I'm not a sporty person. Despite my illustrious junior high softball career, which only happened because my Dad was the coach, the world of sports doesn't rank on my list of interests. UNTIL THE OLYMPICS roll around! And then, hot damn I'm practically a sportscaster!
LOVE OF THE GAME, the new sports-themed erotica collection from Sexy Little Pages, brought me back to those Olympic days of summer when Michael Phelps ruled the pool, Usain Bolt ran like the wind, and the American gymnastics team were rock stars. (I mean, they're still rock stars. Have you SEEN Laurie Hernandez on Dancing with the Stars!?)
But I digress.
The eleven stories editor Harley Easton has compiled for LOVE OF THE GAME cover a wide array of sports. Swimming, fencing, baseball, rugby--even rodeo is represented! Book-ended by baseball stories, the collection kicks off big with the engrossing A MAJOR LEAGUE WIFE by Gregory Norris, and keeps up the momentum all the way to the closing story, FAST PITCHER. (I straight up did not expect the closing story to go the way it did. Kudos to Annabeth Leong!) Among the vivid tales, I especially enjoyed the Rebecca Chase's rugby/longing story ONLY GIRL ON THE PITCH, Hannah Lockhardt's FENCE (a sexy tale of voyeurism and fencing featuring a Paralympian lead), and the sexy wrestling encounter in Val Prozorova's YIELD.
This is an erotica collection, so it's no surprise that all the stories deal in intense sexuality. I must point out Josie Jordan's THE FIGHT CLUB as an especially intense read. It comes with a warning. Be prepared--and excited! The collection is also varied in the pairings represented. M/F, F/F and M/M pairings all get their moment.
LOVE OF THE GAME has a story for everyone whether a champions or a could've been, a competitor or a fan.
Whether you're into sports or not, you're sure to find something to like. <3