Today on the Pink Heart Society, Candace Shaw shares football romance novels with swoonworthy heroes to tide the ladies over until football season...
With football season on hiatus, I miss my Sunday after church routine. My husband loves football and while I won’t say I love it, I do like the fact that I don’t have to cook a huge Sunday dinner.
For football Sundays I make dishes such as hot wings, homemade chili, chicken nachos, shrimp tacos, a veggie platter and fresh fruit smoothies. I love to munch, sip wine and pick out the players with the cutest tight ends which drives my husband crazy.
While I don’t have a favorite team, I do have a favorite player: Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton, the quarterback of the Carolina Panthers. I never miss a Panther’s game and I even wear Cam’s jersey that my husband gave me with the stipulation that I only wear the jersey! LOL! Fair enough considering I run around the great room screaming whenever Cam makes a touchdown.
However, with football season on break, I’ll just have to read romance novels that contain sexy, hunky football players to tide me over until September. Check out some reader fan favorites below.
Hill Country Hero by Ann DeFee
Only desperate, try-anything-once CiCi Hurst would agree to take the job of mascot for her daddy's football team. But the recently dumped Hill Country heiress doesn't expect to be tackled to the ground by six feet five inches of flat-out gorgeous male....
Jake Culpepper is every woman's dream. Too bad the pro-football star is exactly the type CiCi's vowed to avoid. It's a no-brainer: no more low-down, cheating athletes! So why is she getting the feeling Jake's different?
Jake can't believe he just decked the boss's daughter! Now he's paying the price by working for CiCi at her family's camp for underprivileged kids. He didn't plan on playing the hero. Or falling so hard for her. He just hopes CiCi feels the same way. Or he'll be the loneliest hero in the Lone Star State!
Passion Overtime by Pamela Yaye
With the homecoming festivities heating up, the last thing Kyra Dixon needs is an unwelcome blast from the past. But the PR rep has been given the plum job of helping sign hunky pro-football star Terrence Franklin as Hollington's new head coach.
Kyra knows the sexy sports star...intimately. They were once engaged--until Terrence dumped her to chase dreams of glory (and groupies). Now he's back in her life--as irresistible as ever. And Kyra and Terrence have some unfinished business: the passion that's raging hotter than ever between them.
After ten years of playing the field, Terrence is finally ready to settle down. Only one woman fits his fantasies of domestic bliss, but Kyra may not be ready to forgive and forget. All Terrence wants is a second chance to convince Kyra that as long as they're together, neither of them will ever lose.
Huddle with Me Tonight by Farrah Rochon
All Paige Turner wants is to be taken seriously as a journalist. The entertainment columnist and blogger extraordinaire gets more notoriety than she planned when her scathing review of NFL superstar Torrian Smallwood's memoir sparks an online confrontation. But that's nothing compared to the sensual heat that tackles her when she meets the heart-stoppingly sexy athlete face-to-face….
Torrian can't let Paige derail his dream of a new career as a restaurateur. Even if the sassy, sultry writer is making America's favorite wide receiver yearn to be on the receiving end of her desire. And with a reality TV cook-off propelling them into the spotlight, Torrian can no longer hide his passionate secret goal—to build a future with the woman who's making an end run around his heart…
The Homecoming by Rachel Carr
At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun.
Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he's been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he's become a better, humbler version of his former self.
Winning over his father isn't the only challenge. Seth must also find a way to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart. With his homecoming, will Seth be able to convince the town, his family and especially Iris that he's finally ready to be the man who will make them all proud?
Hot Item by Carly Phillips
Cool, collected Sophie Jordan loves her daily routine running her family's top sports management agency, as long as she gets to stay behind the scenes. But with big sister on maternity leave and little sis on her honeymoon, she's forced to step up to the plate. And a recent media crisis surrounding the disappearance of super agent Spenser Atkins is not going to make the job any easier.
Enter star quarterback and notorious bad boy Riley Nash who, for reasons of his own, needs to track down Atkins. Up until now, Sophie has kept a strict no-dating-clients policy, but each day with Riley makes her rule near impossible to follow.
With her job and her heart on the line, Sophie will need to make the toughest choice of her life.
Night Games by Lisa Marie Perry
Training the Las Vegas Slayers by day, sampling Sin City's delights by night, Nate Franco's life is one to envy. But a hot nightclub encounter could change all that. Because Charlotte Blue is more than a beautiful stranger. She's the daughter of his team's new owners—and his rival for the top training job. To keep his career and his legacy intact, Nate's prepared to play a little dirty.
Charlotte works hard to make her mark in a male-dominated sport. On the field, she and Nate are the picture of professionalism. In the bedroom, she's risking everything for their breathtaking forbidden affair.
But is Nate just using her so his family can reclaim the team—or will they be able to look beyond the passionate games to embrace real love
Until We Touch by Susan Mallery
After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm's length—a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool's Gold, California.
Larissa Owens knows where she stands—Jack sees her as just another one of the guys. No matter what her heart wishes, Jack's her boss, not her boyfriend. But then Larissa's big secret is revealed…by her mother!
When Jack discovers the truth about Larissa's feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he's not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love—will Jack go for the ultimate play?
Seduced by Moonlight by Janice Sims
A moonlit angel--that's what Harrison Payne sees when he wanders onto the balcony of his luxury Colorado resort.
The former pro quarterback knows next to nothing about the sensuous, intriguing stranger basking in the night air, except that he wants to know her much, much better.
Discovering that Cherisse Washington is the mother of a promising young skier he's agreed to sponsor is a stroke of luck--and learning that Cherisse's ex is determined to get back in her life is an unwanted setback.
But all's fair in love--and Harry intends to use every seductive means available to win the woman he knows belongs in his life forever...
Ladies, if you have a favorite football player or a football romance novel that you’d like to recommend, please share in the comments.
Candace Shaw writes fun, flirty, and sexy romance novels for Harlequin Kimani Romance and she self-publishes as well. She loves hearing from readers and can be reached on her website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.