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Bring on the Heat

(The Boys of Summer #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  153 reviews
In Katie Rose’s irresistible battle of wits, a case of mistaken identity lands a female fan in bed with a sexy superstar—and in major-league trouble.

House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Loveswept (first published January 1st 2014)
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Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This is a romance which really requires you to put aside any qualms you have about realism in romance novels.

Darcy is a housesitter who impersonates the socialite Lydia Logan. Whilst pretending to be Lydia, Darcy successfully gets Chase the baseball star to fall in love with her (the fake Lydia). Real Lydia turns up and ruins the ruse at which time Darcy runs off ashamed and heartbroken and Chase starts sleeping with real Lydia. Yup
Lyndy Ann ♫
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
A case of mistaken identity for one night turns into weeks of being someone else just for a pair of diamond earrings.

Darcy Hamilton love's baseball and her team the Sonics and her favourite player pitcher Chase Westbrook is her dream man. She is a house sitter for the heiress Lydia Logan party girl when Lydia gets an invite to a charity event for the Sonics she cannot be bothered and gives Darcy the invite and telling her to pick a dress from her closet. Lydia disappears to Dubai so Darcy goes t
Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Bring on the Heat is the first book in Katie Rose’s The Boys of Summer series. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a Katie Rose novel before, I’d have to double check my GR shelf to make sure, but the name isn’t familiar to me. This was a book I went into completely blind. I didn’t even read the synopsis for it. Mainly it was a, “I should really read the other two books in the series before I read the ARC I have of the third book.” So that’s how this one came about.

I was happily surprised and complet
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
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A sweet romance, in which the suspension of disbelief is definitely needed. I enjoyed Darcy a lot, and Chase was a good character as well.

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I wanted to like this book so badly! I love baseball, seriously love baseball. I'm that girl who will sit at home watching the Boston Red Sox every day they play and be blissfully happy doing it. So mixing of my favorite past time and a romance book, well that is a recipe for happiness. Unfortunately it just didn't pan out for me.

I know a lot of people have issues with the whole mistaken identity thing, but I am not
Bette Hansen
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book! I understand this is the first contemporary for this author, and she nailed it! Very well written with great characters, humor, sexy scenes, and romance. Oh and smoking hot baseball players!! It's a story of mistaken identity and hero worship that turns into something real. Great read I highly recommend.
Karina Ramirez
3 Stars

Darcy lucks out and lands a job house sitting for Lydia a socialite and heiress while she's away. In the meantime Lydia lets Darcy go to a charity party for her and pretend to be her. While there Darcy runs into Chase, super hot playboy starting pitcher for the Sonics. Chase is preparing to sign the deal of his life with none other than the Yankees, and being that Lydia's grandfather has a big part in the organization Chase sees this as a win-win opportunity for him.

Here's where it start
Oct 23, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley

~ARC kindly provided by publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.~
2.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Darcy is just your average schmuck who somehow lands a job as a housesitter for a wealthy heiress. While generally selfish and clueless, Lydia the heiress, decides to allow Darcy to attend a charity event in her place. Darcy has her misgivings but seeing as the charity event will have appearances by the Sonics, her favorite baseball team, she can't quit
Shirley Frances
2.5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this story. On the one hand, I enjoyed the characters and the premise on which they 'met' was brought well onto the page. But on the other hand, I couldn't really understand some of the character's behavior/actions and found that their connection got lost among the other elements in the story.

I enjoyed Darcy's character. She bit more than she could chew and found herself between a rock and a hard place when it came to confess her feelings for Chase. I liked
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good start to a new series; standalone, no cliffhanger.

This was my first book by Katie Rose and I really enjoyed reading it. Darcy and Chase were very likeable characters.

Darcy is a house-sitter for famous socialite, Lydia Logan. Lydia is going out of the country so she tells Darcy to take her place at a charity event. Since the event is hosted by her favorite baseball team, the Sonics, she is excited to go. At the event she meets her favorite player, Chase Westbrook. When Chase doesn’t want t
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-star-hero
Net galley ARC, I liked the characters and thought the story was a bit Cinderella, but fun and sweet. I liked that even though she was being someone else she couldn't help being herself. Character shines through with her. Now, there will be some who will criticize the lack of communication or the fact he was able to use Lydia for his own benefit. It's a book not real life. We got escape and it was fantastic.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ebook, reviewed, netgalley
I'm a huge baseball fan and love sports themed romance novels so I was very excited when BRING ON THE HEAT by Katie Rose was offered for download on NetGalley. I had never read any of Katie's aka Colleen Quinn other books, but once again taking a chance on a new author paid off.

