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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Review & GIveaway! Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose @AuthorCQuinn @TastyBookTours

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Too Hot to Handle
The Boys of Summer# 2
By: Katie Rose
Releasing January 27th, 2015

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 book took me a chapter or two to really get into it. However, once I did, I enjoyed the story. I liked the story line, the secondary characters added to the depth, and for the most part, it moved along smoothly.
            I really liked Nikki as a character. Her bitterness in the beginning towards ball players was a little unfounded to me. I didn’t think it was fair to dislike the sport and players because her ex-husband lost money betting on it. The phase doesn’t last long though, so I began to enjoy her character very quickly. She’s talented and independent, strong, beautiful, humble, and has a great personality once you get past the stiff librarian attitude that she exudes in the beginning (albeit, necessary to go up against these guys in the beginning). One of my favorite things about Nikki is that she isn’t a doormat. When Jake does something stupid and “guy like,” she doesn’t flip out or become whiney or petty, rather she is aloof, seemingly unaffected. This unusual attitude throws the guy off.
Jake is easy to love throughout 90% of the story. He is generous, good natured, funny, sexy, talented, determined…shall I go on? The way he treats Nikki is incredibly sweet. He just melted my heart with some of his thoughts and actions. At first, I thought he was accepting his growing feelings of commitment, in fact, he seemed more committed than Nikki, so I was sort of blindsided when his fear of commitment was all of the sudden and huge stumbling block, but in the chapter right before, his thoughts and words made it sound like he had moved beyond it.
The chemistry between Nikki and Jake is thick with sexual tension in all the right ways. There are some deliciously romantic moments and some deliciously wicked moments. They burn up the pages with the sparks they set off.
There were a few little nuances that would pull me out of the story, such as using the term “little boy” to describe Jake, i.e. his “little boy smile.” This term was tough for me to get past, even though I know that she was going for the idea of him being “boyishly” handsome. The difference in those two phrases can be vast, one of which seems a little inappropriate. She stopped using it early on though, so it wasn’t there to bother me throughout the whole book.
It’s definitely a solid four stars for me. When I reached the end, I was satisfied and I could definitely say that it was a fun and sexy read. 
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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