I have always loved reading sports romances. Who wouldn’t with the bulky guys who are so tuff on the filed going all mushy with a girl off the field.
My favorite sports romances have always been football but I’ve read baseball, and hockey too.
With football being my favorite, it of course inspired me to write Texting Titan, a second chance college football romance.
What do you do when your teammate is dating the girl you love?
Not just dating but cheating on her too?
Well, I stole her number from his phone and started texting her, without telling her who I was.
The plan sounded good late at night.
In the light of day, I’m not so sure.
But she is still texting me.
Even after I help her catch her boyfriend cheating, she doesn’t hate me.
She doesn’t trust football players though.
I just hope I can make her fall in love with me enough that she won’t hate me when she finds out who I am.
Now when is the perfect time to tell her I’ve been in love with her for years from afar?
Preferably without sounding like a creepy stalker.
On to my list of the top 10 BEST Sports romance books!
Now these are in no order just the order I pulled them from my Kindle!
Catching Caden by Samantha Christy
This is book 1 in The Perfect Game series. I love this whole series but this one is for sure my favorite out of the three.
These are all baseball books set with 3 friends on the same team.
Something about the baseball player falling for a fan just pulled at my heart strings.
Plus she weaves in the other characters for the next 2 books perfectly.
If all they see are her scars – they aren’t looking hard enough.
It was my home run ball that shattered her face.
Right along with her modeling career.
Now it’s my mission to help her rebuild her life.
And get her to love the game that she hates.
The game that dictates my life both on and off the field.
But when the lines of our friendship become blurred, I worry she’ll just be another casualty of my three-strikes rule. The rule I have to protect my money, my future, my heart.
No girl has ever broken it.
I’ve never wanted one to.
The question is … will I let her?
Falling For The Rookie by Trish Willford
This is also a baseball romance and it had the same getting hit in the face with a ball moment at Catching Caden above.
This one is about a rookie’s first season AND his first game and that spin make it so swoon worthy!
He doesn’t date during baseball season but he can’t seem to stay away from her.
No way they can just be friends right?
Sometimes love blindsides you and hits you in the face. Literally.
During the spring and summer months, Melody Carrick lives, eats and sleeps baseball. As a Baltimore Blue Birds season ticket holder, she attends every home game to enjoy the action. When a foul ball hits her in the face and knocks her out during the season opener, the last thing she expects is for the handsome rookie who caused the mess to visit her in the hospital.
Injuring a fan during his first game in the majors is rookie Carson Lawrence’s worst nightmare. Knowing he won’t be able to clear his conscience until he’s assured she’s not seriously hurt, he visits the woman in the hospital. The last thing Carson expects when he walks into her room is to be attracted to a young, beautiful woman named Melody.
Carson and Melody quickly realize there is undeniable chemistry between them, no matter how hard they try to ignore it. Carson gives in to his strict “no dating” rule during baseball season and Melody allows Carson into her private world.
Falling hard and fast, everything is seemingly perfect until a piece of Carson’s past blindsides the couple. Devastated, Melody must decide if their love is enough to move forward or if she’ll only resent Carson for the rest of her life.
I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
There are 4 books in this series.
They aren’t linked as a series but they are interconnected standalones and the covers go together so really it is a series.
I haven’t read her most reason book in this set of 4 fair warning.
But I still recommend them all!
Sexy Athlete: I bet you . . .
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.
The late night text is random but Penelope figures out exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn’t take his wager.
Walks on water and God’s gift to women.
Just ask him.
His crazy bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he’ll realize what he’s missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is . . . why is Ryker being so nice to her?
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.
Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a cocky jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs help getting a date? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that will destroy Penelope’s heart forever.
Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secrets mean everyone loses this game of love?
Sacked by Jen Frederick
This is part of her 4 book Gridiron series.
College football romance.
He’s a virgin. She’s not.
He has a twin. Who gets his own book in the series. And goes to a different school.
When she can tell them apart he knows she’s his.
It has all the swoon worthy moments of him believing enough for both of them.
What he wants he gets…
Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.
…but he’s never met her before.
But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.
Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.
The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan
This is book 3 in her 4 book Game On Series.
Pro football book.
Another one where’s he’s a virgin.
He has been in love with her for years and if he can’t have her he wants no one.
Oh and he has his you know what pierced. YUM!
Oh and he’s having non of that long distance relationship crap, whew!
A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.
NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friends. That ends now.
Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.
Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away; they live vastly different lives in separate cities. And Dex is looking for a forever girl. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man.
Beyond the Bases by Kaylee Ryan
Hot baseball player falls for single mom.
Watching the big tough baseball player getting wrapped around a 7 year old’s finger will make swoon.
Watching him make her mom fall in love with him is the best part.
Oh and the epilogue of their first baby together.
Sigh. I think I’m going to re read this one tonight!
What happens when you want more in life than just running the bases?
