12 Romance novels for fitness lovers

Ever meet someone you just KNEW should be on the cover of a romance novel? Well, a friend of XOXO thinks her personal trainer, Paul, is just that kind of someone…and he’s inspired her to imagine some romances perfect for any red-blooded fitness freak! Read on for some tongue-in-cheek suggestions…and some pretty great photos!

Barred to You — He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in any of the barre classes I’d taken.

A Knight in Shining Under Armour — Once upon a time . . . as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold gym floor, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: tall, broad of shoulder, attired in woven wickaway fabrics, her knight in shining Under Armour had come to rescue his damsel in distress.

Morning Workout Glory — On the eve of World War II, two people are brought together by fate and discover an unexpected passion for fitness.

Eleanor & Parkour — Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try the latest vaults and wall climbs.

Warrior Pose’s Woman — a fearless intergalactic traveler hoping to save her endangered home world seeks a champion on a planet of strapping yogis.PAULflag1

Kettlebell Canto — a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of double arm swings and front squats.

A 5K to Remember — Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he’d been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he’d fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town’s Baptist minister….Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart-and the joy and pain of training for a 5k.

Seduce me at Sunrise Yoga — It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny―or risk losing the only woman he has gotten up early for…

A Hunger like No Other — A fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire become unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of how much food they eat after their workouts.

PaulPlankSoulcycle Mates — Beautiful and intriguing paranormal romance about two teenagers whose love is so special that nothing can keep them apart – not even someone coming to class early and claiming their favorite bike.

The Personal Best of Me — the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks who set new personal records running track.

Morrigan’s Crossfit — an epic tale that breaks down the boundaries between reality and the otherworldly, while forging together the passions of the men and women caught in a battle for AMRAP.

 

If you’re inspired by this list, share your own with us in the comments, or on social with the hashtag #gymromance. And if you’re inspired by Paul, you can follow him on Instagram at @paulmann007–happy workouts!

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Bared to You

Bared to You

Sylvia Day

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day comes the provocative masterstroke of abandon and obsession that redefined the meaning of desire, and became a global phenomenon.

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Knight in Shining Armor

Knight in Shining Armor

Jude Deveraux

Abandoned by her lover, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery finds herself alone and brokenhearted in an old English church. She never dreamed that a love more powerful than time awaited her there...until Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, a sixteenth-century knight, appeared. Drawn to him by a bond so sudden and compelling that it defied reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect just as she was. But she could not know how strong were the chains that tied them to the past -- or the grand adventure that lay before them.

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Morning Glory

Morning Glory

LaVyrle Spencer

On the eve of World War II, two people are brought together by fate and discover an unexpected passion.

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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.

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Warrior’s Woman

Warrior’s Woman

Johanna Lindsey

A fearless intergalactic traveler hoping to save her endangered home world seeks a champion on a planet of strapping barbarians…and finds herself making very physical contact with a truly magnificent savage.

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Bel Canto

Bel Canto

Ann Patchett

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage.

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A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks

Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he'd been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he'd fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town's Baptist minister....Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart-and the joy and pain of living.

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Seduce Me At Sunrise

Seduce Me At Sunrise

Lisa Kleypas

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins--and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. It's now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny--or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…

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A Hunger Like No other

A Hunger Like No other

Kresley Cole

Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire -- unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

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Soulmate

Soulmate

Kellie McAllen

Sharing her body with another soul has had its ups and downs for 15 year old Rachel, but there’s no one she’d rather share her life with than her soulmate, Rider. Fiercely devoted to him, Rachel has ostracized herself from most of her peers and gained a reputation as someone just a little too far gone on the wrong side of crazy. When a tragic accident tears them apart, can Rachel learn to live and love again?

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The Best of Me

The Best of Me

Nicholas Sparks

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths. Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made.

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