Sports Romances: Guaranteed to Score

        

One of my all time favorite books!

One of my all time favorite books!

Romance novels involving athletes have become extremely popular in the past several years.  Thanks to authors like Susan Elizabeth Phillips and her Chicago Stars, Deirdre Martin and her New York Blades and Jill Shalvis and the Santa Barbara Heat, readers have been culling the shelves for more sports romances.

        Why?  Because sports romances are inherently sexy.  For starters, they feature athletes with ripped bodies, nimble fingers, and lots of stamina. These guys are the ultimate Alpha hero because jocks live their lives playing a game.  Not only that, but they get paid well to do it.  Most of them are extremely self-confident and driven to win at all costs.  In a word, they’re egocentric.  Oh yeah, successful, athletic men are very sexy.

A good sports romance will give the reader a peek at the more vulnerable side of athletes, too.  These men harbor fears of not making the play or being injured or worse, cut from the team.  Some even have quirks or superstitious idiosyncrasies that make them endearing. (Although, I’m not so sure a scruffy beard is sexy, Boston!)  A glimpse at the more human aspect of life as a professional athlete adds to the sexiness.

But, the best part of a sports romance is watching these alpha heroes have their whole world turned upside down when they meet the one woman they can’t live without.  Athletes approach relationships much like they do a game and they don’t like to lose.  So when they meet a woman that changes the game on them, it makes the sparks fly off the pages. 

foolish games cover high resIn my latest release, Foolish Games, Baltimore Blaze linebacker, Will “William the Conqueror” Connelly is a cerebral, intense, behemoth man who takes care of business on the playing field while keeping to himself off the gridiron.  When he’s blindsided with the news he’s a father, Will believes he can orchestrate the lives of both his son and the baby’s mother much the same way he executes defensive plays during a game.  Of course, his game plan doesn’t work out exactly how he expected—what would be the fun in that?

 

What do you find sexy about a sports romance?  What are some of your favorites that you’ve read? 

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About Tracy Solheim

Best-selling author of the Out of Bounds series--sexy, contemporary sports romance novels. See what she's up to at www.tracysolheim.com.

Posted on January 17, 2014, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I love SEP’s Chicago Stars books, and of course yours as well. I like the sports romances where the characters are smart and don’t take themselves too seriously. What’s not to love?

  2. Cool. I didn’t know about this. I’d like to read one. Thank you.

  3. The only sports romances I’ve read are by SEP and Tracy Solheim, and I love both authors. 🙂

  4. melissa mcentyre

    You know I love your Out of bound series-SEP’s Stars has been a long time fav that gets revisited every year==Play by Play by Jaci Burton has different sports covered with family/friends connections–I like sports baclgrounds because you do have to be smart to do well and have a “hard” body too–Thanks for you good writing–keep it up

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