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Pub Date Dec 07 2021 | Archive Date Jan 06 2022

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Carina Press invites you to fall in love with three new Sports Romances this fall! Enjoy reading the first three chapters of Unwritten Rules by KD Casey, Too Much Man by Katy James, and Unexpected Goals by Kelly Farmer in this exclusive sampler.


Unwritten Rules by KD Casey (eBook on sale October 12, 2021)

“This book is EVERYTHING I want in a sports romance—high stakes, sexy heat, and heart-pounding emotion, with an ending that brought tears to my eyes.” -- Lyssa Kay Adams, author of The Bromance Book Club

Ex-teammates—and exes—reunite for a second chance in this delightful sports romance from debut author KD Casey.

Zach Glasser has put up with a lot for the sport he loves. Endless days on the road, playing half-decent baseball in front of half-full stadiums and endless nights alone, pretending this is the life he's always wanted.

The thing is, it could have been everything he ever wanted—if only he'd had the guts to tell his family, tell the club, that he was in love with his teammate Eugenio Morales. Well, ex-teammate now. When Zach wouldn't—couldn't—come out, Eugenio made the devastating choice to move on, demanding a trade away from Oakland. Away from Zach.

Three years and countless regrets later, Zach still can't get Eugenio out of his head. Or his heart. And when they both get selected to play in the league’s All-Star Classic, those feelings and that chemistry come roaring back.

Zach wants a second chance. Eugenio wants a relationship he doesn't have to hide. Maybe it's finally time they both get what they want.


Too Much Man by Katy James (eBook on sale December 7, 2021)

A grumpy former hockey player and a bisexual coffee-shop owner refuse to commit—to themselves or each other—in this fun, flirty debut

Piper Welborn has created a warm, welcoming space for all in her queer-inclusive coffee shop, even if the long hours came at the cost of her love life. But she’s not ready to welcome one man in particular—a grumpy, muscular former hockey player. His smoldering presence is a temptation and a challenge to her long-standing vow not to date cis men.

Gavin Williams has no business starting a relationship, least of all with a woman he’s not sure even likes him. He can’t resist the Friendly Bean’s hot, pink-haired owner, but a casual fling is all he can commit to. He’s hoping to leave town for the next stage in his career…if he ever gets the call with the job offer.

A friends-with-benefits arrangement is perfect for them both—but neither is ready for the feelings that hit. When the post-hockey life Gavin always dreamed of is suddenly within his grasp, they’ll both have to make a choice: hold tight to what they thought life should look like, or work together to build something new.


Unexpected Goals by Kelly Farmer (eBook on sale November 2, 2021)

On-ice rivals find some surprising heat under all their hostility in this enemies-to-lovers hockey romance

If you can’t play nice, play hockey

Canadian goalie Maisy Goode is wary of American Jen Donato and her dirty playing. She’s been on the receiving end of Jen’s aggressive style and doesn’t like it one bit. Now that they’re on the same women’s pro team, keeping her eyes off Jen is a struggle.

Jen signed up to win it all with the Boston Ice. Her very public clashes with their hot goalie aren’t going to derail her championship plans. Jen’s a professional. But there’s just something about Maisy that gets under her skin.

The media loves the tension, but the more time Maisy and Jen are forced to spend together, the more they discover what’s between them isn’t entirely hostile.

At all.

Banter turns into flirting, and flirting turns into more. The closer they get to the playoffs, the more pressure weighs on the team—and the couple. Maisy needs Jen’s support. Jen needs to know Maisy’s all in. And it all needs to get sorted out before the season—and their relationship—closes out.

Carina Press invites you to fall in love with three new Sports Romances this fall! Enjoy reading the first three chapters of Unwritten Rules by KD Casey, Too Much Man by Katy James, and Unexpected...

A Note From the Publisher

This sampler offers readers a chance to read the first three chapters of Unwritten Rules by KD Casey, Too Much Man by Katy James, and Unexpected Goals by Kelly Farmer.

This sampler offers readers a chance to read the first three chapters of Unwritten Rules by KD Casey, Too Much Man by Katy James, and Unexpected Goals by Kelly Farmer.

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Featured Reviews

What a great way to introduce us to some novels. I haven't read a lot of sport romances, but I do usually like them and these sound great! I'll definitely look into them a bit more.

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All the samples look amazing. I love sports romance, so I downloaded this as soon as I could. The one that caught my attention the most was Unexpected Goals! Hockey romances are my favorite, and I never thought f/f hockey romances existed! I am so so so excited for it.

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These were all so deliciously cute! I can't wait to pick up a copy of the books I sampled. I encourage you all to do the same.

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This sampler has me so excited for these upcoming sports romances! All three feature queer characters, and two of them—UNWRITTEN RULES and TWO MUCH MAN—are by debut authors.

UNWRITTEN RULES is a m/m baseball romance about former teammates and exes who reunite at the All-Star Game. I really liked the author's voice in this excerpt and will definitely be checking this book out.

TOO MUCH MAN is a m/f romance with a former hockey player and a cafe owner. I love a story set in a cafe. I also love a grump, and this hero is super grumpy. I'm looking forward to seeing the progression of the romance between Gavin and Piper!

UNEXPECTED GOALS is the second book in Kelly Farmer's "Out on the Ice" series that follows female hockey players. This one is about American and Canadian rivals turned teammates, which is a promising premise and one I've been hoping someone would write. I enjoyed OUT ON THE ICE, so I'm looking forward to this book.

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These samplers were great, excited to read the f/f hockey playing novel! I enjoyed these intros to the books, and they definitely gave me a clearer view as to which I will be requesting.

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I enjoyed this sampler! I love sports novels, and especially sports romance novels. Add in queer characters and you've ticked pretty much all my boxes! All three of these novels are ones I'm going to have my eye on when they are released. The one that personally excited me the most was Unexpected Goals, as there are not many sapphic sports novels that I've seen and I love the tension between the two main characters. That being said, the other two look really good too! Can't wait to get my hands on these when they're released!

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