I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Boys of Summer Series #1
Published by Random House Publishing Group on 2014-08-26
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
In Katie Rose’s irresistible battle of wits, a case of mistaken identity lands a female fan in bed with a sexy superstar—and in major-league trouble. House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball fan, Darcy has always dreamed of meeting the team—especially the starting pitcher whose body is as hot as his fastball. But there’s a catch. The gala is by invitation only. To get behind the velvet rope, mild-mannered Darcy will have to pose as party girl Lydia Logan. Schmoozing is one of the downsides of fame, but Chase Westbrook knows how to liven up even the dullest event. And nothing spices a night up more than a beautiful socialite with a naughty reputation. What Chase doesn’t expect is a hint of sweetness beneath her sultry façade. Flirtation turns to seduction and leaves him aching for more. Chase just doesn’t know who the real Lydia is: the spoiled tease crying foul over some missing diamonds or the alluring woman making a play for his heart. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of sports romance, so when I saw Bring On the Heat on Netgalley? I couldn’t wait to read it!! But then I did something bad – I looked at the reviews on Goodreads. I normally avoid GR so I can make my own opinions about a book, but this time I looked. And the things I read didn’t sound to promising. (But as you can see, I gave this book 3.5 stars, so I disagree!)
I loved Darcy! When her boss (a Paris Hilton type heiress) gives her access to her closet and an invitation to a charity event where her favorite baseball team is going to be, Darcy goes all out! And once she is there, people mistake her for her boss – she tries to set them straight, but no one listens. Then through a series of events, she ends up keeping up the charade for several weeks – well into a relationship with the drool worthy Chase!
My one and only complaint about this book is a lack of character development. We don’t know much about Chase’s background, or Darcy’s for that matter either. We really only know about their “now”. We know Darcy is an assistant to the rich and famous Lydia, and that she feels bad about her lies. We also know that she has a baseball from Chase’s team that she’s had since she was a kid. But that’s about it. Luckily, the romance is so sweet, and her conflict over lying about her identity keeps the story moving well.
Bring On The Heat was a fun, quick read that has just enough baseball to keep it in the genre, but not so much that you lose readers who don’t live and breath sports!