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Scoring Over The Holidays: A Holiday sports Anthology

Scoring over the Holidays: A Holiday Sports Anthology

Short Stories by Alexia Chase, Alexis Anne, Cathryn Fox, Daniela Romero, Kimberly Readnova, Lisa Lang Blakeney, Melissa Ivers, Megan Ryder, Mira Lyn Kelly, Samantha Lind Se Rose, Sierra Hill, Stacey Lynn, Stephanie Kay and Victoria Denault


When center fielder Rhett Ryan and professional cyclist Hope Crawford meet, they both know they’re looking for…something.

What, neither of them is sure of, only that they want a repeat. So Hope tempts Rhett with a promise: meet her in the same place on Christmas Eve and he can have her as a present under the tree.

Age Recommendation:



Contemporary Romance

Short Story


I would like to thank Mira Lyn Kelly and the other authors of this anthology for providing this book for free to their newsletter describers for a short period of time.

Because these are short stories, my reviews of each story will be short and to the point. My rating will be for the anthology as a whole.

Holiday Home Run by Alexis Anne

  • Very steamy

  • Two main characters on equal footing is a plus

  • Doesn't have insta-love, so the relationship feels more natural

  • #secretidentity #athlete #grump

Freak: A Holiday Arrangement by Lisa Lang Blakeney

  • Too many typos and a continuality error that made it hard to focus on the story

  • Flow was weird, and felt like I was getting whiplash with where these characters were heading

  • #athlete

The Mistletoe by Alexia Chase

  • Didn't vibe with the characters. Saylor's insecurity was too much, and Knox was too intense.

  • No natural flow. Felt too rushed. Apparently this does have a full length novel out, but I didn't feel a need to continue.

  • When Saylor tells Know about her parents, the whole moment comes off as INCREDIBLY awkward and cringy

  • #workplace #uglyduckling #athlete #loveatfirstsight #virgin

Secret Santa Face-Off by Victoria Denault

All In by Cathryn Fox

  • One of two authors I'm familiar with, and felt a bit let down by this story

  • Cute second chance story, but so incredibly rushed. I KNOW its a short story, but ---------spoiler-------> an engagement hours after they first get together? NOPE! <----------------

  • Didn't feel connected with the characters.

  • #secondchance #uglyduckling #athlete #loveatfirstsight

Holiday Hole in One by Sierra Hill

Jingle Devil by Melissa Ivers

  • Oh my fucking goddddd this is HOT. Like seriously, HOT.

  • Writing is good. While everything was very quickly developing, I at least went in knowing they have been working with one another for months at the beginning of the story, and both secretly liking each other.

  • #forbiddenlove #workplace #rich #alpha #athlete #agegap

Mistletoe Misconduct by Stephanie Kay

Dirty Christmas by Mira Lyn Kelly

  • Cute, short, love at first sight romance

  • Despite hating insta-love, it felt genuine, and the characters were interesting and fun

  • A sneak peek at the next Slayers novel?

  • #athlete #loveatfirstsight

Holiday Hat Trick by Samantha Lind

Final Shot by Stacey Lynn

Christmas Curveball by Kimberly Readnour

Holiday Sext by Daniela Romero

  • Felt refreshing, because it was barely an athlete story (male MC is the brother of an athlete from a series of books Daniela writes)

  • Fun, sexy story

  • #secondchance

A Forward Holiday by S.E. Rose

Holiday Heat by Megan Ryder

All in all, these anthology was okay, but not great. There were a lot of editing issues, and considering that a lot of these stories listed the editor they went through, it was kind of bad advertising for them in some cases. Some typos are not a big deal, but enough of them take you out of the story. That being said, if you like romances that are short and sweet, include an athlete, and are steamy, you might want to read this, to get you in the holiday spirit.

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