This weekend I haven’t been around much because I have been hanging out at the racetrack watching the various NASCAR events. In fact, I won’t even be home when this posts, but I will be checking in when I can and responding to comments.
But going to the races got me thinking about sports and romances…
One of my favorite types of romance heroes is the athlete…whether he be a football player, a baseball player, or something else…there is just something about an athletic hero…the skill, the strength, the dedication…
And it seems I am not alone in my fascination as there have been many romances featuring or involving sports, such as football and baseball.
Since NASCAR inspired this post, the first books I thought of were the racing-themed romances (some might argue that auto-racing is not a sport, but I won’t go there…LOL). I know Harlequin now has a line of NASCAR romances revolving around racing and they seem to be doing well. I have read a few and have enjoyed what I have read.
In addition to auto-racing, there are also romance books featuring football…Susan Elizabeth Phillips has a popular series involving football (it currently sits in my TBR Mountain).
There are also some involving baseball (including The Words of the Pitcher by Kei Swanson), hockey (Deirdre Martin and Rachel Gibson’s books), and other sports.
However, I have noticed though lately that there aren’t quite as many new sports-related romances out there…or maybe I am just looking in the wrong place.
So do you enjoy romances that involve sports or athlete heroes?
What are some of your favorites?
What sport do you wish there were more romances about?
Do you think you have to be a fan of the sport to enjoy the romance?