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Books on Sale: Football and MMA Romances from Sarah Castille and Julie Brannagh

Heads up! Today only, there's a flash sale at AllRomance in response server downtime yesterday: 30% eBook Buck rebate on all eligible titles. Nice!

Book Against the Ropes

Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille is .99 right now – or slightly less with the AllRomance 30% Rebate today. This is a MMA (mixed martial arts) romance, and it's on sale “in anticipation of the release of book two in the Redemption series, In Your Corner, which was picked as a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book 2014.”

From the author: “Against the Ropes was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Pick for Romance & Erotica for Fall 2013, a #1 Erotic Romance Amazon Bestseller, and it won the JABBIC Award for sexiest cover.” Well, I can see why.

This book has a 3.9-star average, and while some readers disliked the hero and heroine, others loved the contrast of his athletic defensive skills and her dorkiness.

He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more…

Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an underground mixed-martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Trouble is, at her first sight of the club’s owner she’s the one feeling breathless.

All sleek muscle and restrained power, the man they call Torment plays to win at any cost. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when to use a soft touch and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined…

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Book Blitzing Emily

Blitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh is $1.99 and is the first book in her Love and Football series. The second book, Rushing Amy, is also $1.99. With a 3.9-star rating, readers thought this was a great debut novel, though some said the pacing could have used a jumpstart. Have you read this one?

Emily Hamilton doesn't trust men. She's much more comfortable playing the romantic lead in front of a packed house onstage than in her own life. So when NFL star and alluring ladies' man Brandon McKenna acts as her personal white knight, she has no illusions that he'll stick around. However, a misunderstanding with the press throws them together in a fake engagement that yields unexpected (and breathtaking) benefits.

Every time Brandon calls her “Sugar,” Emily almost believes he's playing for keeps—not just to score. Can she let down her defenses and get her own happily ever after?

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Book Catching Cameron

Catching Cameron by Julie Brannagh is on sale for .99 right now. The other two books in the series are $1.99, so you can grab all three for about $5 – or less if you buy at AllRomance today. This is a sports romance about a player on a Seattle football team and a sports reporter assigned to cover the team. This is the third in the series, and it has a 3.9-star average. Readers really liked the humor and the banter between the hero and heroine. Have you read this one?

Star sports reporter Cameron Ondine has one firm rule: she does not date football players. Ever. She tangled with one years ago, and it did not end well. Been there, done that.

But when Cameron comes face-to-face with the very man who shattered her heart—on camera, no less—her world is upended for a second time by recklessly handsome Seattle Shark Zach Anderson.

Zach has never been able to forget the gorgeous blonde who stole his breath away when he was still just a rookie. They've managed to give each other a wide berth for years, but when their jobs suddenly bring them together again and again, he knows he has to face his past once and for all.

Because as they spend more time together, he becomes less focused on the action on the field and more concerned with catching Cameron.

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  1. 1
    Anne says:

    I read and liked the Brannagh books, the Emily one more than the Cameron one – but I still ended up preordering her next one.

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    SB Sarah says:

    @Anne: I haven’t read the second one, but I loved that Emily was an opera diva and proud and confident about her career.

  3. 3
    Vasha says:

    So are there any romances with a woman athlete? I’ve never seen a one.

  4. 4
    Merm8fan says:

    @Vasha – Nora Roberts had an old skool story (Silhouette?) where both leads were professional tennis players. It was called ‘Opposites Attract’ and it was one of my favorites from high school days

    years ago.

    Come to think of it, I may need to try it again to see if it still stands up. My judgement back then was questionable – I adored the movie ‘Mannequin’…

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    Cordy says:

    I tried to read “Against the Ropes” when it came out, and failed. It is almost awesomely bad (if that is your kind of thing). I mention this in case you’re a person with my brain who sees “aggressive fighter” and “dorky lady” and gets excited. Don’t get excited! It’s awful – less compelling than that also fairly awful MMA romance “Real”, with the guy whose eyes shift colors because of his mental illness. (I don’t know either.)

    Re: female athletes, you might try “Driving Her Wild” by Meg Maguire (a pen name for Cara McKenna – her Meg Maguire books are not as awesomely “What is this genre-transcending glory!!!!” as her McKenna books, much more straight romance novels, but still very well done). The main character is a recently-retired pro MMA fighter who is turning to coaching. It was really refreshing (to me) to read about a woman athlete. And the dynamic between the two main characters is really unusual – I was quite struck by the book, to my surprise:

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17278980-driving-her-wild

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    Eugenia says:

    Fortune favors the preerapd, right? I’m loving your blog by the way. Kudos for putting so much thought into your posts.I got very, very lucky to get my first sale, but I put myself out there any way I could   conference pitching, contests, agent and editor queries. I cast a wide net hoping one of them would pan out. If you’re hungry for it, you have to be fearless and that means going outside your comfort zone in the writing and in the publication hunt.

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