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Throwing Heat (Diamonds and Dugouts Series) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062271488
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: Diamonds and Dugouts Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 20,273
  • File size: 448 KB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Seasons is a Colorado transplant. She lives with her husband and four children along the Front Range, where she enjoys breathtaking views of the mighty Rocky Mountains every day. A dog and two cats keep them company. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family outdoors, exploring her beautiful adopted home state.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    I'm so glad I only paid $1.99 for the nook book of this. I had

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Not my favorite

    ## 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.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Great Main Couple With Sizzling Interactions!

    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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

    I've read all three books in this series and loved them all.   E

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Too Little Too Stupid

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Great series

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    I LOVE this incredible series by Jennifer Seasons. Each book ca

    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 resolution...like 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!

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

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    A nice finish to the series. I have to admit, I love the grand r

    A nice finish to the series. I have to admit, I love the grand romantic gesture at the end. Brought tears to my eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Too much

    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.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    Leslie and Peter were a great couple, you could almost feel the

    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

    Posted January 27, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Enjoyable

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Ok

    I've read this book out of order and I have to admit I wasn't thrilled about it. It was just to slow and drawn out. However, JP was mouthwatering and Sonny's issues drove me crazy. I enjoyed and appreciated that she told a story about a single mom, but her personal issue was always forefront and tedious. CHARLIE, her son was a delight and refreshing.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Great romance books and they bring in past characters for updates.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Avid reader

    Great story! I loved the characters, very snarky and funny with a happy ending. Hope to read more from jennifer seasons , enjoyable writing.

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

           Anticipating their fiery romance, Peter and Leslie come t

           Anticipating their fiery romance, Peter and Leslie come together in a crash, bang, boom that you’ve come to expect in a Seasons’ novel. Having had a brief fling in the past, when Leslie’s apartment is flooded by a plumbing problem, Peter sees this as an opportunity to finally find a way to get with Leslie. Beyond her plumbing problems, Leslie is dealing with financial hardships and trying to get her night club on the map. Peter is facing the end of his career, health problems, and an uncertainty in his future.
          While I enjoyed the romance and the dialogue was very clever, it almost seemed like there was too much story. We have health issues, physical injuries, death, money problems, miscommunication and I honestly felt like I was on a roller coaster part of the time. Great characters but with so many obstacles in their path and not really dealt with, the book was a little ruined for me. I still loved the characters and enjoyed the story, it just felt like too much story in that amount of pages.
           Throwing Heat is a fairly good addition to the Diamonds and Dugouts Series but I wouldn’t recommend it as a read alone for people new to Seasons’ work. Peter and Leslie are fun, witty, and wildly romantic characters but the abundance of problems made the book a little too much work for me as a reader. If you are wanting to start the series, be sure to check out "Stealing Home" and "Playing the Field" first. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Loved the book.

    Characters were easy to fall in love with. Story gets you from the start, fast and enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    LOVE this series!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Great!

    Loving this series!

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    (My best friend Autumn, at Autumn Review, recently visited me.


    (My best friend Autumn, at Autumn Review, recently visited me. Both being big fans of the Diamonds and Dugouts series, we decided to read and review together.)






    We've been pretty excited for Leslie and Peter's book since Stealing Home. Did it live up to your expectations?








    Andrea: It did! I've always thought Leslie was a ton of fun, Peter too. And the chemistry between them was so hot even in the first two books. I just knew Throwing Heat would be great.







    Autumn: I loved it! I love Peter AND Leslie. What did you think of the prologue? I always wondered about how their chemistry originated.












    Andrea: I loved the prologue. I assumed their "beginning" was probably good and it was. I was unprepared for how emotionally vulnerable they both were.








    Autumn: Me too! Leslie has always been portrayed as a confident, no nonsense chick. Peter, the prankster.






    Peter and Leslie had some serious sexual chemistry. How did you feel about the pull and push that seemed to be a theme throughout the book?








    Andrea: Well, there was a lot of push and pull, and not always the fun kind. If you know what I mean.... These two were definitely guarding their hearts, and if we hadn't been shown why, it would have been too frustrating. I think when you take in the insecurities, it's understandable.







    Autumn: Agree. There was a lot of build up. But, I got it and it still got me steamed up a bit.








    Andrea: Ohmygosh, YES! Kowalskin was hot & knew how to treat a lady well. He was dedicated.










    Autumn: He sure was. He was definitely focused on her pleasure.









    You and I are baseball fans. How much did you love the scenes with the players and their games?








    Autumn: You know I have soft spot for baseball players. I love all the guys and I got excited during the game scenes.







    Andrea: Yes! And I'm not ashamed to say I got a tear in my eye and all choked up when the Rush won big.







    Autumn: Me too!!! I had butterflies.








    Autumn: There was a bit of a surprise for Peter later in the book. It's hard to talk about it without revealing spoilers, but I was a bit surprised and curious to see if Seasons plans to finish out the side plot.







    Andrea: Definitely! I would think that there must be more at play there. It was way too big to not be addressed. I guess we shall see...











    Who would you like to see a book about next?

    Autumn: I'm hoping for Paulson. Maybe the cute, bashful, redhead nurse may capture his attention.








    Andrea: Yay! Me too! I'm very curious about him because he's supposedly not attractive, but has a great personality, and gets a ton of tail. I don't think it's just because he's a pro ball player.







    Autumn: He has a magnetic personality I think.



    So...now that we know more about Peter, who's your favorite?


    Andrea: Oh boy, I was just waiting for this question! Okay.... Mark Cutter is my #1 because he has a super dirty mouth and dark blond hair. Next would be Peter, then JP. You?






    Autumn: Peter is my top pick. He has a little rough to him, but he's also a deep thinker. Plus...he loves to read and wears glasses! Then, I'd say Mark, JP and I'd add Paulson in lady because he makes me giggle with his afro.






    Andrea: Agreed! And don't forget the epic chest hair.








    Autumn: Green afro's and chest hair








    Andrea: GREEN GIANT!









    So, I think it's safe to say we both enjoy the series and look want it to continue?







    Andrea: I would love for it to continue. Here's hoping.







    Autumn: This book was my favorite in the series so far. I'm looking forward to more. Although I think Peter will always be my favorite.







    Andrea: Peter will be hard to top. If the series is over, his and Leslie's story is a great way to end it.









    Describe Throwing Heat in five words?








    Andrea: Sweet, Funny, Sad, Sexy, and Romantic







    Autumn: Exciting, sexy, frustrating, sweet, promising










    Andrea: Nailed it! I'm really happy we read this series and that we read Throwing Heat together.








    Autumn: Me too! Cheers!





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