The best quarterback books

2 authors have picked their favorite books about quarterbacks and why they recommend each book.

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The Bombshell Effect

By Karla Sorensen,

Book cover of The Bombshell Effect

If you like sports romances, angst, humor, and heat, this is one book you cannot miss. The Bombshell Effect is proof that Karla Sorensen can write humor, heart, and angst in a harmony that should be illegal. I didn't just love this book, I inhaled it, making it a permanent piece of who I am -- and I'll never let it go.

Who am I?

I’m a self-published romance author with a hankering for angst and sports romance. As an international bestselling author myself, I’m addicted to finding the next book that will make my pulse race, my eyes red from reading all night, and my stomach ache with the desperation of wanting to dive into the fictional world an author has created. You can follow all my book reviews on Goodreads, and check out my bestselling sports romances on my website. 

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The Wrong Game

By Kandi Steiner,

Book cover of The Wrong Game

What is my book about?

Two season tickets. One genius idea. Zero interest in a relationship. The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other.

I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof. Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round. He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks. But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one. He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.


By Sam Mariano,

Book cover of Untouchable

I often wonder what made Sam write a character like Carter Mahoney, but all I can say is I’m so happy she did. This is not the book to go into with sunshine and rainbows on the brain because you will get the exact opposite, but in the best way possible. If you love cruel heroes that make you question your own sanity while reading like I do, this is the perfect read for you.

Who am I?

I’m an author who always finds something redeemable in the most chaotic characters. I not only love to write broken characters, but I search them out while reading. There’s something beautiful in their redemption and their growth. It’s simple to fall in love with the easy heroes, the ones that can do no wrong. The ones that make you stop reading because you don’t think you can take it anymore and cause your heart to race in the middle of the night as you devour their story, those are the heroes that I love. They usually end up being the ones you love to hate.

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Glass Heart Savage

By Lindsey Iler,

Book cover of Glass Heart Savage

What is my book about?

After her sister is murdered, Palmer Weston spends an entire year blending in. That is until Marek Hawthorne and his crew of friends decide being silent is no longer an option. They want answers, and they will stop at nothing to find out what is happening on campus. Only problem is Palmer can’t seem to stop falling for Marek’s charm, even when she suspects he has played a part in her sister’s death.

Luckman at Quarterback

By Sid Luckman,

Book cover of Luckman at Quarterback: Football as a Sport and a Career

In 1949, while still playing for the Chicago Bears, Luckman (and a ghostwriter) penned this appealingly modest account of the quarterback’s early life. Since Luckman left no other writing behind, it’s an invaluable account of a “scrawny runt's" rise to national football celebrity by his 24th birthday. The most moving aspect of the book, for those in the know, is his silence about his father’s murder of Sid’s favorite uncle. Instead, he used a cover story for Dad’s disappearance and then kept his mouth shut for the rest of his life. 

Who am I?

I am an author whose works have spanned several genres, from mysteries (I won an Edgar for Strike Three You’re Dead), to psychology (I coined the word “psychobabble” and wrote a book about it), to humor (Bad Cat and Bad Dog were both bestsellers), and, more lately to nonfiction, including Such Good Girls, true story of three Jewish women who survived the Holocaust. I have worked in television as a comedian, writer, and producer, and as a senior editor in the publishing industry, but my first and enduring love is the magic of writing.

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Tough Luck: Sid Luckman, Murder, Inc., and the Rise of the Modern NFL

By R.D. Rosen,

Book cover of Tough Luck: Sid Luckman, Murder, Inc., and the Rise of the Modern NFL

What is my book about?

It would be impossible to have stumbled on a true story that aligned with so many of my interests: professional football, organized crime, Jewish families and their secrets, and my Chicago suburban childhood.

When I discovered by chance that, in 1935, future Hall of Famer Sid Luckman’s father made New York headlines as a mobbed-up murderer who went to Sing Sing, at the same time that young Sid was making football headlines in the same papers, I was shocked that this story had been swept under the rug of history. I couldn’t not dive into this amazing saga of an 80-year-old secret. I had to gain the cooperation and confidence of Sid Luckman’s children to let me tell their father’s tragic story, which even they knew little about. 

Johnny U

By Tom Callahan,

Book cover of Johnny U: The Life and Times of John Unitas

The veteran scribe grew up in Baltimore and knew Unitas well. This book is worth it just to read what Unitas said to former teammate Johnny Sample when Samply tried to taunt him at the end of Super Bowl III. It's "Diner" meets "North Dallas Forty.'' 

Who am I?

I have been privileged to cover sports for the Boston Globe for the last 40-plus years. It is the best place in the country to do what I do. New England has tradition, smart readers, historic teams, and a great deal of success, especially in this century. As an author of 14 books, it's nice to bring some sports to the conversation on this site.

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Wish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics

By Dan Shaughnessy,

Book cover of Wish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics

What is my book about?

