I’m always up for a good sports romance. I think they’re a lot of fun to read and they can also serve as great palate cleansers in between fantasy or sci-fi reads. For some reason, I find myself unable to write full reviews for most of sports romance books that I read so I’m lumping a few together into one blog post.
Rush Me by Allison Parr
I can’t say that I loved this, exactly. But I was absorbed by it and stayed up way too late last night to finish reading the whole thing. I really liked it but was kept from loving it by the climax, I just felt like the conflict felt a little tired because they kept fighting about the same things. I really liked Rachael and Ryan. Of course it was fun to read about Rachael’s bookish ways and it was cute how Ryan could keep up with her intelligence and her quirkiness. I liked how Rachael’s friendship with the football players developed and would love to read to see the other guys get their own HEA. I also liked Rachael’s roommate and her other girlfriends. One conversation about Pride and Prejudice was a winner:
“Ryan Carter wants to have dinner with me on Friday. And like a dozen other people. But still.” I collapsed onto the sofa and kicked off my shoes.
Eva frowned. “But aren’t you in a fight?”
“Yes. I don’t know. Is this a really bad idea? Apparently he suggested it.”
Eva’s grin broadened and her dark eyes twinkled. She peeled off the rubber dish gloves and dropped down next to me on the sagging cushions. “I think it’s a great idea.”
“But what if he’s a Wickham?”
She shrugged. “Maybe you’re a Lydia.”
I shuddered. “Don’t say such things.” Lydia might have caught Wickham in the end, but she was still vain and flippant and unlikeable. “I want to be Elizabeth.”
Eva gave me a look.
“Fine.” My head dropped against the back of the couch. “I’m a Jane. I’m a Jane, okay?” The staid older sister.
“There’s nothing wrong with being a Jane.”
“That’s what the Elizabeths always say,” I muttered darkly.
I was in the mood for a fun sports romance and this was exactly what I needed. Looking forward to reading more of the author’s writing!
Sacked (Gridiron #1) by Jen Frederick
I had fun reading this football romance. It reminded me a little bit of The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan, but I liked this one more. Both Knox and Ellie were pretty easy to like and they really were perfect for each other. It was cute how Knox was convinced that they’re meant to be together the moment he sees Ellie. I also thought it was nice that Ellie is a big football fan, partly because her brother also plays the game. One of the reasons why Knox was drawn to Ellie was because it seemed like she loved and understood the game just as much as he did. A non-spoilery snippet:
I haven’t been reasonable or completely honest. If I’m honest, I’ll admit that Knox Masters is exactly the type of guy I want to date. He dominates a sport I love. He’s confident but not arrogant. He’s funny, able to laugh at himself, and… shit, hot as the first of Mordor. I mean, the One Ring could be forged in his hotness.
Isn’t that funny? Knox and his twin Ty are super close and the same can be said for Ellie and her brother, which was something that I also liked. These family connections became an important aspect of the growing relationship between Ellie and Knox. There was also a fun bookstore scene that I think all book lovers will appreciate. I know next to nothing about American football but I still enjoyed reading this book even if I didn’t understand the sport. Will be watching out for the next book in the series! I hope Knox’s twin brother gets a book of his own.
Kulti by Mariana Zapata
This was almost a DNF for me because I found the first few chapters dragging. But I kept reading, hoping that it would get better and it did. Although there were still sections of the book that I skimmed. It would have been a stronger novel if it was shortened a lot more. I did like the characters a lot. Sal is a great character, so dedicated to soccer but not so much that she doesn’t lose focus of what’s important in her life like her family and friends. I really enjoyed seeing her interactions with her dad, they’re pretty funny together. I also liked Kulti, this intense soccer legend who started off as aloof but slowly warmed up to Sal’s warmth and kindness. He knows he’s made mistakes in the past but he’s willing to atone for them, and to become a better person. His character could have been further developed, I felt like we didn’t see much of what his life was like prior to his retirement. I thought their romance was pretty sweet – friends first, with a history of admiring each other’s sports talent. I did think it took too long for them to get together – I’m all for slow burn romance but if the couple hasn’t even admitted their attraction to each other when you reach the 90% mark in the book? I think that’s a bit much. Kulti could have been really good but unfortunately, I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to.
Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
After reading Kulti, I was still in the mood for a soccer romance so I searched for another title that I could read. I came across Scoring Wilder and both the cover and the premise looked interesting so I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did because it was a lot of fun to read! This is exactly the type of sports romance that I enjoy reading. Kinsley is a hilarious girl, I really enjoyed seeing how her quirky mind worked. She’s smart, funny and works really hard to succeed in her sport. Some examples of things she’s said:
If only we actually were in Harry Potter. I’d totally Crucio her ass. Yeah, that’s right, I’d use one of the Unforgivable Curses. Come at me, Ministry of Magic.
Damnit, he was distracting me. I was supposed to be Nancy Drew, and instead I was Nancy Draw-the-blinds-and-put-it-in-me. Wait, what?
I wanted to exceed everyone’s expectations of me. I wanted them to say, “I thought she’d be good, but that girl is on fire.” They’d have no choice but to compare me to Katniss.
Makes me feel like it would be great to hang out with Kinsley. Liam is also a great guy, he might be known as a soccer bad boy but from how he acted in the book, he seemed pretty sweet. Or maybe it took just the right girl for him to settle down. Kinsley and Liam’s friends and family were also an important part of the story, and they provided support while the couple’s relationship developed. This book was a nice intro to R.S. Grey’s writing and I’m interested in giving her other books a try.