12 Steamy Romance Sports Books with Hunky Athletes

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I’m a sucker for most good romance novels, but romance sports books are some of my absolute favorites!

Something about a big, tough athlete turning into a gooey marshmallow for the woman he loves makes me smile. It’s just so damn charming!

Are these romances often predictable? Yep. Are they steamy? Yep! Are they just a pile of fun? Hell yeah!

So below, I’ve rounded up a dozen of my favorite sports romances and divided them by the type of sport each athlete plays. Let me know your favorite sport featured in a romance, and I’ll try to add more books into that category.

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Wrestling and Boxing Sports Romance Books

How to Date a Douchebag and more sizzling college romance books!

How to Date A Douchebag: The Study Hours by Sara Ney

When champion college wrestler, Oz, is dared to kiss a girl in the library, he has no idea that Jameson is not as much of a good girl as her diligent studying makes her look.

He loves how she treats him like guy on campus instead of the star athlete he is. He can’t get enough and will try anything to capture her heart for good.

Why I Love it: This series is laugh-out-loud funny.  Each book is a stand-alone featuring a dedicated bachelor from a University’s Wrestling team. They are each tamed by a woman in a totally predictable way, but these books set in college are hysterical.

For starters, the author has funny pick-up lines between chapters that are utterly hilarious, but the dialogue between the characters is witty too.

Find this book in Sports Books / Rom-Com Books / Books Set in College / College Romances / Fluff Reads

Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire

Travis is the ultimate bad boy. Self-destructive, Tattoo-covered, but man, when he falls your heart will explode! If you like standoffish boys like Edward Cullen, Christian Grey, or Reid Royal, this is a great series for you.

It just become a movie as well! When Travis meets Abby, he has met his match. Travis tricks Abby with a bet. If she loses, she must move into his apartment. If he loses he must stay abstinent.

Why I Like It: This pick from romance books set in college is unforgettable and steamy.

Find this book in Books set in College / Sports Romance

Hockey Romance Books


Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

This STEAMY romance is a friends-to-lovers story of figure skater, Anastasia and hockey player, Nate.

After Anastasia’s partner breaks his arm, she’s desperately in need of a doubles partner to qualify for the Olympics. Nate is head over heels for her, so he willingly gives up his time. Will she accept his advances and take him out of the friend zone? You’ll have to read it to see! 😜

Why I Like It: This book is not for the faint of heart. It made me blush numerous times while reading. But I loved every minute of it!

Find this book in Books about Women in Sports / Romance Sports Books / College Romances

The Deal and more sizzling college romance books!

The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

The first in a series of books set in college about hockey players is also the series that got me hooked on the college romance books sub-genre! This one features a bunch of bachelor hockey players who are the campus hotshots.

To get the attention of the man she really wants, Hannah convinces the cocky captain to go on a pretend date with her in exchange for her tutoring services. Garrett is desperate to get his GPA up so that he can stay on the hockey team and play professionally when he graduates.

But when one kiss leads to a STEAMY hook-up, Hannah needs to reevaluate which man she wants.

Why I Love It: It’s very similar to the How to Date a Douchebag series, but it has a bit more heart and a little less humor. This is one of the steamy fake dating books EVER but you will love it.

Find this book in College Romances / Sports Romances / Fake Dating Romances / Books set in College

The Chase Briar U

The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy

Are you looking for a swoon-worthy new adult romance that is laugh-out-loud funny? I got you. I downloaded The Chase and it suck me in right away, kept me turning the pages, and made the time fly by.

Elle Kennedy kills me every single time. This series features more of the hockey players at Briar U and the girls that they fall in love with. It’s a spin-off of Kennedy’s Off Campus series.

Why I Love It: The books in this series are so hilarious but also swoon-worthy. There are also some serious sex scenes in here – so fair warning if that’s not your jam. This grumpy sunshine book is a great choice for a new adult romance.

Find this book in Sports Romances / Grumpy Sunshine Books / College Romances

Football Romance Books

the rule book

The Rule Book by Sarah Adams

Derek is a hotshot football star coming back from an intense injury. He needs a new agent to launch his comeback and Nora’s firm assigns her to the taste without knowing their history.