Today the NBA is a vast global franchise—a billion-dollar industry viewed by millions of fans in the United States and abroad. But it wasn’t always this successful. Before primetime ESPN coverage, lucrative branding deals like Air Jordans, and $40 million annual player salaries, there was the NBA of the 1970s and 1980s—when basketball was still an up-and-coming sport featuring old school beat reporters and players wore Converse All-Stars.

Shaughnessy takes us inside the legendary Larry Bird-led Celtics teams, capturing the camaraderie as they rose to dominate the NBA. Fans can witness the cockiness of Larry Bird; the ageless athleticism of Robert Parish; the shooting skills of Kevin McHale; the fierce, self-sacrificing play of Bill Walton; and the playful humor of players like Danny Ainge, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell, and M.L. Carr.

I Promise You

By Ilsa Madden-Mills,

Book cover of I Promise You: Stand-Alone College Sports Romance

No one writes college football romance like Ilsa! I fall in love with every football book she writes and this one was no different. From the banter, to the push and pull between the characters, to the legend of the bonfire kiss, this book has it all! You're going to love it!

Who am I?

I was raised on the Los Angeles Dodgers and baseball is in my blood. I love reading sports romances. An athlete's mindset is something I'm intimately familiar with (my son is a professional baseball player), so I get a lot of enjoyment reading about the guys who chase their dreams and ultimately get to make them come true. I enjoy reading stories that are familiar to me and that I can relate to.  

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The Perfect Game: A New Adult Romance

By J. Sterling,

Book cover of The Perfect Game: A New Adult Romance

What is my book about?

He's a game she never intended to play. And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.

When Cassie Andrews meets rising baseball hopeful, Jack Carter, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day. Strap yourselves in for one hell of a realistic ride into the world of baseball – and true love. 

Hands Down

By Mariana Zapata,

Book cover of Hands Down

I’d talk about Mariana Zapata for days without coming out for air. The queen of slow-burn will leave you squirming in your seat shouting “Just kiss already!” on the top of your lungs. It’s a sweet blooming romance between childhood friends who spent years apart. If you read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, you were probably waiting for Zack’s story. Bonus? Zack is the sweetest and the pure definition of a cinnamon roll hero.

Who am I?

I’m a complete bookworm and romance addict. I love to see the old tropes being written with a fresh feel, and I’m a true believer that romance is so hard to write because everyone knows the end, but it’s up to the writer to bring you on a worthy journey. After reading countless friends-to-lovers novels, I can say with certainty I have the list with the best books written by the contemporary romance rock stars. Let’s get to it!

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Love Me, Maddie Mendoza

By Amy Oliveira,

Book cover of Love Me, Maddie Mendoza

What is my book about?

Maddie Mendoza and Zeek King are - against all odds- inseparable. While Zeek spent his childhood running around with a ball, Maddie was a fixed image on the porch, threatening to burst it.

Years later, little has changed. When Maddie needs a place to stay, Zeek doesn’t think twice before offering his own bed. Their legs are intertwined, after all, it only takes one night to blur the lines. And now, Zeek isn’t sure if he wants Maddie as a friend or he’s craving something more. Everyone says a man and a woman can’t be best friends without falling into bed. Maddie and Zeek aren’t here to prove them wrong.

The Hook Up

By Kristen Callihan,

Book cover of The Hook Up

This college romance is full of steam and humor. A star football player has a chance encounter with an edgy nerd at a party. My first novel is based on a hook up at a party, so I am in mad love with this story. A true relationship unfolds between these two that goes deeper than witty bits and coed antics. You will definitely stay up all night to finish this book. 

Who am I?

I love the art of writing romance fiction. I’m a character-driven author. My stories are contemporary romance with steam, humor, and diversity. I run my business from my living room. When I'm not writing and telling people about my books, I run another online business. Read lots. Watch tons of series. Drink coffee and wine. Listen to music. Cook comforting vegetarian meals. Say prayers, meditate, and light candles. Text with my girlfriends. And try to squeeze in a walk and a shower. My sexy little stories are my attempt at keeping someone up all night. May you always feel loved, seen, and heard. The Smart Girl Mafia Series books 1-4 are currently available. 

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Love Sounds

By Amiee Smith,

Book cover of Love Sounds

What is my book about?

Emma Liu: I’m an ambitious little lady. I promised myself I’d never let romance interfere with my professional life again. When I start messaging the dreamiest man ever on an exclusive kink dating app, I’m beyond delighted… and conflicted when he turns out to be my new boss for the summer. My little side wants to curl up in Will’s lap, but my ambitious side wants to win in career and business. Will Hayes: I’m a man who wants to run the world. While I’m a kinkster into age play, I don’t do risky romantic relationships. But Emma’s raspy voice and enticing giggles are irresistible. Too bad she forced her way into my internship program. Now I have to decide if this fast-talking, too-cute, smart girl is worth the risk.

