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Posted January 22, 2015
3.5 stars-frustrating heroine: BRING ON THE HEAT is the first installment in Katie Rose’s contemporary adult The Boys of Summer erotic romance series focusing on the members of the professional baseball team the New Jersey Sonics. This is pitcher Chase Westbrook and house sitter/writer Darcy Hamilton’s storyline-a Cinderella esque story of mistaken identity
The focus of the storyline is Darcy Hamilton. House sitting for the Logan Chip heiress and bad girl Lydia Logan, Darcy jumps at the chance to attend an exclusive fashion show and fund raiser sponsored by the New Jersey Sonics. Darcy is an uber fan of the Sonics pitcher Chase Westbrook and ultimately finds herself on the receiving end of Chase’s attention. Chase believes he has met the Logan Chip heiress Lydia Logan and throughout most of the storyline Darcy (who bares a striking resemblance to the heiress) continues to impersonate Lydia wherever she goes.
The relationship between Chase and Darcy is one of mistaken identity but an identity that Darcy continues to perpetrate throughout the story. Darcy will fall in love with Chase Westbrook but her fraudulent and deceptive acknowledgement of all things Lydia Logan will find her in hot water when the real Lydia Logan shows up at the same event as Chase and Darcy. Heated and hurtful words will be exchanged leaving a grieving and heartbroken Darcy to pick up the pieces of her shattered dreams. Lies, deceit and a fraudulent identity does not make for love and a happily ever after.
The secondary and supporting characters include the members of the New Jersey Sonic baseball team; Darcy’s best friend Cara; Chase’s less than enthusiastic parents; as well as several members of the media and the rich and famous. We will be introduced to Jake Baldwin-the Sonics womanizing shortstop-whose storyline will be told next in TOO HOT TO HANDLE. The world building brings the reader front and center into the game of baseball, the deals and contracts; and the men and women who control the show.
BRING ON THE HEAT is a fast paced, quick read that was, at times, frustrating as it pertained to the continued premise of mistaken identity. As the storyline builds, so too did this reader’s anxiety knowing that Darcy’s deception was but a reveal away. No matter how many attempts to tell the truth, the opportunity to come clean was always brushed aside when the glitz and glamor of fame reared its’ media focused head.
Posted October 23, 2014
I love sports romances and I enjoyed this one. Even though the story line is a little far fetch I found it amusing nonetheless. I look forward to the rest of the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 6, 2014
Darcy is a house sitter for the beautiful heiress Lydia Logan. Lydia is going out of town and offers Darcy a pair of tickets to a fashion show hosted by the Nj Sonics. Darcy borrows some of Lydias clothes, hits up Lydias beauty salon and goes to the party looking like a million bucks! The only problem...the tickets have Lydias name on them.
Chase is an up and coming baseball player, his dream is to play for the Ny Yankees. Chase knows that he needs to get his name out there and what better way to do that then to get seen with Lydia Logan.
Fortunately for Darcy, Chase is very attracted to her. Unfortunately for Chase he doesn't know that the woman he thought would be stuck up is actually fun, smart, loveable and is definitely not Lydia Logan!
This book was good. I am a Jersey girl so I loved the references to all the towns in Jersey I grew up driving through or restaurants I ate at! This book while being predictable, I mean we all knew it wasn't going to end well, was very good. When you find out why Chase wants to the best and how much Darcy actually wants to tell Chase the truth, you cant help but feel bad for them. Its like I wanted the lie to continue forever! Great job Katie Rose
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Posted October 1, 2014
What is the old saying " Walk a mile in my shoes before you judge me?" Well that is what Darcy does but she didn't do it on purpose at first. She was house sitting , and was told she could go to a very big ticket fashion show. So she slips on her employer's shoes and clothes , and goes. She tired to tell Chase she wasn't Lydia but he didn't listen. So what is she to do ... she has to get back the jewelry she left at his apartment. It was a good read, enjoyed the fun between then , I loved how Chase was still down to earth and gentlemen. ,,,,
Reviewed by DK for Confessions of a Booklovinjunkie (ARC given by net galley for an honest review)
Posted September 13, 2014
I initially thought I'd really enjoy this book and it started off great. Somewhere along the line, around half way through, I stopped liking Darcy and Chase. It seemed my initial impressions of Darcy, Chase, and Lydia were wrong.
I love sports romances and I enjoyed how there was actually sports related information in here beyond Chase being the best and hottest player on his team. That and Chase's relationship with his father were my favorite parts of the story. Beyond that I found it really hard to believe Darcy didn't try harder to let Chase know who she really was. I mean having a guy you're hot for call you by another woman's name is really tough to put up with.
