Sports Romance and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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.


Ice Skating


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

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

1 comment

  1. I haven’t read too many sports books but what I can remember seeing and have read in each category are:

    Ten in the Bin by N.R. Walker
    Offside by Ryan Loveless
    Ravages by R.A. Padmos
    Glasgow Lads series by Avery Cockburn
    Pull Me Under by Zarah Detand
    Hunted by Liz Powell
    More Than the Ball by Brandon Redstone
    Balls and Strikes by Sean Michael

    Ice Sports:
    Frozen Hearts by Teegan Loy
    Power Play by J.M. Snyder
    The Magic Broom by Teegan Loy
    See the Light by Cassandra Carr
    Seattle Marauders 1-2 by Riley Shane
    Blue Line Hockey 1-9 by Stephani Hecht
    Home Ice by Kate Sherwood
    How To Quit Playing Hockey by Isa K.
    Him 1-2 by Sarina Bowen
    Heart in Hand by salifiable
    Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau
    Training Season by Leta Blake
    Breathing Snow by Dev Bentham
    Cold War by Keira Andrews
    Winging It by Ashlyn Kane
    Crashing the Net by Samantha Wayland
    Home and Away by Samantha Wayland
    Different Dynamics by Tamir Drake (A/B/O)
    City Boy by A.E. Wasp
    Noah by Ben Ryder
    Enforcing Emory by Mickie B. Ashling

    Bully for You by Catt Ford
    Bullheaded by Catt Ford
    A Wild Ride by Andrew Grey
    After the Sunset (Timing 2) by Mary Calmes
    Home of His Own by T.A. Chase

    Equestrian (Polo,Jumping, Racing, Dressage):
    Polo series by Mickie B. Ashling is the only one I know of and you’ve already mentioned,
    Force of Law by Jez Morrow has a small polo scene written in too but is not a sports romance.
    One Step Forward by Tia Fielding

    Water Sports:
    My Hero 1-2 by Max Vos
    Riding the Board by Cate Ashwood
    Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer
    Slow Bloom by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox
    Aquamarine by Sara Bell
    Stroke! by M.J. O’Shea
    Rocking the Boat by Christopher Koehler
    Synchronicity by Keira Andrews
    Making It by Louis Stevens

    Baseball/Football American NFL:
    A Perfect Game by Reno MacLeod and Jaye Valentine
    Deep in the Count by Madison Parker
    Four Corners by Kate McMurray
    Caught Running by Madeleine Urban
    Out in the Field by Kate McMurray
    Grand Slam by J.T. Cheyanne
    Bromosexual by Daryl Banner
    Caught Looking by Kathleen Lee
    Southern Scrimmage series (book 1-6) by Mercy Celeste
    Playing for Keeps by Lexi Ander
    Safety Net by Keiko Kirin
    Quarterback Sneak by Pepper Espinoza
    Man-to-Man Coverage Series by Nico Jaye (free)
    Long Pass Chronicles series by Tara Lain
    Horizons by Mickie B. Ashling
    Steamroller by Mary Calmes
    Fourth and Long by Michele Micheal Rakes
    Given the Circumstances by Brad Vance
    Sacking the Quarterback by Carol Lynne
    Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg
    Out of Position books by Kyell Gold
    Rebound by Remi Ryan

    All for the Game series by Nora Sakavic
    Wrestling With Desire by D.H. Starr
    Kieran & Drew by L.A. Gilbert
    Superhero by Eli Easton
    Match Maker by Alan Chin
    The Unforgiving Minute by Sarah Granger
    Prize Package by Kyle Adams
    Overdrive by Ariel Tachna
    Pinned by Maris Black
    Pool Hall Green by Sara Bell
    Fight by Kelly Wyre
    The Locker Room by Amy Lane
    Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan
    Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes
    Exposed by Skylar M. Cates
    Out of Bounds by T.A. Chase
    Jock Dorm series by Bobby Michaels
    Volley Balls by Tara Lain
    Gearshark series by Cambria Hebert

    Dumb Jock Series by Jeff Erno, covers multiple sports.
    Out in College 1-3 by Lane Hayes also covers a different sport in each book.
    Jock Series by Wade Kelly is another


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