Who doesn’t love a book about a man in peak physical shape? Who doesn’t want to read about a man who seems to have it all—from fans throwing themselves at him to unlimited access to VIP lists—but wants to give it up for the one person who’s unlike anyone else he’s ever met before? If you don’t love these types of books, then we probably wouldn’t have anything in common.
The intensity, dedication, and hard work that goes hand-in-hand with being an athlete is something that can be very attractive. And when these attributes translate from the rink to the field of love, we can’t help but swoon. We created a list of some of the best hockey romance books that encompass all of our favorite types of love stories—from second chances to unrequited love and everything in between.
The first book in the Assassins series, Taking Shots follows Elli Fisher, a girl who has always had insecurities about her appearance, her love life (or lack thereof), and her career. When she meets Nashville Assassins player Shea Adler during a photo shoot, Elli assumes he could never have any interest in her. She’s wrong.
Shea’s life outside of hockey is quickly going out of bounds before he meets Elli. He’s tired of the women who approach him because he’s a famous athlete, and he’s over the partying that his teammates indulge in. When he talks to Elli at the photoshoot, he’s amazed with how different she is from everyone else. Her humor and intelligence are unparalleled, but she can’t see it. Shea must do everything he can to help Elli see what they could have together—before it’s too late.
From the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Toni Aleo, Taking Shots will remind you of the importance of self-love and finding someone who will make you believe in yourself.
Georgeanne Howard seems to have it all: She’s a Southern belle set to marry an incredibly wealthy man. But he’s more than triple her age, and she doesn’t love him. Enter John Kowalsky, a professional hockey player who unintentionally helps Georgeanne escape on the night of the wedding. The catch? Georgeanne’s abandoned fiancé is the owner of the team that John plays for. Now that’s complicated.
John is selfish, and he surely wouldn’t have helped Georgeanne if he had realized what he was doing. But, when you combine his excitement over driving the getaway car and her freedom with newfound singledom, the pairs’ undeniable immediate attraction gets physical. Their tryst produces a daughter that John doesn’t know about.
Seven years later, John learns about the daughter that resulted from his one night with Georgeanne. John has matured and wants to be a part of his child’s life. Georgeanne can’t deny that she’s loved John since that night, but she doesn’t want to be hurt. Will she let him in? Or will she be content with only letting him be a father to their daughter?
This novel is the first in the Chinooks Hockey Team Series, and the sweetness of this second chance romance will have you running to order the other books as fast as Georgeanne ran from her ex-fiancé.
The Year We Fell Down
If you think you’re too old to read a new adult romance, then you’re missing out with this novel. The Year We Fell Down turns the typical hockey romance on its head with a burgeoning couple who is facing injury head-on … and together.
Corey Callahan is a top hockey player. That’s why she was recruited to play varsity at her new college. When she gets in an accident, her dreams are dodged for the immediate future, as she now uses a wheelchair. Coincidentally, across the hall is someone in the exact same position as her—another star hockey player with a broken leg named Adam Hartley. Corey is immediately drawn to Adam, but he’s in a relationship and her focus is on getting better.
The pair agree to help each other get better so they can both get back on the ice. Each is the only one who really understands what the other is going through. As the semester progresses, they find themselves getting closer and closer …
The book is the first in a series that revolves around hockey stars from the same college. Each focuses on a new protagonist, and a new love story.
Eric “Zee” Zellinger is the captain of the Portland Storm hockey team. His team was victorious, well-organized, and unstoppable. Until they weren’t.
Dana Campbell’s older brother is Eric’s best friend. She trusts Eric completely, and that’s why she asks him to help her one night over dinner. She has been through trauma, and her doctor recommends a particular type of therapy that she thinks Eric can assist her with.
Fans of the forbidden romance will soon add this book to their collection of beloved books. Gayle’s narrative will have you wondering when it is okay to abandon unspoken friendship rules when true love is on the line.
In a small town, old traditions die hard. Billie-Jo Barker comes home after pursuing a hockey career and wants to play in her small town’s Friday night league. But there’s never been a woman on the team before, and many of the men in town would like to keep it that way.
Billie has always had feelings for her ex, Logan Forest. They dated when she was a teenager and she hasn’t forgotten about him ... Seeing him every week during the game is a constant reminder to her about how much she cares. All she needs is for him to care as much. This novel will have you rooting for the institution of a coed hockey team as much as the rekindling of Logan and Billie-Jo’s relationship.
Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley were roommates and best friends at their summer hockey camp. On the last night of camp, their relationship turned physical and they haven’t spoken since. Ryan wonders why it matters, because it was just a one-time thing, and he’s pretty sure that Jamie isn’t interested in guys anyway.
When Jamie gets a job coaching at the summer camp, he’s surprised to see that Ryan is also there. Jamie wants to know why things had to change so much, and along the way, he’ll find out more about Ryan than he ever could have imagined. In first of their collaborative novel series, Bowen and Kennedy show the masculinity that we associate with hockey players and juxtapose it with sensitivity, as one character comes to grips with his sexuality—without the approval of his family.
In a spin-off from the above Him series, Good Boy centers on Jamie Canning’s sister, Jess. She’s the black sheep of the family, so she wants everything to be perfect when planning her brother’s wedding. Because he’s a professional hockey player, Jamie’s wedding has a high profile guest list, including fellow hockey star and best man, Blake Riley.
The two have an undeniable connection, but Jamie needs to devote all of her attention to the wedding planning. Blake has other ideas, and wants to prove to Jamie that he’s worth her time. In this comedy, Blake’s funny courting methods are just the tip of the iceberg when drunk grandmas and other shenanigans ensue.
Now known for a prolific romance writing career, Sawyer Bennett’s debut novel makes it clear why there was such a demand for her to keep writing. Off Sides includes the story of a demanding family putting strain on a son do what is best for them. Ryan Burnham grew up privileged and good at hockey. He wants to play in the NHL and would make it there, except his family wants him to pick a more respectable career path. He’s the son of a Congressman, and playing hockey professionally was never part of their plan.
When he meets Danny Cross, everything changes, and Ryan finally has the ability to fight for what he wants. She’s different from anyone else that he’s ever met. She’s had no other choice but to become self-made. Her parents died, and she has to pay her way through college by working multiple jobs, yet she still makes time to volunteer. But she had to give up her passion for music. The pair are so different, but they forge a strong bond—can it be enough?
Room for You
When her husband left her, Kacie Jensen had no other choice but to raise her twin daughters on her own. Because she wants to finish her studies, she moves back to her mother’s bed-and-breakfast for some help watching the girls. During a torrential storm, hockey player Brody Murphy seeks shelter at Kacie’s mom’s bed-and-breakfast. With nothing else to do but get to know each other, Kacie falls for Brody and sees a future with him and her girls. She soon wonders if he’s her second chance, or if he should just be another guest at the inn.
Though hockey isn’t the main attraction of the novel, the idea that a rugged athlete would have the best weekend of his life at a small bed-and-breakfast named The Cranberry Inn is undeniably adorable.
Thin Ice is the story of falling in love with the person you least expect to. Emily Jordan is an ER doctor who hates violence of all kinds—even when it’s on the rink. When hockey player Eric Cameron gets into a bar brawl that lands him in Emily’s ER, he is enchanted by her strong will, independence, and intelligence. She isn’t affected—she’s too focused on caring for her son and rebuilding after tremendous loss at the hands of an abusive ex-husband.
You’ll swoon over the scenes when Eric proves to Emily that he can be a positive figure in her son’s life, and you’ll cry when you read about the abuse that Emily suffered before. The journey of two characters bettering themselves before they can fully fall is one you’ll happy to be a part of.
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