Már napok óta azon gondolkozom, hogy a Borítómánia rovatomban mi legyen a májusi téma. Szemezgettem a divattal, de ma végül is a sport mellett döntöttem. :)
A legfőbb oka persze az, hogy nyálcsorgatós borítókkal hívják fel rájuk a figyelmet, a másik ok, pedig az, hogy maguk a történetek is szórakoztatóak, néha izgalmasak, és tömve vannak izmos, szexi férfiakkal, akikért oda adnám fél királyságom! :) Nem tudom, Ti hogy vagytok a sporttal, de én nem ugráltam soha érte, amíg nem kezdtem olvasni Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Carly Phillips, meg Rachel Gigson könyveket. Azóta a barátommal együtt nézem a sportműsort, de nekem biztosan nem az jár a fejemben meccs közben, mint neki. :) Először is, itt főleg az amerikai focira, meg hokira gondolok, de mostanában érdekel a baseball is. Azon veszem magam észre, hogy a sportolókat összehasonlítom az általam ismert főszereplőkkel, sőt keresem a hasonlóságokat, de a ami a legtöbbet változott, az az, hogy más szemmel nézek rájuk. Élő, húsvér embereknek tekintem őket, nem vagyok az az elfajult fangirl típus, elgondolkozom, hogy vajon ők is ennyire utálják, hogy ennyire lerohanja őket a média, vajon a barátnőik milyenek, vajon ők is nőcsábászok, esetleg hogyan ismerték meg a szerelmüket, vagy még élik a szingli, komolytalan nőcsábászok életét....
Olyan könyveket igyekeztem kiválasztani, amelyeknél, nem csak a borító, hanem a tartalom is felkeltette a kíváncsiságom, szóval:
Deirdre Martin: Icebreaker (New Yorks Blade #10) Good thing high-powered attorney Sinead O'Brien has a rule about never dating clients. Because Adam Perry, the newest star of the New York Blades—and her newest client—has her headed for the penalty box. If only she could prove he's just another jock...
Adam's been charged with assault after a borderline hit on another star player, but off the ice he's a private, no-nonsense guy who knows the Blades are his last shot at Stanley Cup glory. Assembling her case, Sinead tries not to get distracted by Adam's dazzling good looks or strong work ethic, but she quickly discovers that there's a wounded man under that jersey, and she's starting to fall for him—hard.
Now Adam's having trouble focusing on the goal with Sinead in his sights. And Sinead is tempted to break her "no dating clients" rule. Can they play on their newfound feelings without penalties?
Jaci Burton: Taking a shot (Play by play #3)
If you want to score, you have to get in the game... The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she's stuck running the family's sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she's vowed to never fall for a jock-even one as hot as Ty. Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty's insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too... But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all-including Ty...
Jennifer Comeaux: Life on the Edge
Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.
Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily's dreams of gold.
Koko Brown: Playar's Ultimatum Yvonne Floyd’s best friend and gay soccer player Robbie Gutierrez proposes the impossible-pose as his fiancée until he can ink a lucrative contract. Hounded day and night by the media’s constant speculation over his sexual orientation, Robbie doesn’t want to run the risk of losing his career over who he sleeps with. Although Yvonne feels Robbie has lost his marbles, she takes one for the team.
While Yvonne is initiated into the fast-paced world of international soccer, she’s ill-prepared for a mutual attraction to Robbie’s teammate, Paolo Saito. And when the Japanese Brazilian footballer discovers her secret and turns the tables on her, Yvonne loses sight of her goal and risks sacrificing more than just her heart.
Lisa Renee Jones: Hard and Fast
For Amanda Wright--new reporter on the pro baseball block--this rule is harder to keep than she had thought. Especially with the team's star pitcher, gorgeous Brad Rogers, sending signals her libido can't possibly miss. How can she indulge her craving for Brad and still prove she can play with the big-league journalists?
From their first illicit kiss, their private ball games lead to delicious pleasure. Then she discovers Brad is hiding a big secret that could make her career--or blow his. And suddenly she has to choose: the best story of her life... or the best sex!
Jaci Burton: The perfect Play (Play by Play #1)
Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game... For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara's not interested in getting to know football's most notorious playboy any better. As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara's life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick's latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.
Kate Angell: Curveball (Richmond Rogues #2)
When the "Bat Pack," the bad boys of the Richmond Rogues baseball team, meet three beauties with faster pitches than they've ever seen, it's sure to be a triple play of romance!
Kate Angell: Sliding Home (Richmond Rogues #4)
The ultimate bad boy baseball player finds a stranger in his shower and decides that no matter how sexy the interloper is, she won't find a place in his life-little does he know that the baseball diamond is not the only place he'll be sliding home.
Carly Phillips: Hot Property (Hot Zone #4)
Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks--and personal life--of a sports hero and the public's adoration. But this hot property's lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can't spare. Now it's up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track.
Amy finds it's easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper's refusal to put his own needs first, she's starting to think that life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball--one she never saw coming...
Jeanette Murray: The Game of Love
Chris St. James is ready for normal. After walking away from her pro tennis career and a toxic relationship with a star hockey player, she's starting a new life as a teacher and tennis coach in a small town. Now all she needs is an average guy to share it with.
Brett Wallace is no average guy. Forced to retire from the NFL after an injury--and suddenly single after being dumped by his status-conscious wife--he's returned to his hometown to coach the varsity football team. Wary of women interested only in his celebrity, Brett finds Chris's indifference to his former career refreshing.
The last thing Chris needs is to get involved with another pro athlete, but she can't deny the sparks that fly between them. So she agrees to a purely physical, no-strings-attached affair. But the rules of the game change when she falls for him...