25 Best Football Romance Books That Score Big with Romance Book Lovers

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Fall in love with these football romance books that are sure to score big if you love sports romance! No matter if it features the star quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back, or lineman, I fell hard for these football romance books that have the best heroes worth cheering for.

If you are looking for some great book recommendations to get your football fix this season, be sure to check out each of these romance books which I consider the best football romance books worth reading. You won’t regret it!

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The Best Football Romance Books

Blind Side is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Blind Side
by Kandi Steiner

Clay Johnson has the abs of Adonis and the smirk of the devil, himself. There’s hardly a day he’s not headline material during football season, and never a day he isn’t a bullseye target for every girl on campus.

He used to be the easiest of all the players for me to wrangle as the Public Relations Coordinator, but after a nasty breakup with his high school sweetheart, he’s a mess.

We meet to discuss his behavior and review media relations standards. But when he witnesses how I fall to pieces in front of my guitar-toting crush, his wheels start turning. And he cooks up this absurd plan.

He helps me get noticed. I help him make his ex jealous. All by pretending to be in a relationship.

What he doesn’t realize is that this bookworm is a virgin, and far from versed in seducing a musician. So, to sweeten the deal, I convince him to help me — not just to get my crush’s attention, but to knock his socks off once I have it.

But the more I come unraveled at the hands of Clay Johnson, the more trouble I have discerning what’s fake and what’s undoubtedly real — particularly, the way my heart flutters every time that breathtaking man touches me.

We set the rules. We put the safeguards in place.

But they say rules are meant to be broken. They probably should have added that hearts are, too.

I absolutely LOVED this fake dating romance!

Any book boyfriend who reads his girl’s romance books to learn what turns her on is one amazing stud in my book 😊.

Clay is a standout athlete and the college’s starting safety but he’s also reeling because his long-term girlfriend just blindsided him by dumping him.

Seeing an opportunity to make his ex jealous while helping Giana get the attention of another guy is a win-win for both of them, and boy does it become so.

This book had great writing, great story pacing, perfect characters and a steaminess that just melted me.

You’ll totally fall for this football player but I also loved Gianna too. This is absolutely one of my favorite football romance books that I highly recommend.

The Cheat Sheet is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Cheat Sheet
by Sarah Adams

The friend zone is not the end zone for Bree Camden, who is helplessly in love with her longtime best friend and extremely hot NFL legend, Nathan Donelson.

The only problem is that she can’t admit her true feelings, because he clearly sees her as a best friend with no romantic potential, and the last thing Bree wants is to ruin their relationship.

In any case, she has other things to worry about. After a car accident ended her chance at becoming a professional ballerina, Bree changed paths and now owns her own dance studio, with big dreams to expand it. But one more rent increase could mean the end of the studio entirely.

Then, as usual, Nathan comes to the rescue and buys the entire building. A stubborn Bree is not happy about it and decides to rebel with a couple of tequila shots. Then her plan backfires as she spills her deepest, darkest secret to a TMZ reporter.

One viral video later, the world thinks Nathan and Bree are the perfect couple.

Before they can really talk about her confession, Nathan’s publicist proposes a big opportunity that could mean financial security for Bree.

The catch? They have to pretend to be in love. For three whole weeks.

What will happen when Bree gives in to the feelings she’s been desperately hiding for so long, and could she be imagining that Nathan is actually enjoying it?

This is a super cute football romance book that finally brings two best friends together.

Nathan is the sweetest friend and quite the cinnamon roll hero despite his football prowess, and it’s no contest that he feels the same for Bree as she does him.

Sometimes books with pining can actually be annoying but I totally understood their concerns and felt like there was enough sweet moments to get me through until they finally just went for it.

If you like clean romance books, this one is a good pick as it is a closed door, friends to lovers romance.  

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
by Mariana Zapata

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary.

She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

This football romance book is definitely one of the most popular and with good reason! A 2016 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Romance, this book solidified me as a Zapata fan as she crafts slow burn romance like no other.

I just settled in for the ride with this one, watching Vanessa and Aiden slowly fall for each other as they transition from employer/employee to man and wife.