They used to be college sweethearts until Nora dumped Derek seemingly out of the blue. Now Derek is determined to get her to quit while Nora is fighting for her chance to prove herself in the male-dominated field of sports agents.

Why I Liked It: The chemistry between Nora and Derek was delicious, as was how they supported one another. I’m a sucker for a second-chance romance, so I knew up front I would adore this one. There is a steamy scene in this book but the author tells you when it will be so you can skip it!

Find this book in Sports Romances / Beach Reads 2024


The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

This book was the perfect break I needed into a world of romance. The idea of a bunch of men getting together to read romance novels to try and improve their relationships is amazing.

Although now that I think of it, maybe this book is a fantasy. This book is a perfect light read that I finished in a day and as far as rom-com novels go, it is a definite must-read!

Find this book in Sports Romance Novels / Faux Celebrity Fiction / Books about Books / Rom-Com Books / Second Chance Romance

fallen crest high

Fallen Crest High by Tijan

I fell hard for the Kade boys and their journey to accepting Samantha as their future stepsister, friend, and romantic interest. Samantha is a traumatized daughter of divorce, forced to live in with her mother’s newest boyfriend and his sons.

The Kade boys rule the local high school scene with their good looks, football prowess, and bad-boy reputations. But Samantha is not impressed – which only makes the brothers respect her even more.

Why I Love It: Drama, parties, hot boys, and backstabbing friends – this book is everything a guilty pleasure should be.

Find this book in YA Romances / Sports Romances / High School Romances

Fake it till you bake it

Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley

Donovan is an NFL player who also owns a struggling cupcake bakery with a few of his friends. Jada is internet famous, and not in a good way. She rejected a proposal on a bachelor-like TV show and now she’s got haters all over!

After taking a job at Donovan’s store, she lies to a reporter and says she was still thinking of Donovan when she rejected the proposal. 

So now she is fake-dating Donovan and helping the cupcake store in the process. But can they turn this fake relationship into something more? 

Why I Like It: Um yes, and with SIZZLING chemistry to boot! This is a fake dating book at its steamiest.

Find this book in Ultimate Beach Reads 2023 / Fake Dating / Romance Sports Books

Baseball Sports Romance Books

The Proposal

The Proposal (The Wedding Date #2) by Jasmine Guillory

February 2019 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

When Nikole’s “boyfriend” proposes to her at a baseball game and cannot even spell her name correctly, it is a recipe for disaster. 

Luckily, Carlos and his sister are at the game to help Nik escape the onslaught of paparazzi waiting.  You can guess the rest. 

Why I Like it: I read this book on a plane flight.  It was light, funny, and completely predictable. 

Find this book in Sports Romance Novels / Rom-Com Books / Jasmine Guillory Books / Best Romance Novels

Evvie Drake

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

July 2019 Read with Jenna Book List Pick

When Evvie’s husband dies unexpectedly in a car crash, she is still staying in her house a year later.  Everyone in her small town thinks that she is overcome with grief but in actuality, it is guilt. 

Dean is a retired major league baseball pitcher who woke up one day and was unable to throw the ball over the plate. When he moves into the apartment in the back of Evvie’s house the two become friends and agree to never talk about baseball or her husband. 

Why I Liked It: I just adored this celebrity romance book.  It was such a sweet and light romance, easily read on the beach.

Find this book in Sports Romances / Celebrity Romance Books / Friends-to-Lovers

More Romance Sports Books


Fangirl Down by Tessa Bailey

Wells Whitaker was supposed to be the next big thing in golf but his career has spiraled. Josephine Doyle is his biggest fan who is always there to cheer him on no matter what until the days he quits.

Now he knows he has made a huge mistake. He goes to find Josephine and begs her to be his caddy which she agrees to because she needs the money to rebuild her family’s pro shop after a storm.

Why I Loved It: I’d never read a golf romance before but was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it! As in every Tessa Bailey book, Josephine and Wells had chemistry in spades and the sexy scenes were HOT!

Find this book in Best Romance Books of 2024 / Sports Romances

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