Thursday, March 5, 2015

Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose

Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

So I had to go back and read my review of Bring on the Heat prior to starting this book because even though I knew I enjoyed it, I couldn’t remember what it was about beyond the baseball aspect. After doing so, I was able to recall details about some of the characters in the book, which helped me as I delved into Too Hot to Handle and even though I didn’t really remember Jake, I was looking forward to another sweet romance. I must admit that while Jake can be quite sweet and caring, the romance between him and Nikki was HOT, not sweet and I’m not complaining one bit.

Nikki runs her own PR firm and is considered one of the best in the business for rebranding a person or organization’s image. When she agrees to help rebrand the New Jersey Sonics to get rid of their reputation as one of the league’s bullies and turn them into role models, Nikki has no idea of just how deep into her bag of tricks she’ll have to dig to make this job is a success. Not only is she up against the team’s resentful communications director, she also has to deal with a team full of men who often resort to adolescent pranks and prove more than once that they can throw a tantrum that rivals that of a two-year-old. While I understood Nikki’s frustration, I found myself snorting at the men’s antics more than once. However, her biggest obstacle is protecting her heart from Jake, the team’s playboy who accepts a bet to win her heart so that he can win the bigger locker and bragging rights. As expected, the playboy finds himself falling for the girl and soon forgets all about the bet as he gets to know Nikki. Of course any lover of romance books or movies knows that taking part in such a bet always comes back to bite our Hero on the arse and Jake is no exception.

I absolutely loved Jake and Nikki. I could feel their chemistry coming off the page and the sex scenes were freaking hot … almost too hot to handle (you know I had to go there). Much like Chase did in the first book, Jake also experienced some serious character development, especially in regards to his relationship with his mother and how it was affecting his ability to commit (<= not mommy issues though). And while Ms. Rose let fans of the series catch up with Darcy and Chase, this book is written so that it stands on its own. My only disappointment with Too Hot to Handle is that we didn’t get to see John get his comeuppance – hopefully that’ll happen sooner rather than later. I have added yet another book to my reread shelf and the wait now begins for Ms. Rose to release the next book in The Boys of Summer series.

Check out the Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose Blog Tour post on Wicked Reads.

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