Superbowl Ready: Football Recommendations

Posted January 30, 2019 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Front Page, Recommendations, Under the Covers / 6 Comments

There are many things to get excited about for this weekend.  A good game of football, the culmination of one teams’ journey to win the SuperBowl, hopefully no drama when it comes to the refs, the half time show, a great time watching the game with friends and/or family while eating your weight in guacamole and chips and drinking some beer.  Oh, and lets not forget the commercials.  I can’t wait to see some cute puppies!  But as readers there’s another thing we can look forward to.  The craving to read romance books featuring some sexy alpha male football players!  It’s only natural, really.  All that testosterone on the field makes for a perfect romantic hero.  So we thought it would be a good time to share with you some of our favorite sports romances featuring football stars.  Read them now to get in the mood for Sunday or read them after when you’re left needing to satisfy that craving.

 

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
by Mariana Zapata

If you want your football romance to burn slow than you need to pick up The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. This book surprised me, the hero goes through such a transformation as you go through, I started the book wondering how the hell he was supposed to win me over. By the end, I wanted to crawl all over him. As for Vanessa, I loved her. She was strong and driven, warm and friendly. No wonder Aiden started to open up.  So, if you like sports romance, grumpy heroes, friends to lover stories or/and slow burn romances…you need to give this one a go!

~ Suzanne

Superbowl Ready: Football Recommendations
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
by Mariana Zapata

BOOK INFO


Released: February 28th 2016
Published by Self Published
 

Vanessa Mazur knows she's doing the right thing. She shouldn't feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she's beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn't even find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He's asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

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The Perfect Play
by Jaci Burton
Play by Play #1

I remember embarking on the journey that has been the Play by Play series when this book first came out.  I read it exactly this time of year, around Super Bowl.  I wasn’t big into reading sports romances and this was an addiction.  Over the years this series has delivered every single time.  With a variety of sports and stories that always get me wrapped up and swoony, there’s really no better sports romance series out there than the Play by Play series.  And bonus… you have several books that revolve around football to dive into now.  They are fine read as standalones if that’s what you want to do.  Plus, lets not forget Jed Hill on the cover of this iconic book!

~ Francesca

Superbowl Ready: Football Recommendations
The Perfect Play
by Jaci Burton

BOOK INFO


Released: February 1, 2011
Series: Play by Play #1
Published by Penguin Berkley Heat
Pages: 324
 

Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game...

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara's not interested in getting to know football's most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara's life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick's latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

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Game for Love
by Bella Andre
Bad Boys of Football #3

Bella Andre is most known for her Sullivans series, but did you know that she also has a football series? In this sexier Contemporary Romance, Andre has a little fun with her characters. Football linebacker, Cole Taylor, wants nothing more than to fulfil his grandmother’s dying wish of finding someone to love. So his solution is to marry Anna Davis, a first grade teacher. As you can tell, this book isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. It’s a leap of faith for both characters that I think will leave you feel energized and liberated.

~ Annie

Superbowl Ready: Football Recommendations
Game for Love
by Bella Andre

BOOK INFO


Released: December 13 2010
Series: Bad Boys of Football #3
 

Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with Bella Andre’s emotional, fun and sexy contemporary romances!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
In a relationship built on lies...the only truth is their feelings for each other. To fulfill his grandmother's dying wish, linebacker Cole Taylor must find – and marry – a good girl. First grade teacher Anna Davis fits the bill perfectly. Their deal is simple: If she'll be his temporary wife, he'll give her more pleasure than she ever imagined was possible. Only, love is the ultimate game-changer.

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The Baller
by Vi Keeland

Cocky quarterback and Super Bowl MVP falls for a sports journalist, daughter of an NFL legend.  This story is lots of fun but also has plenty of heart.  It’ll take you by surprise how much it sweeps you off your feet.

~ Francesca

The Baller by Vi Keeland

The Baller
by Vi Keeland

BOOK INFO

Released: January 18th 2016
Series: Down and Dirty Football #1
Published by Self Published
Pages: 300

  

From New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy new novel.

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.
Simple right?
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.

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The Hooker and the Hermit
by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
Rugby #1

I know, I know. Shame on me for adding this book for this post but hear me out. I recently read this book and as you know it’s not quite Super Bowl material but English/British Football aka Rugby is just as sexy if not more. LH Cosway and Penny Reid did a great job with the hero in this book described as “the body of a gladiator and the face of a movie star” who they paired up with a social media expert. I expected this book to be cute but I didn’t expect it to be sexy nor did I expect to like it as much. American football or not, this is worth checking out.

~ Angela

Superbowl Ready: Football Recommendations
The Hooker and the Hermit
by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid

BOOK INFO


Released: Feburary 2 2015
Series: Rugby #1
Pages: 369
 

New York’s Finest
Blogging as *The Socialmedialite*
April 22
LADIES AND GENTS! I have an announcement!

