Sports Romance

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Heat It Up

It’s rare I start a book and decide it’s not worth my time to finish it. Heat it Up, alas, is one of few to earn this distinction, though I did read it all the way to its conclusion. Based on its description as a contemporary, sports themed romance, it should have been a homerun for me. Some of ...

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Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel

I’m a big fan of the New Adult genre. With the exception of Robin York’s Deeper and Harder (both excellent), my favorite NA novels feature athletes. You can also guarantee I’ll read the book if it’s well reviewed and part of a series featuring recurring and related characters. Lately, I’ve ...

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Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel

Kelly Jamieson’s Shut Out is the fanfic that would result if you crossed an ABC After School Special with the current hot-button issue of college campus sexual assault, included lectures from a week-long seminar, tossed in a handful of clichés, and threw the whole thing on the ice for a hockey ga ...

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Playing With Fire

Liam Carroll and Robert McKenzie grew up together in the worst part of Glasgow. When Liam came out to his best friend Robert, Robert stuck by him. And when Liam joined Glasgow’s all-LGBT football team, the Warriors, he insisted his bestie be welcomed onto the team, even though he was straight. Sin ...

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The Mistake

Do you remember when I reviewed Elle Kennedy’s The Deal and I specifically mentioned all of the hero’s hot hockey player roommates who were just itching for stories of their own? Well, they’re coming off the bench, and while not quite as good as the first book in the Off-Campus series, The Mis ...

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No One Like You

I have had this book for months and started reading it several times, then put it down for something more interesting. Then my daughter decided to get married and I had an excuse to leave it in my TBR pile. Well my daughter is safely wed and my excuses are no longer valid, so I knuckled under and fi ...

B
Whatever Life Throws At You

Julie Cross’s Whatever Life Throws At You straddles the line between Young Adult (the heroine is only seventeen) and New Adult (the characters have sex), making it hard to categorize. A wonky ending and a bit of slow pacing kept it from being an A read for me, but I can still recommend it for matu ...

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Out of His League

I’ve reviewed two other books by Ms. Parry, and her books continue to interest me; this is no exception. At its bare bones, the story seems trite: a successful woman doctor meets a star baseball player in a hospital. I thought I knew where this was going: she’s all brains, he’s all brawn, but ...

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The Sweet Spot

I picked this book off our review list when I saw it was about a pro-baseball player. Baseball is one of the few sporting events I actually understand and really enjoy, so I was looking forward to spending my summer not just watching the sport but reading about it. I hadn’t read Stephanie Evanovic ...

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Stealing Home

I’m not really the biggest baseball fan in the world (read: at all), but I like sports romances and was lured in by the cute cover of Stealing Home. As it turns out, I did like the pro baseball player hero - very much. But I certainly could have lived without the thief heroine with the giant chip ...