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    Excellent

    I really enjoyed this one! It's the second in the Boys of Summer series but can easily be read stand alone. Nikki Case, PR specialist is brought in to help clean up the New Jersey Sonics image. Too bad she hates baseball and really doesn't know anything about it!! Her first order of business, clean up team bad boy Jake Baldwin. On a bet with his teammates Jake turns his sights on Nikki only to be surprised he really likes what he sees! This is a very well written story and one I would definitely recommend.
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    Too Hot to Handle

    Jake is a cocky jock who knows he can get any girl he wants. The guys on the team are daring him to get the one girl they think he won't be able land. Nikki Case is there to make sure the team doesn't get in any trouble and ruin their reputation. If their reputation is ruined, it could affect the fans opinions of them, and at this point in the year, they need the support of their fans. Nikki doesn't take shit from any one and she certainly isn't going to let a group of prankster jocks change how she does her job. She's going to try even harder to not let the sexy playboy, Jake seduce her, despite the fact she hasn't been with anyone in a long time. Jake won't turn off the charm on Nikki until he gets what he wants. Who's going to win this game of seduction? Nikki, the headstrong and uncompromising woman who is determined to only do her job, or Jake, the ladies man who hasn't been turned down, because he refuses to take no as an answer? This book had a lot of substance that wasn't revolved around erotica. I would categorize this book as a romance/erotica but it had enough romance and the love chase to not be overwhelmed with sex. Some books tend to not understand the balance between plot and sex scenes and they have too much of one. This one had a perfect balance, and I enjoyed reading Katie Rose's writing style. I give this book 5/5.
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    Sweet, fun, super-hot romance

    Nikki's definitely not a baseball fan, not after her ex-husband gambled away their future on the game. But since she's become a success in PR, she's not about to pass up the career opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to turn around the baseball team with one of the worst reputations in the league. Jake's never met a woman he couldn't charm. Between his star status and his looks, women practically throw themselves at him. All except that PR rep that's taking away their beer, making them shave, and ruining all their fun. But he's not one to back down from a challenge, either, and with the team egging him on, he's determined not only to win over Nikki but to also win her heart. The Verdict: I knew this story would be fun, but it was so much more than I expected! The team isn't thrilled that they're being made to clean up their act, and they make that clear from the moment Nikki is introduced. Fortunately for Nikki, she's got backup in the form of Pete, their head coach. Jake, used to strolling in to practice late, misses the message at first, and his troublemaking teammates immediately challenge him to a wager, one that sets him up to try to make Nikki fall in love with him. But Jake doesn't really need prodding once he sets eyes on the “sexy librarian,” and he's even more intrigued when, despite his most charming efforts, she doesn't fall at his feet. Despite Pete's support and Nikki's expertise, she's having a hard time of things. The guys on the team go all out on the pranks, trying to show her that she can't control them and ultimately drive her away. But the more Jake gets to know her, the more he sees a point in her work, and while he's never been a fan of being on his best behavior, he tones down his bad boy persona and turns on the flirting. Of course, Nikki knows a liaison of any kind with the playboy baseball star could not only get in the way of the job but also damage her reputation. However, it's been too long, and she's not sure she can resist a man like him. Besides, the job is only temporary, and she'll be moving on to another project soon enough, so it's not like she has to throw her heart into their bed as well. What starts out as flirting soon becomes a fling, but even that is not enough. Neither of them are looking for something long-term, but they're getting in deeper than they expected. And after plenty of denial, they both have to face that they're falling for each other. By that point, Jake had forgotten all about the little wager, and frankly, so had I. It was mentioned when the guys were all giving each other a hard time, but that was the extent of it, so it seemed like it wasn't a threat. Of course, as these things always do, the truth reared its head at the most inopportune time, forcing both Nikki and Jake to really take stock of what was important to them and face each other. Too Hot to Handle was such a fun read that I pretty much flew through it. Jake was confident but not annoyingly arrogant, and he was very considerate of Nikki, even as he was up-front about not wanting anything serious. And it turns out he was just a great guy at heart, anyway, even if he was a bit rough around the edges. The chemistry between these two was great as well, and I love that neither one of them were initially looking for a serious relationship — it made things much more interesting than if one were in denial while the other was starstruck. It was, of course, a little predictable in that the betting thing is a fairly classic contemporary romance story line; however, this wasn't your typical case of one character trying to prove something or get something over on the other. It's more of a sweet, fun, super-hot romance between two characters who weren't expecting to fall in love, and their journey to happily ever after is wonderfully entertaining. ***FicCentral received this book from Random House LLC (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.
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    Fun and Enjoyable with little drama

    3.5 Stars Nikki has her hands full trying to make the New Jersey Sonics into a respectable baseball team and her attraction to the star hitter, Jake Baldwin is the last thing she should be concerned with. After all he has a well-earned reputation as a playboy with a revolving cast of bed-mates and Nikki has the scars from her last tangle with an athlete – her ex-husband. However, she is down for a good time between the sheets and Jake might be just the guy to give it to her. Jake Baldwin is an All-Star player, both on and off the field. He has his pick of women and does not even have to work for them, so seducing the uptight PR exec should be a walk in the park for him. But as he spends time with her, he finds that underneath the starched suits and librarian hair is a smart, intelligent and beautiful woman he really wants to get to know. Jake was quite the dark horse! His carousing playboy image actually hid a caring, loyal and generous guy- one who would take the time to run errands for his mother, mentor a young boy, even keep vigil at a sick friend’s bedside. He even stepped in to help Nikki handle the team. Nikki’s hardworking and ball-breaking persona hid a vulnerable woman who was still trying to regain her self-confidence after the fiasco with her ex. Falling for Jake was definitely not a part of the plan but he snuck into her heart with his kindness and generosity. TOO HOT TO HANDLE is a sweet, fun and enjoyable romance with very little drama, one that will put a smile on your face. *ARC provided by publisher*
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    A MUST READ.

    Jake and Nikki's chemistry is the heart of Too Hot to Handle. The world of baseball is the backdrop. What plays out is a compelling and steamy read. Ms. Rose lets you see the devastation and betrayal that Nikki is experiencing. She also gives you a front row seat to a love story filled with Nikki's self doubt and Jake's determination to break down the walls she has built. A MUST READ!!!!
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