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The Heat is On!

The Heat is On (Sonic Baseball Series) by Katie Rose

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Overview by Netgalley:

When veteran catcher Connor Jackson gets traded to the New Jersey Sonics, he welcomes the opportunity to possibly cap his career with a World Series ring in his home state. But there’s another reason Connor is glad things have come full circle. In pursuit of hardball glory, he left behind his college sweetheart, the one girl he could never forget. Seeing her again stirs up long-lost desires . . . and this time, he’s determined not to strike out.

A divorced mother of four, Tracy Coleman no longer aspires to gossip-mag glam—but she’ll make an exception for a date with Connor. Their chemistry is hotter than ever, and being alone with him is more seductive than she anticipated. Who could blame her for leaving out a little detail like the kids? Now all she has to do is come clean and convince the man of her dreams that they—Connor, Tracy, and her children—have a future together.

I am really loving this series by Katie Rose. The Sonics are an upcoming and coming baseball team from New Jersey and each book in the series has featured hot, talented and caring men that find the perfect woman.

I am such a sucker for the reunited lovers trope. Tracey and Connor were college sweethearts whose relationship ended when his baseball career took off. We don’t get the post mortem of how things ended, however it doesn’t really matter because things are back on!

Connor is at the end of his career and is home for his final season. He is contemplating life and what he wants now. Tracey has ended her marriage and is now a single mother of four little ones. Her ex-husband is such a douche that it made me mad to read about him.

Once Connor gets back in New Jersey, he meets up with Tracey. I loved the shock he got when he met all four kids. Things between Tracey and Connor are hot and heavy, but she comes with more than just a failed marriage.

I found this book to be great! I really liked how Tracey’s life was so normal – carpool, trips to the park and babysitters. It really is out of this world that Connor is back and his life is just so exciting. It was enjoyable how realistic the author made the story. Tracey fretted about the impact of her relationship on her children and their needs were first. Anyone who has ever had a newborn or toddler will laugh at some of the love scenes (which are really hot) when they have to be quiet so as not to wake the children. That amazing time when kids go to bed and you get to do all the adult things you have put on hold – Katie Rose manages to accurately capture the reality and still make it sexy!

If you are into baseball players and like to read about the dynamics of the team, as well as a sweet and sexy romance, then add this one to your list!

The Final Move

The Final Move (A Hometown Hockey Players Novel) by Victoria Denault

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Overview:

Hockey legend Devin Garrison thought he blew his shot. But his relationship with Callie Caplan just went into overtime.

Sexy, rich, and one of the biggest stars in the NHL, Devin Garrison has always been the one who had it all. That is until his marriage falls apart and he realizes he has to start over. If he’s honest, there has only been one woman who ever really excited him-Callie Caplan. They shared a night that was hotter than the late-summer sun, but in an instant-Callie was gone, pretending it never happened.

Callie Caplan isn’t the wild child people think she is. It’s true she’s avoided relationships, but only because she’s seen how crazy love can be. And her messy, imperfect life is crazy enough without opening her heart to a man-even one as picture perfect as Devin. But when fate brings them back together-just as they need each other most-Devin is determined to convince Callie that what she’s feeling is real. And this final play may be their chance at forever . . .

I love hockey contemporary romance books!  I love this series!

What is so great is that the author really understands hockey and the culture around it.  I recently reviewed a hockey book and commented that Hockey Wives is my new reality show guilty pleasure.  In some respects, this book reminded me of watching an episode.

We have met the other characters in previous books, so it was time for Callie and Devin to get their story told.  Devin’s marriage has imploded and sexy Callie is there to help him pick up the pieces.

I was SO worried that Callie would just be a rebound for Devin, but nope, these two have a history and it makes for a great story.

Callie is like the guy in the book.  Totally commitment phobic, one night stand champion and never serious.  Devin couldn’t wait to settle down and get married with a kid.  Devin is the golden boy of the Garrison gang.  He signed to the NHL first, got the million dollar contracts and the Stanley Cup. He’s struggling particularly hard with the breakdown of his marriage because it’s a failure and he hasn’t experienced that a lot in his life.  I really liked this plot point.  It’s so easy to just write about the golden boy and keep things surface level, but the author really delves into both his and Callie’s fears and emotions.

What was so great about these two was that you realized that they should have been together all along.  Devin’s marriage wasn’t a mistake, but Callie is really the one to set his blood and heart on fire.  However, a girl like Callie isn’t giving in without a serious ass kicking.  This isn’t just an easy-peasy romance.  There were times reading this (on a plane ride today) that I wanted to yell in frustration and kick her!  He’s sexy, has a huge dick and he’s a great guy – what is the problem??

Overall, this is a really fun hockey story that goes deeper than you would expect.  The character development is fantastic.  The hockey scenes were a little less than I would have liked, but we do get one really good fight.  Checking in with the other couples in the series was a terrific addition.  If you are a hockey fan, definitely check out this series!

 

Ryker: A Cold Fury Novel

Ryker (A Cold Fury Novel) by Sawyer Bennett

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Overview by Amazon:
The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.

I really love the sports genre.  I read a review of the recent RWA conference and the themes that were emerging from the romance industry.  One of them was more sports books, particularly hockey.  I have read a couple by Charlene Groome and I was thrilled to find this book on Netgalley.  As a Canadian, hockey is in our blood and a slick hockey player is practically the national poster guy.

What I liked most about this book was the lead character Gray.  She is such a strong character.  She is a genius and has been named the first female general manager of a national hockey team.  She definitely has her work cut out for her and I loved seeing the inner running of the organization.  Her intelligence was such a turn on and I loved that she wasn’t the typical ‘puck bunny’.

Let’s not forget Ryker.  He’s pretty awesome too!  It’s rare that we see single parents in this type of book, but Ryker is raising his two little girls after a messy separation from his wife.  He’s an older player and the star goalie of the team and the league.

The conflict comes from the fact that Ryker is a player and Gray is the GM.  While Gray is conscious to remain out of the coaching decisions, it still creates a big problem.  She has to prove herself to the team, her father, the media, the fans and herself.  It’s that tension between giving up a dream for love.

The sneaking around that the two do is quite hot and steamy.  Ryker challenges the typical athlete image by telling Gray that he doesn’t do hook ups and that if she gets with him, it will definitely be more.  Usually it is the woman asking or demanding this and I kind of loved that it was Ryker.  He’s six plus feet of hot man and he can’t keep his hands off of Gray.  I adored how they had clandestine meetings in her office and snuck around the hotels on road trips.

Overall, Ryker is just a great guy.  There is really nothing to not like about him.  He’s a great father, strong hockey player and a fantastic lover.  The conflict isn’t between the two making it as a couple, but rather the firestorm going public with their relationship would cause.  I really liked how the author handled this conflict – it was surprising and sweet.  A great way to end a well developed and interesting story.

If you are a fan of the sports genre, then add this book to your list!

Check out the book here.