Throwing Heat (Diamonds and Dugouts Series)

Throwing Heat (Diamonds and Dugouts Series)

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by Jennifer Seasons

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The sexy baseball players of Jennifer Seasons' Diamonds and Dugouts series slide into home with a final fiery romance worthy of a World Series win.

Nightclub manager Leslie Cutter has never been one to back down from a bet. So when Peter Kowalskin, pitcher for the Denver Rush baseball team, bets her that she can't keep her hands off of him,

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The sexy baseball players of Jennifer Seasons' Diamonds and Dugouts series slide into home with a final fiery romance worthy of a World Series win.

Nightclub manager Leslie Cutter has never been one to back down from a bet. So when Peter Kowalskin, pitcher for the Denver Rush baseball team, bets her that she can't keep her hands off of him, she's not about to let the arrogant, gorgeous playboy win. Especially when the prize could put her business on the map. She's got this in the bag, just so long as she can stay out of his arms … and his bed.

Peter struck out once before with Leslie, but this bet is sure to be the second chance he's been waiting for. Determined to stoke the passion he knows is there, he'll do anything to win—even if it means playing a little dirty.

But as things heat up, this combustible pair will have to decide just how much they're willing to wager on one another … and on a future that just might last forever.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Diamonds and Dugouts Series , #3
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Throwing Heat: A Diamonds and Dugouts Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I only paid $1.99 for the nook book of this. I had read "Stealing Home" and thought it was a good story with interesting characters and just the right amount of sexiness. Throwing Heat is disappointing after that. This one is vulgar, the story is boring and the characters are shallow. It's also not nearly as well-written as the first one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like the author used too much sex talk to capture the readers attention because the book was so boring. Half of the book made no sense. They were a lot graphics and the vulgars were just wrong. Thank God I spent $2 on it only. Then again we are entited to our own opimion and my advice to you DO NOT READ TOO BORING AND STUPID
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Frustrating. That's how I describe this book. Don't get me wrong, I love baseball. So any story that revolves around my favorite sport intrigues me. However, the hero completely ruined this story for me. He was so arrogant and smug it bordered on ridiculous. Confidence is sexy, cockiness is not. In addition to that, he ran so hot and cold I thought for sure this guy was bi-polar. He hurts the heroine over and over AND over. It became so repetitive I had a hard time finishing this book. And she was stupid for taking it. Every. Single. Time. Of course the author turned his character around in the last 10 pages, but that was too little too late for me. All I could ever see this guy as, was a pompous jerk. Won't be reading again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always finish books that I start. I Just finished this one and this was my least favorite of the series. Wish I hadnt purchased this one. I did find it vulgar, much too descriptive for my taste. I really did not see the need for so much detailed sex throughout the series. I hope this author learns that sometimes less is more, as the story was good.
linnier314 More than 1 year ago
I've read all three books in this series and loved them all.   Enjoyed all 3; book 1 and 3 were my faves though.   fun read, fun characters.   Cute love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although better than the 1st in this series, again good char, good plot but drags
Luvmyhootie More than 1 year ago
Couldn't wait for this story and it was worth the wait! Throwing Heat was the one Diamonds and Dugouts novel I was looking forward to the most! I loved Stealing home, it was funny and sexy and romantic. Playing the Field was sweet and heart warming. But ever since I started this series I have gotten little glimpses of this couple, Leslie and Peter, and have become enamored with their story. What started as little side glances turned into lingering stares packed with intense heat. From lingering stares turned intense heat became stolen moments alone and compromising positions in each book that hooked me into their story instantly. The juiciest part of all that heat was knowing that Leslie had been dating one of Peter's teammates the entire time. I'm usually "Molly Morality" when it comes to cheating and such but just knowing this couple had this much chemistry as secondary characters in the other books in the series, I had to know more. Little did I know these two have serious history built into all that chemistry. Four years worth after and incident in Miami between the two ended with a sexually frustrated Peter and a confused and heart broken Leslie. Leslie's background was a little sad being that she was looking at hard jail-time after a former lover got her in hot water with the IRS and ruined her career as a PR rep. Now she's running her brothers nightclub and picking up the pieces of her busted life she worked so hard for. I loved Leslie instantly the moment she came into the picture during Stealing Home. She was just so down to earth and