This is a guest post by Desiree Holt on why she loves sports romances.
For most of my adult life, I was a casual football fan, following my alma mater—the University of Michigan—and nobody else. Then I bought a book by Frank and Lynn Barrett, How To Watch a Football Game, and that was the beginning. I sat down in front of the television, looked at the game, and thought Holy cow! I understand what’s going on. It was better than chocolate and pizza combined…and the players. Wow! To a romance writer, they are both the frosting and filling of cake. They’re my heroes, the ultimate alphas I want to take home and keep forever. The men of my dreams, modern gladiators just flawed enough to be likable.
In Texas, where I live, football is a religion—especially high school football. Towns are passionate about their teams, the intensity building throughout the season. Cheerleaders scream, marching bands play, fans stomp their feet on the bleachers. By the final game of the season, the stadiums are packed, the crowd noise deafening. But what happens to the heroes on a championship team when the tumult and shouting fade?
Thanks to Kensington Publishing, the Game On series was born from these musings. It follows a team of high school football heroes fifteen years later. What have they done with their lives?
Forward Pass introduces Joe Reilly, golden boy quarterback retired by an injury, and the woman who has loved him forever. Line of Scrimmage tells of Jake Russell, devastated by a career-ending injury and harboring deep secrets. In Pass Interference,we meet Rafe Ortiz, who retired by choice, and get to explore his contentious relationship with the team owner’s daughter.
This series is a work of love. I’m glad the first book is out just in time for football season. Enjoy!