Today we welcome not one, not two, but six authors to talk about why they love athletes. This week, Carina Press published six new sports romances, each featuring a different sport: football, tennis, baseball, hockey, mixed martial arts, and rugby, and we're happy to welcome Rebecca Crowley, Rhonda Shaw, Kate Willoughby, Michele Mannon, Allison Parr, and Kat Latham to discuss why they love athletes.
Commitment, passion, tenacity…athletes have a slew of traits that we romance readers adore. We are here today sharing just a few of the reasons we love athletes—in 18 charming gifs.
They’re great dancers.
Duchene handshake gif courtesy of nhlgifs.tumblr.com
They’re not afraid to show when they’re SUPER excited.
Baseball gif courtesy of mlb.com
They’re sexy, yet brutal.
Curran gif courtesy of giphy.com
Football Backflip gif courtesy of forums.nascarthegame.com
They take good care of their equipment…
...most of the time.
Marcus Bahgati gif courtesy of wifflegif.com
They just LOVE to cuddle.
“Cuddle” gif courtesy of giphy.com
They’re not afraid to show their affection for one another.
Kiss Cam gif courtesy of FunnyInternetMemes.com
When it comes to unusual foreplay, they’ve got your bases covered.
Rounding the bases Fail gif courtesy of guyism.com
They’ve got moves you’ve never have seen before…or maybe you have!
Gangnam Style gif courtesy of fight blog
They have each other’s backs.
Epic save gif courtesy of thebiglead.com
They’re good with their hands.
Handsy gif courtesy of wifflegif.com
They’re accepting of people who are...different.
Different Strokes gif courtesy of hockeygifs.com
They refuse to give up.
Braun Faceplan gif courtesy of Mocksession.com
They know how to get their kicks.
Just for Kicks gif courtesy of terrezowens.com
They never let anything stop them.
Snow gif courtesy of notsportscenter.com
They’re strippers with hearts of gold, baring the good stuff for charity.
Ben cohen gif courtesy of Mr. Scandal.com
Have we mentioned their asses?
Gif courtesy of New Zealand/Aussie Football Forum
Readers, why do you love athletes? Feel free to share a gif that illustrates your love.
In Rebecca Crowley’s LOVE IN STRAIGHT SETS, love and ambition go head-to-head. Professional tennis player Regan Hunter's temper is almost as notorious as her unstoppable serve, but her anger when player-turned-coach Ben Percy attempts to wrest control from her grasp is nothing compared to the sizzling attraction that instantly blazes between them.
The Men of the Show series, written by Rhonda Shaw, follows the sexy and irresistible men on the Detroit Rockets baseball team. In the second book, THE ACE, a friends-with-bennies agreement quickly turns into long, romantic evenings. But denial is the name of the game…until a line drive to the forehead threatens to erase all that’s happened.
Kate Willoughby’s In the Zone series invites you into the locker room and the love lives of the NHL San Diego Barracudas. In book one, ON THE SURFACE, Erin thinks all Tim wants is another notch on his hockey stick, when what he’s really shooting for is forever.
Michele Mannon’s second book, TAP OUT, in the Worth the Fight series, features an underwear model turned MMA superstar, and a reporter who just won’t take no for an answer.
Meet gorgeous NFL linebacker Abraham Krasner in IMAGINARY LINES by Allison Parr. Tamar fell hopelessly in love with Abe at age twelve but knew he'd never see her as more than the girl-next-door. Years later she gets a sports journalist job covering Abe's team and the sparks fly.
Kat Latham writes the London Legends series about the world’s hottest rugby team. Book two, PLAYING IT CLOSE, features the team captain and a scandalous woman with whom he spent one passionate night and never thought he’d see again—until she turns out to be his team’s newest sponsor.