Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Tour for Bring on the Heat by Katie Rose (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a fan of sports-themed romances I'm excited to bring you Bring On the Heat by Katie Rose.  Keep reading to get a taste of this book, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more about it by visiting the blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 bookstore GC and swag items from Loveswept Publishing too!

In Katie Rose’s irresistible battle of wits, a case of mistaken identity lands a female fan in bed with a sexy superstar—and in major-league trouble.
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 façade. 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.




As a fan of sports-themed romances I was excited to start reading this book.  Early on I found two likable and strong-willed characters striving for more in their lives who took paths that suddenly left them not as likable, particularly Chase who became much less heroic as the story progressed.  By story's end I found myself happy I'd taken the journey as Ms. Rose shows great promise with this series starter but slightly disappointed in the tarnished hero.

Darcy is an average girl just trying to make her way through life on her own.  She works as a personal assistant to rich socialite Lydia who's a wild child in the press but trying to straighten up so she doesn't lose her trust fund.  On a night where Lydia's in another country partying Darcy pretends to be her (with Lydia's blessing) so she can't meet her favorite sports team.  While there her favorite athlete, and secret obsession, takes an interest in her and though she tries to tell him the truth about herself mistaken identity leads to numerous pitfalls and heartache in a fast-paced read with lots of questionable choices along the way.  Darcy is likable from the start and though she pretended to be someone else she did try to make things right.  She might have gotten caught up in the glitz and glamour of fame she never truly led Chase on and his actions were ultimately the more deplorable.

Chase is very dedicated to his career as he wants to join the big leagues.  He's willing to do whatever it takes to get noticed and once he finds out that Lydia's grandfather is part of the Yankees he wants to get close to her.  Thinking her the snob he reads about in the media he's surprised to find a sweet natured woman who likes baseball and is down to earth.  Over the next few weeks they get to know each other better but the connection they make crashes to the ground once Lydia informs Chase about Darcy's true identity.  The fallout puts Chase in a negative light as he starts dating and sleeping with Lydia wanting to keep his career path towards the majors.  Though he redeems himself in the end, the damage has been done and it left me disappointed.  From the start we know of his dedication to his career but to see it so apparent makes him look cold-hearted.  He's also an unrepentant dog who, right after meeting Darcy, considers sleeping with her though she's passed out drunk.  All this I might've been able to ignore except I never believed he felt too bad over any of his actions and in the end he was less charming and more smarmy.

Even with my disappointment in Chase this was a fun and flirty read that was fast-paced with just a bit of emotional upheaval along the way.  Those wanting an entertaining and carefree read will get just that and with more to come from The Boys of Summer series there's plenty of excitement to come!

My rating for this is a C+

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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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