First base, second base, third base, home run; these sexy sports romance books will certainly score full points in your hearts! And everyone loves a cute boy in a tight uniform 😉 These are our top 35 novels about sexy athletes. Game on!
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The Hardest Fall – Ella Maise
The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. Unfortunately, I’m rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to.
Not My Romeo – Ilsa Madden-Mills
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.
Rookie Move – Sarina Bowen
Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides. First by the team’s coach. And then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.
The Baller – Vi Keeland
The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room. It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster. The famed quarterback decided to bare all. And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets. No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.
Wrecking Ball – P. Dangelico
Cam DeSantis’ life is a mess. How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once? So when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable jerk, who just happens to be the starting quarterback for the vaunted New York Titans, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a live-in nanny slash teacher for his eight year old nephew.
Pucked – Helena Hunting
With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs.
The Hot Shot – Kristen Callihan
No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun. I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.
Kulti – Mariana Zapata
“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 twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon.
The Studying Hours: How to Date a Douchebag – Sara Ney
Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is a walking, talking cliche. One of the university’s most celebrated student athlete and possibly the biggest douchebag. Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student – but she is no prude. And she’s determined to finish the year without Oz in her life. But he wants her.
Him – Elle Kennedy And Sarina Bowen
They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?
Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closet friend. Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get the chance to apologise. But just one look at his longtime crush and the ache is stronger than ever.
The Score – Elle Kennedy
Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. And although wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, gorgeous hockey star Dean Di Laurentis is impossible to resist.
The Deal – Elle Kennedy
If Hannah Wells wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him notice her. Even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish and cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date. All Garrett Graham wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening his dream. So he’s all for it when Hannah wants to tutor him and make another guy jealous. But he soon realizes that he doesn’t want to pretend to date anymore – he wants to convince Hannah that the guy she wants looks a lot like him.
A Lie for a Lie – Helena Hunting
Sometimes I need an escape from the demands and the notoriety that comes with being an NHL team captain. So when I leave Chicago for some peace, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize that I have no way to contact her again.
The Perfect Play – Jaci Burton
For years Mick Riley has enjoyed the fame, fortune and girls that come with being a pro athlete. So he’s surprised to find he wants more than a one-night stand after a steamy and passionate encounter with confident, beautiful Tara Lincoln. Too bad Tara is not interested. As a single mother of a teenage son, the last thing she needs is to be thrust into the spotlight of the jet-set lifestyle of a heart breaker like Mick. But he has set his mind to win and nothing will stop him.
Double Play – Jill Shalvis
Pace Martin is the ace pitcher for the Pacific Heat. He’s got the arm, the experience and the wins. But he’s also got the pain, the pressure and the possible end of his career. The last thing he needs now is a distraction, even if it comes in the form of Holly Hutchins. Holly knows a good story when she sees one and the tall, dark and attitude-ridden Pace fits the bill. But she realizes there more at stake than just the win, she starts to notice the handsome jock in a different light.
This Heart Of Mine – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Molly Somerville grew up in the shadow of her glamorous big sister, Phoebe, who seems to have her life figured out – she’s the owner of the most successful professional football team in America. Meanwhile Molly is a struggling children’s write who has a reputation for trouble. And she has had a huge, long-term crush on her sister’s star play, Kevin Tucker. But one fateful weekend sees Molly and Kevin marooned together at a remote cabin.
Scoring Wilder – R.S. Grey
With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad boy and all the qualities that makes girls swoon. And he’s strictly off limits. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. But that just makes him all the more enticing.
The Hook Up – Kristen Callihan
Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop fantasising about him. Easy, right?
Simply Irresistible – Rachel Gibson
Georgeanne Howard leaves her fiancé at the altar. Hockey superstar John Kowalsky unknowingly helps her escape and only when it’s too late does he realize that he’s absconded with his boss’ bride. This bad boy isn’t looking to be anyone savior but his own. But a long night stretches ahead of them – a night too sultry to resist temptation.
