Guest Post: Bal Khabra shares some sports romance recommendations

Bal Khabra shares some of her favorite sports romance with us.
Collide by Bal Khabra. Image Credit to Berkley.
Collide by Bal Khabra. Image Credit to Berkley. /

Bal Khabra is an author I've only read recently and I'm already wanting more from her. When I got the opportunity to have her write a guest post, I immediately said yes.

Since her debut Collide is now re-released, she wanted to share some of her favorite sports romances with us. I don't know about you, but I love a good sports romance and it's clear Bal Khabra does, too.

Let me be honest and say that I peeked at her list and she has some of my all-time favorites on her list. She's also got romances that are now being bumped up my TBR because if Collide is an induction of her taste, I'm in for a real treat.

Whether you're someone who recently read Collide like me or read it when it was self-pubbed, you do not want to miss our special guest post from Bal Khabra.

Bal Khabra shares some of her favorite sports romances with us!

I'd like to thank Bal Khabra for taking time out of her busy schedule to write this up and I'd also like to thank Berkley for setting this up. These are always some of my favorite posts to feature as I love hearing recommendations from authors so let's get into it.

Since discovering sports romance books, tearing myself away from them has proven to be an impossible feat. Naturally, it was only right that I craft my own, and delve into the world of college hockey with Collide. As my friends would say: “It’s your birthright!”

Now, as a Canadian hockey romance author, it’s practically a given that I share some recommendations. For this list, I’ve selected my favorites from a range of sports to spice up your reading list!

The Right Move - Liz Tomforde

A grumpy basketball player, and a bubbly flight attendant who just happen to need each other’s help? Sign me up! Ryan Shay has firmly planted his feet in the number one spot because of the many ways he shows his ‘quiet love’ throughout this steamy, angsty, and swoon-worthy basketball romance. You won’t want to put this one down.

The Risk - Elle Kennedy

Okay, I didn’t last very long before throwing in a hockey romance, but this one takes all the stars. I may be a little biased because Collide falls into the college hockey category, but I couldn’t put this one down. I’m a sucker for a strong female lead, and Brenna Jensen is one of my favorites. She knows her worth and doesn’t let any man (not even the ridiculously attractive captain of the Harvard hockey team) dictate how she lives her life. And as for Jake Connelly? Well, I'll let him speak for himself.

Long Shot - Kennedy Ryan

If you’re in the mood for something heart-wrenching that’ll leave you absolutely gutted but also crying happy tears by the final page, this basketball romance is your ticket. Just be sure to check out the trigger warnings before diving in. Pro-tip: keep some tissues nearby.

Off Court Fix - Catheryn Carter

Can we talk about the shortage of tennis romances? This is my formal request to get more. I make it a point to read my share of indie authors, and Maxine and Crosby’s story is perfect. It's emotional, impactful and takes you on a romantic journey through the thrilling world of professional tennis. A must-read!

Blind Side - Kandi Steiner

Football, baby! This book encompasses everything I love in a good sports romance. We’ve got the classic tropes of fake-dating, groveling and some heart-string-pulling love declarations that’ll have you rooting for Clay & Gianna. It’s an absolute touchdown.

I don't know about you, but I want to pick all of these books up now. Maybe that's just me, but she's making me want to read a sports romance now. Either way, this was such a fun idea and one I was incredibly excited to share with you all. Of course, I'd love to know some of your favorite sports romance as well.

Once again, thank you to Bal Khabra and Berkley as this was an absolute delight and a fun one to feature on Culturess.

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