Series: The Boys of Summer #2
Author: Katie Rose
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 27, 2015
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About 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.
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This was definitely hot. The title doesn’t lie. Normally this kind of book title wouldn’t impress me, make me cautiously skeptical. So honestly, even though the book description and cover sounded great, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot going in.
To say I was pleasantly surprise would be an understatement. I basically devoured this book. As in, silence my phone (I work in PR & marketing. It takes a lot for me to silence my phone.), completely ignore my boyfriend, roommate, and family, until this book is done, devoured.
The chemistry between Jake and Nikki was insane, and Katie Rose can write the hell out of a steamy scene. I need to read the rest of this series like now. That’ll keep me warm at night in a long-distance relationship, amirite? 😛
The one thing I didn’t like is the premise. It’s very overdone. Despite the fact that I still watch She’s All That all the time (“be silent…be still”), I’m kind of over the whole “I’ll bet you she’ll fall in love with me,” thing (I figure this isn’t a spoiler since it happens like 2% in? Is that a spoiler? Tell me and I’ll remove it.
It also kind of annoyed me how Nikki was so opposed to baseball players because of her ex…who actually was not a baseball player. I mostly just didn’t really get that.
As always, I need to weigh in on the portrayal of my industry. 😛 It was a fairly accurate, if not overly glamorized, portrayal of a PR pro. I really liked the conflict she had with members of the baseball management team. PR pros meet soooo much resistance from other departments when implementing change. It’s hands down the worst part of working in PR or marketing, and something I deal with every single day. So bravo to Katie for getting that right, when I rarely see even a somewhat accurate representation of my job in romance novels.
About 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.