The Heat of the Moment
Book 3, Bad Boys of Baseball - A Boys of Summer Novel
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The Bad Boys of Baseball are back! In Katie Rose’s sweet, sparkling novel, the newest New Jersey Sonic falls for the woman who’s trying desperately to save his career.
Physical therapist Jessica Hart has learned her lesson: Never date professional athletes. She’s been down that road, and barely recovered after the relationship crashed and burned. Then Jessica meets Gavin King. An All-Star slugger with chiseled good looks, Gavin was traded to the Sonics because he hurt his knee sliding into second, and now his future is in her hands. Gavin’s no bad boy—but he’s tempting enough to make Jessica think twice about all her rules.
Gavin is trying to find a comfortable routine. If he wants his old life back, he must take it easy, stay out of the limelight, and keep his distance from gorgeous redheaded physical therapists. The thing is, Gavin isn’t the kind of guy to sit on his ass and let other people pull his weight. And when he sees something he wants, he can’t help but fight for it, even if it means risking everything, even if it only lasts a single moment: like one kiss from Jessica.
Praise for The Heat of the Moment
“Katie Rose writes sexy, skilled sports heroes who know how to treat a woman right!”—Wendy S. Marcus, award-winning author of All I Need Is You
“Katie Rose brings the heat again with another sweet and sexy sports romance!”—Kelly Jamieson, author of Major Misconduct
“This is the third installment of the series but can be read as a standalone also. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a feel-good romance.”—Majorly Delicious
“The Heat of the Moment is my favorite in Rose’s [Bad Boys of Baseball] series. I think it was because even through Jessica’s reluctance to fall for Gavin, I could feel his charm and sincerity just as much as she did.”—(un)Conventional Bookviews
“I will have to say I personally loved reading this story. I love baseball and loved how this story went and how it developed.”—Diana’s Book Reviews
“A really enjoyable, feel-good read.”—Becky on Books and Quilts
“The Heat of the Moment is a good addition to the [Bad Boys of Baseball] series. A sweet and fun love story about a baseball player on the mend and the physiotherapist helping him.”—Total Book Geek
“A light read with a little bit of everything: sex, romance, conflict, fun and falling in love.”—The Reading Cafe
“A great curl-up-and-escape book.”—Wild Heart Reviews
“This sports romance was really good. I liked both main characters very much. I liked that they didn’t instantly fall in love. Fans of sports romances will enjoy this book.”—Inside of a Dog
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A Standout Sports Romance
Gavin King was at the top of his game, but one bad injury may have just ended his career. His team isn't even willing to give him a chance to recover, and he suddenly finds himself traded to the Sonics. Leaving behind the bright lights of L.A., he's now stuck in New Jersey, playing for a second rate team, and even his model girlfriend has moved on without him. The one bright spot in all the gloom is Jessica, the physical therapist assigned to get him back in playing shape again.
But... For the most part, I loved this book, but there was one thing about it that was worse than nails on a chalkboard. Jessica has a male friend who is gay. That in and of itself is fine, and I can even deal with him being some kind of fashion diva, given that I've known a few myself who have fit that particular stereotype. But I almost ditched the book partway through when Jessica repeatedly referred to him as “girlfriend.” Not “he's one of my girlfriends,” like he's just one of the girls, but “Girlfriend knew what he was doing,” and crap like that. Over and over again. It went from being a stereotype to a ridiculous caricature, and while I'm sure I was supposed to read those scenes and appreciate how close these two were, it pretty much ruined that aspect of the story for me.
The Verdict: Jessica has always been one of the guys. She does have a feminine side, but growing up with four brothers left it little room to develop. Now a physical therapist working for the Sonics, she's completely in her element, dealing with professional athletes and using her sports and psychology knowledge to build a strong career. But after a romance gone completely wrong, she knows better than to get involved with a ball player.
Gavin had everything going for him and then had it all taken away. Pushed relentlessly by his father to be a sports star, he lived the high life in L.A. and had the arm candy girlfriend to prove it. But one injury has changed everything, and while he hates having been traded to a team in New Jersey of all places, he knows it's his one chance to prove he's worth something to the sport.
I really loved the relationship between Gavin and Jessica, right from the moment they met. He was certainly attracted to her, and she couldn't deny to herself how good looking he was, but there was no rush to satisfy that lust. He wasn't over the woman who dumped him, and she wasn't about to make the same mistake twice. But once he settled in, accepted his new life, and saw past Jessica's defenses, he wanted nothing more than to carve out a future with her.
