★ SYNOPSIS ★
House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball fan, Darcy has always dreamed of meeting the team—especially the starting pitcher whose body is as hot as his fastball. But there’s a catch. The gala is by invitation only. To get behind the velvet rope, mild-mannered Darcy will have to pose as party girl Lydia Logan.
Schmoozing is one of the downsides of fame, but Chase Westbrook knows how to liven up even the dullest event. And nothing spices a night up more than a beautiful socialite with a naughty reputation. What Chase doesn’t expect is a hint of sweetness beneath her sultry facade. Flirtation turns to seduction and leaves him aching for more. Chase just doesn’t know who the real Lydia is: the spoiled tease crying foul over some missing diamonds or the alluring woman making a play for his heart.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Bring on the Heat is the first book in Katie Rose’s The Boys of Summer series. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a Katie Rose novel before, I’d have to double check my GR shelf to make sure, but the name isn’t familiar to me. This was a book I went into completely blind. I didn’t even read the synopsis for it. Mainly it was a, “I should really read the other two books in the series before I read the ARC I have of the third book.” So that’s how this one came about.
I was happily surprised and completely intrigued with the plot of the book. This isn’t something I’ve ever read before, so that made it extra fun. Not to mention, we are talking about baseball here, and I’m totally a baseball girl. The other thing, aside from the plot itself that I utterly enjoyed about this book was that, although its set out as a sports romance, it’s very evenly done so that it’s not -all- sports. You get a great feel for the characters in this book, both as a couple and as individuals. The co-stars are also splendidly done!
Darcy caught my attention from the get go. She’s just your typical woman, sort of like the girl next door, who loves baseball and is just trying to make ends meet. She house sits, but it’s more like she’s an assistant for this royally spoiled socialite, Lydia. Lydia knowingly hands over an invitations to a gala, telling Darcy to just use it, so that Darcy can meet the Sonics players. Low and behold, when Darcy arrives, people think she’s Lydia. Now, you might thinks she plays this up, but no, she really does try to correct them but gets railroaded every single time.
Chase is hot, intense, and focused. He is on the fast track for a bigger and better team, while being out to prove himself good enough to his father. This character just made me have warm fuzzies on so many levels. He’s not perfect, he’s not apologetic about it, and he doesn’t try -to- be perfect outside of his ball game. Running into “Lydia” was completely unexpected, and she’s nothing like what he assumed she would be.
Darcy, in the guise of Lydia and Chase completely hit it off. I have one particular mental image in my head from this book that I just wish I could share but it’s a spoiler. 😀 Be that as it may, I can almost hear Chase laughing in my head at the situation. The banter, sexual and non-sexual, between these two is engaging. It makes you want to read more, not to mention just the chemistry itself.
I fell in love with these two characters, and the book is a definite four star for me. Now I’m just excited about reading the rest of the series. Bring on the Heat is a full-length standalone novel, with an HEA and no cliffhanger. It’s written from an alternating third person POV. I would recommend it to pretty much anyone.