Lately I’ve been on a special romance sub-genre kick: devouring sport romances!
I’m sure that you have come across one of those stories where the hero and/or heroine are athletes, and while I have always enjoyed reading about sexy hunks as heroes, lately I’ve discovered this new addiction of mine. Be it sexy football player like Dean Silverthorne in Candis Terry’s Any Given Christmas, or the hunky hockey players like those in Lily Harlem’s Hot Ice series or Rachel Gibson’s Chinooks Hockey Team series, the irresistibly gorgeous soccer captain in Scored by Lily Harlem or star pitcher Park Jones in Nora Roberts’ Rules of the Game (the very first sporty hero I’ve read about), I love them all!
I’m not a sport fanatic, when the Olympics, European or World Cup football (soccer) matches are on I enjoy watching them but besides these most important games I don’t really follow them. And still I am addicted to sport romances. So what makes sport romances appeal to us readers who may not even be big sport fans? Well I think that besides the shallower reason (that the heroes are all big, muscled and strong), there is also the subconscious reason that these athlete characters are the best in what they do. They are serious (when it comes to sport), dedicated, focused and passionate. And that sure makes any character irresistible to me 😉
Thankfully it seems I’m not the only one with my obsession, er I mean appreciation for sport romances as I keep seeing them everywhere (even two recent Entangled titles also featured athlete heroes: an irresistible baseball player in J. Lynn’s Tempting the Player, and a sexy football player in Karen Erickson’s Game for Marriage).
So with 4 sports romance gobbled up last week I compiled all the sport romances I have read, and did some Goodreads research and, be still my heart, came upon all these long lists:
and now by sport categories:
So I guess they will keep me busy for some time 😉 lol
So do tell me,
Do you like to read sport romances? And why is that?
Do you have a favourite sport you like to read about?
And besides the books, do you enjoy watching/talking sports or your appreciation is limited to sexy athletes? 😉
Any great sport romances you could recommend?