Sporty Women in Romance

Where are all the sporty women in romance? The female professional athletes, or the ones who played basketball in college? Is there no Title IX for romance heroines?

For a romance with male athletes, I know to look up Susan Elizabeth Phillips or Kayla Perrin.

But women athletes? Aside from various equestrian skills (most common in historicals, but also not unusual in contemporaries), where are the professional female athlete heroines?

And when they are there, how often are they actually still involved in their sport, rather than having angst because they’ve been forcibly retired due to injury or being attacked by a serial killer?

Anybody have recommendations for me?

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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