I’m fascinated by the big, quiet football players I watch on TV and wonder what they may be like in real life. Zapata’s story is a must-read because I loved her portrayal of Aiden and his back story which made this a wonderful marriage of convenience romance too!

The Guy in the Middle is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Guy in the Middle
by Kate Stewart

I was born to play and bred to win. My priorities were instilled in me early on—family and football. Those ideals led me to TGU and a coach whose ironclad principles mirrored my own.

With one last college season to play, my goal was singular—get drafted. By realizing my NFL dream, I could save my family, our ranch, and the only home I’d ever known.

Two birds, one ball. Playing hard was my only option, but there’s always a wild card.

For all of my planning and hard work, I never anticipated falling for the coach’s daughter. Harper was a fair catch, but who knew loving her could be the one play to throw my career before it started or that the weight of our secret would change the game.

Lance is one of those male romance heroes that has stuck with me long after finishing this book.

I adore all of Stewart’s romance books but this one is definitely one of my favorite romance books of all time because I just totally fell for Lance and Harper.

Lance is one of those college football players that has a lot riding on his shoulders so he shouldn’t even be contemplating a relationship with the coach’s daughter but fate has other plans.

While this story involves Lance’s try at the NFL draft, there’s so much more to this football romance book, the trajectory of their relationship, and the path that he ultimately finds himself on.

Pick it up so we can talk about it! You won’t regret reading it. Check out my book review of The Guy in the Middle.

Wrecking Ball is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Wrecking Ball
by P. Dangelico

Cam DeSantis’ life is a mess. How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once?

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

So when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable jerk, who just happens to be the starting quarterback for the vaunted New York Titans, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a live-in nanny slash teacher for his eight year old nephew.

Now all she has to do is find a way to ignore him for the next three months. Which is harder said than done.

Calvin Shaw has zero interest in women. Wait, wait––let me rephrase that. He loves women, he just doesn’t want anything to do with ‘um.

What he needs to do is focus on winning another Super Bowl before he retires. Problem is, the woman living in his house is a major distraction.

And he doesn’t know what’s worse, that he promised to be civil, or that he’s attracted to her.

This is book one in Dangelico’s Hard to Love series which features multiple football romance books which are all AMAZING!

You’ll love Wrecking Ball if you adore heroes who guard their hearts after it’s been taken advantage of before.

Calvin is definitely an alpha football player who hides a lot behind his own walls that are eventually chipped away by Cam to show his tender side underneath.

Dangelico is another author whose slow burn romances are just perfection and this is one of them!

The Baller is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Baller
by Vi Keeland

The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room. It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.

The famed quarterback decided to bare all. And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.
No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.

The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby–screwing with me. When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.

But I don’t date players. And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football. I’d date an athlete. It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.

Brody Easton was the ultimate player. Every woman wanted to be the one to change him. But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for. Turned out, I was that girl.

Simple right? Let’s face it. It never is. There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after… And this one is ours.

Want a football romance book with an arrogant NFL quarterback who knows he’s got it going on both on the field and in the bedroom? Then you’ll want to meet Brody!

No doubt about it, Brody is a player but he’s about to change his tune after coming toe to toe with Delilah. I loved that she’s a strong heroine who wants and deserves more and he’s actually willing to give it a try.

This is one of my favorite Keeland romance books!

Jock Road is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Jock Road
by Sara Ney

Eat. Sleep. Football. Those are my — Jackson Jennings, Jr’s — three mantras. My entire life, I’ve been a trained athlete with only one end-game: Professional football. Which means no girls. No parties. No alcohol.

Every Friday night, I cruise the strip on campus, bored, lonely and conditioned not to party. But the night I meets Charlotte Edmonds on the side of the road, I wonders if my three mantras will ever be enough.

Big. Dumb. Jock. I, Charlie (Charlotte), have no time for Jackson’s antics. Not when he’s stealing my food or teases me to no end, making me tingle in all the right places.

If I was ever going to have a boyfriend, I’d choose one who isn’t a Neanderthal. One with manners and actual time to spend with me. Not a hulking man-child who cruises the strip at night, in his
Big. Dumb. Truck.

An enemies to lovers story featuring a sassy girl and an “all-football all the time” jock and that gets on her last nerve– what’s not to love?!