You know that guy I featured on my blog a few months ago? The really, really hot Irish rugby player who plays the position of ‘hooker’ in the RLI (Rugby League International)? The one with the anger management issues, the body of a gladiator and the face of a movie star? The one with the questionable fashion choices leading me to ask whether he was the lovechild of a leprechaun and a hobbit? Ronan Fitzpatrick? Yeah, that guy.

Well, I have a confession to make…

THE HERMIT

Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much.

THE HOOKER

Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and reckless bad boy. Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the Socialmedialite…

THE PLAN

When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together.

What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the hooker discovers who the hermit really is?

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When I Need You
by Lorelei James
Need You #4

While this series centers around a family and we get a bit of every type of book, this sports romance was my favorite of them all!  The football star and the single mother cheerleader.  I was all over this one and it’s certainly a sweet one that will put a smile on your face.  I mean, really, how can you resist a big alpha male that can be sweet to an adorable kid?

~ Francesca

Superbowl Ready: Football Recommendations
When I Need You
by Lorelei James

BOOK INFO


Released: July 25th 2017
Series: Need You #4
Published by Berkley Books
 

Rules are tossed aside when a pro football player join forces with a spitfire cheerleading coach in New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James’s brand-new romance…

Heir to Lund Enterprises and ladies’ man Jensen “The Rocket” Lund has three conditions when it comes to dating:
1) No single mothers
2) No cheerleaders
3) No medical personnel
So it makes no sense that he’s wildly attracted to Rowan Michaels, who breaks all three.

Rowan Michaels didn’t pass the rigorous requirements to become an athletic trainer and Vikings cheerleader in the hopes of landing a pro athlete: been there, done that, and she has a young son as proof that football players and fidelity don’t go hand in hand. When Rowan learns her new neighbor is Jensen Lund, the smoking-hot tight end who takes being neighborly to a whole new level, she’s grateful for the team’s strict “no fraternization” policy because the sexy man defines temptation.

But Jensen is intent on rushing straight to the goal line to prove to Rowan he’s much more than just a player…on and off the field.

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The Game Plan
by Kristen Callihan
Game On #3

Sexy, bearded, tattooed …. AND A VIRGIN!  Let me tell you all the ways you’ll fall in love with Ethan Decker!  He’s got that lumbersexual appeal.  He’s been crushing on the heroine for years and is finally ready for her to notice him.  He’s the back bone and strength of his group.  I mean, he’s that perfect good guy that needs to be on your book boyfriend list!  Did I mention the piercings?  Ethan is HOT!

~ Francesca

Superbowl Ready: Football Recommendations
The Game Plan
by Kristen Callihan

BOOK INFO


Released: November 1st 2015
Series: Game On #3
Published by Self Published
 

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.

Game On

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Sacked
by Jen Frederick
Gridiron #1

In case you need to satisfy a new adult football craving, then this will be the series for you.  This first book features a hero that’s very focused on achieving his goals and landing a spot in the NFL.  But he’s also a twin AND a virgin.  Is this turning into a virgin countdown?  This makes for a fun story and it’ll leave you interested to know more about the whole team as well!

~ Francesca

Superbowl Ready: Football Recommendations
Sacked
by Jen Frederick

BOOK INFO


Released: September 6th 2015
Series: Gridiron #1
Published by Self Published
Pages: 300
 

What he wants he gets...

Knox Masters is a quarterback's worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And...virgin. Knox knows what he wants--and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he's set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she's the sister of his fellow teammate, but that's not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

...but he's never met her before.

But Ellie isn't as sure. She's trying to start a new life and she's not interested in a relationship...with anyone. Beside it's not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother's teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

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Double Full
by Kindle Alexander
Nice Guys #1

I’ve read some m/m romances with football players but I couldn’t find one appropriate to feature in a rec list until I hit this series.  I read Double Full years ago and it features the star of the college football team who is straight and gets all the girls, but he can’t fight his attraction to the male cheerleader of the team!

~ Francesca

Superbowl Ready: Football Recommendations
Double Full
by Kindle Alexander

BOOK INFO


Released: October 8th 2013
Series: Nice Guys #1
Pages: 275
 

Up and coming football hero, Colt Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving especially when you're trapped so far in a closet that you can't see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it's time to call a new play.

Jace Montgomery single-handedly built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover's plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?

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 What are your favorite football reads?

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Play by play is a definite! I also liked hot stuff by carly phillips.

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Awesome book covers!! So many great recommendations!! Shared on my socials!😉💖

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I have the Callihan, Force, Burton, and the Alexander books on my pile already and haven’t read them yet. I want to read that Zapata and the Leigh. I’ve read other sports romances from Burton and Callihan and liked them. I also like Jeanette Murray’s, Tracy Solheim, Tillie Cole football romances. Some standalone m/m cuties are Rush by Nyrae Dawn and Steamroller by Mary Calmes.
Angela, if you love Rugby romances, try Kat Lathan or Rosalind James. 🙂

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I’ve read and loved 5 of the books you have listed.

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The Gridiron and Game On series

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