As the weather warms up, we’re sliding closer to baseball season and all that it brings: sunny weather, long, leisurely Saturdays—and, of course, those uniforms. As love and training season both blossom in springtime, romances set in the world of baseball are a perfect pairing. If you’d like to start the season off early by catching up with some baseball romances you might have missed, check out the list below of ones that are sure to score.
Changing the Game
The second book in a long, bestselling series of baseball romances, Changing the Game is a sizzling romance between a sports agent, Liz, and Gavin, the baseball player she wants to sign. If you’re in the mood for supersexy sports romance between two people surprised by love, look no further.
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The Lucky Charm
Izzy is a sports reporter who knows little about baseball and likes it even less. Jack is the second baseman on the team she’s following. Perfect setup, right? Especially when you throw in the wit and charm of this Portland-set romance. If you’re new to the game, it might even teach you a thing or two, as you learn along with Izzy what exactly an RBI is.
The Perfect Game
Baseball romance isn’t just for the big league. The Perfect Game is a New Adult romance between two college students—baseball hopeful Jack and Cassie, a girl who’s about to make him change his (non-baseball) player ways, whether he wants to or not. Warning: this one packs an emotional wallop.
Shalvis is known for her fun, sexy contemporary romances, and this one is no exception. Wade is a baseball bad boy, and he needs the help of his team’s publicist, Samantha, to clean up his image. Fortunately for us readers, that requires a fake date or two—and a lot of real feelings bubbling underneath.
Both the hero and heroine are baseball players in Moonshot. Ty, a girl born into a baseball family, meets pro player Chase—but due to shifting circumstances, they can’t be together. Throw in a lot of angst and the curveball of a murder suspense subplot, and this romance has all the makings of a home run.
If you’re like me, you love a librarian heroine, and Calling It has a great one with Dorie, a woman who’s in baseball player Nathan’s home when he unexpectedly returns from traveling with the team, surprising them both. Super sharp and fun—Doyle won a best banter award for the novel—it’s a sure bet to read while you’re waiting for the game to start.
Dare You To
Dare You To is a young adult novel between a popular high school player, Ryan, and the new girl at school, Beth, who comes from a painful past. If you want your baseball love along with the high emotions and coming-of-age themes that YA brings, look no further. Bonus: Beth is a skater girl.
What happens when a jock and a nerd are forced to coach together 10 years after they graduated high school? Opposites attract, and we readers get all the sweet, sexy romance we crave in this story between jock Jake and nerdy Brandon from the author of the m/m Cut and Run series.
See No Color
This time, it’s the girl who plays ball, as Alex struggles to balance baseball with growing up, falling for a guy, and discovering her identity as an adopted biracial girl in this complex young adult novel. If you’re looking for meatier themes with your baseball romance, try this one.
Let Me Be the One
Love the fake boyfriend trope? Then you’ll probably adore this friends-to-lovers contemporary in Andre’s Sullivans series. Vicki and Ryan have been close friends since they were teens, but when Vicki needs her pro baseball player friend to be her date, it might just nudge them to first base and beyond.
C.D. Reiss is known for her supersexy contemporaries, and HardBall is that and more. “Diamond King” Dash is the kind of sports that star school librarian Vivian could only dream about it—but her wildest dreams have come true. What enfolds is a love story both spicy and emotional as the two learn to come together outside of the game.
If you’re looking for a sweet romance that leans towards women’s fiction, Stealing Home may be your best ticket. A divorced single mom of three kids, Maddie has a lot on her plate. A romance with her son’s baseball coach, Cal, could be a terrible idea—or the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
If a second-chance romance set in wine country isn’t enough to entice you, you might need to check your pulse. In Napa Crush, semi-pro player Luca reunites with his old high school crush, Danica, after he accidentally hits a line drive into her head. (Ouch.) Unfortunately, his flirtatious brothers are also in the picture—but Luca’s not going to retreat to the dugout this time.
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