The thing about Sara Ney’s Jocks on Campus series is that each story is like taking a magnifying glass to the life of the hero and heroine of the story so there really isn’t a lot of football played in this romance but it didn’t need it in my opinion.

Charlie and Triple J don’t have the best meet cute (in Charlie’s opinion) but they have the best banter between her sassiness and his love to push her buttons which really set the foundation for their relationship.

If you love football romance books where you really get to know the “man” behind the athlete, add this one to your TBR list.

The Game Plan is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Game Plan
by Kristen Callihan

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything. NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman.

The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friends. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player.

Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away; they live vastly different lives in separate cities. And Dex is looking for a forever girl.

But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man. Game On.

You pretty much have to binge-read all of Callihan’s football romance books in the Game On series if you have a thing for football players but Ethan is my favorite in The Game Plan.

The big, burly center has always been focused on football but he’s ready to finally set his sights on Fi and not let anything come between them including his fame, their distance or his virginity.

I admit I have a thing for tattooed romance heroes and Ethan is just a ball of contradictions that I couldn’t get enough of.

The Perfect First is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Perfect First
by Maya Hughes

Persephone Alexander. Math genius. Lover of blazers. The only girl I know who can make Heidi braids look hot as hell. And she’s on a mission. Lose her virginity by the end of the semester.

I walked in on her interview session for potential candidates and saw straight through her brave front. She’s got a list of Firsts to accomplish like she’s only got months to live.

I’ve decided to be her guide for all her firsts except one. Someone’s got to keep her out of trouble. I have one rule, no sleeping together. We even shook on it.

I’ll help her find the right guy for the job. Someone like her doesn’t need someone like me and my massive…baggage for her first time.

Drinking at a bar. Check. Partying all night. Double check. Skinny dipping. Triple check.

She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met. The walls I’d put up around my heart are slowly crumbling with each touch that sets fire to my soul.

I’m the first to bend the rules. One electrifying kiss changes everything and suddenly I don’t want to be her first, I want to be her only.

But her plan was written before I came onto the scene and now I’m determined to get her to re-write her future with me.

I adore football romance books when it comes to college players because there’s often this fun youthfulness to their stories.

Hughes covers all the football positions in her Fulton U series but this one shines with the football receiver who falls for the math prodigy he’s helping tutor in more ways than one.

I loved how Seph gets to break out of her shell and that Reese got to focus on something besides the draft and joining the pros.

If you enjoy the relationship coach trope like me, this is the football romance for you.

As Good as New is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

As Good as New
by Jennifer Dawson

At the tender age of six, Penelope Watkins fell for her best friend’s brother, Evan Donovan, future hunk. By the time they were teenagers, they were having heart-to-hearts…and hot and heavy top secret make-out sessions.

All that changed when Evan’s father suddenly passed away. Abruptly, Penelope lost him to grief—and to his true love: football.

But now an injury has ended Evan’s NFL career. The notorious bad boy is in a depression no one can penetrate, except maybe the one woman who still knows him best—and still wants him most.
 
Penelope is the last person Evan wants witnessing the wreck he’s become. So when she shows up at his door he’s less than welcoming—though the sight of her brings back the same old rush of desire.

As a teenager, the emotions overwhelmed him. Now, when he wants to be overwhelmed, Penelope isn’t playing.

She’s telling the golden boy it’s time to man up. It may have taken a concussion to realize it, but that’s exactly what he wants to do—starting with her.

Pro football isn’t all wins and rainbows as Evan can attest in this football romance book. He’s down and out given the injury he’s recuperating from but it puts him back front and center with the girl he once loved.

Given their history as young teens, this book has a bit of a second chance romance feel to it, but it’s such a great, friends to lovers book too that starts with a bit of tension making it sizzle!

I love how time and circumstances don’t dull the attraction between Penelope and Evan and how it’s up to her to deliver a course of tough love to the depressed player.  

This is one of my favorites from Dawson and a favorite if you also love the best friend’s brother trope.

It Had to Be You is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

It Had to Be You
by Suzanne Elizabeth Phillips

The Windy City isn’t quite ready for Phoebe Somerville—the outrageous, curvaceous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team.

