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
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
Kulti by Mariana Zapata
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
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.
What are some of your favorite sports romances?