8 Romantic Reads for Summer Sports Enthusiasts
by Karen Green
Surfing, soccer, horseback riding and tennis: for an outdoor enthusiast or a sports lover, summer is the most wonderful time of the year. And with all those teams to be a part of, it only makes sense when love becomes one of the goals to score.
But even if you prefer to watch from the stands rather than sweating it out on the field, we know that these books contain the matches—of the sport and romantic varieties—that you’ll be cheering for.
If you like baseball, you’ll love
Called Out by Jen Doyle
Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort for Jack “Ox” Oxford to save his career… and right some of his past wrongs. He’s not expecting a warm reception, but he’s also not expecting a flat tire to change everything. Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn’t need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn’t need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido.
If you like football, you’ll love
Places in My Heart (The Grays of Los Angeles) by Sheryl Lister
Omar Drummond is a pro football superstar with a body that’s a pure work of art. But Morgan Gray is forbidden to act on their chemistry, or repeat their impulsive kiss. Proving her worth as a sports agent means securing the notorious celebrity as a client, not a lover. Other agents—and exes—have tried using Omar as a meal ticket, and he’s closed himself off from emotional entanglements. But with Morgan, it’s a whole new playbook.
If you like polo, you’ll love
It Started with a Diamond (Drake Diamonds) by Teri Wilson
Stunning world-class equestrian Diana Drake’s stayed out of the family business for decades. But now Diana has the inside track on a coveted diamond…not to mention a polo-playing partner in crime in Franco Andrade. And after mere weeks, the city’s most eligible bachelor is engaged to the jewelry heiress! Still, this whirlwind romance may not be as glittering as the jewels in Drake’s. After all, we hear that Franco’s first love has always been the polo team that unceremoniously sacked him.
If you like deep-sea diving, you’ll love
Under the Surface (SEALs of Fortune) by Kira Sinclair
Heading up a diving team is Loralei Lancaster’s nautical nightmare. Fortunately, nothing distracts a girl from her water phobia like a gloriously ripped surf god. And Jackson is hot enough to make Loralei forget everything—including the fact that he’s an arrogant jerk! And when heated words lead to steamy nights, Loralei finds herself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea!
If you like soccer, you’ll love
The Striker’s Chance by Rebecca Crowley
Landing the PR contract for North Carolina’s new soccer team could take Holly Taylor’s career to the next level. Her task? Make Kepler “Killer” de Klerk, an athlete with a party-hard reputation, a star. But the more time Holly spends with Kepler, the more she sees how different he is from his tabloid persona. So when she’s offered her dream job for a price, she finds herself torn between the career she’s spent years building and the man she doesn’t want to give up.
If you like surfing, you’ll love
Riding the Waves (Forbidden Fantasies) by Tawny Weber
All uptight workaholic Drucilla Robichoux wants is to experience incredible sex, at least once in her life. So she heads off to Mexico for some sun, sand and sin. And she finds the perfect playmate in sexy surf instructor Alex. When Dru heads home, she buttons up tight again, so it sure is a shock when she walks into work Monday morning and finds her secret fling is her new boss! And he’s definitely still interested in catching the big one with Dru.
If you like equestrian, you’ll love
Sabotage by Kit Wilkinson
Olympic hopeful Emilie Gill is beautiful, rich, successful—and in danger. Someone’s targeting her stable, her friends, her life…and there’s no one to count on—until Derrick Randall rides into her life. The stable manager’s support encourages Emilie to open her carefully guarded heart. But just as she’s learning to trust, it all comes apart. Her faith—and newfound love—are all she’ll have when the sabotage turns deadly once more…
If you like tennis, you’ll love
McNeil’s Match by Gwynne Forster
After a bitter divorce, twenty-nine-year-old Lynne Thurston is faced with the prospect of not knowing what to do with the rest of her life. Once a highly ranked pro tennis player, she gave it all up six years ago when she got married. Now, with nothing else to lose, can she make a comeback on the tennis circuit? And more important, can she regain her self-confidence and faith in love?
Are you a sports fan? Do you prefer to play along or cheer from the bleachers? Let us know who you’re rooting for!