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New Release! The Heat Is On (The Boys of Summer, #4) by Katie Rose *Review*

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The Heat Is On (The Boys of Summer #4)
by Katie Rose

A Contemporary Romance
From Loveswept
Released January 5th 2016

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Perfect for readers of Joanna Blake and Sawyer Bennett, hailed as “charming, sexy, and smart” by Lauren Layne, the Boys of Summer series from award-winning author Katie Rose heats up as a homegrown baseball star returns to snag the one that got away.

When veteran catcher Connor Jackson gets traded to the New Jersey Sonics, he welcomes the opportunity to possibly cap his career with a World Series ring in his home state. But there’s another reason Connor is glad things have come full circle. In pursuit of hardball glory, he left behind his college sweetheart, the one girl he could never forget. Seeing her again stirs up long-lost desires . . . and this time, he’s determined not to strike out.

A divorced mother of four, Tracy Coleman no longer aspires to gossip-mag glam—but she’ll make an exception for a date with Connor. Their chemistry is hotter than ever, and being alone with him is more seductive than she anticipated. Who could blame her for leaving out a little detail like the kids? Now all she has to do is come clean and convince the man of her dreams that they—Connor, Tracy, and her children—have a future together.

 

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Review

4 stars

Connor Jackson is at a stage in life where he feels he’s ready for more thank just baseball, so returning to his home state after being traded to the New Jersey Sonics give him a change at just that. And he knows just where to start–getting back the girl he left behind. But although the easy camaraderie that existed between them hasn’t faded, Tracy’s life is not as carefree as it once was.

Tracy Coleman is trying to make the best out of an awful situation. A divorced mother of four working from home, she has plenty of her plate already and having Connor back in her life, although wonderful, it comes with plenty of complications.

As a fan of the series, I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to read this title. The concept has been done plenty before, but I thought the added complication of a professional baseball player and four kids would be an intriguing addition. And I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

One of the elements I enjoyed the most in this story was the connection between Tracy and Connor. Although I would have loved to see that initial connection brought to the page, I appreciated Katie Rose’s efforts to not only make a mention of that initial connection but to to enhance it and showcase it as the story progressed. I enjoyed Connor and Tracy’s flirty banter, their bickering and their easy rapport. Of course, it helped that their chemistry was ever-present and intense. But it was the candid moments over a shared meal and their moments together surrounded by the kind of chaos having four children brings about that truly sold me on their connection and forced me to invest myself in their relationship.

As with every book in the series, The Heat Is On was infused with humor, camaraderie and heated moments. The emotions were present as well, but never overwhelming which I appreciated as well.

Keep in mind that although this is the fourth book in The Boys of Summer Series, it can be read as a stand alone.

Overall, I enjoyed watching Connor and Tracy reconnecting and rekindling their romance just as much as I enjoyed being a part of the team dynamic and visiting with some of the other characters. A win-win all around!

 

The Boys of Summer series

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Bring on the Heat (The Boys of Summer, #1)
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Too Hot to Handle (The Boys of Summer, #2)
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The Heat of the Moment (The Boys of Summer, #3)
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About the Author

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Award-winning historical author Katie Rose makes her contemporary debut with the Boys of Summer novels, Bring on the Heat and Too Hot to Handle, which combine Katie’s true loves: baseball and romance! When not watching baseball, Katie is at her lake house in New Jersey, hard at work on her next book.

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Review: Too Hot to Handle (The Boys of Summer #2) by Katie Rose

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The Boys of Summer #2
Katie Rose
Sports Romance
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January 27th 2015
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Katie Rose’s Boys of Summer series returns for a delicious double-header—with the story of total opposites who are drawn to each other like moths to a flame.

Nikki Case is no fan of baseball. Her ex gambled away a fortune on the sport, and now her PR firm has tasked her with cleaning up the league’s most notorious bad boys. The New Jersey Sonics are known for wild womanizing and booze-fueled brawls, so Nikki expects the worst. Her first stop in the battle to win hearts and minds is star hitter Jake Baldwin—a legendary ladies man so smokin’ he threatens to melt her tough-girl armor.

Although his teammates prank her without mercy, Jake admires the way Nikki gives as good as she gets. She may be the queen of frost, but there’s kindling beneath those sultry curves—and he’s just the man to ignite it. But when a PR nightmare lands the Sonics in headlines across the country, Nikki is ready to walk. Only then does Jake realize how important she is to the Sonics’ success—and that winning the love of a good woman is no game.

Review

Much better!!!

In my review of Bring on the Heat, I mentioned that I was looking forward to reading more about The Boys of Summer. And I’m glad I did! This story was fun, sexy and romantic with a bit of emotions thrown into the mix to round it all up!

Nikki Case has just been assigned with the task to clean up the image of the New Jersey Sonics, a tough task to accomplish but one she’s determined to complete. What she was not expecting was to find herself intensely attracted to Jake Baldwin. She’s not in the lookout for a relationship, but the more time she spends with the sexy star player, the less she can’t seem to help herself.

