20 Sports Romance Books That Hit A Home Run

Looking for a romance novel about a star quarter back? Or perhaps you’re eyes are on the captain of the hockey team? Whatever your fantasies, there is something tantalizing about a ripped, Jock hero.

If you’re looking for a sports romance book to get you hot under the collar, you’ve come to the right place. These are the very best, steamy sports romance books of all time.


Football & Soccer Sports Romance Books

We’ll begin our list with some of the best football and soccer sports romance books. Whether you’re looking for something steamy and fast-paced or something slow burning, these are the best books!

1. Off Sides – Sawyer Bennett

Faced paced and adventurous, Off Sides is the perfect bite-sized representative of college romance books that feature sports as one of the main driving forces in the characters’ lives—besides love, of course.

Ryan struggles with fulfilling his parents’ expectations in the face of his almost-fulfilled dream to play in the NFL, and Danny is on the other side, desperately trying to make ends meet.

Though unlikely, a bond is forged between them, one that will catalyze a change that they might not be ready for. Are they strong enough to cross all the hurdles in their way? If you like the sound of this, then you might also like these billionaire romance novels.


2. The Locker Room – Meghan Quinn

Legend says that a bout of lovemaking in the locker room after a baseball match is sure to end with a walk down the aisle; after a long time of renouncing that superstition, star baseball player Knox is just about ready to give it a try when he meets and falls for Emory.

Her stubborn refusal to deviate from the rules she set for herself when she transferred to their college in Chicago makes it hard for Knox to break into her defenses.

An emotional rollercoaster, follow along as Knox and Emory’s relationship blooms from a beautiful friendship to a sizzling romance, and witness where it ends up taking them in their lives. 


3. Wrecking Ball (Hard to Love Series) – P. Dangelico

Cam DeSantis’ life is a sad story. She lost her husband, job, and all her money in one hit.

When times get tough, people often resort to desperate measures. So when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable jerk, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a nanny for his eight-year-old nephew.

It’s only a three-month contract. How hard would it be to ignore him? 

Although NFL quarterback Calvin Shaw enjoys interacting with women, he has no interest in dating or marrying one. He needs to focus on winning another Super Bowl before he retires.

Though he has a problem with the woman living in his house. He’s attracted to her.

This is a sports romance novel you won’t be able to put down.


4. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me – Mariana Zapata

Vanessa Mazur is an assistant and housekeeper to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization, but one day she plans to leave. When Aiden Graves shows up at her door asking her to come back, she’s shocked.

The NFL star Aiden, also known as ‘The Wall of Winnipeg,’ would not speak to Vanessa for two years, but after she’s gone, finds he needs her more than he thought he did.

This is a tale of a budding romance, as their chemistry aligns and their feelings for each other blossom. It’s a slow read, but it’s a beautiful sports romance story. 


5. Kulti – Mariana Zapata

Kulti is a hot and slow-burning age gap romance novel that is truly captivating and makes you feel sad that this is just a standalone book.

It tells the story of a German International Footballer, Reiner Kulti, and someone that Salome (Sal) Casillas has admired from a young age. When he becomes the new assistant coach of her soccer team she is elated.

Kulti is moody and has an unlikeable bad attitude. You know he’s battling demons but only Sal is ready to put up with it. As they begin ‘getting-to-know-each-other’ in secret, the chemistry is magnetic and the tension unbearable.

Sal is a strong heroine who stands up for herself and follows her passion, and Kulti supports her as she chases those dreams. Sure, they have a 12 year age gap, but the attraction is real. Kulti has a kind of protective alpha thing about him that is irresistible.

The love described between Sal and Kulti is more friendship burning into something more.


6. Beauty and the Baller (Strangers in Love Series) – Ilsa Madden

Ronan Smith, a talented and brilliant NFL quarterback, has the world in his hands. But after losing his career and fiancée in a car accident, Ronan falls into a pit of grief and bad choices.

When he meets an enigmatic girl at a party who seems to be drawn to him, Ronan decides to make her his one-night stand.

Nova Morgan is a beauty queen on a mission. She sneaks into a high-profile party with hopes of gaining the attention of her favorite quarterback, but after a disastrous one-night stand, all her hopes come crashing down.

Two years later, Nova returns to Blue Belle, Texas, where her new neighbor is none other than Ronan. He doesn’t remember her, and when the booster club keeps pestering him to find a woman, he asks Nova to enter a fake relationship. 

