Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle

by Katie Rose

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Katie Rose’s Bad Boys of Baseball series returns for a delicious double-header—with the story of total opposites who are drawn to each other like moths to a flame.
Nikki Case is no fan of baseball. Her ex gambled away a fortune on the sport, and now her PR firm has tasked her with cleaning up the league’s most notorious bad boys. The New Jersey Sonics are known for wild womanizing and booze-fueled brawls, so Nikki expects the worst. Her first stop in the battle to win hearts and minds is star hitter Jake Baldwin—a legendary ladies man so smokin’ he threatens to melt her tough-girl armor.

Although his teammates prank her without mercy, Jake admires the way Nikki gives as good as she gets. She may be the queen of frost, but there’s kindling beneath those sultry curves—and he’s just the man to ignite it. But when a PR nightmare lands the Sonics in headlines across the country, Nikki is ready to walk. Only then does Jake realize how important she is to the Sonics’ success—and that winning the love of a good woman is no game.

Praise for Too Hot to Handle

“Rose knocks this one out of the park. This enjoyable sequel (after Bring on the Heat) will be a quick, fun read for all romance lovers.”Library Journal

Too Hot to Handle will keep readers in the mood until the first pitch is thrown on Opening Day.”Heroes and Heartbreakers

“Katie Rose scores a home run with a hero who’s Too Hot to Handle!”New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips

“I loved it! With a buttoned-up heroine and a too-hot-for-his-own-good hero, Katie Rose creates a charming love story that’s equal parts sweet and sexy.”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne

Too Hot to Handle makes for a sizzling escape.”USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly

“A thoroughly enjoyable read . . . If you’re after some fun and surprises, this is a definite for you.”—Turner’s Antics

“I adore this series and I can’t wait to see which of the boys gets the next book in the series. For her contemporary romance debut, Katie has a surefire winner on her hands.”—Crystal Blogs Books

“I am loving this series so far. I love it when I can fangirl a series from the beginning. That so rarely happens. I loved this book. The angsty bits were just so well done.”—Books Like Breathing

“Rose does an amazing job in creating a story that will leave you wanting more. . . . The characters are witty, sexy and charming, the storyline is brilliant and the romance will sweep you away. . . . I can’t wait for the next one out of this series!”—Underneath the Covers

“I knew this story would be fun, but it was so much more than I expected!”—Fic Central

Too Hot to Handle is a fun and entertaining read with a little bit of romance, heartbreak and heat.”—The Reading Cafe

“A whirlwind love story that leaves you wanting more of both Jake and Nikki. Together. Great light read with just the right touch of heat to it.”—Love Words and Books

“A nice, sweet contemporary read.”—Living to Read

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553390483
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Series: Bad Boys of Baseball , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 187,898
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Katie Rose is the award-winning author of twelve historical, three novellas, and five contemporary romances published under the names Katie Rose and Colleen Quinn. Katie made her contemporary debut in 2014 with a Loveswept baseball romance series entitled Bad Boys of Summer and is now debuting a new series, Hard to Play. Hard to Hold, the first book of the series, will release in September 2016 and features a soccer player and his beautiful nanny. A graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in journalism, Katie is the recipient of the J. Douglas Perry Award, and the Romantic Times Achievement Award. Katie lives on a lake in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.

