Hockey and romance may seem like an unlikely combination, but the two have found a perfect match in the world of hockey romance novels. These books combine the excitement of the ice with the drama of love, creating a winning combination that readers can’t get enough of. But what goes into writing a great hockey romance?
What Makes Hockey Romance Special?
For many authors, the appeal of hockey romance lies in the sport itself. Hockey is such an intense and physical sport, and that energy translates really well to the page. It’s a great backdrop for a love story because you have all this tension and drama already built in.
But it’s not just about the sport. Hockey romance novels also explore the dynamics of team relationships and the challenges that players face both on and off the ice. For some, the love come from writing about the camaraderie and brotherhood that exists on a hockey team. There’s so much potential for conflict and drama, but also for loyalty and support.
The Challenges of Writing Hockey Romance
Of course, writing a great hockey romance is not without its challenges. One of the biggest is getting the details of the sport right. Hockey fans are incredibly passionate, and they know their stuff. If you get something wrong, they’ll call you out on it.
That’s why authors do extensive research before diving into a hockey romance project. From watching games to talking to players, the writers have to get a real feel for the sport and the culture.
Another challenge is creating believable and compelling characters that readers will root for. It’s important to create characters that are unique and interesting, but also relatable. Readers need to care about the characters and their journey in order to be invested in the romance.
Tips for Aspiring Hockey Romance Writers
For writers who are interested in trying their hand at hockey romance, start with what you know. Write what you’re passionate about, and what you know well. If you’re a hockey fan, start with that. But also think about what kind of romance story you want to tell, and how you can use the sport to enhance that story.
It’s important to be authentic and true to the sport. Don’t try to fake it if you don’t know the sport. Readers will know if you’re not being genuine. But if you’re passionate about hockey and you bring that passion to the page, it will shine through.
And perhaps most importantly, remember that hockey romance is still romance. It’s not just about the sport. It’s about the love story. So focus on creating compelling characters and a believable romance, and use hockey to enhance that story.
The Best Hockey Romance Novels to Read
If you’re looking for a great hockey romance to read, these authors recommend checking out some of their favorites:
“Him” by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
“Pucked” by Helena Hunting
“Taking Shots” by Toni Aleo
“The Goal” by Elle Kennedy