16 Best Hockey Romance Books That Will Puck Up Your Heart

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Spice up your life with some swoon-worthy hockey romance books. These are some of the best pucking hockey romances out there currently, and I cannot recommend them enough.

For more sporty romances, you can take a peek at this curated list of the best sports romances. If you prefer the NFL, I suggest taking a look at this list featuring the best football romance books.

Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

Since their rookie season, Canadian golden boy Shane Hollander and Russian heartbreaker Ilya Rozanov’s rivalry have been legendary. A little thing that no one knows is that it’s all a sham (mostly). Because Shane and Ilya have a secret: they have been hooking up since they were nineteen. And as the faces of the NHL, keeping their hidden affair hidden has never been more crucial. 

Funny, sexy, and sweet, Heated Rivalry is an unputdownable MM sports romance filled with witty banter, adorable moments, and a rivalry like no other. Shane and Ilya have the sweetest moments, so prepare to have a permanent smile tattooed on your face while reading their story. 

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Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out why his closest friend ghosted him the summer before college. Now four years later, Jamie is ready for that explanation when he learns they’ll be residing in the same city in preparation for their upcoming face-off in the national college hockey championship. 

Ryan Wesley has always regretted how he ended things with his best friend of six years. After taking a bet too far, he took the easy way out rather than deal with the repercussions of his drunken antics. Now four years later, Ryan is ready to apologize. There’s just one problem: the second he locks eyes with Jamie, all his feelings for his straight best friend come rushing back.

As one of the best MM friends-to-lovers hockey romance books ever written, I recommend adding Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s stellar romance to your bookshelf. Him is a second chance hockey sports romance between two friends that will keep you up well past your bedtime and desperate for more.

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Egotistical Puckboy by Eden Finley & Saxon James

Bold, egotistical, and witty, gay pro hockey star Ezra Palaszczuk has an ego the size of Texas and the skills to match both on and off the ice. Everything would be perfect if not for Anton Hayes, the straight-laced golden boy of the NHL. 

Cocky, charitable, and confident, Anton has worked for years to become the best in the league, and he refuses to allow a trade to mess with his head… Even if that trade lands him on the same team as Ezra, his obnoxiously sexy rival who left him wanting more after their explosive one-night stand.

What can go wrong?

Egotistical Puckboy is an unputdownable MM hockey romance overflowing with hilarious banter, swoon-worthy chemistry, and nail-biting hockey games. Prepare for Anton and Ezra to become your next obsession.  

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Pucked Off by Helena Hunting 

Lance Romero knows nothing good ever comes from seeing his toxic on-again, off-again fling Tash. After a particularly upsetting encounter, Lance’s night ends in a brawl that earns him a one-way ticket to the ER followed by an ultimatum that ensures he sees a masseur if he wants to stay off the bench come his next game.

It’s just another day at the clinic for Poppy O’Connor when the notorious hockey star Lance “Romance” Romero walks through the doors. To say she is caught off guard by the arrival of the guy she once knew back in grade school would be the understatement of the century. Except he doesn’t recognize her. And she plans to keep it that way. 

Heartbreaking, stunning, and unforgettable, Pucked Off is a mesmerizing read that will leave you enamored with Lance and Poppy’s captivating romance. It is, hands down, one of the best hockey romance books from Helena Hunting.

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The Long Game by Rachel Reid

Ilya Rozanov and Shane Hollander return in The Long Game, the anxiously-awaited sequel to Rachel Reid’s renowned hockey romance Heated Rivalry. If you have already read Heated Rivalry, it is time to crack this 2022 must-read open.

After facing dozens of hurdles and challenges that worked to keep the all-star hockey rivals apart, Shane and Ilya did the impossible and came out on the other side – together. 

But after ten years of sneaking around and keeping their relationship hidden, Ilya is tired of the secrets. All he needs to do is convince Shane that their relationship is worth more than hockey.  

As one of my all-time favorite couples, I cannot recommend The Long Game enough, and if you have yet to read Heated Rivalry, it is in your best interest to drop everything, find your way over to Amazon, and one-click that magnificent read. Be sure to prepare yourself for an epic book hangover.

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The Deal by Elle Kennedy

When Hannah Wells finally finds someone who turns her on, she is eager to make a move. But there is one thing holding Hannah back: her lack of confidence in the sexual intimacy department. 

In her quest to break out of her comfort zone, Hannah agrees to tutor the arrogant captain of the hockey team. In exchange, Garrett agrees to help her overcome the dilemma. 

No one was supposed to catch feelings, but after an explosive night, Garrett is determined to convince Hannah that he is the one for her.

For a sports-themed, enemies-to-lovers romance that will keep you gripped from start to finish, The Deal is one of the best slow-burn hockey romance books for you. Prepare to be hooked from the moment Hannah makes a deal with the college bad boy.

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Zack by Sawyer Bennett

When tragedy strikes and leaves hockey star Zack Grantham a single father drowning in grief, his downward spiral forces him to put his career on hold. Now back on the road, Zack is struggling to fit the pieces of his life back together. All of that starts with hiring a nanny for his son Ben.    

Enter Kate Francis: A recent college grad whose nerdy, goofy personality makes her an instant favorite with kids. When she lands herself a job as a live-in nanny for a pro-athlete, she does not expect to earn a spot on Zack’s shitlist. But despite his chilly personality, Kate keeps a positive attitude and becomes just the person his son needs most.