Deal Breaker

By Harlan Coben,

Book cover of Deal Breaker: The First Myron Bolitar Novel

This is the first of 11 books featuring Myron Bolitar, a hotheaded but tenderhearted sports agent. He is one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction.

Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend — a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead — the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret, and a man's lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business — where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.

Who am I?

Nick Albert is British, but for close to 20-years, he has lived in a ramshackle farmhouse in the rural west of Ireland with his wife and several unruly but affectionate dogs. He's the author of the bestselling comedy memoir series, Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds, and the twisty thriller Hunting the Wrecking Crew. Nick is a voracious reader with an eclectic collection of books, and for a good reason. In a recent interview, he gave this advice to aspiring authors, "Before you write, read. Read a lot. Read what you enjoy. Read the kind of books you would like to write, but be sure to observe the author's craft as you read. Take note of how they mix dialogue with narration, how they paint their pictures, and how they guide your mind. Try to look beyond the words to understand how the story was constructed. Do all this and more before you put pen to paper."

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Hunting the Wrecking Crew: Eric Stone Book One

By Nick Albert,

Book cover of Hunting the Wrecking Crew: Eric Stone Book One

What is my book about?

Hidden behind the walls of power, the corrupt and materialistic businesses, and the convenient death of every inconvenient whistle-blower, hides a secret organisation called the Wrecking Crew. For years they have been manipulating companies and empowering Governments. They don't care what they do or how they do it, as long as the price is right – but this time, they have gone too far. Now one man is on a mission to stop them.

Eric Stone is trustworthy, easygoing, and friendly – he's your all-around nice guy. His first rule in life was always "Don't get involved," but when he discovers the shocking truth behind his friend's death, he feels compelled to act. Stone is no stranger to risk, but the Wrecking Crew is the most dangerous adversary anyone has ever faced. Soon he and his friends are dragged into a desperate race for survival, where no one can be trusted. Can Eric Stone destroy the Wrecking Crew, or will he become their next victim?

Gods in Alabama

By Joshilyn Jackson,

Book cover of Gods in Alabama

This book. I can hear the cicadas now. I love this book because our main character is guided by self-imposed rules for herself that she desperately wants to abide. At first glance, she seems like she might be just anyone—but she has a wild past you can hardly believe she moved beyond. The women in this book are more powerful than the world they are in.

Who am I?

I have spent my entire life in the literary industry, first being raised by an author and her two published sisters, then signing my own book deal at age nineteen. So basically, I am completely incapable of seeing the world through anything but a bookish lens. For this little project, I was asked to make some recommendations based on a subject I care about. I chose Wasted Women. These are books about women who deserve more out of life than they have—and about the consequences of letting a clever woman stay caged.

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Anything to Have You

By Paige Harbison,

Book cover of Anything to Have You

What is my book about?

Brooke and Natalie have been friends so long that they’re more like sisters—that is to say, they don’t have very much in common these days. Brooke is the fun one. The crazy one. The life of the party. Natalie is an introvert with her eyes on the future. Which is why it’s so surprising when Natalie betrays Brooke, and the two throw gasoline on a fire that clearly started years ago.

Natural Born Charmer

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips,

Book cover of Natural Born Charmer

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is hands down my favorite author for her humor, her voice, and her willingness to put older heroines in her books.

Natural Born Charmer has a wonderful B Story about a charismatic but aging rock star and a beautiful fifty-two-year-old woman trying to make peace with her rock and roll past. I don't want to admit how many times I’ve read it.

Who am I?

My real name is Susan Berger and I'm a certified bookaholic. I'm also an actor and I love my work. Being older has been very lucky for me. I wrote children’s books as Susan J Berger. COVID closed my publisher and I'm not actively submitting at the moment. I write romance as Susan B James because I didn’t want my children to have to acknowledge that their mother knew anything about sex. Falling in love and living happily ever after is an ageless state. But in romance novels heroines are mostly under thirty. I happen to be chronologically gifted myself. And many of my favorite romances feature older heroines. I think we need more.

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Time and Forever

By Susan B. James,

Book cover of Time and Forever

What is my book about?

Two women in their sixties time travel to 1969—London and Los Angeles. One finds an old love. One finds a new. But time travel has rules. And that's a problem...

Being in their sixties has its perks. Sherry is a successful businesswoman. Lorena’s an actress on a popular sitcom. Sherry’s husband dumped her for a younger woman eighteen years ago. Lorena’s husband died of cancer. Sherry wants a second chance at love. Lorena doesn’t think second chances are possible. She can’t imagine loving anyone but Dave. But when a glitch in a Virtual Reality Adventure game sends them back to 1969 London, “possible” takes on a whole new dimension. Are they willing to pay the price to alter their future?

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