As with all fake romance novels, pretending to be in love sometimes leads to love itself…


Hockey Sports Romance Books

If hockey is more you game, then you’re going to love these tantalizing hockey romance books!

7. The Deal – Elle Kennedy

The Deal is part of the ‘Off Campus’ series by Elle Kennedy but can be read as a standalone novel. It follows good girl Hannah Wells who has finally met a boy who sparks an interest in her. There’s only one thing though, she’s not confident in the bedroom.

To make him notice her, she steps out of her comfort zone, even if it means tutoring the cocky captain of the Hockey Team so she can set up a pretend date.

Garrett Graham has only ever wanted to play hockey in a professional league but his GPA is threatening his future prospects. When he meets the sarcastic Hannah Wells, he’s only interested in improving his GPA and making it to the professional league.

However, one kiss between them leads to a night in the bedroom they will never forget. Is a deal of a date to seduce another going to cut it for Garett?


8. Him – Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

Jamie Canning has never understood how he lost his closest friend four years ago. Without an explanation, his roommate cut him off. It might have got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp, but it was just drunken foolishness.

Ryan Wesley has one regret; coaxing his straight friend into pushing the boundaries of their relationship.

Now, their college teams are set to compete with each other in the national championship and he can finally apologize. But one look at his longtime crush, and he’s unable to face him.

Until chance comes, and both Ryan and Jamie are asked to work together to coach at camp, and Jamie soon discovers more about his old friend. This is a steamy LGBT sports romance book with some very elicit scenes. This novel is suitable for ages 18+


9. Pucked – Helena Hunting

Violet Hall is not interested in Alex Waters, the team captain of the legendary NHL hockey team. She knows about his playboy reputation and she isn’t interested in him.

Violet mistakenly believes that hockey players have low IQs, and Alex inadvertently corrects her misconception. This revelation causes them to develop a closer relationship.

After their night together, Violet believed that their relationship was just a one-time thing.

However, Alex started to call her often and send strange gifts. Violet didn’t want to be associated with him in the media, so she tried to ignore him. However, the more time she spent with Alex, the harder it became not to like him.

The problem is that many people believe he’s a player and Violet doesn’t want that label attached to her.


10. Taking a Shot (Play by Play Series) – Jaci Burton

Jenna Riley doesn’t need any more sports in her life. Her brothers are all professional athletes, and she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar. Then Tyler Anderson comes in, and Jenna starts to feel like maybe she could use some fun in her life. However, she knows that it would be a mistake to date a jock like Tyler.

Ty, drawn to the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants something more with her life and offers his support as she begins to realize that she deserves more than what she’s been living for.

Their passion grows, and Ty insists that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it too…

First, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all-including Ty.


Baseball Sports Romance Books

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11. The Bromance Book Club – Lyssa Kay Adams

Gavin Scott is a professional baseball player whose marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered she has been keeping a secret – she fakes it in the bedroom.

When he loses his temper at the revelation, it is the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he has let his pride get the better of him.

Gavin was distraught and desperate. He found help from an unlikely source; a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alphas.

With the help of their book club and novel of choice, the guys coach Gavin on how to save his marriage. However, it will require more than just words and gestures – Gavin needs to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

This is a second chance sports romance book that offers a storyline that has never been done before.


12. The Dugout – Meghan Quinn

Carson Stone was playing baseball in college, and he had his heart set in the major leagues. He had it all planned out, he and his two best friends were going to play MLB, but this all came crashing down.

When a teammate injured him in practice, putting him on the bench for a season, Carson is back but struggling to find his groove. It’s his last chance to get drafted.

Milly Potter loves baseball, it’s her life. She coaches, and knows all about Carson Stone. She knows about his injury tells him she can help. But from that moment on, it’s not just the game they love, but each other…


13. Major Love – Kate Stewart

Andy met April when he was at an all time low in his life. He had just had his heart broken and wasn’t sure if he could love again.

His baseball and coaching career is all that matters to him, but he fears April might be a distraction. He’s drawn to her, and she’s drawn to him.

Their relationship blossoms slowly, as Andy deals with his insecurities. The scenes are hot and tantalizing. Can April reignite Andy’s faith in love and give romance a second chance?


14. The Player – K Bromberg

Easton Wylder is a baseball star and he’s dedicated his life to the game. So when an injury threatens to end his season early, his coach calls in physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to make sure he recovers.

Only Doc Dalton is busy, so he sends his daughter Scout. She’s feisty, determined, and gorgeous, but Easton doesn’t know if she can help him. 

