My Top 5 Favorite Sports Romance Authors

Football - 123RFWe’ve watched Germany win the Soccer World Cup, baseball season is buzzing all around us, and we’re heading into the dog days of summer, so everyone knows our favorite football teams will be sweating through training season to get ready for kick-off. In America today, we can live and breathe some sporting event every single day. Live, streamed, recorded, you name it. We’re a sports-crazed nation. Many of us grew up playing a sport in high school or college. Or we have a natural love of baseball, soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, golf . . . the list goes on and on. We have fathers, brothers, husbands, and spouses who love the game, whatever the game might be.


Courting Cinderella will be released by Soul Mate Publishing on August 13, 2014. The heroine is a member of the U.S. National Volleyball team.

So what is it about contemporary romance novels with a sports theme that draws women to them in droves? Is it the hunky Alpha hero? The details and action of the sport itself? The taste and smell of the baseball stadium or the sounds and sights in a hockey arena that get us going? Maybe it’s the significant other who is a font of sports trivia? I’d content it’s a combination of all of those aspects and more.

I had to look at my top favorite sports romances of all time and the real-life quarterback I adore most today (RGIII) to figure out why I loved romance novels with jocks at the center of the story. First, it didn’t really matter to me what sport was portrayed in the romance novel. Even if I detested the sport out of the gate, somehow, the author won me over by the end of the book. I didn’t like hockey at all before Rachel Gibson pulled me into her Chinooks series. I’d had a love-hate relationship with football before Susan Elizabeth Phillips introduced me to her Chicago Stars football team. But after It Had to Be You, I was hooked. Thank God there were several others in the series after that one. So how’d the author do that? She did it by using good characterization and an authentic understanding of the sport. Giving me characters that I loved who were sometimes at the top of their game, sometimes struggling, but always ready (whether they knew it or not) ready to tumble into love with a feisty heroine.

Essence Cover - 200x300

Essence by Mackenzie Lucas is available now. The hero, Pace Daniels, is a pro-golfer.

For me, yes, the visceral action of living through the highs and lows of a sporting competition is huge. I love the drama. The intensity. But what I love more is the stories behind the character. The integrity. The core of steel. The struggles and the triumphs. Yet, at the end of the day, it’s the love story that trumps. Give me a good love story with either a sports hero or heroine at its core, make me love them, and, honestly, you’ll pretty much open my eyes to a whole new field of opportunities. I watch football today because I reconnected with the sport after reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I began to adore hockey after Rachel Gibson’s books. I still search diligently for any and every sports-related romance series out there I can find to read, and I know there are other readers out there just like me. So, I’m going to give you a short list of my favorite contemporary romance sports-related novels (in no particular order).

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Chicago Stars Football series

It Had to Be You

Nobody’s Baby But Mine

Heaven Texas

Dream A Little Dream

This Heart of Mine

Match Me If You Can

Natural Born Charmer

First Lady

Rachel Gibson

Chinooks Hockey series

The Trouble With Valentine’s Day

Nothing But Trouble

Any Man of Mine

True Love and Other Disasters

See Jane Score

Simply Irresistible

Jaci Burton

Play-by-Play series

The Perfect Play

Changing The Game

Taking A Shot

Playing to Win

Thrown By A Curve

One Sweet Ride

Holiday Games

Melting the Ice

Mindy Klasky

Diamond Brides Baseball series

Perfect Pitch

Catching Hell

Reaching First

Second Thoughts

…more to come soon …

Molly O’Keefe

Crazy Thing Called Love (hockey)

Please feel free to chime in with comments on your favorites, because I really am always looking for good contemporary romance with a sports angle.

Mackenzie Lucas also writes sports-related contemporary romances. Essence, her debut contemporary romance published by Soul Mate Publishing is about a pro-golf hero who fights over a piece of land with a spa owner in St. Augustine, and Courting Cinderella, her August 13th release with Soul Mate, is about a heroine who plays volleyball for the U.S. National team and a sexy photographer/ex-Marine who threatens to expose her deepest, darkest secret.


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4 Responses to My Top 5 Favorite Sports Romance Authors

  1. kathybryson says:

    Hi Mackenzie, I’m an armchair athlete myself, but I love that your upcoming release has a heroine who plays volleyball! Go Ladies!

  2. Carlene Love says:

    Hi Mackenzie! Great recs. I have Mindy’s Perfect Pitch on my Kindle and definitely look forward to reading it before baseball season is over! Sport-minded heroes are sexy because they’re testing themselves. A hero who pushes himself to the limit is very attractive in so many ways. There is also a book by Tracey Livesay that she read from at one of the Lady Jane Salons in Silver Spring. I don’t think it was sports centered but there were some great sports quips in the lines she read. I think because sports-talk is also very universal, it appeals to the masses. Oh, that book is called The Tycoon’s Socialite Bride. I need to read that one too. 🙂 Happy Tuesday!! Great post.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Carlene! You are so right. Those heroes who push themselves to their limits–even on the playing field are sexy. I’ll have to look up Tycoon’s Socialite Bride. Have a great week & thanks for commenting! ;0)

  3. Thanks, Kathy! Hope you keep an eye out for it. Yes, many of us these days are armchair athletes. ;0) Thanks for stopping by and commenting today! Appreciate it.

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