★ SYNOPSIS ★
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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★ MY REVIEW ★
Too Hot to Handle is the second novel in The Boys of Summer series by Katie Rose. I picked up this little gem of a book to read while prepping to read an ARC of the newest novel in this series. Too Hot to Handle can be read as a stand alone, and it does have an HEA. It is told from both dual, third person point-of-view through the main characters.
There honestly isn’t anything I can say that I disliked about this book. The writing is fantastic, as is the plot. I enjoyed the dynamic between not only the main characters, but also the Sonics team as well. More than once while reading I found myself chortling out loud like a loon at some of the antics that these ball players get up to.
I ended up liking Nikki more than I thought I would. She’s a strong character and she doesn’t put up with any BS from the guys. As for Jake, it was a case of much the same. I was waiting for him to be sort of a jerk jock? I thought for sure he’d play the pranks on Nikki too like the rest of the guys were doing. (Which she handled a lot better then I would have.) Jake never ended up doing that though. Of course, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, but if I told you why, I’d ruin plot and give you a spoiler. 😉
The chemistry between this pair is felt, that’s for sure. There was one point where I was trying to figure out how Jake was going to handle the whole situation, but he sort of set me on my backside. He surprised Nikki, I can say that much, and myself as well.
I sort of went back and forth on my rating and I’m going with a four star. While I loved the book, and I would definitely recommend it, (Especially if you love sports romances!) nothing just reach out and smacked me upside the head for that extra star. It’s a very solid book though, and well written.