You hang out at home plate and stop playing the field.
He’s sexy and irresistible. I’ve done my best to ignore the magnetism that flows between us. I don’t need complications in my life. I can’t get wrapped up in his world, the last thing I need is to get attached to a professional athlete. I don’t have time for heartbreak.
Something about her pulls me in. I want to get to know her. I want a chance to show her I’m more than just my career, my paycheck. I’m the man for her. I know I am. No matter how much she resists this connection between us. It doesn’t change the fact that she’s my grand slam.
All the Way by Kendall Ryan
This is book 2 of 7 in her Hot Jocks series.
This is a hockey Series.
She asks for her best friends help her learn the hook up scene.
Her best friend who happens to be a super hunky hockey player.
What happens when it all becomes too real?
Lots of steamy gooeyness!
His protective streak runs a mile wide.
She won’t let her past define her.
I know it’s time to move on from my rocky past and get back out there and start dating again.
It’s just that every time I think about it, I get all nervous and sweaty.
Good thing I have a secret weapon to help me—my best friend, professional hockey stud Owen Parrish.
He’s the king of hookups, and promises he’ll be my guide through the world of online dating. With his help, I know this won’t be as hard.
• • •
I’ve never been this hard in my entire life.
My friend Becca wants my help hooking her up with some douchey guy from a dating app.
I said I’d help her—but now I’m noticing all kinds of things I can’t ignore, like how pretty she is behind those baggy clothes and messy buns.
I want to be the one to help her, to show her the ropes in the bedroom, and it turns out, Becca’s game to let me take a more hands-on approach.
But what happens when she’s ready to take her newfound confidence and move on? I’ve never been boyfriend material, but for her, I want to try.
Enemies by Tijan
This book also makes my top Enemies to lovers books.
Ok it was also really the first enemies to lovers book I got into.
It’s a football romance.
This is the book that sent me down my sports romance reading spiral!
Hate sex is HOT!
I have 28 passages highlighted in this book that made me swoon!
I think with them starting off as enemies made the feeling so much stronger because hot damn!
This is also the first book I read by Tijan and I quickly read all of them from!
Stone Reeves was my neighbor, and I’ve hated him since sixth grade.
Gorgeous and charismatic, he became the town’s football god, while I became the town’s invisible girl.
He went to a Division 1 school for football, while my father was fired by his father.
His team won the National Championship, while my mother died the same day.
He was a first round pick for the NFL …
… while I made the worst decision of my life.
Now I’m in Texas trying to pick up the pieces of my life.
But, Stone is here.
Stone is everywhere.
It doesn’t matter that disaster has struck my life again.
It doesn’t matter that he’s the one trying to console me.
It doesn’t matter that he’s the nation’s newest football obsession.
Because for me, he always has been and always will be my enemy.
Trust the Push by Kaylee Ryan
A hot race car driver.
A different kind of sport.
Friends with benefits.
You know it’s going to go sideways.
Then there is this suepr hot tunnel scene.
A fiery red head make is a fun read!
Racing is my drug, but she’s my addiction…
My career is the only thing that matters. Until a redheaded bombshell drops into my life, proving to be the ultimate distraction.
I should have seen the caution flag for what it was, but ever since Aubree’s path crossed into my own, I’ve been in a tailspin trying to recover.
With back-to-back championships under my belt, I’m making a name for myself in the world of dirt late model racing. I’m determined to win a third and be the youngest driver in history to do so.
She’s pushing at my walls, and I’m trusting her, letting them fall.
The last place I expect to find love is on the sidelines of a racetrack, but the moment we met, something inside me shifted.
I know nothing about racing, but when my boss came to me with a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the United States, I took it.
Now, here I am, traveling from city to city engrossed in this new world of dirt tracks, pushed out of my comfort zone, and into the arms of the hottie race-car driver who revs my engine.
We made a deal— friends with benefits until the end of the season. Then we would go our separate ways. The only problem, I’m not so sure I want him to let me go.
From the start to the finish line, I’ll have to learn to trust the push.
Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Another one from Ilsa Madden-Mills.
WARNING: This one does have some trigger points.
Enemies to Lovers + Secret admirer
I was on the fence about it witht he whole way the enemies to lovers is set up.
But Ilsa does it right! SO GOOD!
WSJ bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a gripping, enemies-to-lovers, secret admirer, high school romance.
The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world—until they destroyed me.
The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.
Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer?
Knox, the scarred quarterback.
Dane, his twin brother.
Or Chance, the ex who dumped me. . .
Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.
Wait. That’s stupid.
What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL.
It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you.
I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall.
I’ve missed you cheering at my football games.
I’ve missed the smell of your hair.
And then everything fell apart the night of the kegger.
Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark.
I just want to make you mine.
Here are a few more honerable mentions.
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Anywhere With You by Kaylee Ryan
Hefty by Jessa Kane
Beauty and the Beefcake by Pippa Grant
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