Basketball Romance Books

Looking for a sports romance that’s more than just football or baseball? Basketball romance books might be your next favorite read. Electrifying and fast-paced action on the court and intense passion off it. We’ve got 12 must-read basketball romances that will dribble their way into your heart.

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12 Basketball romance books you can’t miss

Beautiful Broken Love by Shanora Williams

Beautiful Broken Love by Shanora Williams

Davina Klein-Roberts, still grieving her husband’s death, pours her energy into her skincare line. Enter Deke Bishop, a hot NBA star, who’s not just interested in her lotions. As they grow closer, Davina wrestles with guilt and the pain of moving on.

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Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Iris DuPree and August West share an unforgettable night, but their timing is off. As August rises to NBA stardom, Iris is trapped in a nightmare with basketball’s “golden boy.” When August reappears, sparks fly, but Iris must overcome her darkest days.

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Let Me Hold You by Alexandria House

Let Me Hold You by Alexandria House

NBA player Leland McClain, the baby of the McClain family, is determined to win over community center director Kimberly Hampton. She’s tough, guarded, older than him, and believes a relationship with any man, especially Leland, is a bad idea. As sparks fly, Leland must prove he’s worth the risk. 

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The Right Move by Liz Tomforde

The Right Move by Liz Tomforde

Ryan Shay, the new Captain of Chicago’s NBA team, needs a fake girlfriend to improve his image, and his roommate Indy Ivers is perfect for the role. Their arrangement blurs lines as they navigate their growing attraction. 

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Ravaged by Naima Simone

Ravaged by Naima Simone

Miriam, part of a breakup service called BURNED Inc., has a rule: no athletes. Yet her best friend, Jordan, a professional basketball player, challenges that rule. As Miriam dates one of his teammates, Jordan’s feelings intensify, leading to a steamy battle between friendship and romance. 

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King of the Court by R.S. Grey

King of the Court by R.S. Grey

When NBA superstar Ben Castillo and the USA men’s Olympic basketball team train in Pine Hill, Texas, diner waitress Raelynn tries to keep her head down. But Ben’s intense gaze and charm draw her in, despite her resistance. As sparks fly, Raelynn must decide if she can trust this “King of the Court” with her heart.

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Her Good Side by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Her Good Side by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Sixteen-year-old Bethany Greene has never had a boyfriend, so when her crush rejects her, she agrees to fake date Jacob, her best friend’s ex. What starts as a practice for real dating soon turns into something more. This sweet YA romance features awkward teens and fake dating.

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Night Shift by Annie Crown

Night Shift by Annie Crown

Bookworm Kendall Holiday prefers her Friday nights at the university library over college parties. That changes when Vincent Knight, the basketball team captain, needs poetry recommendations. Vincent is smart-mouthed and challenges Kendall like no one before, pulling her into her own real-life romance novel. 

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The Tip-Off by Rebecca Jenshak

The Tip-Off by Rebecca Jenshak

Shy and introverted, she’s spent years in the shadows. He’s the campus basketball star. When their friends ditch them for spring break, she ropes him into her senior year bucket list. From frat parties to goat yoga, things get wild. But falling for Valley U’s MVP, Zeke Sweets, isn’t part of the plan. This sweet and fun college romance features opposites attracting and plenty of spring break antics.

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Love and Sportsball by Meka James

Love and Sportsball by Meka James

Khadijah Upton starts her dream job as an athletic trainer for the Atlanta Cannons, only to discover her one-night stand was with star player Shae Harris. Khadijah’s determined to keep things professional, but Shae’s all about breaking boundaries. Their sizzling tension on and off the court in this steamy sapphic romance.

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She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

After losing to her ex in their first basketball game, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with her nemesis, Irene Abraham. Forced to carpool, Scottie bribes Irene into a fake-dating scheme to get back at her toxic ex. As they navigate their rocky start, real feelings emerge. This queer YA rom-com is full of humor and teen drama.

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On the Rebound by L.A. Cotton

On the Rebound by L.A. Cotton

Calliope James’s first love, Zachary Messiah, left her heart shattered. Now, he’s cold, cruel, and the king of Steinbeck University. When their paths cross again, the past threatens to collide with the present.

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Basketball romance books offer a thrilling mix of on-court action and off-court passion, making them a perfect pick for sports romance fans. We’d love to hear from you! Share your favorite basketball romance books in the comments below. And don’t forget to check out even more sports romance recommendations linked below.

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