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Too Hot to Handle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Lara-IT More than 1 year ago
"Too Hot to Handle" it's an enjoyable read with some very °hot°, as the title say it, scenes between the main characters! While the plot is not exactly original in itself, I liked how the author managed the inevitable drama due to Nikki discovering the silly bet Jake made at her expenses...and that's the reason I awarded Katie Rose's book 4 stars instead of 3. Moreover, Nikki and Jake are really hot together!!! ;) At last I'd like to thank the author for giving me the chance of reading her book for free and I hope she appreciates my review.
ahlewis32 More than 1 year ago
Katie Rose delivers a fastball down the middle with the latest in her Boys of Summer Novels. The Trenton Sonics are the bad boys of baseball. Fights, women, and booze are the norm and Jake Baldwin is the leader of the pack. But there’s another side to Jake that the baseball world doesn’t see. He’s a team leader, a kind caring man who takes care of his mother and mentors a young boy from the streets. When the new PR rep is anything but what he expected, Jake finds himself in over his head and loving every minute. Character development is top notch in the book as the reader gets to know Jake and Nikki well through the story. The supporting characters from the team are great and play a huge role in the story without overpowering it and the baseball references are accurate. There are steamy hot scenes and great humor to balance the story out. Katie Rose keeps the story light-hearted and fun with her easy style. You don’t have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy TOO HOT TO HANDLE. It’s book 2 in the Boys of Summer Series and there’s something for everyone. It’s a five star homerun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read--great summer beach reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story-love baseball!
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Book two of the series and like the first book it is excellent... Thoroughly enjoyed Nikki and all she brought to the table as she tried to make the Sonics team into a disciplined cohesive group... And, oh, the job she did on second baseman Jake... The perpetual prankster, bachelor got all that he deserved and then some... A fun read that is very enjoyable...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love a good baseball themed book. She hit the spot on this one. Great read!
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Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. So I had to go back and read my review of Bring on the Heat prior to starting this book because even though I knew I enjoyed it, I couldn’t remember what it was about beyond the baseball aspect. After doing so, I was able to recall details about some of the characters in the book, which helped me as I delved into Too Hot to Handle and even though I didn’t really remember Jake, I was looking forward to another sweet romance. I must admit that while Jake can be quite sweet and caring, the romance between him and Nikki was HOT, not sweet and I’m not complaining one bit. Nikki runs her own PR firm and is considered one of the best in the business for rebranding a person or organization’s image. When she agrees to help rebrand the New Jersey Sonics to get rid of their reputation as one of the league’s bullies and turn them into role models, Nikki has no idea of just how deep into her bag of tricks she’ll have to dig to make this job is a success. Not only is she up against the team’s resentful communications director, she also has to deal with a team full of men who often resort to adolescent pranks and prove more than once that they can throw a tantrum that rivals that of a two-year-old. While I understood Nikki’s frustration, I found myself snorting at the men’s antics more than once. However, her biggest obstacle is protecting her heart from Jake, the team’s playboy who accepts a bet to win her heart so that he can win the bigger locker and bragging rights. As expected, the playboy finds himself falling for the girl and soon forgets all about the bet as he gets to know Nikki. Of course any lover of romance books or movies knows that taking part in such a bet always comes back to bite our Hero on the arse and Jake is no exception.  I absolutely loved Jake and Nikki. I could feel their chemistry coming off the page and the sex scenes were freaking hot … almost too hot to handle (you know I had to go there). Much like Chase did in the first book, Jake also experienced some serious character development, especially in regards to his relationship with his mother and how it was affecting his ability to commit (<= not mommy issues though). And while Ms. Rose let fans of the series catch up with Darcy and Chase, this book is written so that it stands on its own. My only disappointment with Too Hot to Handle is that we didn’t get to see John get his comeuppance – hopefully that’ll happen sooner rather than later. I have added yet another book to my reread shelf and the wait now begins for Ms. Rose to release the next book in The Boys of Summer series.   ~ Wicked Reads Review Team ~
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
