Monday, April 10, 2006

Get the Puck Outta Here...


...and slide on over to Romance: B(u)y the Book to read this week's feature review of "The Penalty Box," and AuthorView with Deirdre Martin!

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How do you feel about pro jocks as romance heroes? Can you think of some pro athlete romance heroines?


Guestblog Alert: Emma Holly is here Wednesday, April 12 in the first in a series of blogs by the sultry and oh-so-sophisticated (they told me to write that) CosmoChix!

16 comments:

amy*skf said...

Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP) has done alot of pro jocks as romance heroes--I liked them--Deirdre's book sounds good.

I don't think I've ever seen a traditional romance with a female pro jock. I've seen some teen girl jock books--and teen movies, but wouldn't a Mia Hamm-(sorry if that is wrong)-like herione be cool.

I think you've opened up a whole new genre.

Amanda said...

I am not a sports fan, so I never would have guessed how much I'd LOVE pro athletes as heros. SEP's football players and Rachel Gibson's hockey players are some of my all time favorites...

I tend to get involved with more intellectual sensitive humanities man types (which probably explains why I'm not married yet *grin*) so there is something very refreshing and sexy about a hero who can use his brains AND his brawn...

I agree with Amy about the whole new genre thing, Michelle. I've never read any female athlete romance novels...

Caroline Linden said...

I can't even think of any female sports fans in romance novels. Maybe there are some, but I've missed them. At best the women are neutral towards sports, or maybe they go to the games for some other reason (job-related, for example).

Maybe I should write one; then I can write off my tickets to Fenway as research expenses. Think the IRS would go for that?

Valeen said...

SEP and RAchel Gibson, as already mentioned above, are the only two authors I've read with jocks as heroes ... and I've loved all of them.

Looking forward to the guest blogging!!

Julie in Ohio said...

I have never read a book with a jock in it. The only book with sports in it that even comes to mind is Julia Quinn's Viscount Who Loved Me in which the family plays a game of Pall Mall.

I really feel as though I am just crawling out from under a rock.

I enjoy sports. I'm not very athletic but it doesn't stop me from playing. I will have to check out this book. I'm excited to read something kind of different.

Vivi Anna said...

Hmm, I like SEP's books with athletic romance heros...

But Michelle, I think you might've hit on something here with female jock heroines....

Hmm, I feel a story brewing there...

rachd said...

Yay! Blogging before bedtime, but baby screaming for dinner in the background so I'll be quick.

I love love LOVE books where atheletes are the heroes! SEP's are awesome, as are Rachel Gibson's. I have just recently read the Deirdre Martin book and really enjoyed it. For those interested, there are two others (I think) that come before it (loosely, very loosely--some joint characters mentioned, etc. You don't have to have read them to enjoy this one).

I think the Chicago Stars books were my faves though.

Teresa Bodwell said...

I'm with the crowd who loves the SEP Chicago Stars series. SEP even managed to make golfers seem sexy.

Female jocks? There should be some, shouldn't there? Hmm. My heroine in Loving Mercy could skip stones as well as the hero. I don't suppose that counts?

Caroline--if I am not mistaken the heroine in SEP's Match Me if You Can is a sports fan, but I can't think of any other serious sports fan heroines and I'm still coming up blank on female pro-atheletes. Maybe you should write one.

And I'll vouch for you with the IRS if you do the Red Sox fan story. :-)

rachd said...

I for one would *love* to read a romance where the herione was either a sports star or an avid sports fan. I am such a sports nut (in particular college football) it would be neat to see one. And, yes, that is purely selfishness on my part. ;-)

Amanda said...

Caroline, Rach, I just finished Rachel Gibson's latest the other day and the heroine was a hockey fan. She usually went to the games with one of her girlfriends, but she made an exception for the hero--who knew NOTHING about hockey. That was refreshing.

Stacy~ said...

I love Rachel Gibson's hockey players. I've only read one book by SEP - the one with Sugar Beth - so I can't comment on those.

LuAnn McLane wrote about baseball in her anthology "Hot Summer Nights". And I just read a story in the "When Good Things Happen To Bad Boys" where Erin McCarthy wrote about a baseball player.

As for female sports figures, can't think of one, but it's a great idea. I really liked the movie "Love & Basketball" which told the story of both the h/h as basketball players. It was interesting to see the female perspective.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OK. Linda Lee ?? wrote Simply ?? (impressive, no?) about a pro golfer hero and I loved it and it was an OF. I really dig Deirdre Martin's series with NY Blades players, especially the 1st, with an especially great UATF (up against the fridge) scene.

I just got an anthology called "Hot Ticket" fr Penguin and may feature this summer. If it's as good as the page I flipped open to? It's wicked hot. (This is all a nod to Caroline and my fellow Sox fans everywhere. Back in parts of MA, a Hot Ticket is someone who's a total blast to be with. I will meet you at a Sox game this July when I'm back and we can both write it off. There is nothing better than dusk at Fenway, the lights up, the boys on the field, and the big, orange Citgo sign undulating above. The drunken idiots yelling "Yankees suck," I could do without. But the rest says home to me. And I don't know much about baseball. But I like watching the cute young Irish and Italian guys in the stands and listening to the regional accents that I never could quite pick up.)

Uh, oh. If Vivi says she's thinking pro athlete heroine, we're in for somethin else, Bellas.

I loved the McCarthy short, too, Stace. Thanks for the pic of Daddy and baby girls, Rache. You are like me, right? Never in the family picture?

Carly Phillips has some pro athletes in her Hot series.

Everbody, thanks for the input. I had no idea about all these jocks. Can't wait to talk more about em if we do Hot Ticket in the summer...

amy*skf said...

Julie, I loved the Pall Mall game in Julia Quinn's book--they were all so dastardly.

Vivi Anna--I'm thinking pool. Does pool count? Not exactly the first thing that pops to mind when I think of jock--male or female. But sexy.

Playground Monitor said...

Roxanne St. Claire had a book with a NASCAR driver as the hero. Does a stock car driver count as an athlete?

I read a category romance a few years ago where the heroine was a world-class runner who was injured and came to the hero for rehabilitation. It was A MAN LIKE MAC by the late Fay Robinson.

Marilyn

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hey, Marilyn: I loved that one. Was it Killer Curves? Those NASCAR guys are definitely athletes. AML MAC sounds SO good! mmmmmustread.mmmmmmustread.

I forgot about the Pall Mall, guys. But the Corinthians were total athletes, weren't they? From their cricket days at Cambridge, and if they weren't all that sharp, Oxford, riding, sparring w/ Gent. Joe, fencing with what was his name, Leonardo or some Italian master?, and just the amount of time they spent honing their amorous athletic skills. It takes a lot of work to look hot in a pair of doeskins w/o padding, Bellas.

Yeah, AMes. How bout that beautiful Asian chick who's the pool queen? Don't you wonder how good the other dames who play pool out there must be who don't make it to prime time cause they ain't stacked and pretty?

rachd said...

Okay, late as usual. Yup, Michelle, always the shutterbug, never with the fam. Go figure.

I laughed my tushy off at the Bridgerton Pall Mall game. I guess I didn't consider it "sports", as I was thinking more along the line of pro atheletes.

Ah, as for pool, well, there's more to do with that table than shoot balls into corner pockets...;-)