Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Too Hot To Handle by Katie Rose

Title: Too Hot to Handle
Author: Katie Rose
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: The Boys of Summer #2
Main Characters: Nikki and Jake
Release Date: January 2015
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.
My Review:
I don't think you can talk about this book without first talking about the Sonics as a team. They're a pro baseball team from Jersey. And like any pro team from Jersey would be, they're more than a little rough around the edges. As a result, they don't get the best press or the benefit of the doubt when it comes to controversial calls or fines. The owners have decided to change all that by bringing in a new PR rep to change the reputation of the team...Nikki. She has an uphill battle because these guys don't want to change anything about the way they do business and she's decided to switch everything up. They aren't happy with her.

Jake is the shortstop for the team and the unofficial team leader. Where he goes, the team follows. The day Nikki shows up slinging out new rules and ideals, he was late so he has no idea what's going on. Before he knows it, he's agreed to a bet with the team that he can win her over and have her fall in love with him. You know that this isn't going to go anyplace good in the long run. BUT the book is so much more than that and I found myself absolutely charmed by the story line, the guys, and fell in love with Nikki and Jake. 

This book has a slow build with Nikki and the team which I loved. They flat out hate and despise her, but slowly she earns their respect. And that was vital in the way that the story played out. No spoilers, but I just have to say that I loved the team's reaction to when things went bad. Seriously heartwarming. This is a team known for their pranks and they are constantly doing something truly awful to her. I loved how she withstood the pressure and constant mortification. She makes for a great heroine. 

Then there's Jake...this guy. Most the time I loved him, but there were several times I wanted to bean him on the side of the head. Idiot...seriously. There are times when he is just such a man. Ugh. But he's truly a man with a good heart and that came out over and over and over again throughout the story. 

I enjoy sports themed stories and this was a really good one. I liked the Sonics as a team and definitely want to read more of this series. I need to go find book #1, but will definitely keep up with coming releases too. It's one of those that's simply fun to read and set in the gorgeous eye-candy of baseball...it's all good!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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