Even though I stopped liking the characters, I wasn't able to put the book down until it was finished. It flowed smoothly even if I wasn't happy with what was going on. Katie Rose has some real potential and I look forward to seeing what she does with the rest of this series.
Posted September 12, 2014
Posted September 2, 2014
Cinderella, meet Prince Charming. Prince Charming, meet Cinderella.
Darcy's not Hollywood beautiful, wealthy, or famous. She's a housekeeper to a socialite, struggling to write a screenplay, and her notarioty isn't that widespread. But she's beautiful in a girl next door way, genuine when it matters, and isn't the least bit interested in becoming famous. With all that being said, can you really blame her for taking the chance of a lifetime and going in her employer Lydian Logan's place to a charity event where she'd have the chance to meet the baseball player of her dreams? Yeah, no. Don't think I can either, lol.
Chase is the star pitcher for the Sonics. Making nice with the rich and famous isn't his idea of a good time, but he's willing to make the exception when he finds out a certain socialite with a penchant for craziness is going to be at a charity event he's attending. Thing is, she doesn't reconcile the images he's seen or the reports he's read of her. The sex goddess is there, but so is the girl next door. The more time he spends with her, the more confused he becomes. Who exactly is Lydia Logan?
This is going to sound strange, but my favorite part of this story is the night of the charity event. I laughed at how drunk Darcy was, and sighed when Chase took care of her. Then I laughed again when she promptly fell asleep, snoring included, during their lovemaking. Yep. You read it right. In bed with the most handsome man she 's ever met, and she falls asleep. I about died laughing! How do you redeem yourself after that?
The differences in their lifestyles weren't the only things that mirrored reality. The emotional roller coaster they were on did as well. There were moments of uncertainty and absolute, of anger and forgiveness, of acceptance and love. A Cinderella story wouldn't be complete without a happy ending, and the one that happened for Chase and Dacry was expected...but not. A fun filled, Cinderella focused romance that shows how important truth is, why it's one of the founding bricks in any relationship, and how having it all isn't a guarantee to having and experiencing real love and happiness.
***Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review***
Posted September 1, 2014
HOT HOT HOT!!! Wish I could give it more than 5 stars!! My two favorite things, baseball and romance in one great package. I loved the chemistry, the mistaken identity plot point and the characters. I look forward to more in this series and to reading more of Katie Rose's books.
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Posted August 31, 2014
Bring on the Heat is a sweet read. What starts out as a case of mistaken identity soon snowballs into a lie that just won’t stop. Darcy is ecstatic when her employer – a party girl heiress – sends her to an event in her place. Even though Darcy tells those at the event who she is, no one seems to believe her and assume that she is Lydia, including the Sonics pitcher, Chase Westbrook. Darcy is a baseball fan, a Sonics fan, and a HUGE Chase Westbrook fan. After being ignored yet AGAIN when she tells Chase her true identity, she decides to just go with the flow and enjoy the evening … it’s not like she’ll ever see these people again. Fortunately for Darcy, the flow leads her back to Chase’s for the evening. Unfortunately for Darcy, she can’t handle her liquor and passes out on her heartthrob. Mortified when she wakes up the next morning and remembers what happened, she sneaks out. And THAT’S where the story really gets interesting.
Chase was none too happy to wake up alone, but was quite pleased when he realized that “Lydia” had left something at his place, something that would guarantee that he would see her again. And thus the game begins as Chase decides to figure out just why “Lydia” has the reputation she has when she seems so sincere and caring when they spend time together. By holding the item hostage, he insures that “Lydia” has to continue to spend time with him. Of course, Darcy loves spending time with Chase, but she hates lying to him and doesn’t feel she has any other choice considering the value of the item he still has. As the two get to know one another, Darcy finds herself losing her heart to Chase and dreads what will happen when he finds out who she really is … or isn’t. Unbeknownst to her, Chase is finding the contradiction that is “Lydia” fascinating and finds himself falling for her … at least the parts that are Darcy. And even though the two are clearly well-matched and the sex is great, Chase can’t help but feel betrayed when Darcy’s identity is revealed.
