The Heat Is On (Bad Boys of Baseball #4)

img_4529Author: Katie Rose

Publisher: Loveswept 

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Provided by Publisher 


Blurb: 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.
Review: This sports themed romance has very little to do with sports and much more to do with the game of love. It’s really a rosy, soft-shoe dance of a romance, with only a little drama in it– which is great, because I find I’m a little filled up with the angsty right now, personally and with my reading choices. It’s nice to catch a break!

Tracy married a man who joined the military and then apparently only came home long enough to impregnate her before leaving again. However, he’s a cutout character in the plot so just imagine pitiful and inauthentic. She’s got four kids under the age of six she’s taking care of while working at home doing medical transcriptions. Her child custody payments are spotty at best and she really depends on them. Her divorce had come about when she’d found out her husband had not only been cheating on her but had actually started another family–hello, crazy! So she’s handling EVERYTHING on a shoestring budget. And if you ask me, her mom’s kind of a bitch about it.

Connor is finally ready to have the life he sacrificed in college, and he’s hoping Tracy is willing to play along. He’d given up their chance in college and left her to give everything to baseball, but he’s ready to retire now and have the woman he loved then back in his life. And if his Facebook stalking is correct, she’s divorced now, maybe with one kid? So moving back home is part of a two pronged attack–get home and get the girl.

When Tracy meets him, she’s stunned that the feelings are still there–but she also remembers he left her in college. Certainly a famous athlete with women throwing themselves at him all the time wouldn’t be interested in a mother of four–unless he doesn’t know she’s the mother of four?

Thus starts the weirdest dating strategy known to book readerdom–meet him and keep the kids from him, like in a Yours, Mine, and Ours kind of way. Bizarre but cute. It’s great having an inside seat in Connors head, knowing ahead of time he intends to get with her and start his future. Unfortunately for Tracy, she doesn’t share that same advantage and is left always wondering if he’s going to leave her again; and this time, she’ll have to worry about her children’s feelings as well.

I liked this book. No muss, very little fuss. You knew he liked her, they got to business pretty fast; and of course, cute kid cameos. Best friend Jillian, several couples as backdrop that were obviously series books before this one that I can read since I liked the world Ms. Rose built. These are the books that drive the romance industry and keep me going on. Thanks!

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