with her Southern charm and delightful accent I was a goner for this feisty heroine. From the beginning she was a ball buster who didn't take any crap from anyone which was only proved more correct in her own story. Making a bet with Peter that she can abstain from sex with the sexy pitcher in exchange for the money to buy the club from her brother AND making Peter sing for her turns this couple's chemistry up a whole other notch because Peter plays dirty. Peter Kowalskin has been one of my series favorite men from the beginning. He's fun, cocky, silly and sexy wrapped in a black haired blue eyed package that is absolutely my kryptonite. What made me fall in love with him though, was his faithfulness in his feelings for Leslie even though he constantly refuses to admit them to anyone even himself. He's stubborn and closed off due to his crappy home life as a kid with an abusive alcoholic father. Extreme feelings of worthlessness haunt this amazing guy and keeps him from making a move other than to get Leslie in his bed. ON top of his emotional meltdown he's having to face the end of his career on top of a degenerative disease that threatens his eyesight. The deck of life is stacked against Peter and it's not even the fact that's he's the underdog of the story that is the main reason why I loved this guy so much. It's not even the fact that his name is fun to say. Kowalskin. It's the simple fact that I saw so much of my emotional makeup in his character that made me love the guy. It's usually the female heroines I connect with the most but once in a while the guys will throw me for a loop and Peter was one of them.  Peter was raised with no example of how to love or even being loved in return so the only way he knows how to respond is to close himself off and shove people away. I didn't grow up that way exactly because my mother smothered me in love but I can relate to trying to love people only to have them shove it right back at you and walk away. The feelings of being closed off and not feeling like it is worth the effort was a major point of connection for me with Peter. He was one of those characters that had so much to give but needed the right person to open him up to it. When I realized that Leslie and Peter had chemistry and she was dating someone else I began to think this book would be about them fighting their connection while Leslie was still involved with the other teammate John but I quickly learned it was about them fighting their connection. Period. While I was a little disappointed there wouldn't be any juicy conflict like that I was satisfied to get into the marrow of their issues. Leslie's feelings of rejection from when Peter left her in Miami high and dry and Peter's intense love for her that he doesn't admit to easily. The majority of their romance hinges on the ramifications of this bet they make with each other but the magic happens slowly throughout and gives us some really sexy moments showing off Peter's amazingly skilled hands. I didn't expect these books to be so explicitly sexy but what a nice surprise it was.  Something I have found myself noticing throughout this series is how well this author details her secondary characters and incorporates them into the story without them overtaking the book. She knows exactly how to work them into the landscape making you want more but keeping your focus on the main couple and their story. It's happened with each book and now I'm sincerely hoping we'll get a book about this ugly character Drake Paulson I keep reading so much about. Every single character has described him as tall, ugly and hairy and this is exactly the kind of character I want to read about because he's not your average 'Devastatingly handsome' hero. Or she could absolutely write a story about Lorelei's brother Logan, as I've harped on in my last two reviews, and I would be happy as a clam. Either way, I really hope this isn't the end of this series because I have been captivated for 3 days by these books and I JUST. NEED. MORE. Baseball players, hot sex, delicious romance and lots of humor and heart, Diamonds and Dugouts is a sure bet for any romance lover.
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I LOVE this incredible series by Jennifer Seasons. Each book can be read in any order, as they're stand-alone (they're romances, so it gives nothing away in book 3 (THROWING HEAT) to know who Mark Cutter (hero of book 1, CATCHING HEAT) is married to. I've really enjoyed watching secondary characters from book 1 have their turn! I've not yet read book 2 (but have already started it before I could pull myself away to leave a review)....and can honestly say reading them out of order doesn't cause any problems for the reader. THROWING HEAT is a super satisfying read: * Made me smile, made me tear up...made me want to read the remaining 1 of 3 I've not yet read. I've already started it! * The 3-dimensional characters are so completely perfect for each other....I had to sigh with satisfaction when they finally earned their happy ending. Their emotional entanglements are like fire to dry kindling....they play off each other, bring up the worst of each others' baggage AND bring about the most satisfying no one else ever could. Peter Kowalskin (our pro baseball pitcher hero) and Leslie Cutter (sister of his teammate catcher Mark Cutter--hero of book 1) are such perfect fits for each other I finished the book KNOWING that these two would stay in love, would make it work, would NEVER be so happy and complete with anyone else; this IS what a quality romance book is supposed to