One bad boy to read about is a sweet deal. A whole team? Yeah, that makes for a whole lot of interesting. Meet Jake Baldwin. Ladies' man. Player. Bad boy. Whatever you want to call him, his public persona is it. But underneath that bad-ass, love-'em-and-leave-'em facade is a heart of gold. His team's a mess, as made obvious by the opening chapter. I was shocked into silence when I read that scene. I mean, grown women were rolling around on the floor throwing punches at each other over him! I read that chapter twice to make sure I was reading right, and then I thought, "Holy crap! That did not just happen!" But it did. Sadly, it's that kind of...attention that Jake and his teammates attract whenever they're out and about. Could they change? Um... I was doubtful. None of them seemed particularly interested in changing their habits, but they would have to. Management was fed up with their antics; change was happening whether the team liked it or not. Enter Nikki Case. She's a PR dream, successful at what she does, and she doesn't take crap from anyone. Unfortunately, Nikki and baseball go together like a red thong being washed with white t-shirts. She has a job to do and I had to admire her determination in changing the Sonics around despite her contempt for the sport. In baseball, you have a chance to square off against the team that beat you. You can have a repeat of the game before or you can learn from your mistakes and send them packing. Unfortunately, love isn't like baseball. Hearts aren't so easily mended. One wrong move and the person leaving might not come back. I don't know if I would agree with that saying that love is a game. A game usually has one winner. Love demands that both parties win. There are compromises that have to be made, understandings that have to be reached, but the ultimate goal is to love hard and love together. Jake's mistake of accepting his team's bet at the beginning could have resulted in a tremendous loss for him. Nikki could have refused him in the end, told him to go to hell, left him watching her walk away for the last time. That's a lot of could haves, lol. Forgiveness is an amazing thing, and understanding is an even more extraordinary thing. It took both from both for their happy ending to work out. And you know what? I'm glad they had to do both to get what their hearts wanted. It made their love even more beautiful to see. Heartwarming, amusing, and thought provoking. This story showed how a public persona doesn't always match the heart beating within, and how a broken heart can be made whole with the love of the right person. ***Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours and Penguin Random House for an honest review***
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I love sports-themed romances and add to that a hot baseball bad boy and I was sold.  Jake is the "hot baseball bad boy," and quite the ladies man, not to mention a great player and a leader on the team.  Nikki Case is a PR specialist and has been hired to help improve the teams not so stellar reputation.  The team doesn't like changes, which proves to be quite the challenge for Nikki, especially when they continue to prank her.  To her credit, she takes it like a trooper and knows how to dish out as much as she gets, taking everything in stride.  Jake is quite taken with Nikki and is determined to have her, only he begins to discover he wants more than to just get in her pants.  Nikki on the other hand has been burned by her past and has sworn off sports players altogether, despite the wake Jake makes her melt every time he's close.  Too Hot to Handle is a fun, entertaining, and sexy story, one that I found to be quite enjoyable with just the right amount of hot romance, humor, plus a good story that captures your attention.  This is my first book by Katie rose and I enjoyed her writing style and was able to connect with the characters easily, and will definitely be reading more from her in the future.  If you're a contemporary romance fan, especially a fan of sports-themed romances, then Too Hot to Handle is definitely a book you will want to pick up.
psee More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars This is Rose's second book in the Boys of Summer series. Although I didn't read the first book in the series about Chase who is the Sonics pitcher, I was able to easily get into Jake's story. Jake is the short stop for the sonics and he is their golden boy. Aside from him and maybe Chase, this team has a horrible reputation despite making it to the world series the year prior. Management wants to change that so enter Nikki, young sweet PR star who is going to turn this team around. She is a real ball buster and the guys are not thrilled. Jake has taken notice of Nikki early on and so he has no issue taking a bet that he cannot only get Nikki into his bed but he can make her fall for him. The problem is along the way Jake really starts to fall for Nikki and he cannot wait to make things official. Nikki isn't sure how she feels about dating him. She is technically working for the team and Jake does have a really bad reputation. Just when everything is coming around the rug is pulled out from under Nikki and Jake's relationship. Not only does it affect them but it affects the team and everything everyone has worked for is in jeopardy on and off the field. This story was enjoyable. While I was hoping for a home run with the story it really was more like a triple, so close but not quite there. I did love the side story of Jake and the young boy, I just wasn't sure why he couldn't let Nikki be part of that. Ultimately we get the HEA but I just had hoped for more. