#5OnMyTBR: A Sucker for Sports Romances

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: Sports (Romance).

This week’s topic is sports but since I don’t think I actually have (m)any sports novels, fiction or otherwise, on my TBR I’ve decided to take a look at the many sports romances that I do have on my list! I started to get into sports romances at some point last year although I can still count on two hands how many of them I’ve read. It’s admittedly one of the least diverse sub-genres in romance that I can think of and that I read anyway—though please point me in the direction of the diverse books! For the most part, while some of the books get overly jockular, I have enjoyed most of the ones I’ve read! Earlier this year I went through a bit of a hockey/baseball romance phase and added quite a few more titles to my list, so it was pretty easy pickings for today’s topic. Now, onto the books!


KULTI

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for 27-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon – why she’d ever had his posters on her wall or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man who hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.


THE REVENGE PACT

River Tate is a god on campus.
The king of football.
A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you.
The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair.

Anastasia Bailey is a nobody.
The queen of nothing.
An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin.
The only chink in her armor is him, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her.

But when Anastasia’s life comes crashing down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces.
Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact.

He can’t tell her no.
Because revenge (or love) is, sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends.


THE LINEUP

Want to know a secret?

It’s about that girl over there.
Don’t look, but she’s the one in the power suit—with the long, black hair and the serious expression, the one I’m about to go on a date with . . .

Yeah, according to her, she “accidentally” donated an obscene amount of money to my charity — The Lineup — to win said date but I found out the truth. Miss. Button Up Blouse has a secret, passionate crush on me.

I didn’t know her name until two days ago, despite the friends we have in common.
Was I oblivious? Probably.
Was I blind to it? Definitely.

But I’m no fool, I see it now. The High Heel Harlot wants more than just a date with Jason Orson, she wants to be able to claim the best butt in baseball as hers.

Here’s another secret . . . she has no idea I know. 


LONG SHOT

Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl?
You don’t.
My fairy tale is upside down.
A happily never after.
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.
I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.

Now there’s a new player in the game, August West.
One of the NBA’s brightest stars.
Fine. Forbidden.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go.

*Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers.


NOT MY ROMEO

Cheating a little cos I’m “currently reading” this but I kinda put it on hold?

We start off with a lie on Valentine’s Day.
My blind date isn’t the studious guy I expected: he’s a drop-dead gorgeous player with sinful amber eyes. Somehow we end up at his penthouse. I blame the gin and tonic.

The next day I learn he’s Jack Hawke—bad-boy professional quarterback with a murky past. The NDA he has me sign should be a warning that he isn’t a regular person. Please. I sign it Juliet Capulet, so goodbye, famous football player with abs of steel, and good luck tracking down this small-town librarian.

But Jack keeps showing up in places I least expect him. Just when I’m sure he’s gone, he waltzes into my community theater and wins the part of Romeo to my Juliet. How’s a plain, mostly innocent girl like me supposed to resist a man like him?

Is Jack my real Romeo… or will this gorgeous football player only break my heart?

March

April

  • 05 April 2021 — Children’s Books or Middle Grade
  • 12 April 2021 — Sports
  • 19 April 2021 — Love Triangle
  • 26 April 2021 — Double Timeline

Do you like reading sports romances? Do you know some diverse sports romances titles? Or any sports romances recs? Have you read any of these books or are they also on your TBR?

10 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: A Sucker for Sports Romances

    1. I think I was hesitating on Long Shot because I remember hearing something but cos my memory is terrible I can’t remember exactly what I heard 😂 Thanks for the heads up, Nick! I will also definitely look into Alexandra Warren and the Gridiron series! Thanks for the recs ❤️

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