Jake Baldwin is always up for a challenge. So when his teammates challenge him to win Nikki Case’s heart, he’s up to the task. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the woman is gorgeous and fierce. But soon is not only her fiery personality and good looks that twist him up. The woman is his perfect match and he will not give up until he has her for real.

I enjoyed this story very much! I especially enjoyed the characters and how well they complemented each other. This time around, Katie Rose didn’t miss a beat in bringing forth Jake and Nikki’s connection to the page. They bickered, flirted and got on each other’s nerves and through it all their connection kept on growing. Of course, it helped tremendously that they also shared a great amount of chemistry. The more time these two spent together the more I became convinced that they were right for each other.

What further convinced me (aside from those sizzling moments when they gave into their attraction) were the moments when we got glimpses into who their vulnerable sides. Although known as a ladies man, Jake was not uncaring or heartless. He was sweet, considerate and had a heart of gold. Which complemented the more sensitive side of Nikki. Although she gave as good as she got and appeared to be unreachable, she was only protecting herself from further heartbreak.

Although this is the second book in The Boys of Summer series, it can be read as a stand alone. As with the first book in the series, I enjoyed the participation of the secondary characters and what they brought to the story. This group of guys were a bunch of fun and I can’t wait to know more about them.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

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Review: Bring on the Heat (The Boys of Summer #1) by Katie Rose

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The Boys of Summer #1
Katie Rose
Sports Romance
Loveswept
August 26th 2014
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In Katie Rose’s irresistible battle of wits, a case of mistaken identity lands a female fan in bed with a sexy superstar—and in major-league trouble.

House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball fan, Darcy has always dreamed of meeting the team—especially the starting pitcher whose body is as hot as his fastball. But there’s a catch. The gala is by invitation only. To get behind the velvet rope, mild-mannered Darcy will have to pose as party girl Lydia Logan.

Schmoozing is one of the downsides of fame, but Chase Westbrook knows how to liven up even the dullest event. And nothing spices a night up more than a beautiful socialite with a naughty reputation. What Chase doesn’t expect is a hint of sweetness beneath her sultry façade. Flirtation turns to seduction and leaves him aching for more. Chase just doesn’t know who the real Lydia is: the spoiled tease crying foul over some missing diamonds or the alluring woman making a play for his heart

Review

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I have mixed feelings about this story. On the one hand, I enjoyed the characters and the premise on which they ‘met’ was brought well onto the page. But on the other hand, I couldn’t really understand some of the character’s behavior/actions and found that their connection got lost among the other elements in the story.

I enjoyed Darcy’s character. She bit more than she could chew and found herself between a rock and a hard place when it came to confess her feelings for Chase. I liked that she didn’t try to convince herself she was doing the right thing and that she still felt bad for how everything played out in the end. In that regards, I admit I admired her strength at a time when most would have likely retreated and/or blame others for her situation.

Chase, on the other hand, well he disappointed me in parts. During the first part of the book, I found him to be charming and sexy (as expected). He was sweet and soon came to care for ‘Darcy’. I loved that side of him. But once the truth came out. Well, let’s just say that I moved on from Chase and lost all interest in the story.

However, as the first book in the series Bring on the Heat served its purpose. I enjoyed the addition of the secondary characters and what they added to the story. It was a treat to see the camaraderie between the teammates and getting to know a bit more about the future ‘main players’.

This story might not have been my cup of tea, but I’m looking forward to read more about The Boys of Summer.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

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New Release Tour! The Heat of the Moment (The Boys of Summer, #3) by Katie Rose *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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The Heat of the Moment (The Boys of Summer, #3)
by Katie Rose

A Sports Contemporary Romance
From Loveswept
Released September 22nd 2015

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The Boys of Summer are back! In Katie Rose’s sweet, sparkling novel, the newest New Jersey Sonic falls for the woman who’s trying desperately to save his career.

Physical therapist Jessica Hart has learned her lesson: Never date professional athletes. She’s been down that road, and barely recovered after the relationship crashed and burned. Then Jessica meets Gavin King. An All-Star slugger with chiseled good looks, Gavin was traded to the Sonics because he hurt his knee sliding into second, and now his future is in her hands. Gavin’s no bad boy—but he’s tempting enough to make Jessica think twice about all her rules.

Gavin is trying to find a comfortable routine. If he wants his old life back, he must take it easy, stay out of the limelight, and keep his distance from gorgeous redheaded physical therapists. The thing is, Gavin isn’t the kind of guy to sit on his ass and let other people pull his weight. And when he sees something he wants, he can’t help but fight for it, even if it means risking everything, even if it only lasts a single moment: like one kiss from Jessica.

 

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Review

5-stars

A thoroughly enjoyable read! I’ve read my fair share of sports romances, but there have only been a few I’ve enjoyed from start to finish. The Heat of the Moment has been one of them. From that first meeting between Gavin and Jessica, I knew that their story was going to be one I would enjoy.

