Is it just me, or has there recently been an uptick in the number of f/f sports romance novels lately? Lesfic romance novels about heroines who are professional athletes seem to be pretty popular right now. There’s just something about athletic women with a passion for winning that lends itself to a hot romance novel.
You don’t even have to like sports in order to enjoy sports romance novels. I recently edited Romancing the Kicker by Catherine Lane and very much enjoyed it, even though I don’t know a thing about American football. So even if you’re not into sports, read on and give these sports romances a chance.
15 GREAT LESBIAN SPORTS ROMANCE BOOKS
I’ve put together a list of 15 f/f sports romance books I hope you’ll enjoy.
Switchback by S.W. Andersen
Life is full of twists and turns.
After an accident on the track lands Sierra in Kara’s on-site medical center, the doctor suddenly finds she has more on her mind that work. Blindsided by mutual attraction, Sierra and Kara struggle to accept their feelings for each other and to deal with the change it brings.
Will love be enough? Or will life’s little switchbacks send them both careening off course?
Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue
Top ten tennis player Viva Jones had the world at her feet. Then a lineswoman’s bad call knocked her out of the US Open, and injury crushed her career. While battling to return to the game, a chance meeting with the same sexy lineswoman forces Viva to rethink the past…and the present. There’s just one problem: players and officials can’t date. A lesbian romance about breaking all the rules.
Training Ground (Girls of Summer, book 1) by Kate Christie
In Book One of the Girls of Summer series, soccer players Jamie Maxwell and Emma Blakeley meet at a tournament in Southern California. Neither girl expects their chance encounter to form the basis of a bond that will last across years and miles, from youth national team try-outs to the 2015 World Cup–and beyond.
Out of Left Field: Marlee’s Story by Barbara L. Clanton
High school junior Marlee McAllister lives and breathes softball. For reasons Marlee doesn’t understand, she’s drawn to a rival team’s left fielder. Struggling to maintain her grades, dealing with the ever-increasing estrangement from her best friend, and handling the pressures of pitching, Marlee also has to confront the bittersweet realities of what it might mean to be gay.
Illegal Contact by Becky Harmon
Flagler Security agent Jamison Krews has agreed to protect a long-time friend’s sister. Quarterback Shea Carter has more important things to focus on than the supposed threat to her life–like a National Championship. Will Jamison be able to convince Shea that she’s more than a babysitter and gain her trust–and her heart–before it’s too late?
The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year by Annameekee Hesik
As they begin freshman year, Abbey Brooks and her best friend Kate pinky swear they’ll keep away from the lesbians in Gila High, but Abbey already suspects she’s one of those you-know-who girls herself and slowly learns who her true friends really are. Sometimes promises can’t be kept. And sometimes girls in uniform are impossible to resist.
Off Pitch (Pitch Prodigies, book 1) by Brianna Kienitz
Soccer star Adeline Fahey has never taken an interest in the world outside of the pitch. Then Gabriella Soto, the teaching assistant in Adeline’s dreaded Beginning Spanish class, walks onto her playing field. After a drunken night in a T-rex costume boots their hearts onto a collision course, Adeline and Gabriella must tackle a field of school scandal, homophobic parents, and their own passionate career goals to have a shot at something more.
Gold by E.J. Noyes
Pro alpine skier Aspen Archer’s career ended after a crash at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She picked up her broken body and now hides in comfortable obscurity at ski resorts around the world.
Cate Tierney has been hurt by a past relationship and has a teenage daughter to protect, yet her initial reluctance is quickly overcome by her intense attraction to Aspen. But with Cate’s vacation ending in a few short weeks and Aspen’s aversion to staying in one place, can their encounter be anything more than a fling?
The Change-Up by Syd Parker
Sawyer Evans has a great career as a head coach for a talented college baseball team. Bellamy Carter is a successful accountant with her own firm, a beautiful home, and a son she adores. When Sawyer comes to town to scout new players, their encounter forces Bellamy to question everything she believes about life, love and faith, leaving her wondering if she will make it out the other side.
Playing for First (Playing for First, Book 1) by Chris Paynter
Sportswriter Lisa Collins gets the scoop of a lifetime–covering the story of a woman trying to break the jock barrier into major league baseball. Amy Perry has to overcome the odds to reach her dream of playing first base for the Cincinnati Reds. Lisa is supported by her longtime friend, Frankie Dunkin. When she finds herself attracted to both women, Lisa has a choice to make. Which woman will be Playing for First in her life?
Edge of Glory by Rachel Spangler
As Olympic snowboarder Corey LaCroix and skier Elise Brandies ride the razor’s edge between victory and defeat on the slopes, they also face a heat neither of them is prepared for in their safe worlds of snow and ice. The stakes become steeper than any mountain either of them will ever face when legacies and hearts collide at breakneck speed.
Romancing the Zone by Kenna White
When 40-year-old Liz Elliott accepts her daughter’s challenge to return to college and play her last year of basketball eligibility, she is met with resistance from head coach Sheridan Ross, who has no patience for babysitting an over-the-hill athlete. But soon, sparks begin to fly.
If you haven’t done so already, download your bingo card, pick the book you want to read for the “sports romance” square, and start reading! Remember that you can either read one of the 15 books listed above or pick another f/f sports romance novel.
Lesbian Book bingo giveaway: Win a book by leaving a comment
For the sports romance square, I’m giving away an e-book copy of:
- Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue
- Playing for First by Chris Paynter
- Switchback by S.W. Andersen
Anyone can enter. To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment on this blog and let us know which book you’re going to read for the “sports romance” square or if you can think of other lesbian books that fit this category.
Entries close on Thursday, November 22, 2018, 10 a.m. CET, when I’ll draw the winners using a random numbers generator. I’ll notify winners via email. Your email address won’t be used for any other purpose.
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