Blurb: Katie Rose’s Boys of Summer series returns for a delicious double-header—with the story of total opposites who are drawn to each other like moths to a flame.
Although his teammates prank her without mercy, Jake admires the way Nikki gives as good as she gets. She may be the queen of frost, but there’s kindling beneath those sultry curves—and he’s just the man to ignite it. But when a PR nightmare lands the Sonics in headlines across the country, Nikki is ready to walk. Only then does Jake realize how important she is to the Sonics’ success—and that winning the love of a good woman is no game.
Nikki rubbed her palms together. It seemed as if her hand continued to burn from the contact with the shortstop. Examining the tender skin, she almost expected to see a red mark where her flesh had touched his. Frowning, she recalled that her breath had literally stopped when his eyes dove into hers, and she could still feel the rush of electricity that had sparked between them at that casual encounter.
This was bad. Really bad. Jake Baldwin had a reputation as big as his ego. Her assistant had done a few Google searches before she’d come out here, and in every article about the Sonics, he was described the same way: Player. Party boy. Flirt.
The last thing she needed was a physical attraction to a guy who embodied everything she was determined to avoid.
Baseball wasn’t exactly her cup of tea to begin with. She was being paid to babysit a bunch of “millionaires on steroids,” as Bill Maher would say, who played games for a living and thought the world started and stopped based on their every whim. While that was true of most celebrity athletes, she had a more personal reason to hate baseball in particular.
Jack Case was a gambler. She didn’t know it when she met him, and only found out later when the phone calls began and the threatening pink notices started showing up in the mail. She tried reasoning with him at first, then counseling, finally even going to his parents, but nothing changed. He was addicted to sports betting, baseball in particular, and he accused her of mothering him when she tried to help. She realized the extent of his problem only when the lien against the house exceeded its value and the taxes on their business, a little pet shop, were delinquent.
Thankfully, she was able to leverage her degree and get a position in public relations. It had taken her a year to get out of debt, but she had finally succeeded. And she was good at her job, damned good. She learned quickly that she was in this business to make money, not friends. The pace was frenetic, the decisions difficult, the selling endless. Yet she loved it, and Nikki swore she would never blindly trust a man again or let down her guard.
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Author Bio: Award-winning historical author Katie Rose makes her contemporary debut with the Boys of Summer novels, Bring on the Heat and Too Hot to Handle, which combine Katie’s true loves: baseball and romance! When not watching baseball, Katie is at her lake house in New Jersey, hard at work on her next book.
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