The Ultimate List of Fighter Romance Books

by Maryse on March 7, 2013 · 48 comments

in Bad Boys & Rock Stars, Book Recommendations

It’s no secret that one of my favorite “guilty-pleasure” heroes are the bad-a$$ fighter types. Underground street fighters, cage fighters, MMA, UFC, Boxers, up and comers, and Heavyweight champions… it’s all good to me. I love ‘em!! I love watching them on TV and I especially love reading as they find (and attempt to resist) love amidst their chaotic lives. The highs—> super-strength and super-skills, and the lows (or the “fun stuff” if you ask me) —> groupies and anger issues. ‘Cause it’s always that, isn’t it? They’re fighters for a reason, and the tough-guy/bad-boy attitude is irresistible to me. They are the rock stars of their world, the “gladiators” of ours and BIG on protecting those they love. *swoooooon*

And many of you are looking for more (as I am!!)

Carla: I saw something today about a post regarding a cage fighter…and I can only assume that you’re a fan of that stuff like I am, because of Beautiful Disaster???

Maryse’s Book Blog: Oh YES I AM!!! And you’re right, Carla. Beautiful Disaster is what started me on my love of “book fighters”.

Heather: I just started reading Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. I am already hooked. So i have decided im going to take a break from my rock star bad boys and make a list of the yummy underground fighting bad boys. Can anyone help me with this list? :-)

Sue: I am sooooooooooo in love with the MMA fighter series by Kele Moon.

Kristina: Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell… yummy quick read. MMA fighter makes a deal with best friend’s younger sister to help her become a seductress & win the heart of a Dr. she’s been pining for at work if she helps him recover in time for his major fight.. hmmmm.. yeah I’ll leave it at that.. *droool* lol.. Nothing too heavy & great in-between read =)

Maryse’s Book Blog: I’m on it, Heather!!

I’ve read a few in this list already (I’ve noted which ones) and I’d love to know if any of you have any recommendations, too. Any books to add to the list? Any books below that are must reads?

The “list of the yummy underground fighting bad boys” (and the sanctioned ones, too) ;) :

P.S. I bold/italicized the ones that I’ve read and/or those that have gotten some attention from our fellow readers, too.


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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie March 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Fighting the Flight!!!!

Maryse March 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Yep! Fighting For Flight is on there (that’s actually the one I’m reading now…) :) Okay.. MORE!!

Debbie Lemon March 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Lori Foster’s are the best.I read them all in a week.

Maryse March 7, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Thanks Debbie!! They’ve been around for awhile, and I’m so happy to know they’re good!

Barbara G. March 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Great list. Loved Beautifully Damaged.

Shanda March 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Gina L. Maxwell’s second MMA book Rules of Entanglement is out 03-25-13. It is not on Amazon yet but Gina has it on her website. I have been impatiently waiting for this to release.
By the way I love your blog it helps feed by reading obsession! :)

Maryse March 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Thanks Shanda!! I will look out for her release (and big *hug* to you!!)

Drenna March 7, 2013 at 5:23 PM

The 3rd book I. This series is due out this fall too :) LOVED the first one :)

pamelia March 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Ooh! You have to check out Kele Moon’s “Defying the Odds” and “Star Crossed” — the first one is good, the 2nd one is AWESOME with an MMA hero with mafia connections and a former MMA heroine.
I’m reading Fight for Flight now too!
I’ll have to check out some of the others. There is just something awesome about MMA heroes. *sigh*

LucyLou March 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Oh Boy, a whole new list of books to read. Fun, fun. :)

Dee M. March 7, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Great List…as always :)

Quick note: Walking Disaster release was moved up to 4/2/13

Jamie March 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Oh boy!!! Or sexy fighter, I should say. I have recently been looking for fighting books myself, and I am so excited about this list. I have read a couple on here. Most recently, Noah, but I am thinking about skipping Gio and going straight to Hector, based on the reviews. I can’t wait to dig in. Thanks Maryse!!!

sandy sciacca March 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

loved Beautifully Damaged, can’t wait to read more of this list:) thanks for sharing it:)

Suze March 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Fighting for Flight was fabulous. I can’t wait for some of the other stories I could feel brewing there. Also still LOVE Kele Moon’s Defying the Odds and Star-Crossed. She promised at least four more books in the series and I am anxiously waiting. Thanks, Maryse, for always finding the most fabulous books for us. You Rock :)

Hammy March 7, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Ohhh Fighting For Flight stole my panties. NO fight necessary! Jonah… oh yeah! I got my shark teeth out and devoured this one. Can’t wait to see what you think :b

Patricia Sullivan March 7, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Thanks for the fighting post, great material for sure. Grad School has cut my reading for enjoyment like a couple of books a week to 1 book a couple of weeks, it sooo bad I listen to audio books while at work to secure my fix, LOL. Again Thanks

Karrie March 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Read 12 rounds got so excited to read 13 rounds and it’s not out yet!!! I hate being left hanging. I can’t find the new release date either.

sandy sciacca March 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

oh i will wait to read 12 rounds until the second is out, hate being left in suspense, LOL

Mari April 15, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Real by Katy Evans. 5 out of 5 and I never give a review

Yvette April 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Just finished ‘REAL’ by Katy Evans.

