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Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis
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Feb 05, 10

bookshelves: contemporary-romance, sports-romance, 2010_reads
Recommended for: Fans of contemporaries; fans of sports romances
Read from February 02 to 05, 2010

This was a fun, sexy read, loaded with sexual tension, and with enough backstory on the very likable characters to make everything believable. If you've read the previous book in the series (Double Play), you'll love this one. And if you're a baseball fan, you'll enjoy it even more.

Thirty-two year old heartthrob Wade O'Riley is the star catcher of the MLB Pacific Heat. He's a bit of a happy go lucky, free-spirited ladies' man. When a stalkerific fan of the team wrongly accuses him of being the father of her love child, management and the team's corporate sponsors are not amused. They want Wade to clean up his act, and to make it look like he has a stable love life and to clean up his image, they devise a plan. They decide that the team's publicist (and owner's daughter), Samantha McNead, become his "pretend" girlfriend for a month. If it looks like Wade has a steady girl, then he won't come off as such a party animal, and the sponsors will be happy.

Hard working 29 year old Samantha's all for doing her job, but pretending to be Wade's girlfriend is going to be a tough assignment. She's known Wade for four years, and has had a secret crush on him for a while. And while it may look like these opposites (she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, he was working class and often lived hand-to-mouth) get along like oil and water, it's really just sexual tension. That tension was eased somewhat when the two were trapped in a stalled elevator a year ago, and ended up having a liquor-fueled sexual tryst. If they are now forced to "pretend' to be lovers, will it soon become a reality? Wade has always been a 'player', never committting to anything in his life other than a good time. Will Sam do something as foolish as giving her heart to someone who cannot reciprocate?

I really enjoyed this one. It had everything I like in a good contemporary story--fast pace, good, strong character development, and a believable plot. And loaded with heat between the H/h. And the good thing is, unlike Double Play, you don't have to wait too long for the love scenes, which were verrry steamy and took place in some unusual places. And just when things were moving along very nicely and I was wondering where JS was taking the reader next, she threw in a couple of curveballs by introducing Sam's unwanted 10 year old nephew to the story, as well as Wade's troublesome (but kind of funny) alcoholic father. These two characters and their troubles really helped to cement the relationship between Wade and Sam, making it an emotional as well as physical relationship.

So, readers looking for a fun, often humorous, sexy read, should enjoy this one. It was all set to earn a 4 1/2 rating from me, but then JS did the unthinkable and left a big old cliffhanger, with no epilogue! Grrr! I hate that. Hopefully she'll make up for that glaring error in the next book. 4 stars.
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Reading Progress

02/02/2010 page 1
02/03/2010 page 66
20.95% "Some nice sexual tension in this one..."
02/03/2010 page 110
34.92% "Enjoyable so far..."
02/05/2010 page 336
100% "Sweet and sexy--but where's the epilogue?! Review coming..." 7 comments
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message 1: by Rane (new)

Rane Great Review Auntee...I could stare at that cover all day.....

Shawna Great review, Auntee! That's disappointing though about the cliffhanger ending and no epilogue. I'm thinking now that maybe I should wait to read it closer to the release of the next book?!

Auntee I should revise that--it wasn't a total cliffhanger--the ILYs were said, but then that was it--the rest was left to the imagination. This book really, really needed a nice little epilogue.

Auntee Thanks Rane--it is a mighty fine cover...:)

message 5: by Kathrynn (new)

Kathrynn Nasty cliffhanger, eh. Sounds like a neat story. :-)

message 6: by Rossy (new) - added it

Rossy Fantastic revew, Auntee!

message 7: by seton (new)

seton How was the baseball aspects in this book? Still embarassingly bad?

Auntee No, I didn't find any glaring errors. Just one time a loss was mentioned as something like "they lost the game 3 to 4" (or something like that--maybe it was just a typo or some bad editing). And Pace (from the previous book) seemed to be pitching every game.:)

message 9: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Sounds good, but I'm confused! Is this a new baseball series by Shalvis or is it associated with her other baseball series? I'm still (slowly) collecting that one ...

Auntee Tammy, what other baseball series? This is book #2 of the series and book #1 is Double Play. You're not getting this confused with Kate Angell's Richmond Rogues, are you?:)

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