Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and it’s a feature that everyone participates in so I’m going to try and participate myself and see how long it lasts. Wish me luck.
This week’s prompt is:
September 26: Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!
I love sports romances. I adore athletes and reading about them falling in love so this week, I’ll be featuring characters that play sports (and recommending the books) so here’s my top ten list of books featuring characters that play sports.
Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally (Softball): Stealing Parker is about Parker, a softball player that had a rough time of it when her mother left her father and their family after coming out as a lesbian. Parker’s journey throughout this book was a good one. One that made me laugh, hurt and happy sigh all over the place. Such a good book.
Stay (WAGS #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy (Hockey): Matt Erikkson is all that and a bag of chips. I loved seeing him fall for his heroine and just be an upstanding father to his two girls. His romance with Hailey was fun and it was a grown folks romance that I completely adored. He was a professional hockey player that lived a crazy life but I loved seeing him with his kids, seeing him with Hailey and when he finally stands up for himself with his ex? Freaking loved it.
Jockblocked (Gridiron #2) by Jen Frederick (Football): I come from a family of diabetics so I have first hand knowledge on how crazy life can be for a diabetic with so many things to keep track of so seeing a hero who was mindful of his heroine’s glucose numbers melted my heart. I will forever remember Matty Iverson because he was an awesome football player but who was also a fantastic boyfriend.
The Score (Off Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy (Hockey): Dean DiLaurentis is a hockey player who loved to play the field. When we first meet him, he is a complete horndog who doesn’t need a bit of privacy for his bedroom shenanigans. It was kind of off-putting and I had the same issues with him that his heroine had. I didn’t think he could be tamed but seeing him fall head over heels in love with one girl was one hell of a ride and I thought Elle Kennedy did a fabulous job of telling his story.
Rules of Contact (Play by Play #12) by Jaci Burton (Football): I haven’t read every book in the Play by Play series but the ones that I have read, I have enjoyed. Flynn Cassidy is a football player who falls in with the head chef at his restaurant. His book was fun and the chemistry between him and Amelia was off the charts and I just totally loved him.
I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) by Lauren Layne (Football): This book follows a retired football player who is stepping into the next phase of his life, as a fitness writer for a popular Men’s magazine. Jackson’s struggles with his new career and the career that ended before he was ready to move on from it made for some great reading. Lauren Layne writes great contemporary romances and this one was no exception. I loved Jackson and I loved his book. So good.
The Friend Zone (Game On #2) by Kristen Callihan (Football): Gray Grayson. He played football and gave up his truck to his friend who needed it and started driving a tiny pink car around because that was the only available car to him. He was one of a kind, that Gray Grayson. He was a great friend, a stand up guy and a genius to boot. His dirty mouth won me over and I love, love, loved the hell out of him and his story.
Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers #3) by Sarina Bowen (Hockey): Mike Beacon’s story was one that snuck up on me. I wasn’t a really big fan of his heroine in the previous books but like always, Sarina Bowen was right there with this book, telling me all the reasons I shouldn’t have underestimated Lauren. I loved Mike and I loved Lauren and their story is one well worth the time it’ll take you to read it.
The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen (Hockey): This book made me laugh, it made me sigh and it made me ugly cry before making me happy sigh again. This book pulls out all of the feels and it will definitely make you sit up and take notice of how well Sarina Bowen writes. She’s really good at what she does and this is the book that earned her a spot on my permanent auto-buy list.
Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh (Rugby): Gabriel Bishop is an ex-rugby player that is now working in the corporate world and falling for his mousy assistant who comes a little more out of her shell with each passing day. The chemistry between these two was off the charts and their romance was hella sexy. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the spin off series that is supposed to be forthcoming. This was a great contemporary romance and I highly recommend it.
I have adored every single one of these books and these are the books that feature athletes that I think everyone should read. Happy reading!
Are there any books featuring athletes that you love, that I missed? Share your favorites with me in the comments!