Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Heat is On by Katie Rose

Title: The Heat is On
Author: Katie Rose 
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Boys of Summer #4
Main Characters: Connor and Tracy
Release Date: January 2015
Publisher:  Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
This was another great book to add to this series that I've really enjoyed. This is a second chance at love story for two people who were in love and committed during college. But Connor chose baseball over Tracy. And she eventually found someone else.

But now Connor has moved back home and Tracy is single again...the difference....she has 4 kids ages 6 and under. Not exactly what this bachelor superstar athlete is used to. There are also other complications like the newly divorced jealous ex and a team struggling to make it to the World Series for the second year in a row.

There's a lot on Tracy's plate in this story. I liked how the author was able to show the difficulties and realities of motherhood in this book. It's even worse for Tracy because she has FOUR very young children and is single. That's a HUGE amount of stress...and it's a great wake up call to Connor to see those realities. Life is VERY different when it's 24/7 rather than when you are just around the kids for a few hours. VERY DIFFERENT...and so much harder...but also there are those moments that are so much more rewarding. I loved how the author showed all that through the story. 

On the other side of it is Connor. He's in his last year playing baseball. He's come home to the Sonics, hoping they make it to the World Series and then plans to retire...before his body gives out on him. He's the catcher...the guy who's supposed to hold the team together, but he's having to deal with a rookie pitcher and doesn't have the history with the team yet to have their respect that he needs to pull that off. The team is floundering and Connor is trying to hold them together. I loved it when he began to draw the parallels between the guys on his team and trying to corral Tracy's kids. 

Kids add huge complications to an already complicated relationship. While kids are really pretty straightforward, they can also be easily hurt. That has to be taken into account especially since these kids have been through a hard year already. Connor left her once. Can she trust him to stick this time? 

The book was good...extremely readable, with tons of likable characters. I've enjoyed the series so far and this was another good read for it.

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

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