Scout Dalton is desperate to prove a woman can handle the pressure of physical therapy in MLB, so she’s desperate to get Easton Wylder back on the field.

Being a physical therapist means getting hands-on, and he’s irresistible. The more she touches him the more she wants him. It’s dangerous to start something when her job and his career are on the line.

But when lines are crossed, can they keep cool under the pressure they both face? This is a tantalizing doctor romance novel and sports romance story that should be on anyone’s reading list!


15. Thrown By a Curve – Jaci Burton

 Alicia Riley has a great job as a sports therapist for the St. Louis Rivers baseball team, until she becomes the primary therapist for pitcher Garrett Scott. Out of the lineup with an injury, he’s short-tempered, hard to handle, and handsome.

Alicia is obligated to help Garrett prepare for his pitching debut, but she can’t help but be attracted to him. This could ruin both of their careers.

Garrett also feels the sparks flying and he thinks spending more time in bed, with a steaming hot therapist, is going to help him mend. All he has to do is convince Alicia to make the call.


Other Sports Romance Books

From basketball players to figure skaters, these are some of the most unique sports romance books of all time.

16. Playing for Keeps – Jax Calder

Ethan Lewis is one of the more light-hearted members of his rugby team. He’s always up for a good time, but any mention of his former best friend, Luke, and his happy-go-lucky exterior fades. He doesn’t know why his best friend Luke has avoided him for five years.

He knows he crossed a line when he hooked up with his sister, but it gave him his son and he has no regrets about that. When Ethan hears that Luke’s signed to play for his team,  he decides it’s time to win his best friend back.

But Luke has returned from playing rugby in New Zealand and just wants to make the national team. He’s not going to let Ethan distract him. Ethan may have been the one to break his heart all those years ago, but now he’s happy with a new boyfriend. 

But it turns out that love never waits, and he can’t escape the love of his life. 

This is one heart warming friends to lovers, LGBT sports romance book you won’t be able to put down!


17. From Lukov With Love – Mariana Zapata

Jasmine Santos is a figure skater who has been competing for seventeen years. With her sports career coming to a close, she needs to consider her options. 

When an arrogant and self-centered man, who she has been dreaming about for years, offers her the chance of a lifetime, she has to reconsider everything to make it work. 

This is a slow burn, enemies to lovers, sports romance book with a few steamy scenes.


18. Real – Katy Evans

Remington Tate is a boxing star, dangerous in the underground circuit, and incredibly handsome. Brooke Dumas lost her dream of fighting in the major leagues, so settles for the second-best thing.

Her job is simple, keep him healthy, keep him fighting, and don’t get hooked.

But when one night awakens a spark that won’t be put out. With lots of angst romance and tension, this is one steamy sports romance book that will leave you gasping for air. 


19. Fast Break – Regina Hart

Being a professional NBL player is all about money and fame. DeMarcus Guinn was a two-time MVP and three-time champion who’s had an incredible career in basketball. Now, he’s ready to be a first-time coach for the NBA’s worst team. 

But the team’s franchise owner is fighting him at every turn. Jaclyn Jones wants to turn her family’s team into a team of winners. It means more to her than just winning, it’s saving the community.

When DeMarcus wants to take control, his passion and determination set a fire in her and she’s not sure she’s able to put it out. Will DeMarcus help the team win, and win her heart?


20. Settling the Score (The Summer Games Series) – R.S. Grey 

Andie Foster is new to the Olympics. She’s spent 21 years of her life training for this day and has no time for boys or romance. Now that she’s in Rio, ready for her first Olympic event, she finds out the rumors about the Olympic Village are true – they’re all frisky in the sheets.

When Andie is thrown into the path of Frederick Archibald, an Olympic swimmer for the British team, she learns that he’s off-limits. But Andie is determined to keep her focus on her event and take her mind off the hot swimmer. 

But the village is small and she bumps into him everywhere. Can she avoid him, or will she give into the pressures of the village? This is a steamy sports romance novel with a unique storyline.


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Sports Romance Books

Final Word on Sports Romance Books

So there you have it, 20 of the best sports romance books of all time, whether you’re into buff NFL players or romantic and sweet hockey players, you’ll find a sports hero to swoon over in these books.

Do you think we’ve missed anything? Let us know in the comments!

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About Louisa

Editor/Founder - Epic Book Society

Louisa is the founder, editor, and head honcho of Epic Book Society. Once a published poet at the age of 7, she aspired to become a journalist, but that career hit a wall so here she is writing about books instead. When she's not writing about books, she's teaching English to primary school kids around the world.

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