And Phoebe is definitely not ready for the Stars’ head coach, former gridiron legend Dan Calebow, a jock taskmaster with a one-track mind.

Calebow is everything Phoebe abhors. And the hot new boss is everything Dan despises—a meddling bimbo who doesn’t know a pigskin from a pitcher’s mound.

So why is Dan drawn to the shameless hottie like a heat-seeking missile? And why does the coach’s good ol’ boy charm leave cosmopolitan Phoebe feeling awkward, tongue-tied . . . and ready to fight?

Phillips keeps cranking out books in her beloved Chicago Stars series and I’m all for it! This is the first in the must-read football romance series that features a romance between a reluctant owner and a surly coach.

Dan and Phoebe hold such prejudices against each other from the start which leads to some intense chemistry!

If you like your football romances that focus more on the behind-the-scenes action instead of the players, then start with this book and then binge-read the entire series for even more football.

The Perfect Play is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Perfect Play
by Jaci Burton

The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom.

Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.

The Perfect Play was one of the first football romance books I ever read so it holds a special place in my heart kicking off my love of this sports romance category.

I loved how we come to find out that there is more to Mick than his football stats, but man does he and Tara have a hot and heavy one-night-stand.

Tara is a heroine you can’t help but root for – a single mom and entrepreneur who is thrown into the sports limelight and believes that Mick is too good to be true.

Burton’s writing is so addictive so you’ll be reading this romance and then bingeing the rest of her sports romance books!

Hard to Score is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Hard to Score
by K. Bromberg

Brexton: I’ve signed numerous players to my family’s agency—I assumed winning over my next client would be just as easy.

The last thing I expected was to run into the boy who took my first kiss and broke my heart: only now Drew Bowman is all grown up.

I tell myself work is the reason I can’t get him out of my head. I tell him his talent far outweighs his position, and I know I can help.

I lie and lie, because admitting that I want a second chance at my first love is impossible.

Drew: I’m supposed to hate her. I’ve been told so time and again for ten years – her father ruined our family, smeared my name before my career even began.

But that’s not what I’m feeling now.

Brexton Kincade just strode out of my memories and onto my field. Being with her would be an unforgivable sin against my father, but I can’t resist the pull between us.

Even if it means hiding what we have. Even if it means confronting the secrets I’ve always feared were lies.

Bromberg dazzles in this football romance that gives a second-string quarterback new life.

But things aren’t so easy for Brexton the sports agent determined to sign Drew, the quarterback, given their history and the scandal that ripped their families apart.

Grab this one for a sweet, friends to lovers romance that brings two deserving people together long after their first kiss.

I Dare You is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

I Dare You
by Ilsa Madden Mills

Bad Boy Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Bad Boy Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw. Good girl. Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars. Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day? One hot hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe. The most talented football player in the country. Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

Will the bad boy score the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep separate them forever?

Take a trip to Waylon University in this first book of a fantastic football romance book series that starts with the captain of the football team chasing the geek.

I adore romance books with fun texting back and forth between the main characters and Madden Mills definitely uses that device well in this college romance.

I dare you to try and resist adding this to your must-read list if you haven’t already!

Sacked is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Sacked
by Jen Frederick

Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check.

Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one. 

…but he’s never met her before.

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. 

Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing. 

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

This was my first read by Frederick and won’t be my last! I absolutely loved this football romance’s focus on Knox’s goal to be the best and how he just falls hard for Ellie.

He’s never been with a girl because he’s kept his focus on the ball but man, when he decides that Ellie is now the focus, he willingly trades in his V-card and it’s HOT.

This is a great college romance that you’ll read in one sitting and ready to read the rest of the series.

Say You Swear is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Say You Swear
by Meagan Brandy

My brothers best friend broke my heart, but what happens when his new teammate wants to put it back together?

For years, I’ve dreamt of what college life could bring and while some things changed, there was always one constant.

It didn’t matter how wild I allowed my imagination to run, it always led me to the same place in the end.

It led me to him. My future was clear, and he was it. Until suddenly, he wasn’t.

Now there’s a new man in my life, one who isn’t afraid to go after what he wants, and what he wants … is me.

They say first loves last forever. What about the second?

I picked up this book because I was looking for a new football romance book to read but it turned out to be that and so much more!