Gavin King has been traded to the New Jersey Sonics after a near career-ending injury. His main focus is to work on his recovery so he could get back to the game he loves. Adjusting to a new team and a new city has not been easy, but having Jessica as his therapist and friend has made the transition bearable.

As soon as Jessica Hart met Gavin she knew she would have to try her best to keep her distance. Gavin has everything she usually goes for–good looks, a charming personality and a kind heart. She’s been burned before and has no desire for a repeat heart brake.

I loved this story! What’s not to love? You have Gavin–a sexy baseball player with a heart of gold. He was funny, smart and considerate, an exceptional baseball player who took his career seriously, a loyal friend and teammate, a sweet supportive friend and a passionate lover–I loved all facets of the guy, especially when he went all alpha-male on Jessica.

Then there was Jessica who I thought was the perfect partner for Gavin. I admired her loyalty to her patients and her determination to give them the best care she could provide. I also enjoyed her sense of humor and her fierceness. She loved deeply and even when she had her doubts she never wavered in her feelings for Gavin or his treatment.

So as you can imagine, Gavin and Jessica together an even more enjoyable treat. With flirty banter, good-natured bickering and honest interactions, Katie Rose made sure that Gavin and Jessica’s connection made it to the page and stayed in the forefront throughout. It was a slow journey to romance, but seeing their transition from friends to lovers was well worth the wait. Of course, it didn’t hurt that they had great chemistry. Those first few encounters were…er, let me just say that I enjoyed being caught in the heat of the moment each and every time. 😉

Keep in mind that although this is the third book in The Boys of Summer series it can be read as a stand alone.

All in all, a fun, sweet and thoroughly enjoyable read with plenty of heat to keep you interested throughout.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
 

Excerpt

Pete walked into the PT room a moment later, popping his gum with a grin.

“I want you to meet our new player, Gavin King. Gavin, this is Jessica Hart. She is the best sports therapist in the business, and a hell of a trainer. Jess, Gavin just joined the team, but he’s on the DL.”

Jessica turned to the coach, saw the ballplayer beside him, and her heart stopped.

He was exactly her type. Or her former type. As she took in his magnificent physique, black eyes, and Colgate smile, she felt an instant attraction.

Gavin was the kind of guy she used to dream about, drool over, and date. She’d met enough of them growing up, friends of her brothers who started out as decent guys but got caught up in the hype and eventually stomped all over some poor girl silly enough to give up her heart. Unfortunately, she’d had to walk that path herself. She’d made the fatal mistake of falling for an outfielder who played for Cleveland, and eventually played her. Zach had the same dark hair, heart-stopping smile, and killer body.

He’d taught her what the word devastation meant.

“Good to meet you.” She extended her hand, reminding herself to think of him in clinical terms: he was a pro baseball player, a young athlete, and he was hurt. “So what seems to be the problem?”

“I had surgery for a meniscus tear,” he said, lifting his left pant leg and indicating a bandage. “It’s pretty much healed, but the surgeon wants me in physical therapy for a few months to build back up. I think they sent my test results, the MRI, and a script.”

She nodded, squatting before him and removing the bandage to examine the pink half-inch line on his knee. “I’ll take a look at the films. Red zone?” she asked, referring to the location of his tear.

“Yeah, I think so. But they said it spread into the white zone.”

Her eyes shot to Pete’s, and he gave a slight negative shake of his head. This news wasn’t good, and neither one of them wanted to share their misgivings. A tear that went into the white zone could mean big trouble for a ballplayer, or it could heal well and the limb would fully recover. It would take weeks before they’d know, and she understood now how the Sonics had acquired this magnificent specimen of a man:

His previous team didn’t want the risk.

So New Jersey had rolled the dice, gambling on his recovery. She could only hope they’d beat the odds.

“Okay, let’s get started. Have you done any therapeutic exercise up until now?”

“Yes, for a couple of weeks,” he said, flexing the knee to demonstrate. “They had me doing leg raises until they took the brace off.”

“That makes sense. We won’t do much today; we’ll do an evaluation, take a look at your records, and then we will put together a program.”

“How long?”

Her eyes met his and she saw the pain and frustration there. No player ever wanted to be on the disabled list, especially for any period of time. She didn’t want to raise false hopes, but she also didn’t want to discourage him. She took a deep breath, carefully choosing her words.

“It’s different with everyone. Some people recover much more quickly than others. A lot depends on how well you heal, how much you can tolerate, and if you’re willing to do the exercises at home. That will give us the quickest turnaround.”

“I’ll do whatever it takes,” he said fervently. “I just want to get back in the game.”

Jessica nodded as she wrapped the limb with the heating pad. No way in hell would she tell him the truth:

He might never be back.

 

About the Author

Katie-Rose
Award-winning historical author Katie Rose makes her contemporary debut with the Boys of Summer novels, Bring on the Heat and Too Hot to Handle, which combine Katie’s true loves: baseball and romance! When not watching baseball, Katie is at her lake house in New Jersey, hard at work on her next book.

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