You don’t have to be a sports fan to fully enjoy a sports romance. Knowing the basic rules of the game isn’t even necessary. So why read a sports romance?
For the hero, of course.
The majority of sports romances show the hero as an athlete. He has strength, stamina and a muscular build. But that’s not what makes him a romance hero.
Delve a little deeper and discover his superhuman discipline and hard-earned confidence. Learn his backstory and understand what motivates him. Watch him suffer a setback such as a loss or injury and then admire his vulnerability and perseverance.
While most fictional sports heroes demonstrate aggression on the field, that doesn’t mean he’s automatically a warrior archetype. Athletic heroes in romance fiction can range from the natural born leader to the lost soul. He might hide his nerdy tendencies or revel in his bad boy status.
Also, you’ll find that the most popular sports romance hero is the one who is part of a tribe. It might be a professional team, a group of elite athletes training together, or a motley crew working toward an unlikely win. These men are his band of brothers. The hero takes care of them just as much as they look after him.
If you’re in the mood for a sports romance that offers an alpha hero, a sexy love story and teammates who create a supportive community, binge-read these completed series.
Note: the books in these series are standalones. That means you don’t have to read all of the books in the series and you don’t have to read them in chronological order.
However, if you read them out of order, be aware that you might get some spoilers about other romance couples. You might also find out the plot points of the larger storylines, such as if the team wins or loses a championship.
Chicago Rebels series by Kate Meader
The men in this wildly sexy series are at different phases of their athletic careers, but they will risk it all for love. The hockey team loses more than they win, but when three sisters inherit the franchise, their luck might begin to change.
There are six books in this series. The fact that the team isn’t doing well adds a lot to what’s at stake, the sense of urgency, and how these men put their heart into something even when it’s likely that they’ll fail. Try the free prequel, In Skates Trouble. It’s super sensual and packs an emotional punch!
In this book, Ford has an anonymous and wickedly erotic encounter over a shared balcony. He decides that he must find this woman who rocked his world. When he discovers Addy is the woman of his dreams, he also finds out she’s off-limits if he wants to continue his successful hockey career. Now he has to give up one dream to protect another or lose everything. Ford is hot, dirty and romantic as he makes the ultimate play for Addy.
Redemption series by Sarah Castille
The mixed martial arts fighters from the San Francisco gym are powerful and lethal in the cage. They’re also possessive, territorial and fiercely protective of the women in their lives. Expect emotional rollercoaster rides, BDSM or kinky love scenes, and strong friendships.
Start with Against the Ropes, the first novel in the five-book series. In the love story, Makayla can’t handle the idea of violence but she needs this job administering first aid at an underground fight club. She also doesn’t understand the fascination she has for Torment, the owner of the club. He’s dominant and dangerous in and out of the ring. She soon discovers that she’s not wary of Torment as much as she’s afraid of the intense and overwhelming need he reveals inside her.
The quirky heroine and overprotective hero have trust and control issues which are often tested during the light BDSM love scenes. There are many funny and tender moments between the nurturer and the fighter in this scorching hot romance.
Sydney Smoke Rugby series by Amy Andrews
The commitment these players have to rugby is so strong that it undermines personal relationships. That’s why the camaraderie among these men means everything to them. They play and party together, but they also rely on each other. And when one of the guys make a mistake with the woman he loves, the team has his back.
Read Playing It Cool, the second novel in the six-book series. When Dex asks out Harper, she assumes it’s because of a dare or a bet. The rugby star could have his choice of women. Why would he be interested in someone curvy and ordinary? But Dex’s interest in Harper is a problem. He fights hard for his career and can’t afford any distractions. He doesn’t want to focus on relationships right now but Harper isn’t going to wait.
This is an earthy and sexy romance! The story shows what motivates a pro athlete to dedicate his life to a sport and the sacrifices he continues to make to keep his dream alive. It also offers reader a plus-size heroine who gradually understands her worth and demands commitment on her terms.
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