Take Me Out…to the Ballgame!

May 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm 2 comments

In case you’re reading this dearest friend with the misconception that I could in any way be called “sporty,” let me set the record straight and say that I am not.  I’ve tried them all–sports that is–and for some reason I just get bored so easily.  Softball? I was that girl in the back field picking flowers and singing to herself.  Basketball?  Much to my father’s embarrassment, I would give the ball away to opposing team members when I felt that “they needed a turn too.”  Obviously, I did not–and still don’t– understand the rules of the game.  Sports were not my thing.

Let me rephrase: sports are not my thing.  But sports romances? Goodness, I love those!

So while I may not get the rules and regulations of baseball, football, or golf, some of my favorite contemporary romances involve athletes!  Professional athletes may be giant man-whores and assholes in real life–see Tiger Woods–but in romances, those rippling muscles, massive amounts of wealth, and sexy hands-on sports skills are key ingredients in some crazy chemistry and True Love.  They are like the modern Greek gods–sexy, sculpted, and successful–and the idea that a mere mortal can snag their hearts? That’s good readin there!


  • It Had to Be YouSusan Elizabeth Phillips

    • The first book in SEP’s Chicago Stars series is a definite winner, and while It Had to Be You is not my favorite of the series, it’s funny, fresh, and sexy.
    • Summary from Amazon: “The Windy City isn’t quite ready for Phoebe Somerville—the outrageous, curvaceous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team. And Phoebe is definitely not ready for the Stars’ head coach, former gridiron legend Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. Calebow is everything Phoebe abhors. And the sexy new boss is everything Dan despises—a meddling bimbo who doesn’t know a pigskin from a pitcher’s mound. So why is Dan drawn to the shameless sexpot like a heat-seeking missile? And why does the coach’s good ol’ boy charm leave cosmopolitan Phoebe feeling awkward, tongue-tied…and ready to fight?  The sexy, heartwarming, and hilarious “prequel” to This Heart of Mine—Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s New York Times bestselling blockbuster—It Had To Be You is an enchanting story of two stubborn people who believe in playing for keeps.”
  • Heaven, Texas — Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    • Summary from Amazon: “It’s Gracie Snow’s job as a new motion picture production assistant to get the legendary ex-football player, Bobby Tom Denton, back to his Texas hometown to begin shooting his first movie.”
  • The Perfect Play — Jaci Burton

    • Jaci Burton’s newest Play-by-Play series is smoking hott and all about a family of sportalicious athletes. Yum!
    • Summary from Amazon: “The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom.   Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.”
  • Seventh Heaven — Catherine Anderson

    • Catherine Anderson’s hero is not the super sexy, on top of the world athlete, typically associated with professional sports, but a former pro-football player returning back to the home he left behind.  Definitely more of an emotional read!
    • Summary from Amazon: “Ten years ago Joe Lakota had left behind his small Oregon town and the only woman he’d ever truly loved for the empty promises of the big city. Now he’s returned, seeking to raise his young son with values you can only find at home, and longing to rekindle the passion he’d once had with beautiful Marilee Nelson. But Marilee isn’t anything like the gentle yet self-assured girl he’d left behind. In her place is a woman tormented by a secret she refuses to share, even with Joe.”


  • Body Check — Deirdre Martin

    • You don’t have to be a hockey player to enjoy Deirdre Matrin’s first book in her New York Blades series.  She manages to keep the spirit of the sport while adding romantic and sexy elements, transforming the image of the toothless hockey player into a hockey hunk!
    • Summery from RT BOOKREVIEWS: “After successfully rehabilitating the images of a group of soap stars, publicist Janna MacNeil is handed her next challenge: Tame the bad boys the New York Blades, the reigning Stanley Cup champs. The family-friendly Kidco Corp. purchased the Blades, and now wants to remake their image. Oil and water have nothing on these two, as Janna and Ty dance around their emotions. The promising Martin gives this debut story punch by adding a realistic feel for the high-stakes, high-pressure world of major-league hockey.”
  • Simply Irresistible — Rachel Gibson

    • Rachel Gibson’s first book in her hockey series is simply impossible to put down.  If you are looking for a sexy hockey hero, then look no further than this! Plus, the others in the series are really sexy as well!
    • Summary from Amazon: “In this saucy romance, charm-school graduate Georgeanne Howard has only two real talents: cooking and talking. Her Mae West-like body, though, is what attracts Virgil Duffy, a man old enough to be her grandfather but richer than Croesus. But when it comes time to actually marry Duffy, Georgeanne just can’t go though with it. She makes her escape with bad boy John Kowalsky, the star hockey player for the team that Duffy owns. John has no idea that the gorgeous babe he is about to have a one-night stand with happens to be his boss’s bride-to-be. It’s not an auspicious start for a romance, but romance Georgeanne he does. Seven years later, Kowalsky discovers that their one night of unforgettable passion produced an incorrigible little girl who is even wilder than her parents–and Georgeanne is even more beautiful than he remembered.”
  • Face-Off — Nancy Warren

    • Summary from RT BOOKREVIEWS: “In the first of three novellas about the McBride siblings, former NHL star Jarrad McBride moves back to Vancouver to coach a hockey team and meets teacher Sierra Janssen. When they start dating, she worries about measuring up to his swimsuit-model ex-wife. In story two, Samantha McBride reunites with ex-flame Greg Olsen. She turned down his marriage proposal before going to college — will he ask again? The final story has hockey player Taylor McBride wooing Canada’s figure-skating sweetheart, Becky Haines. But when her overprotective parents set her up on a date with a singer, Becky wonders if she can continue seeing Taylor. Each of these very different stories has its own distinct charm. Hockey and ice-skating fans will be thrilled, although you don’t need to know how to lace up a pair of skates to enjoy Face-Off.”


  • Double Play — Jill Shalvis

    • A sexy pitcher + a fiery reporter = a flirty and fun baseball read!
    • Details from Amazon: “Pace Martin has a charmed life as the ace pitcher for the Santa Barbara Pacific Heat. Baseball has been his whole life but now he may have a season ending injury. To make matters even worse the PR dept. saddles him with a nosy reporter. Pace thinks he can keep Holly Hutchins under control but she is slowly getting under his skin.”

So there you go dearest friends! It’s summer time–let the games begin!

Romantic Question: Do you have a favorite sport not mentioned here or a favorite sports romance? Let me know!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Julia  |  June 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Wow that man on the “The Perfect Play”‘s cover is beyond sexy. Almost makes me want to read it.

    • 2. Lizzie Poteet  |  June 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      It may be the best cover ever. But I think you may enjoy it. Pretty freakin sexy.


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