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.
Cocky Athlete that has a player reputation- check.
Girl whose not a fan of bad boys- check.
A wager to make the girl fall for the bad boy- check, check.
Seriously, Too Hot to Handle has all the makings for a fantastic read. Come on who doesn't love when there is a wager involve? They are a lot of fun to read, especially when the guy is so full of himself.
So, we have Jake Baldwin who is definitely the ladies man, and has no problem touting it around. Like all cocky guys he can resist a wager, it's like kryptonite. Basically, his challenge is get Nikki to fall in love him. Player no big deal. Nikki has join the Sonics to help clean up their image, and boy does she have her work cutout for her. These guys are hooligans of baseball, and they need an image overhaul. She has to keep her head in the game and try to avoid the oh so charming Jake.
Okay, I absolutely loved this story. First off, you have a charming cocky guy, where charm just oozes out of his pores, a straight up player. However, he's has a hard time charming the girl. I love that Nikki puts up this front like she's wearing player repellent, yet she's melting inside. She stays strong for a while, but that charm is hard to resist. As I continue to read the story, I got see different sides of Jake which make him seem more human and kind. I also adore Nikki, because she lacked self-esteem. I know that might seem harsh, but its more like she had a vulnerability that she masked as the ice queen. I love that Jake took the time to get to know her, because she didn't have great luck with guys. Which had to do with not being like her sister and kind of nerdy when she was younger. So, there was a couple of times where I was crying for her, because guys were guys.
Overall, I loved Too Hot to Handle, because it was more than just a guy trying to get a girl or baseball. The story was great, because you have great characters truly care what happens to the program and other people they encounter. If you have a weakness for cocky athletes that don't give up, you found your match in Too Hot to Handle.
Copy provided by Random House via NetGalley
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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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