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Top 5 books with sports

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books with sports!!

Wow… I was really scraping the bottom of the barrel with these prompts. Maybe I had a headache the day I wrote these. Maybe I was drunk. (I was definitely not drunk, but that feels like a better excuse than “my brain decided these were fine…” so let’s roll with it.) Am I scared to check what I wrote for June? Absolutely.

So… books with sport in them. Ok, look. As the prompt suggested, I think I was just saw “tennis” and my brain automatically went to sports romances. But honestly, I am so sorry. This is what happens when you read a lot of sports romances. And boy oh boy, do I read A LOT of sports romances. However, I do have a top 5. And I’ve even diversified my sports so that they’re not all ice hockey or Mariana Zapata books. You’re welcome. (Although I could absolutely do a top 5 of each of those…)

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Let’s look at my top 5 books with sport.

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top 5 books with sports

The Foxhole Court — Nora Sakavic

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

NOTE: I don’t care this isn’t a real sport. It’s always going to be first on my sports romance list. And my sports drama list. And any sports-related bookish list.

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

Cross the Line — Simone Soltani

NOTE: This isn’t out until July, but I got an ARC and it is SO FREAKING GOOD!! Highly recommend if you have seen Drive to Survive on Netflix, or know anything about F1. Or even if you haven’t and you love brother’s best friend forbidden romance. I LOVED this book.

Formula 1 driver Dev Anderson’s career is on the line. After a social media disaster leaves him with an angry team and sponsors threatening to jump ship, he needs someone to help save his image. At a party in Monaco, he bumps into the woman who can fix it all. There’s just one problem: she’s his best friend’s little sister. And, okay, maybe there’s another problem he kissed her last year and hasn’t been able to stop thinking about it since.

Recent college grad Willow Williams needs a job. She may have a talent for seeing the bright side of any bad situation, but it’s hard to stay positive when she’s struggling to get hired. So when Dev offers her a temporary solution, she can’t help but say yes. Even if it means ignoring the crush she’s had on him since childhood.

Willow and Dev are determined to keep things strictly professional, regardless of old feelings and the blazing chemistry between them. But in the glittering and high-stakes world of Formula 1, some lines are meant to be crossed…

Cross the Line by Simone Soltani

Kulti — Mariana Zapata

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

NOTE: This spot could have honestly been a coin flip between The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, BUT, I feel like Kulti has more actual sport in it is taking the spot this week.

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for 27-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon why she’d ever had his posters on her wall or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man who hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.

Check Please! #Hockey — Ngozi Ukazu

NOTE: Yes it’s a graphic novel, but this is the highest rated ice-hockey romance on my Goodreads and I’m not sorry. Bitty deserves all the love.

The hilarious and heartbreaking confessions of a figure skater turned collegiate hockey player who’s terrified of checking… and is desperately in love with the captain of his hockey team.

Eric Bittle is a former Georgia junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and amateur pâtissier. But as accomplished as he is, nothing could prepare him for his freshman year of playing hockey at the prestigious Samwell University in Samwell, Massachusetts. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in the South! For one? There’s checking. Second, there is Jack his very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the mega-popular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: # Hockey is the first in a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

Check Please Volume 1 #hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Fence — C. S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad / Sarah Rees Brennan

Fence issue 1 by C. S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad

NOTE: OK, so this is kind of weird… but stick with me. Fence as a concept is owned by C. S. Pacat (so far as I can tell). The Fence comics and graphic novels are written by Pacat and illustrated by Johanna the Mad. Sarah Rees Brennan has written YA books set in this world with these characters. These are set in between the comics and material is referenced. It’s a whole thing and I’m here for all of it.

Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama…

Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges. From acclaimed writer C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad.

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