The Heat is On by Katie Rose #Review

Posted January 14, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Heat is On by Katie Rose #Review
The Heat is On

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Series: #4 The Boys of Summer
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on January 5, 2016
Pages: 227
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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I love baseball themed romances and pairing that with a second chance romance plot made it irresistible.  This was my first encounter with the author and the series, but I still found it enjoyable and easy to read.

As I said, this was my first in the series.  This is book four, but it works alright as a standalone.  From what I gather each book can be read alone or out of order.

The story opens with older catcher, Connor Jackson, playing his last season and set to retire.  He is glad that he will play with his hometown team to close out his successful career.  He loves the game, but it is time and his hometown Sonics are in position to go all the way to the series and what better way to go out than with a series ring.  But his other motivation is person.  His college sweetheart and the woman he never forgot after they broke up so he could pursue his career has been divorced for a year.  Connor wants to see if they still have a connection.  He wants a wife and family now and Tracy is the only woman he can picture there with him.

Tracy Coleman is the divorced mom of four children under the age of six.  She moved on from the disappointment of watching Connor Jackson leave and thought she was happy with husband and family until she discovers after she is pregnant with Lily that he has been cheating on her and divorced her to be with his other secret family.  Hence, she is wary when Connor comes back into her life.  She gets a thrill that he is still interested and wants to go out on a date, but she chooses not to tell him that she has four children.   What would a successful guy who can have a model on his arm want with a divorced mom of four young kids?

And so these two navigate this chance for more through tough decisions and unspoken feelings even as Connor must work hard to be a leader in the clubhouse to help guide the team on to something big.

Alright, I was well-pleased with the story though I confess that there were times that I got impatient.  For the most part, it’s a ‘what you see is what you get’.  They are middle aged and trying on a second chance romance against his career, the kids, her ex, and their vulnerabilities.  The narrative is split between them and I sympathized with both characters.  Connor has to decide if he can take on all that comes with a relationship with Tracy and Tracy has to decide if she can trust that Connor isn’t her ex and that he won’t walk away again.  Tracy did get me somewhat impatient because she really was ruled by fear and seemed to hear every reason they shouldn’t and couldn’t seem to buy into every reason they should.  Her ex did a number on her and she does have to think of her kids first, but I just wanted them to be happy.

I found it a fun blend of baseball scenes, hilarious times with the kids around, and passionate times with just the pair of them.  The story flowed along and had a few spikes of emotion when it came time to decide if they were going to go for it.

All in all, it was an easy quick contemporary sports romance that I can recommend to those who don’t mind a woman with a family and some baseball tossed in for good measure.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #7 CR
New to Me #3  author/series
Literary Pickers #7 American Muscle Car
Books N Tunes #2 John Foggerty’s Centerfield

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I enjoy this types of romance more than the girl meets boy ones. I guess it’s because I can relate to it more plus the story is more complex and real as opposed to a simple conflict that’s exaggerated for the sake of drama. When you have kids, you don’t need drama

    • Yes, it had its moments of drama, but for the most part, it felt like two people trying to be real about stuff.

  • I think I’m gonna take a peak at Bring On The Heat soon. This sounds like a great series to read. Great review!

  • Debbie Haupt

    Love the review this is my kind of read Sophia Rose!

  • Baseball and second chance at love romance…two things I love reading about. I’ll have to take a look at this one. 🙂

  • As long as it has a nice tomance, I don’t mind a little baseball or other sports thrown in.

    • They were an interesting pair as they tried to reconnect and she was keeping her big secret about the kids. Then it got more interesting when he knew the truth.

  • oh I just got hooked on baseball romance and this seems like a must read. Its always interesting to see a couple that is more middle aged than super young. Its different and unique, and I love the set up of them getting together. And second chance is my favorite trope to read so I can’t wait to try this one out. Great review hun.

    • I’m hooked on baseball romances, too. I perk right up when I see those up for review. 🙂

      The couple being middle-aged and already known to each other was definitely a draw, too.

  • Oh oh! Well you had me sold with sentence one then the rest confirmed 😀 Love those second chances and sports ahhh! I’d not seen this author before so thank ya for the intro 😀

    • Me, too! I read that blurb and zip I was clicking the request button. 🙂

      You are so very welcome. 🙂

  • I’m here for the abs. 😉 So there are kids in this story? I’m weird and don’t really like books with kids in them – so I shall pass! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Sophia. 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Well you came to the right post if you need to lust over some abs. That cover is ab-solicious!

      Yeah, kids are touch and go for lots of folks. I’m good with them generally.