Howdy, Delighted Readers!
Thank you for joining us on our third mini blog event, the I Dare You Throw Down, which will go from November 18th– 24th. We are jazzed to take up this challenge that will get us exploring some of each other’s favorite romance elements and inviting you to do the same. We have daily fun in store so come by each day to enjoy: reviews, book tag, lists, discussions, and a game.
“I dare Shari to read a fall sports romance (or two) with me.”
So, sporty romances…
This is a great dare for me because as much as I enjoy sports, I haven’t read that many sports romances. It wasn’t a matter of disliking them so much as preferring other genres and never getting around to them.
But, get around to them I did. I even know when I read my first- thank you, Goodreads.
I’ll list my first football romance, A Little Bit of Déjà vu by Laurie Kellogg that got read in the spring of 2012.
I had a few great ones, a few disappointments, but mostly there was a sea of blah ones. The ones that really pulled me in and I wanted to read more from the author was when the author devoted significant time to the character involved in his/her sport and the sport played a strong role in the story while the romance wasn’t stinted on and was allowed to develop beyond the ‘hot athlete’ thing.
There are some definite sports romance tropes that I’ve noticed even in my limited perusal of this sub-genre. The bad boy athlete who needs to clean up his image (those can be fun), the obnoxious ‘anything for a story’ female sports journalist (these usually don’t click with me), the athlete’s secret baby (and I do hate this one with the fire of a thousand suns), the second chance romance after the athlete works out that he was stupid to have left behind love in pursuit of his sports dreams (oh, I do love this one), and, related to the second chance is the never take the time for romance b/c sports is everything romance.
My favorite sports romance authors are Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, Rhonda Shaw, Kate Willoughby, Kat Latham, Michele Mannon, Jaci Burton, Jeanette Murray, Cecy Robson, and Tillie Cole.
But that’s just me. Let’s hear from Shari now.
While I never played any sports growing up, my brother was a big basketball player. We often traveled to other cities for tournaments, so I have an great appreciation for them, it just wasn’t something I was into.
Basketball is big in Indiana, hence the Hoosier’s movie. For years my husband and I had a rivalry with his Chicago Bulls and my Indiana Pacers. We started falling away from it when seasons went on for so long there were over a hundred games and we had children that took more time from us. We fell away.
Then in 2007 the Colts football team made it to the Superbowl and we have been fans since. Around when I started blogging I was introduced to the world of sports romances. I can’t say they are at the fore front of my reading, but they are something I enjoy.
Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series got me going, but I have enjoyed Lili Valenti’s Bad Motherpucker’s or Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers, both hockey romances. What I have found most in my sports reading is that I am drawing to mostly hockey romances, but I have read baseball, football, tennis, boxing and more, but just not in the same number as hockey romances.
So let’s take a look at sports romances to see what they all have to offer!
And, now…. What books did we pick for my I Dare You Throw Down?
- Saving Grace by Katie Graykowski
- Verite by Rachel Blaufield
- In Skates Trouble by Kate Meader
- Whichever one wins the TBR vote: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan or Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
- Puck Me, Baby by Lili Valente
- Hot as Puck by Lili Valente
- Sexy Motherpucker by Lili Valente
- Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
Are you joining us for I Dare You Throw Down: Thriller edition? What do you like/loathe about thrillers? Got a favorite author? Got a romantic thriller or suspense picked out? Do tell!
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