do! * Captivating blend of the sport (which truly does take a back seat to the romance), the past that made the characters who they are, and the ROMANCE. Language: Rough. Just what you'd expect from Pro Baseball players. Sensuality Level: Steaming hot. (and truly romantic) While I loved the book, it was NOT error-free (Avon Impulse label or no). * I'm NOT giving anything away here (Not spoilers) * A 2nd conversation with the landlord is repetitious and out of sync with the timing of story...references a whole month to go when it was actually just a day or two. * Felt like a huge dropped thread to me when Peter meets a man at his Dad's home....and nothing comes of it. Thought he'd at least tell Leslie about it. Hmmmmm. Recommended to fans of contemporary romance (with or without sports) who don't mind language and sexy encounters... step up to the plate!
Candice_Gilmer More than 1 year ago
A nice finish to the series. I have to admit, I love the grand romantic gesture at the end. Brought tears to my eyes.
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
Leslie and Peter were a great couple, you could almost feel the chemistry between them coming off the pages. Throwing Heat was a wonderful story line, my only problem with the book was that the author chose my favorite baseball team to lose to the Rush in the World Series. I'm not taking it personally though, I highly recommend this author and series. Even I'm going to be looking for more of her books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good book in the series. Their chemistry was off the charts and it was fun watching the tug of war for power. I hope there are more books to come for this series.
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memjra More than 1 year ago
Great romance books and they bring in past characters for updates.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! I loved the characters, very snarky and funny with a happy ending. Hope to read more from jennifer seasons , enjoyable writing.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
The Diamonds and Dugouts series continues with this third installment that has headstrong main characters, non-stop flirtatious dialogue, and unrelenting sexual tension all wrapped up in a fun and immensely satisfying story. From start to finish I was fully engaged in the outcome of Peter and Leslie's back and forth battle of the sexes and rooted for their HEA every step of the way. Leslie is good at choosing bad men who walk away from her leaving her to clean up the mess they leave behind. Three years ago she was at her lowest point and threw herself at star pitcher Peter Kowalskin who left before they completed their sexual encounter leaving her confused and her self-esteem bruised and battered. They've formed a friendship since then, as her brother and he are best friends, which has her ending up on his doorstep when the apartment he rents to her floods. This puts them in close quarters strengthening the sexual tension that's been there for years. Long nights and painful events have them opening up to each other and her falling for Peter against her will. All she wants though is to make something of herself on her own after being brought low by a conniving ex. She doesn't have the time or the heart to be hurt by misplaced feelings again but Peter's past and future win her over and have her fighting to help him see the HEA they could have if only he'll see that he's worthy of love. Leslie is a strong-willed heroine not afraid to go after what she wants. She's smart but easily led astray by her heart early on in life. It's a somewhat hard-hearted Leslie that emerges, one more cautious and not as quick to jump. Peter grew up with an alcoholic father who bashed his dreams and his talent. Peter rose above that to become a star pitcher with many other artistic talents he perfected on his own. He's charming and super sexy and thinks himself unworthy of love. He lives in the moment but his feelings for Leslie are overpowering and has him thinking about the future for a change. It's an uncertain future hanging over his head though as a health issue has him rethinking his future, a future without baseball. I adored Peter from the very start! He has a playful nature and is willing to do whatever it takes to gain Leslie's heart. I ached for his lonely childhood and his continuing loneliness that Leslie could ease if only he'll let her. The sexual tension between Peter and Leslie is off the charts hot and allows for a fun journey and a battle of wills between them. Peter has been attracted to her for a long time but is intimidated by those feelings so he has a tendency to put up an emotional wall when things get too heavy. I found this believable though and didn't hold it against him considering his sad and lonely childhood. The one annoyance amongst an otherwise wonderful storyline is the unexpected appearance of a long-lost relative which came out of the blue and is dropped just as quickly, never to be mentioned again. This event felt unnecessary and out of place with the rest of the plot. Barring that small issue I loved everything about this story, particularly it's mouthwatering hero, and I look forward to the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters were easy to fall in love with. Story gets you from the start, fast and enjoyable read.
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What a great series! It's funny, dramatic, and sexy! Book 3 definitely didn't disappoint!! I hope "the Jolly Green Giant's" story is next!
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