Please welcome Keira Andrews to the blog today with her list of her top 5 M/M sports romances, to go along with her new baseball themed romance Reading the Signs.
Thanks so much to the Gay Book Reviews crew for having me today! Reading the Signs is my fifth sports romance, and I’m obviously a big fan of the genre. Here’s my top five list, and I’d love to know yours!
Top Five M/M Sports Romances
5. Spokes by PD Singer. I didn’t know much about bike racing before I read this book, and I loved learning the ins and outs. Luca and Christopher’s romance was winning and sexy, and I also enjoyed the well-done sense of place, whether it was Colorado or Italy.
4. Training Season by Leta Blake. Leta is a dear friend and I edited this book, so I’m admittedly biased, but it’s still one of my very favorites. I’m a figure skating superfan, and Matty is a dynamite, unique character. His romance with hunky rancher Rob is super-duper hot.
3. Out in the Field by Kate McMurray. As you might have guessed, I love baseball, and Kate’s book is an absolute winner. I adored Iggy and Matt and their struggle to find their way in the sport and as lovers.
2. Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I am such a sucker for the trope of old friends who had a falling out being thrust together again. This book does not disappoint! So satisfying and swoony.
1. The Dreyfus Affair by Peter Lefcourt. It belongs more in fiction than the romance genre we’re used to, but it’s funny and sweet and I absolutely recommend it. Ben Affleck wanted to make it into a movie in the ’90s, but no studios would touch it. I keep hoping it’ll make it to the big screen one day!
There are a bunch of other sports romances I haven’t had a chance to read yet, such as Avon Gale’s hockey series. What else am I missing? Please share in the comments!
Title: Reading the Signs
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: K.A. Books
Release Date: September 23, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Baseball
Page Count: 293
This hot-headed rookie needs discipline—on and off the field.
Pitcher Nico Agresta is desperate to live up to his family’s baseball legacy. Since he was a teenager crushing on his big brother’s teammate, he’s known he can’t act on his desires. His father’s made it clear there should be no queers on the field, but if Nico can win Rookie of the Year like his dad and brother did, maybe he can prove he’s worthy after all.
At 34, veteran catcher Jake Fitzgerald just wants to finish out his contract and retire. His team doesn’t have a prayer of making the playoffs, but who needs the stress? Jake lost his passion for the game—and life—after driving away the man he loved, and he swore he’d never risk his heart again.
Then he’s traded to a team that wants a vet behind the plate to tame their new star pitcher. Jake is shocked to find the gangly kid he once knew has grown into a gorgeous young man. But tightly wound Nico’s having trouble controlling his temper in his quest for perfection, and Jake needs to teach him patience and restraint on the mound.
When their push and pull explodes into the bedroom, Nico and Jake will both learn how much they’ll risk for love.
This gay sports romance features men who have been repressing their feelings far too long, light BDSM, an age difference, sweaty locker rooms, and a happy ending. 86,000 words.
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”