Bring on the Heat is a Cinderella themed story. Darcy Hamel is sweet, very down-to-earth, somewhat shy and basically a normal person. Her means of income comes from housesitting and sometimes acting as a personal assista
Shelly Ash
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a case of mistake identity spirals out of control, Darcy just keeps getting herself in deeper. She's always loved baseball, always had a crush on Chase Westbrook, and he's always been her favorite player. When she gets the chance to meet him in person, he mistakes her for a rich heiress and she goes along with it to hang out with him. One thing leads to another and she extends the fairytale by actually dating him, always knowing she has to tell him the truth. Will she lose him when the trut ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
Bring on the Heat was fun and entertaining to read. It was sort of Cinderella-like, with the main character, Darcy, dressing up in the clothes of rich and famous Lydia, and going to a benefit as her in order to meet a baseball team that she admired. Upon meeting pitcher, Chase, she finds that she likes him so much that she can't give up impersonating Lydia, which eventually leads to trouble.

I liked Darcy, although the whole pretending to be Lydia was not well done of her. I am glad that she ende
Claire Robinson
May 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-swept
1 - Disappointed. Star.

I was really happy to be approved for an ARC of Bring on the Heat, the premise was a little different, and the characters sounded like they would be entertaining, and lets face it who doesn't love a whole slew of ball-players to drool over.

Sadly, it all fell flat for me, very flat... I can't put my finger on any main reason, it was well written, but I just didn't like or feel anything for any of the characters, or feel any connection between them in any real sense. Chase w
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darcy is a house sitter for the famous Lydia Logan, heiress and party girl. Lydia receives an invite for a charity event for the Sonics baseball team. Lydia is going to Dubai so she offers her house sitter, Darcy, to use the invitation and borrow something of hers to wear. Hesitantly, Darcy goes to the party where she meets famous Sonics pitcher, Chase Westbrook. Only problem is, Chase thinks that she's Lydia Logan. I really loved this book. There was the mistaken identity thing going on, there ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was in love with book, and with Darcy and Chase, by halfway through the second chapter. Fantastic story and great characters. Outstanding book overall! I loved the plot and the romance, with just a touch of drama. Highly recommend. I look forward to the next books in this series.
Vikki Andrews
Very good
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I have to admit, Baseball is not my first choice for a Sport/Romance book, but it worked.
This is a story of mistaken identity, that was all that believable.
Rating 3.5
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bring on the Heat (The Boys of Summer) by Katie Rose delivers heat with a lot of sizzle! Working for crazy Socialite Lydia Logan has its perks. When Lydia decides to head out of town once again to party she fears her grandfather will cut her off if he finds out she’s not out there trying to work hard and help contribute to the family fortune. Once again she shirking her responsibilities to her community to schmooze and contribute to another wonderful charity – a black tie cocktail event with a f ...more
Holly Price
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
This is just one of those stories that makes you smile....most of the time.

Lydia Logan is a man-eating, party-girl socialite living off her grandfather's money. Darcy is her house-sitter, but she also does almost anything Lydia needs. Darcy feels like she is Lydia's only real friend. When Lydia heads out of the country to party with a new guy, she gives Darcy her ticket to a fashion show for the New Jersey Sonics. The Sonics are Darcy's favorite team and she's always had a crush on the star pitc
ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can read this review and others on my blog here

Lately I have been into sporty books, where the main male character is the star player apart of a star team, sweaty, delicious and can have his dirty moments yet gets himself the girl. And it just so happens that Bring on the Heat had exactly that.

The book revolves around Darcy Hamilton and her case of mistaken identity that leads her into the arms of star pitcher of the New Jersey Sonics - C
Cocktails and Books
I had such high hopes for this book. The author introduces us to a hot pitcher who seems like the perfect man. He is described as a bit of a loner, dedicated, hard working and talented. We’re also introduced to a heroine that is sweet and real. She’s not a hot shot celebrity, heiress, or corporate raider trying to make her mark on the world. She’s a normal person, much like all of us. She’s a house sitter turned personal assistant to an heiress. Our heroine gets the opportunity of a lifetime whe ...more
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Review copy provided for a honest review

Nothing quite like a baseball related romance about a team on the cusp of going to the World Series as the real baseball season winds down. Bring on the Heat is one of those stories that I enjoyed very much; a heroine who is mistaken for her high profile employer, a major league pitcher on the brink of superstardom, and too much publicity for them both leading to all kinds of interesting issues.
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cinderella, meet Prince Charming. Prince Charming, meet Cinderella.

Darcy's not Hollywood beautiful, wealthy, or famous. She's a housekeeper to a socialite, struggling to write a screenplay, and her notarioty isn't that widespread. But she's beautiful in a girl next door way, genuine when it matters, and isn't the least bit interested in becoming famous. With all that being said, can you really blame her for taking the chance of a lifetime and going in her employer Lydian Logan's place to a chari
2.5 stars.

