Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sports Romances: Guaranteed to Score

Congratulations to "Alysa", the winner in Tracy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

            Sports romances are sexy.  For starters, they feature athletes with ripped bodies, nimble fingers, and lots of stamina. These guys are the ultimate Alpha hero because jocks live their lives playing a game.  Not only that, but they get paid well to do it.  Most of them are extremely self-confident and driven to win at all costs.  In a word, they’re egocentric.  Oh yeah, successful, athletic men are very, very sexy.

A good sports romance will give the reader a peek at the more vulnerable side of athletes, too.  These men harbor fears of not making the play or being injured or worse, cut from the team.  Some even have quirks or superstitious idiosyncrasies that make them endearing. A glimpse at the more human aspect of life as a professional athlete adds to the sexiness.

But, the best part of a sports romance is watching these alpha heroes have their whole world turned upside down when they meet the one woman they can’t live without.  Athletes approach relationships much like they do a game and they don’t like to lose.  So when they meet a woman that changes the game on them, it makes the sparks fly off the pages. 

In my latest release, Sleeping with the Enemy, Baltimore Blaze owner, Jay McManus, is as tough as the players he employs. Jay has money, good lucks and power, making him the ultimate Alpha dog in the NFL.  He’s also loved and lost before. Now, when it comes to his relationships with women, he takes no prisoners.  When the team’s cheerleaders—spurred on by a menacing anonymous blogger—sue the Blaze on sexual harassment charges, Jay’s iron-fisted control begins to unravel.  It doesn’t help that the outside counsel retained by the Blaze to defend them is the one woman who has the ability to penetrate the chink in his armor.  Somebody’s going down…

 So tell me, are you a fan of sports romances?  If you are, do you like them to include scenes from the playing field?  Obviously, I’m a big fan of the genre.  Here are a few of my favorites:
Body Check by Deidre Martin
This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis
She Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

            Leave a comment with the title of your favorite sports romance book and I’ll select one reader to win a Baltimore Blaze gift pack including a signed copy of SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY

About SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY (Berkley, September 1, 2016; ISBN 9780425281024)

Dot-com millionaire Jay McManus is discovering that owning a pro football team like the Baltimore Blaze isn’t easy. An anonymous blogger is out to destroy his reputation, and now his team is being sued by its own cheerleaders. If Jay’s not careful, he could lose big—and not just financially.

Bridgett Janik’s brother may play for the Baltimore Blaze, but she’s not thrilled to be defending Jay McManus, the man who broke her heart. It’s bad enough she has to mingle with Jay during games, but working beside her former lover may be too much for her body—and her heart—to resist.

Jay’s determined not to let Bridgett slip away from him a second time. But, as the two follow the mysterious blogger’s trail, secrets—both past and present—are revealed, and Jay and Bridgett must decide if their relationship can be something more than just sleeping with the enemy.

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  1. I'm not a sports person, but like most part of romance readers I love sports romance. More than anything I enjoy hockey but don't mind American football either. Some of my favorite books are written by SEP & Rachel Gibson, of course, but I also loved "One Man Rush" by Joanne Rock and "Power Play" by Nancy Warren (both are hockey-themed).

    As for the scenes from the playing field, I don't mind them as long as it's not baseball. I don't understand the game and it's just too slow for my liking.

    natalija DOT shkomare AT gmail DOT com

    1. Jill Shalvis has some great baseball books where most of the on field scenes are really funny. I agree, though, that baseball is a slow game. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I don't have favorites. I read over 250 books/year (and have done so since 1973), so I don't remember each story. Looking through my recent books, though, I found Anna Sugden's A PERFECT DISTRACTION, which is about a pro hockey player. I enjoyed reading this one quite a bit, as the build-up to their HEA, I felt, was paced well and kept me turning the pages.
    (Maureen has my email address, thanks!)

  3. Nice blog post
    Yay Tracy Solheim
    My Favorite book in this genre is Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    1. I love all SEP's books! Thanks for sharing, Melissa!

  4. Bella Andre's Bad Boys of Football series:
    1. Game for Anything
    2. Game for Seduction
    3. Game for Love

    alysap at yahoo DOT com

  5. From Paradise to Pregnant by Kandy Shepherd has to be included in my list.

    alysap at yahoo DOT com

  6. I have enjoyed sports romances from Jaci Burton...

  7. no fav

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  8. I love sports romance book!
    My favorites:
    1.True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson
    2.Heaven, Texas,Nobody's Baby But Mine,Dream a Little Dream by SEP
    I adore,adore SEP books :)

  9. I love all sports romances, Rachel Gibson's Hockey romances are my favorites. yenastone at aol dot com

  10. One of my latest favorites in the sports genre is The Deal by Elle Kennedy. I also enjoyed the Cranberry Inn series by Beth Ehemann. Of course there is always the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton too! Thanks. amyp115 AT yahoo DOT com


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