I Dare You – Ilsa Madden-Mills
The late night text is random, but ‘Bad Boy Athlete’ sure seems to know who she is. Spend one night in his bed – a night he promises will be unforgettable – and she can solve the mystery of who he is. She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day? One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out. He’s Maverick Monroe, the most talented football player in the country.
Jock Row – Sara Ney
Scarlett visits Jock Row with her friends – the universities hottest party scene and breeding ground for student athletes. Being a well known jock-blocker gets her noticed for all the wrong reasons and just like that ,she’s banned from Jock Row. ‘Rowdy’ Wade is the hot shot short-stop for the universities baseball team – and the unlucky guy who has to keep Scarlett out of the Baseball House.
Long Shot – Lauren Clarke
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.
Love In The Red Zone – Love Belvin
Trent Bailey is fighting for the right to continue his professional football career after enduring striking legal woes in the recent past. He will not blow his second chance, so that means no distractions. Jade Matthews is doing everything she can for her son and she’s finally getting it together. What starts out as a temporary favor turns into rapid passion. Fighting their way through trust and self-esteem issues, the two must meet in the right zone; the red zone.
The Friend Zone – Kristen Callihan
The last thing Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs wheels and she’s studying abroad. What starts as an irate text turns into a texting friendship with Ivy Mackenzie, the car’s owner. Things change when she comes home. Gray wants to be with Ivy but Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends, especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her.
From Lukov with Love – Mariana Zapata
After seventeen years, Jasmine Santos knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in front of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. Including Ivan Lukov.
The Year We Fell Down – Sarina Bowen
A serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start college in wheelchair instead of being a varsity ice hockey player. Across the hall lives Adam Heartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league. He’s also taken. But an unlikely alliance forms between the pair.
The Locker Room – Meghan Quinn
Have you heard the rumor around campus about the locker room? Legend has it if you bring a girl into the sacred after-game domain of the baseball locker room, it will end with a walk down the aisle. But not all baseball players believe that superstition, me included. So when the girl I’ve fallen for brushes me off, I start to question if I need to switch my way of thinking and hand out a coveted invitation to the locker room.
All Lined Up – Cora Carmack
Dallas Cole hates football. College is finally her time to leave it in her past. But life has other plans. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father has decided to coach the college team. Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead falls into his life, his focus is tested.
The Understatement Of The Year – Sarina Bowen
Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexual orientation from everyone. So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same smile that rendered Graham defenseless. With one word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.
Jock Rules – Sara Ney
Kip Carmichael is no pretty boy – he’s a rough, dirty giant. His hair is unruly and his beard is so thick, his friends on the team call him Sasquatch. The first time he lays his eyes on Theodora ‘Teddy’ Johnson across the keg at a party on night on Jock Row, she’d been relegated to the sidelines by her friends. After weeks, he finally offers to be her hairy godmother. But the minute their eyes meet, he’s a goner.
Slow Heat – Jill Shalvis
After a woman claims she’s pregnant with Wade O’Riley’s love child, Major League Baseball’s most celebrated catcher is ordered to improve his image. His enforcer is the team’s publicist, the tough and sexy Samantha McNeed. When Wade needs a date for a celebrity wedding, Sam steps up to be his girlfriend. The whole thing turns into an exercise in sexual tension between them. Wade is thrilled when the pretense turns into a night of hot passion, but the next day Sam is back to her usual self.
The Play – Elle Kennedy
What I learned after last year’s distraction cost my hockey team our entire season? No more screwing up. No more screwing, period. As the new team captain, I need to focus purely on hockey and school now. But there’s nothing in my rulebook that says I can’t be friends with a woman. And Demi Davis is one cool chick. And the fact that she has a boyfriend eliminates the temptation to touch her. Until she’s single and looking for a rebound. And she’s making a play for me.
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me – Mariana Zapata
Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was supposed to be temporary. But when Aiden Graves – the Wall of Winnipeg, who wouldn’t even say good morning to her – shows up at her door asking her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.
The Mistake – Elle Kennedy
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but he hides a growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to work after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
The Game Plan – Kristen Callihan
NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s never seen him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friends. That ends now.