That's the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball. –Bill Veeck

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too. –Greg, age 8

Hello spring! Hello baseball!

You may recall that last fall, as my beloved KC Royals fell in a valiant post-season pennant bid, I wrote about some great baseball romances in my “Boys of Summer Greet October” post.

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Well, Monday was opening day for baseball—the Royals smacked the White Sox 10 to 1; sorry, Chicago friends—and just in time, I’ve discovered that some great writers have some fairly recent baseball-themed romances I could share. What great timing!

Pamela Aares, who, according to her website, is married to a former MLB All-Star, has a fairly recent release in her Tavonesi series, where she matches baseball heroes with all sorts of mates, including physics professors, marine veterinarians and heiresses, and links a variety of social and business strata, like polo stars and rodeo-riders, vintners and orchardists, while occasionally twining in a mystery or two. (Don’t they sound fantastic?) The Heart of the Game released in February.

Kate Angell’s Richmond Rogues are fun, sexy baseball romances, but lately the author’s been hanging out in her popular series setting Barefoot William Beach. Her May release, No One Like You, mixes the best of both worlds, with a sexy baseball player who lives in sunny Barefoot William and hires a personal assistant to help keep him and his four dogs on track so he can focus on spring training. However, Atlas, his Great Dane, seems intent on pushing the two of them together. Literally. Angell’s known for her charming beach reads, and this one looks like another winner.No One Like You

Jennifer Bernard is following up her popular Bachelor Firemen seires with a minor league baseball series, Love Between the Bases, that revolves around the fictional Triple-A team, the Kilby, Texax, Catfish. All of Me releases in May. Bernard is known for sexy conflicts and may have hit another home run with this one: Caleb Hart’s attempt to turn his career around may be seriously undermined by his sizzling attraction to the woman he’s tasked with working with to polish the image of the fun-loving Catfish.

V.K. Sykes’ newest release also begins a new series and melds baseball and beaches. Beginning her Seashell Bay series, Meet Me at the Beach is a second-chance-at-love story between Lily, the woman fiercely attached to her Maine island home, and Aiden, her gorgeous high-school crush, who escaped Seashell to pursue a baseball career, ultimately becoming a superstar player. Now he’s back to sell his family’s land to a developer and be done with the place forever. Except that he’s never forgotten Lily, or that sexy night they shared….

It’ll be a few months until we see if the Royals make it to the postseason again (and since I do live in Wisconsin, I should also add a *Go Brewers* in there—though if both teams make it to the World Series, there might be some strife in the Dumas household).

Until then, I have a stack of baseball romances to fall into. Grand Slam.

What about you? Are you a baseball fan? Or a baseball romance fan? What are you reading this month? Or this summer?

Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer, book reviewer, romance advocate and founder of ReadARomanceMonth.comShe mostly writes about books and romance for NPRThe Huffington Post and Kirkus.