Reader beware – read this book only if you’re prepared to ugly cry multiple times. Seriously!

It pulls your heart in so many directions because it includes a love triangle between Ari and two football players but man does Noah take the cake when it comes to book boyfriends.

Check out my book review of Say You Swear.

The Reverse Play is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Reverse Play
by Julia Clarke

What’s the first rule of being a female coach in the NFL? Don’t fall for the players.

When I land my dream job coaching the Boston Rebels, I realize just how difficult it will be to maintain a hands-off approach to the team.

Everything about them, from their broad shoulders and thick biceps to their chiseled abs and narrow waists, makes it difficult to focus.

As if that weren’t bad enough, I’m attracted to not one, but three, players. Three offensive players who keep breaking through my defenses.

I’m their coach, but absolutely nothing in my playbook prepared me for this. My head seems to understand they’re completely off-limits, but my heart is pulling a reverse play.

I picked up this football romance book because I was intrigued that it was a reverse harem romance that wasn’t a bully romance or fantasy romance!

But even if reverse harem isn’t your thing, this one is pretty light considering it is book one in a three-part series.

It really sets the stage for Blake’s role on the team and how she comes to connect with each of the players.

What I liked most is Blake’s dedication to achieve her dream of becoming an NFL coach when so much is stacked against her in a male-dominated field.

The ballers are roommates, good friends, and basically all-around good guys which had me rooting for all of them too 😊.

Wildcat is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Wildcat
by Max Monroe

I’m the nerdy, book-loving, small-town flight attendant, and he’s the hot, talented, completely unattainable quarterback who just magically ended up on my plane.

If my life had a historically set, third-person narrator, this would be one of the things that “shan’t ever happen to this maiden.”

But it’s happening.

Quinn Bailey, one of the best quarterbacks in the country—the man who has millions of women fantasizing about him on the regular and a football record that woos most men—is now in full pursuit of winning me.

My body is telling me to go for it, but my brain knows better…Because there’s nothing simple about falling in love with a superstar.

Especially
 when the whole world is watching.

Forget about hotshot quarterbacks falling for the models, actresses or equally famous.

I loved this football romance because it is a really cute love story where the most famous NFL quarterback falls for the flight attendant he can’t forget.

He may be juggling practice, games, and publicity requirements but Quinn Bailey is all about going after the girl and I loved him for it.

There’s also some seriousness to this story given the issues they face as an interracial couple and the limelight that Catherine is thrown into that I enjoyed.

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Fumbled is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Fumbled
by Alexa Martin

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal.

After years of hard work, she’s built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it’s all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

T.K. Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL.

His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he’s moved on.  

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they’ve suppressed for years come rushing back.

But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they’ll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.

I’m all over this second chance romance by Martin who dazzles in her Playbook series with not one but four football romance books.

I adore that TK and Poppy find their way back together after so many years apart with so much still unsaid and unknown between them – mainly Ace.

If you want a football romance written by a former NFL wife and one that doesn’t shy away from addressing the dangers of the sport including brain injuries, then check this one out.

The Jock is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Jock
by Tal Bauer

Wes Van de Hoek clawed his way off his family’s West Texas ranch under the Friday night lights, earning a football scholarship to the state’s best university.

Three years in, he has it all: he’s the starting tight end, team captain, and, according to ESPN, maybe the best college football player in the nation. But he’s been keeping a secret from everyone.

Justin Swanscott has three certainties in his life: he’s gay, football is overrated, and he really, really doesn’t like cowboys.

He should never have fallen into Wes’s open-range eyes or let his heart run wild when Wes gave him that shy little smile over summer.

With stadiums packed, ESPN all over him, and the NFL wanting him, Wes is feeling the pressure, but all he wants is to love Justin.


If you’re looking for a good, opposites attract football romance book you’ll want to meet Wes and Justin.

I love romance books where one of the main characters is facing tough pressure and is somewhat of a loner in his/her strife.

But it’s the moment that they finally find solace in the arms of someone they “shouldn’t” that things get really interesting.

This is just one must-read football romance by Bauer if you love gay romances.

The Hardest Fall is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Hardest Fall
by Ella Maise

The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body.

You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to.

