Once more a trope I’ve read a lot! I love sportsromance. Think about all the efforts athletes have to demonstrate, the dedication, the discipline, the bulging muscles, the …! OK I’m stopping here but seriously I admire people ready to sacrifice so much.
Today I will try to choose books I haven’t chosen before just to keep it interesting.
Kinsley and Liam in Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.
With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.
• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.
Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.
Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”
“If only we actually were in Harry Potter. I’d totally Crucio her ass. Yeah, that’s right, I’d use one of the Unforgivable Curses. Come at me, Ministry of Magic.”
Cassie and Jack in The Perfect game by J. Sterling
He’s a game she never intended to play.
And she’s the game changer he never knew he needed.
The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind… like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.
They’re both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.
Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful…
Favorite quote (because swoon 😊):
“It’s not that I can’t live without you; it’s that I don’t want to. There’s a difference. We all make choices in life and I choose you.
My heart belongs to you. And I’m not asking for it back, even if you won’t want it anymore. I’m just asking for a chance to have your again. I promise I’ll be more careful with it this time.”
Will and Maddy in Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott
Excerpt of what I wrote about them:
“This book is worth at least 4 stars but Will… WILL HOLLISTER IS WORTH A THOUSAND STARS!!!!
I know what to ask Santa this year: an inspirational T-Shirt with Will Hollister’s picture.
Why? Because my husband would never agree to me ordering the real Will in flesh and bones, duh!
He is not real you say?
He is just a fictional character?
You’re so evil!!! You just shattered my dream … »
Favorite quote :
“None of this is Will’s responsibility. He chose to carry it. He inserted himself where a blank space was left, and he’s been holding worlds together for people when he had every right to walk away.”
“He’s breaking himself trying to save so many people, but nobody has ever stepped up to save him. I’m not sure I’m strong enough to, either.”
Brodi and Delilah in The Baller by 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.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don’t date players.
And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.
I’d date an athlete.
It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.
Brody Easton was the ultimate player.
Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.
But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.
Turned out, I was that girl.
Let’s face it. It never is.
There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…
And this one is ours.
Favorite quote (because GIRL POWER! 😉):
“Forget whiplash, this woman had bitchlash.”
Jude and Lucy in Crash by Nicole Williams
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He’s got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.
Jude’s everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she’s about to find out, is the only thing she’s incapable of.
For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love’s about to become the thing that tears them apart.
“How does a guy like you promise someone forever at eighteen?”
“Easy,” he said, pressing a soft kiss into the corner of my mouth. “He finds a girl like you.”
Sal and Kulti in Kulti by 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—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.
Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.
Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know.
Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.
“Sal, please don’t make me visit you in jail. Orange isn’t your color.”
This was going to be the longest season of her life.
“You don’t get to live your dreams by waiting around for someone to hand them to you.”
And my winners are…
Brooke and Remington in Real by Katy Evans
Sorry but there was no other choice than one of my top fav book boyfriends!!!! Fangirl here 😉
What I wrote about that story:
“If ther were six stars, this book would deserve them!!!!
OH MAN!!! Girls, fasten your seat belts! What a great, great book, filled with emotions, raw tenderness, fierce love, protectiveness and courage! I cried for teen Remington, pushed away by his parents, trying to survive and doing what he knows best: fighting. Unable to communicate his emotions but with his Ipod and songs describing his moods, his feelings. Fear to be rejected if his true self was revealed. So sexy, male, strong and vulnerable at the same time. Sometimes a lost kid in the body of a grown man (sex on legs!). Forget Christian Grey or Gideon, that’s my new hero.
And Brook was really great too, compassionate, passionate, determined. It was a roller coaster of emotions. I felt it deep in my skin, in my bones. What a fantastic debut for Katy Evans. Can’t wait for the next book. Definitely one of the bests. It really is a must have! »
“Have you ever been anyone’s?” “No. And you?” “I’ve never wanted to.” “Neither have I. Until I saw this lovely girl in Seattle, with big gold eyes, and pink, full lips… and I wondered if she could understand me…”
And you who is your favorite sports couple?
Thanks for reading!