The Thursday Three: Sports Romances

Posted August 5, 2021 by Kim in The Thursday Three / 1 Comment

The Thursday Three

After skipping last week’s post because I was up to my eyeballs in work-related stuff, I wanted to come out with a really strong pick for this week’s The Thursday Three. But, once again I got bogged down in other things and ran out of time to brainstorm. I won’t say I’m phoning it in because these are three very good books, but “sports romance” is a pretty broad topic. So let’s say these are more “sports romance where there’s some sort of childhood connection between the characters”. That’s just an awful lot to put on a graphic. 😉

I love sports romances, but I am also super picky about the ones I read. I have very little interest in books where the sport the protagonist(s) plays is merely a mention without being fleshed out fully in the story. I know I might be in the minority on this, but I want to read about the sport. I’m here for the details. I want to be able to feel what they go through — on and off the field. Each of these books do just that, which is definitely why they’re some of my favorites.

Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Him

Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

Two of my favorite authors teamed up to write one of my all-time favorite books.

✔️ Two hot hockey players who used to be best friends
✔️ Friends first + unrequited (or are they) feelings
✔️ Smoking hot, with plenty of feels

Once you finish, you will undoubtedly want to read Us and Epic. Wesmie 4EVA!  

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Kulti

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Y’all know Mariana Zapata is my #1. That’s no secret. Kulti is tied for my favorite of her books.

✔️ Female soccer player + her childhood soccer crush turned assistant coach
✔️ Super slow burn enemies to friends to lovers
✔️ THE BEST book dad EVER

Focused by Karla Sorensen

Focused

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I was legit obsessed with Karla Sorensen’s Ward Sisters series earlier this year. Read them all!

✔️ Grumpy, driven football player + childhood neighbor (who works for his team!)
✔️ Slow burn
✔️ Second chance vibes

I’d also recommend reading the Washington Wolves series. The Ward Sisters series is a spinoff and while it’s not necessary to read these before, I think you’ll appreciate the background. 

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What are some of your favorite sports romances?

Kim

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