At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of what I said would matter since I’d never speak to him again. Turns out, I was very wrong.

He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over campus.

Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking away.

He thinks we’re going to be best friends. I think I have a big thing for him, and the more I get to know him, the more I don’t care that I’m not allowed to be his friend, let alone fall for him.

If you adore romance books with awkward heroines and totally awkward meet cutes then you’ve found your next read!

This is a fun, slow burn football romance where Dylan and Zoe initially run into one another on the college campus but it’s not until three year later that they find themselves as roommates trying to deny their attraction and then ultimately failing.

Decker is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Decker
by Kayley Loring and Connor Crais

I don’t know which is worse—the fact that our beloved Tomcats owner left the team to his estranged daughter, that she’s a finance nerd from New York who knows less than nothing about football…or that I mistook her for a secretary when we first met.

She’s stubborn, uptight, infuriating, looks way too good in a skirt, and she’s wrong about absolutely everything—from pizza to how to run my team.

We have to learn to work together without kissing or strangling each other.

But I can’t stop arguing with her. Even while I’m discovering how good she looks out of a skirt. Even when I’m realizing she might be right about some things after all.

I thought I had a winning play. But Hannah Strong changed everything.

This is a football romance between a new female owner and the MVP quarterback who start as enemies but soon realize they have quite a spark.

I kind of love how clueless Hannah is in the beginning – even carrying a Football for Dummies book around. Ha!

But with Loring as a co-author, you know that means there’s going to be some major laugh-out loud moments along with the swoony and steamy moments as she’s one of my favorite romcom authors.

Scoring With the Wrong Twin is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Scoring With the Wrong Twin
by Naima Simone

Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again.

Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors.

But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister.

After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both.

The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely hotter.

What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another…

Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.

What’s not to love about this football romance where you’ve got a heroine hiding a secret (her identity!) and falling for a hero with trust issues.

It’s a recipe for disaster once the shoe drops but I’m all for it!

Enemies is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

Enemies
by Tijan

Stone Reeves was my neighbor, and I’ve hated him since sixth grade. Gorgeous and charismatic, he became the town’s football god, while I became the town’s invisible girl.

He went to a Division 1 school for football, while my father was fired by his father. His team won the National Championship the same day I lost my mother.

He was a first round pick for the NFL while I made the worst decision of my life.

Now I’m in Texas trying to pick up the pieces of my life. But, Stone is here. Stone is everywhere.

It doesn’t matter that disaster has struck my life again. It doesn’t matter that he’s the one trying to console me.

It doesn’t matter that he’s the nation’s newest football obsession. Because for me, he always has been and always will be my enemy.

Yes! An enemies to lovers football romance is too good to be true but alas Tijan delivers with this widely popular romance.

It does come with a lot of drama but if you love that in your new adult romance books then have at it!

The Friend Zone is one of the best football romance books worth reading. Discover all of the best football romance books in this epic book list on She Reads Romance Books.

The Friend Zone
by Sariah Wilson

Disgraced college quarterback Logan Hunt was on his way to NFL stardom when he messed up big-time.

Now the Texas star player with a bad temper has a new option: Seattle’s EOL College—as in End of the Line, to his fellow misfit recruits.

It’s Logan’s last chance. If he can follow the rules. No parties, no fighting, no swearing, and oh, no dating the coach’s daughter, Jess. Simple. Yeah, right. For Logan, there has never been a rule he’s more tempted to break.

The deal is “just friends.” The pretty, confident, and fiercely smart math whiz is fine with pizza, tutoring, and keeping Logan in line.

But the closer Jess gets, the more receptive she is to his warm heart and spirit—not to mention his irresistible off-field passes. With defenses down, they’re both heading into the danger zone.

It’s more than thrilling. It’s love. It’s also a game changer that could sideline Logan’s NFL goals—and more important, a future with Jess. But dreams are worth fighting for, right?

I love that we get a sweet, friends to lovers story with this football romance where a relationship is supposed to be completely off limits between the baller and the coach’s daughter.

Because of the “rules” set in place, it gives Jess and Logan time to actually hang out and get to know each other, even if they are fighting their attraction to one another the entire time.

If you love new adult romance, don’t miss this book!

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