Despite their reluctance, everyone crushes on fictional men from romance books. It is no lie when I write that the love of my life exists only on ink. The genre trend in the romance category is quite fluid- one week everyone’s talking about medical romances like Love Hypothesis and on other days, erotic romance novels by Ana Huang. This time, it’s sports erotica that’s on every reader’s radar. From football, baseball, ice skating, to boxing, authors are tapping into every sport to weave a charming, slow-burn romance with the perfect amount of sexiness or smut.
These books feature some of the most fan favourite tropes like fake dating, forbidden romances, hurt or comfort, or a second chance situation for everyone. The adrenaline rush one feels while reading these books might not be similar to what watching live sports can give you, but the books introduce you to these fictional characters who are incredibly hot and deserve your reading.
So if you’re a fan of this sports romance genre with some much-needed smut seasoning, add these books to your TBR list:
1. Icebreaker by Hannah Grace
Sparks fly when a competitive figure skater and hockey team captain are forced to share a rink. Anastasia’s and Nathan’s story starts when a misunderstanding results in the two teams sharing a rink. When Anastasia’s partner gets hurt in the aftermath, Nate finds himself swapping his stick for tights, and one scary coach for an even scarier one. A young adult book with a sports theme that shows characters learning from each other’s mistakes and defeating hurdles. This book has a fair share of steamy and swoon-worthy romance moments.
2. The Wall Of Winnipeg And Me by Mariana Zapata
Vanessa Mazur is confident about everything she does and won’t regret it. Her job as a temporary helper, housekeeper, and part time fairy godmother and assistant to the best defensive end in the national football league was always planned. But she decides to change her life after resigning from the job but things go awry when Aiden Graves knocks on her door and asks her to return while asking her the biggest favour he could.
3. Throttled by Lauren Asher
Throttled is a steamy standalone romance from the Dirty Air book series. The books plot revolves around Maya, 23, who has recently graduated from her college. Santi, her brother, has recently received an offer to join the premier F1 team Bandhini Racing. Maya makes the decision to accompany her brother throughout the entire season and create a vlog her trips. Santi is now Noah’s new partner, despite the fact that they used to be rivals because Noah is a playboy and douchebag but also the #1 racer. Maya is constantly pulled by Noah’s presence because of his attractive body in the race suit and his gorgeous blue eyes.
4. From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
Lukov with Love is narrated by the female lead, Jasmine Santos. She has been a figure skater for seventeen years, and she knows it’s almost time to retire. But life has different plans and she receives an offer to skate with Ivan Lukov, a fellow skater whom she has spent almost as much time loathing. Initially hesitant, she eventually decides to take the plunge, which changes her game on the rink to her dry love life.
5. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Gavin Scott, a second baseman with the Nashville Legends, is having serious marital problems. He recently learned an embarrassing secret: his wife Thea has always lied about her orgasms. The discovery makes him lose his composure. But Gavin realises he has let his pride and anxiety get the best of him when his wife Thea requests for a divorce. Distressed and in need of assistance, Gavin turns to an unexpected group of men: the top alpha men in Nashville who are members of a covert romance book club. The boys guide Gavin on preserving his marriage with the aid of current book, a spicy Regency novel called Courting the Countess. Alexa, play How You Get the Girl by Taylor Swift.
6. Everything for You by Chloe Liese
An enthusiastic young soccer player with anxiety and his cynical elder friend who suffers from chronic pain are the subjects of the age gap, grumpy-sunny sports romance Everything for You. This book is all-the-feels, steamy slow-burn in this enemies-to-lovers sports romance about fighting for love when life’s taught you it’s a losing game. This book follows Oliver Bergman, the happy-go-lucky Bergman brother, and his teammate Gavin. Gavin is a super famous soccer player and a damn good one at that. So, naturally, Ollie was excited to finally meet his idol when Gavin joins his soccer team–only things don’t go as Ollie imagined.