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Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose / @TastyBookTours @AuthorCQuinn

Title: The Boys of Summer #2: Too Hot to Handle
Author: Katie Rose
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours and Penguin Random House

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.

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One bad boy to read about is a sweet deal. A whole team? Yeah, that makes for a whole lot of interesting.

Meet Jake Baldwin. Ladies' man. Player. Bad boy. Whatever you want to call him, his public persona is it. But underneath that bad-ass, love-'em-and-leave-'em facade is a heart of gold. His team's a mess, as made obvious by the opening chapter. I was shocked into silence when I read that scene. I mean, grown women were rolling around on the floor throwing punches at each other over him! I read that chapter twice to make sure I was reading right, and then I thought, "Holy crap! That did not just happen!"

But it did. Sadly, it's that kind of...attention that Jake and his teammates attract whenever they're out and about. Could they change? Um... I was doubtful. None of them seemed particularly interested in changing their habits, but they would have to. Management was fed up with their antics; change was happening whether the team liked it or not.

Enter Nikki Case. She's a PR dream, successful at what she does, and she doesn't take crap from anyone. Unfortunately, Nikki and baseball go together like a red thong being washed with white t-shirts. She has a job to do and I had to admire her determination in changing the Sonics around despite her contempt for the sport.

In baseball, you have a chance to square off against the team that beat you. You can have a repeat of the game before or you can learn from your mistakes and send them packing. Unfortunately, love isn't like baseball. Hearts aren't so easily mended. One wrong move and the person leaving might not come back. I don't know if I would agree with that saying that love is a game. A game usually has one winner. Love demands that both parties win. There are compromises that have to be made, understandings that have to be reached, but the ultimate goal is to love hard and love together.

Jake's mistake of accepting his team's bet at the beginning could have resulted in a tremendous loss for him. Nikki could have refused him in the end, told him to go to hell, left him watching her walk away for the last time. That's a lot of could haves, lol. Forgiveness is an amazing thing, and understanding is an even more extraordinary thing. It took both from both for their happy ending to work out. And you know what? I'm glad they had to do both to get what their hearts wanted. It made their love even more beautiful to see.

Heartwarming, amusing, and thoughtprovoking. This story showed how a public persona doesn't always match the heart beating within, and how a broken heart can be made whole with the love of the right person.

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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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