The Heat of the Moment (The Boys of Summer Series) by Katie Rose
Overview by Amazon:
Physical therapist Jessica Hart has learned her lesson: Never date professional athletes. She’s been down that road, and barely recovered after the relationship crashed and burned. Then Jessica meets Gavin King. An All-Star slugger with chiseled good looks, Gavin was traded to the Sonics because he hurt his knee sliding into second, and now his future is in her hands. Gavin’s no bad boy—but he’s tempting enough to make Jessica think twice about all her rules.
Gavin is trying to find a comfortable routine. If he wants his old life back, he must take it easy, stay out of the limelight, and keep his distance from gorgeous redheaded physical therapists. The thing is, Gavin isn’t the kind of guy to sit on his ass and let other people pull his weight. And when he sees something he wants, he can’t help but fight for it, even if it means risking everything, even if it only lasts a single moment: like one kiss from Jessica.
I have been reading a ton of sports contemporary novels lately. It’s a genre I really enjoy. And since the Toronto Blue Jays are doing so well, it seemed appropriate to read a baseball themed book. This is the second book I have read by Katie Rose. Too Hot to Handle was also a very good book.
I often wonder what it is like to be in a relationship with a professional athlete. We all see the images of baseball and basketball players dating celebrities. They live a life that is incomprehensible to the average person. The wealth, the pressure, the lavish lifestyle and the women. There was a tv show on this winter that followed NHL hockey wives and gave a glimpse into what their lives are like. It really didn’t look that glamorous, in fact, it looked quite lonely. So, I could relate to Jessica’s apprehension at dating another baseball player.
This book was a little different than other sports books because Gavin is injured and not playing. His full time job is to be treated by Jessica in the physical therapy room. So, there is no away games for her to worry about and distance between the two is not an issue.
When Gavin arrives in Jersey, he has been let go by his LA team, lost his model girlfriend and is deeply discouraged about his knee injury. Being treated by Jessica does a lot to revive his spirits. I liked that they developed a friendship and that she was tough on him. Even though he is drop dead gorgeous, she doesn’t let him get away with anything.
I really liked the interaction between Gavin and the other baseball players. The Sonics are a young team and the secondary characters in the book brought a lot of context to the story. Revisiting former couples was an added bonus as it lets the reader get caught up in where they are in their lives.
Jessica struggles with being enough for Gavin in this book. Is she pretty enough? Does she have the ability to keep him once his injury heals and he doesn’t need her to be his cheerleader? Normally, I would be extremely turned off by this type of insecurity – although it was very realistically presented. But Jessica had been badly burned by her ex boyfriend who happened to be a ball player as well. It was more of Jessica’s hurt making her doubt Gavin’s intentions.
But she really shouldn’t have doubted him. He was totally into her. From hanging out with her brother to meeting the parents, Gavin made no bones about the fact that he was into Jessica. I think I liked him more than other sports figures I have read about because he was so upfront. He didn’t play games and he had great intentions. The sweet things he did like bringing her flowers to the personal baseball card were just so sweet that it was really hard not to melt!
The action between the two gets going quickly as Jessica jumps him one day in the PT room. The passion between the two was really hot! It just made me like Gavin more that he was so focused on seeing to Jessica’s every need – in the bedroom and out of it!
If you are into the sports genre, than Katie Rose is an author you need to check out!