August 30, 2019

let's hear it for sports romance

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Football season is here. I mean, technically it kicks off here in Nebraska tomorrow. But after weeks of updates coming in from training camps, and my fantasy football league commissioner sending nearly daily updates, it might as well be football season.

This, of course, has my mind and heart thinking of all things fall. I'm talking boots, scarves, spiced beverages and treats, and more.

Before I get ahead of myself and put out pumpkin decorations, let's just stick to the start of football season. As a reader (and writer), I love a good sports romance.

Let's take a look at some sporty reads.

Impulsive by Catherine Hart

This was the first sports romance novel I read back when I was in middle school and falling for the genre. A reporter is assigned to cover a new pro-football team and begins a fake relationship with the quarterback as a mutually beneficial cover. But as the fake romance becomes real, the couple comes to realize that a series of mishaps surrounding the team might not be so accidental after all.

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

This one is all about exes and ohs . . . (get it?) After breaking up with her football-star boyfriend, Marlee has sworn off athletes forever. That is until a certain quarterback from her past re-enters the game. A behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to build a career (and relationship) within the bright lights of football, I was totally shipping Marlee and her new guy.

Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken

A new series from Rachel Van Dyken . . . I actually haven't read this book yet, but I can't wait. This one is centered around REAL football (or, what we Americans call soccer). The premise for this book sounds SO good. And I had a great time discussing it (and our general love of sports romance) with the author herself at RWA 2019. (She's just as excited for gridiron season to begin.)

Queen of the League Trilogy by Laura Chapman

Okay, this is totally shameless and self-promotional. But I swear, I love my Queen of the League trilogy. A romantic comedy series following three fantasy football seasons in the life of Harper Duquaine, this is a sports romance series that even people who aren't into the game can appreciate. Through it all, will Harper secure her fantasy football legacy, career, and love for a happily ever after?

Where are my fellow sports romance lovers? What are your favorite sports romance reads and authors?

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