Ms. Rose has penned a sweet sports romance with just the right amount of heat that kept me entertained the entire time. I adored Darcy’s character and couldn’t help but hope that she got her Cinderella ending. I also like that Ms. Rose showed quite a bit of character development for Chase as he found his place within his team and realized what was really important to him when it came to his career. Bring on the Heat is a great start to The Boys of Summer series and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
~ Wicked Reads Review Team ~
Posted August 28, 2014
Darcy is not a rich lady but she does house sit for one. When she gets the chance to attend a fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics she takes it. She is a huge baseball fan and the only trouble she has is she has to use her bosses invitation and clothes to go. After a make over she ends up resembling her a lot. Chase is a pitcher for the team and knows he has to do his part to help out. He is surprised when he meets party girl Lydia Logan and she seems different than what he would expect. Darcy tries to tell Chase she isn't Lydia but he doesn't listen. the two begin to spend time together and begin to fall in love. The problem is he still thinks she is Lydia and Darcy knows her time as to run out before long. She doesn't know when her boss will be back and the more she plays at being Lydia the harder it is to tell Chase the truth. Will the truth tear them apart forever or will Chase give the real person Darcy is a chance?
Darcy is a very sweet girl who is not rich or the woman she is playing to be. She loves helping others and she cares a lot for Chase. She hates having to lie to him. Chase has bug dreams.he wants to make it on the Yankees team. He is a hard worker and doesn't give up even when it hurts him. He likes more down to earth things and people. Both are great characters.
This was a very entertaining read and Darcy is not used to the high life so to say. She is is now playing at being rich. She always thought they did nothing but the more she gets into Lydia's life the more she sees she does a lot to keep up appearances. I have to say i liked her better when she let the real Darcy out. Chase likes the real Darcy much better as well even if he doesn't know it's her. He is being told by others he needs to move on to the Yankees get a fancy life when he really wants a woman he can enjoy in his life. I like how he enjoys the small things. He feels confused by Darcy as she seems to run hot and cold. i like the chemistry between them and they do some nice things together to help others. If you like a great couple with lots of heat give this one a try.
Posted August 27, 2014
LOVED this book! You have Darcy, who is a personal assistant to Lydia, a spoiled rich girl who likes to have a good time and is always dashing off here and there. Darcy helps keep her life in order, pays her bills and basically takes care of her. When Lydia goes out of the country, she tells Darcy about an invitation to a charity ball with some of the Sonics, a baseball team that Darcy loves, including her favorite pitcher, Chase. Darcy decides to pretend to be Lydia since she doesn't have any clothes or the like that are suitable.
My favorite scene was when Darcy was trying to escape out the back door of a restaurant and the six inch heels shoes she had borrowed from Lydia get caught in a drain and Chase comes to her rescue.
I am excited to read more from this author.
Posted August 26, 2014
Katie Rose has a given us a glimpse at the other side of professional baseball, the players personal lives. It’s a glamorous world full of supermodels, rich heiresses and lots and lots of money. Most players, regardless of their skill level, can get any woman they want and many of them do. That’s the world of our hero Chase Westbrook, the world that Darcy Hamel wants to crash for just one night to meet her baseball hero.
The plot is surprisingly good and believable. Darcy and Chase are both fish out of water when they first meet, uncomfortable, only able to relax with each other. I found myself empathizing with both of them which made the experience more enjoyable.
Humor is an essential part of the book, appearing throughout. The Cinderella theme that runs through the story works so much better since we are laughing with Darcy as she tries to find a way to pull off her ruse. I rooted for her to win and was still surprised that the HEA ending arrived even though it was inevitable.
The big thing that stood out for me was the descriptions of the game of professional baseball. Katie Rose paints the game well with her descriptions of games and plays which were highly accurate to my fan’s eye. Well done!
Take a look at BRING ON THE HEAT. Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, it’s a fun read.
Posted August 26, 2014
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is my first book by Katie Rose, and I will be checking in on the Boys of Summer in the future. This was a cute quick read and even though the story line is a little ridiculous I found it amusing. I don't read these types of books for reality checks, I read them for escapism, so a little mistaken identity doesn't ruin the story for me, the part I didn't care for was Darcy's friend insisting that she act like Lydia and go to her gym/spa treatments, etc. That seemed a bit excessive to me, but there wouldn't be much of a story if she hadn't done all that nonsense. All in all I did like the story and hope to read more from this series.
Posted August 26, 2014
Fabulous book! I understand this is the first contemporary for this author, and she nailed it! Very well written with great characters, humor, sexy scenes, and romance. Oh and smoking hot baseball players!! It's a story of mistaken identity and hero worship that turns into something real. Great read I highly recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2014
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Posted September 9, 2014
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