Gavin really surprised me, not that he was a nice guy, but rather the way he proved it in just about everything he did. His ex-girlfriend was some famous model, which certainly fit the lifestyle he once had, but when she dumped him, he was honestly hurt. It wasn't just a case of his pride being wounded or needing to have some hot young thing on his arm. He was, of course, attracted to Jessica at first sight, but he wasn't over his ex just yet, and he didn't go all conceited and immediately put the moves on her. Even his acceptance of the much less glamorous life he now had in Jersey showed just what a good person he was. Sure, he was disappointed, but he wasn't looking a gift horse in the mouth.
As for Jessica, normally it annoys the hell out of me when someone disregards an entire cross section of people based on the actions of just one. However, in this case, it kind of made sense to me. She'd gone all head over heels for a guy who thought nothing of hooking up with groupies on the road, and it had really done a number on her self-esteem. Given that she was surrounded by men who had the same temptations, I couldn't blame her for deciding not to risk her heart on any of them. But Gavin was too sincere in his feelings for her to let her dismiss him so easily, and the patient and understanding way in which he worked to win her over made for a wonderful story.
Sports romances tend to follow a pattern, and The Heat of the Moment did so in the best way. With some standard plot points and scenarios, Katie Rose managed to write something fresh and entertaining, and while I figured I would enjoy it, I didn't have a clue just how much! Jessica was easy to relate to, Gavin was just incredible, and their story didn't really take the overused turns I expected. The Heat of the Moment is a standout romance for sports fans and anyone who loves a man in a team uniform.
***FicCentral received this book from Random House LLC (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.
Sweet,, Romantic and Hot!
Loved this Sweet, Sexy and Fun Sport Romance! Gavin and Jessica's relationship was so much fun watching it develop, it was also engaging to watch Jessica learn to trust again. It was funny and heartfelt with very likable characters that had a wonderful connection. I got a good feel for the story right away and liked both Jessica and Gavin immediately. I loved the push and pull they had on each other, it made for some really great chemistry. There was a wonderful build to their relationship and I enjoyed how it all played out.
Gavin King is the Dodgers star hitter, living the good life with a promising career, with a great organization and he has a beautiful swimsuit model girlfriend at his side. But after a serious knee injury put him on the DL, everything changes. Gavin finds out he has been traded, dumped from a contending team that he loves, to a second rate ball club, the New Jersey Sonics. If that isn't enough shortly after being traded, Gavin notices his girlfriend has been avoiding him and seemed to be always in a rush when they talk, he realizes that she had been cheating on him and he breaks up with her.
Jessica Hart is the new Sports therapist for the New Jersey Sonics, she loves her work, and is really good at it, but she has learned the hard way when she suffered heartbreak at the hands of a baseball player who taught her what the word devastation meant, so she has a strict "no dating clients or professional players" rule. Being around the guys and being one of them comes naturally to her, growing up with four older brothers, that are all professional athletes helped. So when Gavin King shows up and she has to work with him, although she notices that he is handsome, charming, smart, with a body to die for and a undeniable presence with his intense dark eyes and his sensual mouth and firm chin, she puts him firmly in the client " no dating" category. But as she works with him, to get him back in the game they develop a close friendship that helps Gavin adjust and accept his new circumstances.
But the instant attraction that they both have to one another, has been simmering and it is getting hot, but due to Jessica's "no dating" rule she keeps putting the brakes on acting on her feeling fearing she may not recover if her heart is broken again. But Gavin knows what he wants and that is Jessica. So he sets out romancing her, going out of his way to make Jessica feel like she is beautiful and desirable. But what happens when Gavin's old girlfriend shows up acting like they never broke up? Will they get their HEA? Will Gavin make it back to being the star hitter and to his promising career? You will have to read this to find out!
Loved all the fun and practical jokes that the Sonics Players thrived on, building their camaraderie and staying down to earth. Found this story to be a Sweet, Fun and Hot Romance!! Highly Recommend!
Received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Overall another great book from Katie Rose in her The Boys of Summer series.
Gavin King is a superstar of the Los Angeles Dodgers and living the high life. He gets hurt in a game and ends up being traded to the New Jersey Sonics and his world comes crashing down. Now at the Sonics, Gavin has to rehab his knee with Jessica Hart, one of the team's physical trainers. There is an instant attraction between these two. Too bad Jessica has sworn off ball players. After her last boyfriend, who was a ball player, cheated on her she has a bad taste for any guy who plays ball.
As Gavin's life is slowly falling apart, he finds a kindred spirit with Jessica. She is not normally the type of woman he falls for but he really enjoys spending time with her.
I adored Jessica. She was a strong, tough woman. I guess having five brothers helps! I even enjoyed her brothers. They were funny and overprotective at the same time.
Gavin was a great hero too. Tall, dark and hot, my favorite attributes! I loved how he seemed the playboy type, but deep down he really was a nice guy. I loved how his feelings for Jessica slowly developed. The chemistry between these two was great.
Overall another great book from Katie Rose in her The Boys of Summer series.