*I received a free copy of The Heat Is On from Loveswept via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: The Boys of Summer #4
Published by Loveswept on 5 January 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
The Heat Is On is one of the sweetest second chance at love romances I have read! Tracy and Connor were both very tentative, for different, but obvious reasons. I loved meeting the baseball players from Sonics again, and the way Tracy and Connor dealt with adversity.
I think what made The Heat Is On so irresistible to me was the fact that Tracy had four very young children, and while Connor was taken aback when he first found out, he didn’t let that hinder him in his quest to win Tracy back. And those kids were just so cute, too – even if it was definitely a lot for Tracy to take care of them, especially because her creepy ex didn’t always pay allowance on time. The trip back to The Sonics was great, too, I loved how Connor took on a leadership role to help the team be the best it could be!
Of course, there were some set-backs in the relationship between Tracy and Connor, both because Tracy got some bad advice from a school advisor about her oldest son, Mason, and because her ex kept threatening to take the kids away from her if she had a relationship with Connor. Their feelings for each other were strong enough to get through a lot, though, and that made my heart swoon more than once!
Another think I loved about The Heat Is On was that both Connor and Tracy were in their thirties, I have a thing for more mature main characters, especially when they show me that they are still both playful and sexy. This whole series has been a blast to read, and I can’t help but hope there will be more books about the Sonics baseball team – those guys certainly bring it, and the ladies in their lives are amazing as well.
But Connor didn’t care. Even when a woman dressed in head-to-toe spandex pushed him out of the way to get her bag, he had to smile. This was, after all, Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Shove. And it was real.
As he walked into the gleaming designer kitchen and tossed his keys on the quartz countertop, he made up his mind. Not only would he do everything he could to help the Sonics go all the way this year, but he was getting back his girl.
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