The athletes currently participating in the 22nd Winter Olympics possess many of the qualities that romance readers are looking for in their favorite fictional heroes and heroines. They're strong, both physically and emotionally. They're loyal, dedicated, and hard-working. They're ambitious, with a drive to be the best. And they're passionate. They're almost too good to be true. And in some cases, they've inspired romance authors to write some heartwarming and sexy stories to entertain readers once the Olympics are over and all the athletes head home.
Golden Dreams by Darlene Franklin is a historical romance set in Maple Notch, Vermont, in 1931. Frank Sawtelle, a former figure skating champion, returns home an injured, but still beloved, town hero. Winnie Tuttle, who's also a talented figure skater, has always had a crush on Frank. When he begins coaching her, the crush grows into something deeper, but a romantic relationship could jeopardize Winnie's athletic future.
In Ice Games by Jessica Clare (a.k.a. Jill Myles), Zara Pritchard is a former Olympic figure skater who takes a fall from grace and ends up working in an ice rink at a mall. Ty Randall is an MMA Fighter with a violent reputation looking to improve his image. When Zara is invited to be on a reality television show called Ice Dancing with the Stars, she sees it at a chance to restore her career, but skating with Ty may end up being a more difficult challenge than she ever could have anticipated—particularly when her heart gets involved.