Thought you could add that to your fighters list, so good!

Maryse April 20, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Yep I loved it, too! I will be updating this page with all of the latest recent fighter books soon. :)

april April 21, 2013 at 6:14 AM

“promise me darkness” doesnt have fighter theme but ryder is a sexy badass and he fights for who he loves! So good!!

LISA April 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM

What can you recommend after reading REAL by Katy Evans. Since I have to wait til June for book #2. This was such an awesome book.. And OMG!!! Remy and Brooke such a powerful connection.


Rubi April 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

■The Fighter’s Block by Hadley Quinn

kathy May 7, 2013 at 6:23 PM

make me yours by Alla Kar…great book

Heathr May 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM

I didn’t see this one on your list “Real” By Katy Evans. It is a good book the romance is steamy and the plot flows well.

Just a thought

Amanda May 20, 2013 at 6:25 AM

Can’t believe Real by Katy Evans isn’t on this list. HOT, HOT, HOT

Stacey May 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

REAL by Katy Evans ranks up there with FIFTY Shades as my all time favorites!! REAL is a must read. I could read it over and over and over again! *sigh*

Sizzle May 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Just wondering if you know…is there a second Fighters Block book?

Kristen June 4, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Please add Real to your list of fighter books. This was the book that pulled me in to this genre. It definitely hits all the right buttons!

Nekay July 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM

REAL by Katy Evans was an amazing fighter book!

Mary July 31, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Hi maryse, I just read 13 rounds by Lauren hammond. Very good but way to short( it was a novella). It totally leaves you wanting more. I have been trying to find out when the next book will be out. I am hoping you may have some insight. Thanks mary

Bluey August 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Had to drop by and say thank you for this list. I have now finished a few of them and loved each one. Especially Extreme Love. Extreme is RIGHT. Thanks to you I also bought Seducing Cinderella (loved), Fighting for Flight (loved), and Real (still reading). Your site makes it so much easier to find what I’m in the mood for. Right now it’s MMA, but I’m itching to head over to rock stars and see what I’m missing there…you are not good for my book addiction.

Georgia October 28, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Maryse.. loving this list of fighter books. I’m on a frenzy. I have alreaedy completed the Lori Foster series and can’t wait for more from her. Read the Charity Parkerson series .. also very good, although short. Onto the Elizabeth Reyes series of – 5th street. I’m on the 5th book – Abel. Its so good. I also saw that she has another series. The Moreno series. Which looks quite good !. Can’t say thank you enough !

Nicole December 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM

I’ve read Ivan the Russian protector series.
It was FAN Freaking TASTIC!! So I bought
and read all the other books in the series.
Major alpha males, very steamy and hot. I’m
now waiting for the next book in the series.

Deija December 23, 2013 at 3:38 AM

Worth the Fight by Vi Keeland!!!! It’s fantastic. A little angst. A lot of lust and…..*clears throat*…..ummm….yeah….

And here’s a twist….They’re (the heroin and the De-lish-OUS MMA fighter) both are “tormented”……so…..yeah…..I’m going to cool off now….or maybe read it again…..BYE

Steffi January 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM


love your list and already read a few of them as well. :) Thanks, it made me download a few more on my Kindle and I am eager to read them.

I want to recommend “Unspoken” by Jen Frederick. Very good book and so fitting right into that list. I read a lot of books about the fighter and bad boy kind lately and Unspoken it the one, which still refuses to leave my mind the most. The author has a way to make the scenes so alive in your head that it is not hard at all to imagine the story in every detail.

Bo and Ann Marie are in my heart forever. :)

Robyn Johanning March 5, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Forever Yours by Alla Kar is a great read. With a possessive bad boy fighter

Robyn March 5, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Maybe This Time by Chantal Fernando is one of my favorites
I read it like 3 times

jes May 3, 2014 at 1:52 AM

I m loving this book by L.A. Casey – Dominic…. can anyone think of any other books like it?
ohh and maybe this time by Chantal Fernando is a great book.

Amadolark September 11, 2014 at 1:06 AM

I just read a book about UFC fighter Cole Escovedo called Through the Cage door. Not really a romance, but I found I could not put the book down.

Erica September 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I love “Shredded” by Tracy Wolff and “Wrecked” by Priscilla West. Thanks for this lovely post!

Sarah April 6, 2015 at 3:42 PM

I recommend the Gloves Off Series by L. P. Dover! one of my favorite fighter series!

Kel April 28, 2015 at 2:33 PM

The Hurricane is amazing

Tricia Andersen August 27, 2015 at 1:12 PM

I have three MMA Romances through Secret Cravings Publishing (and a fourth coming in October) I’d love to share with you.

heather January 21, 2016 at 12:28 AM

Could you tell me the name of a book a girl asked a guy that’s boxing after his fight if he can teach her to fight and protect herself

elaine June 28, 2018 at 6:08 AM

Maryse could you possiblely do a list of contemporary romances plz

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