Now if only she could win over Zack.

Zack is a memorable sports romance perfect for readers who love single parent hockey romance books with the grumpy/sunshine trope.

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Gravity by Tal Bauer

Hunter Lacey never thought he would make it to the NFL, let alone skate alongside his hero Bryce Michel in the All-Star Game.

As one of the lesser-known players, Hunter has no expectations to land on the hockey legend’s radar, let alone warrant his bright smiles and hours of conversation. 

But what starts as an instant friendship gives way to an undeniable romantic connection that sends them reeling and threatens to disrupt their gravity.

When it comes to crafting love stories that jump off the page and into your heart, Tal Bauer is a master at his craft, and Gravity is no exception. As one of the best MM hockey romance books of 2022, I cannot recommend this emotional must-read enough.

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The Score by Elle Kennedy

When a bad breakup leads to a night of mind-blowing sex with Briar University’s star hockey player and resident manwhore Dean Di Laurentis, Allie Hayes takes it for what it is: a hot one-night stand that will live on in her memories. Allie has no plans of jumping into a new relationship so soon after a breakup and with graduation on the horizon. 

Too bad Dean is not on the same page. 

For a scorching hot college sports romance that will turn you into a book zombie, from lack of sleep, of course, I recommend reading The Score. It is undoubtedly one of the best hockey romance books, so you cannot go wrong with this highly addictive must-read. 

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Irresponsible Puckboy by Eden Finley and Saxon James

What can be worse than falling in love with a straight best friend who is entirely oblivious to said feelings and does not understand the concept of personal boundaries? Well, marrying said friend.

For three years, Tripp Mitchell has worked tirelessly to keep his feelings for his best friend and teammate Dex Mitchale locked firmly behind closed doors. Nothing could bring Tripp to risk their friendship on the off-chance Dex may want to be more than friends. 

To say rolling up to a Vegas wedding chapel to tie the knot would be the last thing they would do would be the understatement of the century. So you can imagine their surprise when they realize their fake wedding led to a not-so-fake marriage and a PR clusterpuck.

Well, no one ever said fake marriage was easy.

Irresistibly sweet, intensely romantic, and insanely sexy, Irresponsible Puckboy is an unputdownable MM sports romance that will leave you swooning and desperate for more. 

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A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting

After walking in on her boyfriend doing the nasty with another woman in their new apartment, Stevie flees the scene and takes up her brother’s offer to stay at his condo. 

What should have been an end to a terrible night takes a turn for the worst when her brother’s neighbor and fellow hockey teammate makes an appearance and assumes the worst – that she is his married teammate’s sidepiece. 

To say that they get off on the wrong foot would be the understatement of the century.

For a hockey romance filled with sexual tension and scorching hot banter, I recommend opening up A Favor for a Favor.

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Always Only You by Chloe Liese

Professional hockey player Ren Bergman is a walking, talking ray of sunshine. And ever since he met Frankie Zeferino, the social media manager for his team, he has been falling head over heels for the certified grump. 

There is just one problem.

Frankie sees Ren as nothing more than a six-foot thorn in her side.

Always Only You is an unforgettable hockey romance perfect for readers who go feral for independent women, Shakespeare-loving ginger hockey players, Harry Potter references, and, of course, the grumpy/sunshine trope.   

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The Risk by Elle Kennedy

What happens when the daughter of the hockey coach lands herself in a fake relationship with the captain of the rival team? 

Chaos. 

Complete and utter chaos.

As one of the best college enemies-to-lovers hockey romance books, I recommend taking a risk on The Risk, especially if you love swoon-worthy hockey players, hilarious banter, and sizzling hot chemistry. 

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Cannon by Samantha Whiskey

Pro hockey star Cannon Price’s legendary temper is put to the ultimate test when he finds himself married to Persephone VanDoren, the head of the hockey team’s charitable organization, after a wild night in Vegas. 

Despite being opposites in every way, Persephone is determined to make the marriage seem real – a feat that will prove impossible when it takes everything in them to simply not kill one another.

If you are in the mood for an enemies-to-lovers, grumpy/sunshine hockey romance, I recommend trying Cannon.

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Role Model by Rachel Reid

Troy Barrett cannot sink any lower – Not after being traded to Ottawa, home to the worst team in the NHL. Resigned to his fate, Troy is determined to keep his head low and play hockey free of distractions. That plan falls apart when the team’s social manager Harris Drover enters the picture and shakes everything up.

Role Model is an unbelievably sweet MM hockey romance perfect for fans of the sunshine/grump trope. And if you are obsessed with Ilya from Heated Rivalry, you are in luck because he makes some special appearances in this must-read.

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Gage by Sawyer Bennett

Veteran hockey player Gage Heyward had no plans to ever return to the NHL. But after a tragic plane crash wipes out the Pittsburgh Titans, Gage is called out of retirement to return to the ice and help rebuild the team. There he meets Jenna Holland, a woman who fascinates him in a way that none have before.

When Jenna lands a job as a media liaison for a professional hockey team, she packs up her life in Phoenix and jets off to Pittsburgh in hopes of starting anew and healing from the accident that nearly took her life. Jenna never expected to attract the attention of a successful NHL player, but she could not be happier to gain a friend in Gage. 

What starts as a friendship slowly blooms into a romance the two never saw coming.

Gage is a wonderfully written friends-to-lovers hockey romance that will send you head over heels for Gage and Jenna’s ultra-sweet love story.

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