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! I had a great time reading this book. I love baseball and any book that features baseball players immediately appeals to me. This was a nice light romance with very likable characters. This is the second book in the Boys of Summer series but it reads just fine as a stand alone novel. I haven't read the previous book in the series and didn't feel like I was missing anything in this story. This story focuses on Nikki and Jake. Nikki is the new PR person for the New Jersey Sonics and she seems more a little uptight. She has been tasked with cleaning up the teams image and hopefully improving ticket sales. She has her work cut out for her with this rough group of ball players. She immediately puts some rules in place to help this team achieve an All-American image. Jake is the shortstop for the Sonics and one of the star players on the teams. He has a reputation as a player and ladies man. After making a bet with some of his teammates, Jake sets his sights on Nikki. We soon learn that Nikki isn't quite as uptight as she first appears and Jake has a whole other side that nobody really sees. The chemistry between the pair grows as they spend increasing amounts of time together. I really liked Jake a lot in this story. He ended up being suck a nice guy who didn't seek any kind of reward for any of his good deeds. The story was a bit predictable but that didn't take anything away from the enjoyment of the story. A couple of times in the story I felt that the author's word choice felt awkward. Even though a word may have the same meaning as another word, I think that it is important to choose the right word for the story being told. A baseball coach masticating his gum just felt out of place to me. Thankfully, this only occurred a couple of times in the story. In the end, I really enjoyed this romance. I adored the scene at the charity auction and though that the relationship between Jake and Nikki felt completely authentic. I would recommend this book to romance fans that love a sports romance. The baseball team really adds to this story. This is the first book by Katie Rose that I have had a chance to read and I look forward to more in the future. I received a copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--TOO HOT TO HANDLE is the second 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 shortstop  Jake Baldwin and PR representative Nikki Cases’s storyline. Although TOO HOT TO HANDLE is the second in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. The premise follows Nikki’s foray into the world of professional baseball. The New Jersey Sonics are a PR nightmare with womanizing players and drunken brawls. Nikki’s latest assignment is to clean up the players; present a more professional team; and work magic with the media. What Nikki never expected was to fall in love with the team’s resident bad boy Jake Baldwin-an all star hitter with a reputation with the ladies. The relationship between Jake and Nikki begins on a dare. Jake’s teammates bet that he can’t seduce the uptight and professional Nikki Case into bed, and Jake is more than willing to prove them wrong.  While the other players watch from the sidelines, Jake persuades Nikki to give him a chance. When Nikki accepts, all bets are off when Jake begins to fall for the team’s new PR representative. The love scenes are erotic, passionate and electric. The secondary and supporting characters include all of The New Jersey Sonics including Darcy and Chase from book one-BRING ON THE HEAT; team management; Nikki’s sister Natalie; and a young Hispanic boy named Joaquin whose life will become entangled with the all star player. The world building continues to pull the reader onto the outfield, behind the bench and into the bedrooms of The New Jersey Sonics. TOO HOT TO HANDLE is a fun and entertaining read with a little bit of romance, heartbreak and heat. The quick resolution to a particular plot point between Nikki and Jake was a little abrupt; too quick to settle. I wanted a little more in depth groveling from Jake. When the truth was revealed Jake basically threw up his hands in defeat and walked away-he didn’t need the crap and wasn’t going to beg for forgiveness but in the end, that is exactly what he needed to do. There is a slight ‘Bull Durham’ feel to the series-give it a try-you will see what I mean.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Too Hot To Handle by Katie Rose is the second book in her series entitled The Boys of Summer. Each book focuses upon one of the players from the New Jersey Sonics, a professional baseball team that is a little rough around the edges. The two main characters of this story are Nikki Case, a public relations guru and Jake Baldwin, the shortstop for the Sonics. Most recently the Sonics have gotten some bad press, due to their poor behavior both on and off the field. So Nikki has been brought in by upper management to turn the image of the team around. Jake is a playboy and is accustomed to having women fawning all over him. As a result, his womanizing ways sometimes ends up in the papers. Right off the bat (no pun intended), Nikki and Jake are attracted to each other, which Jake never believed could happen. The team really doesn't like Nikki or any of the changes she is making. As a result, they pull some pranks, which she ends up taking in stride. However, the biggest prank of them all, which cannot be overlooked, is a bet Jake makes with another teammate about getting Nikki to fall for him. I liked this story, but found it to be very predictable and a little lackluster. Jack and Nikki make a great couple and Ms. Rose does a nice job of evolving their relationship, especially with the many hiccups that happen along the way. Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
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.
