Our Favorite Sports Romances
I think it’s fair to say a lot of us love reading contemporary romances that center around sports, don’t we? We have our favorite series/authors/sports and generally these books will leave you with a smile on your face. NFL season is just getting started and maybe you’re feeling that itch to pick up a sports themed book wo we thought it would be great to pick author’s brains and ask them what’s THEIR favorite sports romances and maybe give you something new to read or simply a peak into their reading tastes. This week it’s all about author recommendations here at Under the Covers and you’ll have daily opportunities to enter our week-long giveaway!
We are joined by one of our favorite sports romance authors today who is talking about her all-time favorite
My favorite sports romance series has always been the Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. SEP was writing sports romance back when everyone was saying you couldn’t write about sports or athletes. Not only did she do it, she did it oh so well, and I’ve loved every book in this series. SEP is the reason I fell in love with sports romance and decided to write my own series.
Her Chicago Stars series is filled with characters you can’t help but fall in love with. Strong but honorable heroes and oh-so-sassy heroines.
My favorite book in this series is Nobody’s Baby But Mine. The heroine, Dr. Jane Darlington, is a physics professor in the market for a baby daddy, but since she’s always been made fun of for her intellect, she wants to be sure to find someone who’s not quite as smart as she is to balance out the smarts factor. So she chooses Cal Bonner, the quarterback of the Chicago Stars, thinking he’s a dumb jock. Only he’s not quite as dumb as Jane thinks he is. I absolutely love these two characters and this storyline and the way the two of them get together. It’s funny and romantic and emotional, and the heroine is smart and makes mistakes and the hero is vulnerable and sexy as can be and I love the way the two of them banter.
The key with SEP is sometimes her characters can come across as unlikeable, or do things a reader can think are unacceptable. But for me it keeps me reading, because she writes characters with flaws and I want to see how they’ll redeem themselves. What are they going to do next? What are they going to say next? And oh, how I love what they say, especially to each other.
Dialogue always gets me in a book, and SEP writes amazing dialogue for her characters. They argue and say the wrong things all the time, and it makes me crazy, but at the same time I’m pulling for them to get it right because you know these characters belong together. Plus there’s just so much great tension between the characters you can’t wait for them to find their happily ever after. And when they do, you just sigh with happiness.
This entire series is on my keeper shelf. If you haven’t read the Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips yet, you’ve missed out on some stellar writing and memorable characters. Be sure to check it out.
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Released: September 12th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Play by Play #13
Published by Berkley
In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Contact, a star quarterback is torn between his love of the game—and the woman who may be the love of his life.
Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He’s been drafted as quarterback for his dad’s former team, and his sports future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget.
Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career—as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it all. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn’t long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza.
Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia realize that to win it all, they’ll have to make an unexpected play for love.
Question of the Day:
What real life sports star would you like to see as a hero in your next read?
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