Oct 21 2016 1:00pm

Pitch Slapped: What to Read If You Love Ginny & Mike

Mike and Ginny in Pitch

Like any great sports romance, FOX’s freshman series Pitch balances authentic baseball drama and the palpable sexual tension between its leads, rookie pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) and veteran catcher Mike Lawson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, looking very un-Zack Morris-like). Four episodes in and we’re already helplessly addicted to the series and desperate to see what happens next between Ginny and Mike. Yeah: We are all in with these two.

Alas, the next episode is a whole week away, and we cannot actually wish ourselves into the future. Luckily, this is where romance novels and fanfic come in! A happy, romantic ending for Mike/Ginny may not be in the cards for the show—though we live in hope—but you can bet your ass it is in books and fanfic. So join us in recommending books and fics that bring all the Pitch feels with none of this waiting-for-a-new-episode business.

Drawn to Ginny?

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

For romance novels featuring tough, determined female athletes, read:

—MacRieve by Kresley Cole: Chloe is a world-class soccer player, about to enter the Olympics. Her athleticism helps her survive in a paranormal world... especially when she becomes part of it. 
—Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey: Olympic tryouts are on the horizon for Kinsley... but so is seducing Coach Wilder.
—Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: Jordan knows what it's like to survive in a man's world as the QB and captain of her high school football team... but now there's a new QB in town and he's threatening everything she's worked for. 

Like Mike?

For romance novels starring gruff, cynical heroes with hearts of gold, read:

—Beauty and the Blitz by Sosie Frost: Cole Hawthorne is known for being ruthless on the field, but put a baby in his arms and he melts like butter. 
—The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton: Quarterback Mick can have anything he wants... except for the one woman that he wants more than a one-night-stand with. 
—It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: SEP invented the sports romance and Coach Dan is a bit of a jerk but if anyone can stand up to him it's the new owner of the team, Phoebe Somerville. 

Shipping Ginny/Mike Like FedEx?

Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

For romance novels about coworkers who shouldn’t hook up but 100% belong together, read:

—Rock Hard by Nalini Singh: Former rugby star turned business mogul Gabriel can't help falling for his mousy assistant Charlotte!
—Her Favorite Rival by Sarah Mayberry: The only thing standing between Audrey and promotion is Zack, and their intense, sizzling hate/love relationship.

For romance novels about a May/December couple, read:

—Lady Sophia’s Lover by Lisa Kleypas: Lady Sophia and Sir Ross's relationship gets off to a bumpy start, but in the end they both help to heal one another. 
—Kulti by Mariana Zapata: Change the sport to soccer, make Mike a coach, and Kulti is pretty much exactly like Pitch—complete with our heroine Sal having a childhood poster of hero Kulti. 

For romance novels with a mentor/mentee dynamic, read:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

—Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: Dmitri is teaching Rose to be a better Guardian, but at some point Rose will have to choose between the man she loves and the friend she's sworn to protect. 
—Easy by Tammara Webber: Edgy artist, charming teacher's assistant... however will Jacqueline choose between these two?
—Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard: Dedicated scholar, uninhibited playboy are all rolled into one package with Professor Gabriel Emerson that grad student Julia just can't resist. 

Can’t focus on anything but the show?

For fanfic dedicated to an eventual Ginny/Mike relationship, read:

Want to play all your favorite Ginny/Mike moments on an endless loop? For fanvids documenting every longing gaze and playful smile thus far, watch:

What would you like to add to the list?

Learn more about or order a copy of the books mentioned in this post:

Kulti by Mariana Zapata
MacRieve by Kresley Cole
Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Beauty and the Blitz by Sosie Frost  
The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
Her Favorite Rival by Sarah Mayberry
Lady Sophia’s Lover by Lisa Kleypas
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
Easy by Tammara Webber
Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

H&H Editor Picks:

A League of Her Own: Pitch Season 1, Episode 1

3 Ginny/Mike Moments That Nearly Killed Us in Pitch 1x04

October 2016 Romance New Releases






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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I just started Kulti last night after hearing good things. Off to a slow start for me, but I'm already appreciating the parallels to Pitch!

ETA: And Catching Jordan is one of my very favorite contemporary YAs! And the Chicago Stars are so great! And and and...! Apparently I have a lot of sports romance feelings even though I don't generally think of myself as a sports romance reader.
Jen Wattley
2. JenWattley
Scoring Wilder and Rock Hard are two of my absolute faves on this list! I do love a good sports romance.
4. romanceisreal
Thank you thank you thank you for being as obsessed with Pitch as I am so I don't feel crazy! Got a bunch of new TRBs!
5. Kareni
Are Kulti and Lady Sophia’s Lover May/September rather than May/December? Isn't the age difference only about ten or twelve years?
Rachel Hyland
6. RachelHyland
This is one of my favourite posts ever. Nicely done, Team H&H! And also, darn you -- I've been trying so hard to stay away from the time-gobbling vortex that is fanfic.

Just when I thought I was out, Ginny/Mike pulls me back in...
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