Sports Romances and M/M
We started talking sports and romance last week. Baseball and hockey primarily. And what sports are and were featured in LGBT romances. I’ve been reading a lot of MM hockey romance this month, getting caught up on our hockey recs and books/series I had missed. Last week’s discussions also prompted me to start thinking about what other sports are featured highly in LGBT contemporary romances? Right away rugby jumped into my brain. Sean Kennedy’s outstanding series Tigers and Devils as well as Dahlia Donovan’s sexy The Sin Bin series. Soccer and rugby, English and Aussie rules, totally different, I know. Hot men in shorts with great legs. Kill me now.
Don’t get me started on the French Rugby calendar Dieux du Stade fans self!
So yes, those sports as well as hockey are right up there in romances. Also ice skating seems to be on the rise as well. A hockey and ice skating combo? Hot hot hot. There is one in the RJ Scott/VL Locey Harrisburg Railers Series. And a couple of standalones if I could jog my memory. I really need a better system of recording these stories.
Swimming. Sean Michael has several of those. BA Tortuga and her rodeo cowboys, in fact, loads of bull riders and ropers out there. But NFL and MLB? I can’t think of too many as I said last week.
Some gymnastics….also Sean Michaels….comes into mind. It might even be the same series. I wondered what you had to say and this is what HB replied:
From HB:Basketball and football in romance seems less frequent to me. I think I’ve only read one basketball sport romance in 10+ yrs of reading m/m fiction and only seen a handful maybe less with ones that have football. I think there are less popular ones out there like soccer, ice skating, lacross, rugby and equestrianism that get even less attention. Swimming I think is a big one after hockey and the focus usually falls over the two.
Yep, forgot about the equestrian sports. That’s a big one. Jumping, Polo, Dressage, Racing! From Mickie Aisling to others. Horses are well represented in romance along with the men who love them.
So you know what’s coming.
Recommendations. Let’s divide them up by category.
Equestrian (Polo,Jumping, Racing, Dressage)
Water Sports (do not go there!)
Baseball/Football American NFL
Let’s see what we can come up with.
Meanwhile I’m still reading and reviewing my way through Avon Gale’s incredible Scoring Chances series and will finish it up this month. Stay with me. Here is our schedule this week.
This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, August 24:
- Sports Romance and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Monday, August 25:
- Review Tour – RJ Scott – Today (Single Dads #2)
- Release Blitz Tour – Joanna Chambers – Gentleman Wolf
- Review Audio Tour Wake Up Married serial, Episodes 4 – 6: Fight Their Feelings, Meet the Mob, Happy Ending (Wake Up Married #4-6) by Leta Blake ( and Alice Griffiths
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:Today (Single Dads #2) by RJ Scott
- An Alisa Review : Already Home (Finding Home #4) by Carly Marie
- A Caryn Review: An Uncommon Whore (An Uncommon Whore #1) by Belinda McBride
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audio Review: Wake Up Married serial, Episodes 4 – 6: Fight Their Feelings, Meet the Mob, Happy Ending (Wake Up Married #4-6) by Leta Blake ( and Alice Griffiths
Tuesday, August 26:
- BLOG TOUR Heel by KM Neuhold
- PROMO Mason Thomas
- Book Blitz – Ann Lister – A Rhythm You Feel (The Rock Gods: East Coast Label Book One)
- A MelanieM Review: Omega from the Ocean (Heron Manor Book 1) by Amy Bellows
- A Chaos Moondrawn Review The Witchstone Amulet by Mason Thomas
- An Alisa Review Heel by KM Neuhold
Wednesday, August 27:
- BLITZ A Noble Cause by Mickie B. Ashling
- Review Tour for Escape (Rebellion #1) by Annabelle Jacobs
- PROMO Belinda McBride
- A MelanieM Review :Escape (Rebellion #1) by Annabelle Jacobs
- A Lila Review: Soul on Fire by Tal Bauer
Thursday, August 28:
- Release Blitz – Marshall Thornton – Code Name: Liberty
- TOUR LOVE UNDER GLASSE by Kristina Meister
- An Alisa A Alisa Audio Review :In Safe Hands (Heroes and Babies #1) by Victoria Sue
- A MelanieM Review:Overtime (Scoring Chances #3.5) by Avon Gale
Friday, August 29:
- Audio Blitz Dirty Mind – Roe Horvat
- A Chaos Moondrawn Review : Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West
- A MelanieM Review: Empty Net (Scoring Chances #4) by Avon Gale
- A Stella review If You’re Going Through Hell Keep Going (Mann of My Dreams #1) by Tinnean
Saturday, August 30:
- Blog Post – Joanna Chambers – Gentleman Wolf
- A MelanieM Review:Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale