It's release day for Katie Rose's Too Hot to Handle!
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.
This book has a couple of things that I love to read…a cocky, arrogant playboy finally finding “the one” and an alternating male/female point of view. Plus, it’s got a perfect “uh-oh” twist to provide the story’s conflict and it’s set in the world of baseball. Has all of this been done before? Yes. Does that matter? No-especially with how well the author told the story and with this book’s own set of circumstances.
As far as the characters go, the author has written a wonderfully strong female lead. Nikki knows what she wants and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Even when the team is pranking her, she still outwardly keeps her composure not letting them see that anything they do affects her. Jake is that playboy-a perfect fit for the role-but also has that heart of gold and would do anything for his friends and those closest to him. I wanted to just pluck him right out of the story and keep him for myself (yup, he’s an automatic book boyfriend listing). And the supporting character have depth and substance, and help add those same things to the story.
The writing flows very well, and I really didn’t want to put the book down once I started. It kept me totally engaged…and even though I could pretty much tell where the story was going and how things would turn out, the author made getting there enjoyable and entertaining. Some of the things that Jake said and did (which I really can’t give away without spoilers) bugged me a bit which is why I give Too Hot to Handle four stars instead of five—those things irked me just enough for that last star.
I do recommend this story for those who like sports romances, I think this is a great example of the genre…and you’ll get some good hot and steamy scenes to boot. Definitely for 18+, and a 4-star read for me.
A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review thru NetGalley.
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