CJ37 More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC copy for a honest review. I really enjoyed reading it. A baseball theme storyline that was fast-paced,light,fun and a sexy read. It was like reading a romantic comedy. Loved the characters. Jake is a ladies man and too sexy for his own good but has a heart of gold when it comes to family,friends and his teammates. Nikki is a serious and uptight PR woman sent to clean up the baseball teams appearance. Can you say pranks and resistance? Loved their interaction and chemistry. This book is the type that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy not an emotional wreak after reading. Would recommend
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Too Hot to Handle, The Boys of Summer, Katie Rose. Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Despite not being a sports lover I’ve read some fun baseball reads, although it's not a common sport here in the UK. This novel was fun but I couldn't really relate well to either lead character, and I need to do that to really get into the story. Nikki was the new PR rep for the Sonics, a baseball team suffering from image problems. I did feel for her attempts at first when the team were so anti whatever she suggested, and not working with her. You’d think they’d want to improve their chances of success, but they were still just acting like juvenile schoolboys, being horribly negative and treating her like a spoilsport parent.  She was good at her job and I liked her approach, especially the barbers in bikinis! Despite some of her approaches having a positive response though the team as a whole were still working against her, and I think if I was here I’d have said to them “ do you want to succeed or not?”, and make them see how badly they were harming their careers. Jake was one of their star players and the team tended to follow his lead. He was attracted to Nikki, but she was a more serious type and he’s the total opposite, the fun loving playboy type, different girl every time, and with his own set of groupies who follow him around hoping for a night with him. Nikki is attracted to him, but doesn’t want to get involved with a man who she knows will drop her soon as someone better comes along. Jake works on her though and slowly wears her down. I loved the heat when they were together, that was very realistic feeling and showed a different side to Jake than the public one everyone knew, and when it all went wrong I was saddened for her and for him. He needed to think about what he really wanted and the advice his caoch gave was spot on. It's too easy to lose sight of what's really important, to miss that chance and never get another. Poor Nikki though, after hearing that she must have felt awful, humiliated, devastated and be lost as to what to do next. I do like a scene like that, especially when it's drawn out the way it was here, not quickly over as so often happens. For example page xx2 the breakup – page xx4 they're together again – that happens too often and the drama loses impact, but treated as it is here its reaches full potential, and that part of the book worked well for me.  Overall though I didn’t really get to feel “into” the story, to really feel part of it and not just an onlooker. I could see the  attraction starting, but didn’t feel it was inevitable, that Nikki just couldn’t stand out and they seemed to get together so quickly considering her stance on not getting involved. I thought he’d need to work harder. Stars: Three – it was a good story, well written but just didn’t make a solid connection for me. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
matiah More than 1 year ago
Imagine the movie Major League mixed with the sexiness of Bull Durham, but in print, and you have the latest installment by Katie Rose.  Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose is the second book in the Boys of Summer Series.  While this is the second book, you need not fear.  You do not need to read the first book in order to follow the happenings these hot baseball players.   Jake Baldwin is a major player in more way than one.  He's the heart of the team and has a different woman in his bed every night.  But Jake and his fellow teammates have been very, very bad little boys. Drunken brawls, womanizing, and bad press has caused management to hire some outside help to clean up the boys' image. Enter Nikki Case. Nikki is a PR guru and determined to whip these boys into shape.  However, the new team is not so accepting of her new rules.  In addition to blatant disregard of her rules and numerous practical jokes, the boys make playboy Jake Baldwin a bet. He has to get Nikki Case to fall in love with him or forfeit his coveted jersey number.   I won't elaborate any further, I'm sure you can guess what happens next. While the story is a bit predictable I did enjoy the book.  The baseball setting was nice.  Something about pretty boys in tight stretchy pants makes me a happy girl.  Also, it gave you a chance to see the depth of one of the main characters.  I found Rose's writing style flowed nicely and was easy to read.  If you are looking for a fun read with sports kicker then I definitely recommend Too Hot to Handle.   Overall, I really enjoyed the book and will check out the next book in the series.  
SarahSmith More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is my second book by Katie Rose, and second book in her Boys of Summer series. This was a cute quick read just like the first and I found myself rooting for Nikki and Jake a lot in this series and hope to hear about them more in the rest of the series.
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