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Playing at Love Ophelia LondonPlaying at Love by Ophelia London. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When it’s glee vs. gridiron, can love level the playing field?

Show choir teacher Tess Johansson loves three things: music, her job, and sharing that passion with her students. But when a school budget crisis forces funding to be pulled from either the sports or music programs, she finds herself going head to head with Jack, the gorgeous new football coach who broke her heart fifteen years ago.

Jack Marshall wants two things: to be closer to his young daughter and to make his mark as a football coach. Taking the new job, with the promise that he’d have time to build a solid team, gave him both. But now he must win the season with a group of boys who aren’t anywhere near ready or he’ll lose everything he’s worked so hard for. Being pitted against Tess, the summer love he never forgot, is like being fourth and long with only seconds on the clock.

On opposing sides of a fierce battle and with everything at stake, Tess and Jack find themselves torn between doing what it takes to win and doing what it takes to be together.

Because tomorrow is the Super Bowl, I decided to look for some books featuring football players.  There weren’t a ton that were under $2.99 (my self imposed pricing limit) and I didn’t include SEP’s It Had to Be You because I featured that one a few days ago.  Probably my favorite football romance in recent memory is Jaci Burton’s The Perfect Play.

This isn’t widely reviewed and I think it is Kisses Only (like Harlequin Romance).  The one positive review I read said it was a superficial but entertaining second chances story.


Stranger in Town      By: Brenda NovakStranger in Town by Brenda Novak. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The car accident was Hannah Price’s fault—a few seconds of inattention that changed Gabe Holbrook’s life forever, destroying everything he’d been or ever wanted to be.

He was a man who’d had it all. Intelligent, handsome, talented, rich, he’d been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Now he’s come home to Dundee, the small town where he was raised, but he’s a stranger to the people who once knew him. Folks think he’s bitter and withdrawn; he knows he’s just focused on recovering. But thanks to Hannah Price, there are some things that can’t be fixed.

Hannah has been struggling to recover from that fateful night, too. Unlike Gabe, she sustained only minor injuries. But she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to forgive herself for making a mistake with such far-reaching consequences. Especially when Gabe becomes her older son’s football coach, and she begins to fall in love with the man she nearly destroyed…

Look for all eight books in Brenda Novak’s Dundee, Idaho series, available now. And don’t miss her new romantic Whiskey Creek trilogy, available from Harlequin MIRA!

Second chances are a very popular storyline among the sports romance books with  many a disgruntled athlete trying to find life after the game (which is one reason I liked Burton’s book – it features a football player actually playing football). 

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Some Enchanted Season          By: Patricia BurroughsSome Enchanted Season by Patricia Burroughs. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Are you ready for some football?

Then you’re ready for Some Enchanted Season.

Kevyn Llewellyn needs a god.

She must have exactly the right model for Darius: Warrior-God of the Gray Planet, or she’ll lose the contract to illustrate the rest of the series. When she sees him—none other than NFL football player Rusty Rivers—she does the absolutely logical thing: she kidnaps him. Or rescues him… it depends on whom you’re asking.

Rusty Rivers is no god.

He’s the kind of guy who’s squandered every opportunity from the Redskins to the Cardinals, while Kevyn’s had to fight for every chance to prove herself as a cover artist for fantasy novels. His struggles have been broadcast across the sports pages, while she keeps hers buried deep. They’re as different as meteor and moonbeam, with nothing apparent in common.

In this doomed, yet enchanted, football season, dare they hope something magical can happen that will last forever?

Originally published by Bantam Loveswept, Sept 1990.

I generally really enjoy Burroughs writing so I bought this today and hope to read it tonight, before the game.   The reviews are fairly positive for this opposites attract story.  Tara wrote on goodreads:  <em>The heroine is an artist who has a disability she’s deeply self conscious about. She’d rather people not know it; not because she’s ashamed, but she’s tired of the looks and judging. As a woman with a disability, I could totally relate.</em>

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I'll Catch You by Farrah RochonI’ll Catch You by Farrah Rochon. $ 3.82.

From the Jacket Copy:

Cedric Reeves has just been sidelined, and the bad-boy pro footballer suddenly finds himself without an agent or a prayer of getting back in the game. What he needs is someone pulling for him…someone like gorgeous go-getter Payton Mosely.

A media-hounded celebrity like Cedric is just what the ambitious up-and-comer Payton needs to jump-start her career. That’s why she’s waging a no-holds-barred campaign to land the Saber running back as her first client. But how’s the NFL sports agent supposed to keep things strictly professional when Cedric pursues her with a passion no sane woman can resist? Could this sexy bad boy be good for her after all?

This is a little pricier than our regular deals but if you buy at Books on Board or at Kobo with a coupon, you can usually get it under $3.99.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Sunita
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 12:57:24

    I am ashamed to say that the Rochon is still in my TBR, but I read the first in her football series and she can really write NFL players. As I remember this one got a lot of good reviews, and you don’t have to read them in order.

  2. Lily
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 17:03:40

    Is there a less sexy name for a hero than Rusty?

  3. CHH
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 19:13:36


    My candidate would be Eugene.

  4. SonomaLass
    Feb 03, 2013 @ 01:46:52

    Cedric is my 14-year-old dog’s name. Don’t know if that would cause issues for me as a reader or not.

  5. Rosario
    Feb 03, 2013 @ 03:22:34

    I really liked the Rochon, even though I’m not at all interested in American football. It’s got an especially fabulous, competent heroine.

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