Take Me out to the Ballgame: 36 Romances for Opening Day

There’s nothing like a man who knows his way around the pitch to fill a woman with baseball fever. And now that spring is here, the bases are being loaded. If you’re looking for a home run of a read to get you ready for opening day we’ve got just the thing with this list of baseball-themed romances that cover the very sweet to the very sexy.

Chances Are

Chances Are, by Traci Hunter Abramson

Having moved to the US to avoid an arranged marriage, Maya Gupta thought her worst challenges were behind her; until she was diagnosed with cancer. Now, she is engaging in the fight of her life. Her best friend Kari offers Maya the use of her baseball-player brother’s apartment while she is receiving treatment. Imagine Kari’s brother Ben’s surprise when he comes home and finds Maya there. To protect his image he asks her to leave, unaware of her medical situation. Despite his reticence to cohabitate, sparks fly between these two in an adorable, gentle manner.  

All Wound Up

All Wound Up, by Jaci Burton

When your father owns a baseball team, the last type of guy you want to date is a baseball player. That’s what ER doctor Aubry Ross thought until the very handsome, very sexy, very much a baseball player Tucker Cassidy shows up in her ER with an unusual sort of injury courtesy of his ex-girlfriend’s knee. After a few repeat visits to the ER, Aubry can’t deny her attraction to Tucker anymore. When these two aren’t arguing, they are heating it up between the sheets. As with Burton’s other books in the series, both Aubry and Tucker’s families play big parts. Readers familiar with the series will enjoy seeing other characters, but this can easily be read as a stand alone.  

Hittin’ It Out the Park

Hittin’ It out the Park, by Allison Hobbs and Karen E. Quinones Miller

If there was a Real Housewives of the NY Yankees, Cheryl Blanton would be on it in a heartbeat. She’d be describing her husband Randy Alston’s transformation from country bumpkin to city slicker. Along the way, she would no doubt tell the story of the time that a wayward groupie named Sexy tried to break them up. When Cheryl tries to dig up some dirt on Sexy, her own closely guarded secrets might just come spilling out, too. Drama, sex, lies, cheating, and baseball—not your mama’s version of the all-American pastime.

This is Falling

This is Falling, by Ginger Scott

After a tragedy during her sophomore year of high school, Rowe Stanton suffers from PTSD and is home schooled for her junior and senior years. College seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself, so she chooses a school in Oklahoma, a thousand miles away from home, to put distance between herself and her past. There she meets Nate Preeter, a catcher for the school’s baseball team. Rowe has spent a long time feeling numb, but her friendship with Nate seems to be changing that. Scott’s series opener is a heart-wrenching second-chance love story with engaging secondary characters who get their own stories in later books.

A Great Catch

A Great Catch, by Lorna Seilstad 

Suffragette Emily Graham is as committed to getting women the right to vote as her grandmother and aunts are to finding her a husband. When she collides with Carter Stockton at the roller skating rink, her life begins to change. Carter is a recent college graduate and the pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team. To draw attention to the cause, Emily invites the Bloomer Girls baseball team to Manawa and convinces Carter and his team to play against them. Emily is attracted to Carter, but doesn’t want to give up the cause; Carter is equally attracted to Emily, but concerned that she values the right to vote over her relationship with God. Humor and history combine in this sweet inspirational romance.

Back in the Game

Back in the Game, by Lori Wilde 

After a brutal attack ends his pitching career, Rowdy Blanton returns to Stardust, Texas, to decide what to do next. Hoping to expose the shady dealings of the manager of the Dallas Gunslingers, he decides to write a tell-all autobiography. Breanna Carlyle has lived a very sheltered life due to significant health issues, but two things have always been important to her: baseball and books. A chance meeting between Rowdy and Breanna leads to her becoming his ghostwriter. Wilde creates amazing chemistry between them and who doesn’t love a story about a good girl who becomes just a little bit bad just as her love tames a bad boy?


And the list goes on! Here are other great titles sure to quench baseball fever:

  • Angels Walking, by Karen Kingsbury
  • Better than Perfect, by Kristina Matthews
  • The Changeup, by Rhonda Shaw
  • Devil in Denim, by  Melanie Scott
  • Double Play, by Jill Shalvis
  • Easy Charm, by Kristen Proby
  • Fireside, by Susan Wiggs
  • The Game Changer, by L. M. Trio
  • Game On, by Katie McCoy
  • Heart of the Game, by Pamela Aares
  • Hot Number, by Carly Phillips
  • Let Me Be the One, by Bella Andre
  • Love between the Bases, by Jennifer Bernard
  • The Man for Me, by Gemma Bruce
  • Meet Me at the Beach, by V. K. Sykes
  • The More Things Change, by Chamein Canton
  • No One Like You, by Kate Angell
  • Perfect Game, by J. Sterling
  • Perfect Pitch, by Mindy Klasky
  • Pitch Perfect, by Sierra Dean
  • Playing for Keeps, by Luann McLane
  • The Practice Proposal, by Tracy March
  • Reckless Longing, by Gina Robinson
  • Sit, Stay, Love, by Dana Mentink
  • Sometimes It Lasts, by Abbi Glines
  • Stealing Home, by Sherryl Woods
  • Stealing Parker, by Miranda Kenneally
  • Surrender at Sunset, by Jamie Pope
  • Sweet Spot, by Stephanie Evanovich 
  • The Winning Season, by Alison Packard




About the Author:

Ilene Lefkowitz is a supervising librarian at the Denville Public Library in Denville, New Jersey. Along with C. L., co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). When she is not reading romances she can be found cooking up a storm or attempting to be crafty. Follow her on Twitter @ilefkowitz. C. L. Quillen is the director of the Spotswood Public Library. In her spare time, she likes to get creative in the kitchen, travel, and spoil her already very spoiled Siamese-mix cat. She is the co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). Follow her on Twitter at @cielle.

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