’s football career is over. He’s been sidelined by a torn ACL and he’s pretty darn bitter about it. He grumpily starts working with a new physical therapist, Jordan Muller, and soon makes progr ...

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Bad Reputation

Nicole Edwards came to my attention with her self published Club Destiny and Alluring Indulgence series. They are steamy, erotic, often BDSM themed stories, some featuring polyamorous relationships, that I greatly enjoyed reading. Now she’s turned her hand to a more conventional trope – a friend ...

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Dream a Little Dream (#82 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 23, 1999 Dream A Little Dream is my very first Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Have I been living under a rock somewhere? In a manner of speaking, I guess I have, but it's pretty comfy under here, with no controversy to speak of. Which brings me wh ...

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The Final Score

Though the title of Jaci Burton’s new romance The Final Score might imply otherwise, it isn’t the final volume of her multi-sport contemporary romance Play by Play series. It is, however, a check-in of sorts for fans, with the couple getting their happy ever after being recent college graduates ...

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Illegal Contact

Illegal Contact marks Mr. Hassell’s first foray into sports romance, and it’s a truly engaging and compelling read.  In it, an intimidating, world famous athlete, benched for bad behavior off the field, more than meets his match when he hires a personal assistant who doesn’t care who he is or ...

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Irresistible You

Kate Meader steps into the world of contemporary sports romance with the heartfelt, sexy, entertaining, and refreshingly different Irresistible You, the first book in her Chicago Rebels series. You will not find the often-characterized hockey playboy in this engaging love story, but rather a mature ...

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Cross Check

The first book I ever read by Kelly Jamieson, Shut Out, didn’t sit very well with me. I’m happy to say that the second book in the series, Cross Check: A Bayard Hockey Novel, is an improvement, but there are still some aspects that simply grated on me. Ella Verran has made some bad choices in ...

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Natural Born Charmer (#97 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on December 17, 2000 A famous, wealthy, fabulously attractive, professional football star driving down the road in his Aston Martin sees a sweaty woman marching down the side of the road in a beaver costume and decides to give her a ride. Attractive scen ...

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The Bet

Look folks.  I know there are lot of you out there who just can’t get into sports romances for various reasons:  the storylines are formulaic, the characters are one-dimensional, there isn’t enough actual ‘sport,’ the athletes are made out to be god-like... and unfortunately, stories like ...

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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 ...