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I really wanted to enjoy Bring on the Heat since I love romance books about sports but sadly Bring on the Heat just didn't work for me.

I couldn't connect to the heroine Darcy, I couldn't understand her motives and her behaviour.

Darcy is a house sitter who impersonates the socialite Lydia Logan and what starts as a one time thing become weeks of impersonating Lydia and I just couldn't understand why she didn't come clean
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sporting Fans
Book Summary -
Book provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
Published by - Loveswept a Random House imprint
Pages - 240
My Rating - 4 Stars
Expected Release - 26th August 2014

Review -
This fun, flirty and just a little bit sexy tale of mistaken identity was a lot of fun to read. The Cinderella aspects make it a modern day fairy tale, if Prince Charming was an ace Pitcher and our heroine was a mousy house sitter. Swap out the glass slippers for a pair of diamond earrings that I would kill for and
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Darcy Hamilton is not rich or famous. She only house sits for Lydia Logan, a very rich and famous heiress. Darcy is a jeans and t-shirt, wanna be writer and huge baseball fan. When the lady of the house is off onto another romantic escapade and offers Darcy a chance to meet the New Jersey Sonics in a fundraiser, Darcy takes two seconds to decide that impersonating her rich boss for one night is so worth it. For a chance to meet the Sonics pitcher Chase Westbrook, she would do just about anything ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I gave up at 33% on this one...

The gist: Darcy is personal assistant and house sitter for socialite Lydia. Chase is a major league pitcher. Lydia goes on a trip & tells Darcy to go in her place to a charity event. Darcy goes & she evidently closely resembles Lydia. She's mistaken for Lydia by everyone, even though she TRIES to correct them. She meets Chase there and he thinks she's Lydia, but Darcy doesn't real
Mary Tatar
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt a little kinship with this book. The story takes place in New Jersey, If you haven't guessed yet by the cover it's about baseball. So the main character Chase plays for the New Jersey Sonics. My best friend lives in New Jersey so I was all for the background of the story. I really felt that it fit in the story.

Darcy is house sitting for Lydia a socialite. When she id offered Lydia's invite to an exclusive fundraiser with Chase her favorite baseball player she jumps at the chance. Well she
Ruthie Taylor
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."

This is a very easy read which I recommend to you, especially If you enjoy hot Sports romances. The story was very sweet, hot, and funny. There were some parts which I think require one to suspend belief, but they work to enhance the plot, so I chose to go with it. I like the main characters, and their values by the end make them even more likeable. I was delighted to find out that there will be more in the series, as thes
Jennifer Shiels
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really good book and great start to this series. Darcy is a House Sitter for Lydia Logan, a party girl and heiress to a Potato Chip fortune. She used to be a waitress and had a long-time boyfriend who broke up with her and told her that she was boring. While House Sitting or more like executive assistant work she is writing a screenplay. Lydia offers for Darcy to go in her place at a fNew Jersey Sonics Charity Function. She loves baseball and watches the New Jersey Sonics all the time ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Darcy and Chase

Fun read!

Darcy is a house sitter for Lydia, an heiress, who's a party girl that leaves on long trips to Europe and other parts of the world to have a good time. Before Lydia leaves town again, she tells Darcy to go ahead and use her ticket to a charity event that the local baseball team will be at. Darcy couldn't say no to a chance to meet Chase Westbrook the hot, talented pitcher for the team. When they met, Chase confused her with her boss, Lydia. She tried to correct him but he
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
I received this ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating 2.5 Stars

Let me start of by saying that this was a relatively short read. I hate to say this but it was predictable. Girl A works for Girl B. Girl B leaves town and Girl A impersonates Girl B and meets and falls in love with Boy A. etc etc etc. I'm sure you can figure out the rest of the story without my help. Its the same song and dance, but it works. It was cute and adorable in a puppy-like way (which is goo
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why this got so many bad reviews. The most common complaints I saw were him supposedly taking advantage of Darcy the first time they met while she was drunk. *I* personally didn't get that vibe. I think that he believed she was a wild party girl and pretty much slept with anyone, so he wasn't worried about her being drunk. But, he didn't have sex with her or try to while she was passed out, so that's not really legit, imho.
Second, the complaints said that when he figured out Darcy w
Toni Lewis
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Who would have ever thought the day Darcy went to work and found her employer still asleep would be the day that her life would change forever.... Lydia gave Darcy and invite to meet the sonic's which was her all time favorite team . From that point on Darcy life was never the same she borrowed a dress from Lydia and had her hair and nails done but from the time she arrived at the event Chase noticed Darcy and thought she was Lydia, even though she tried to tell him she was he stopped her so she ...more
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
Received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Darcy Hamilton is a house sitter for the spoiled rich girl, Lydia Logan. Lydia talks her into attending a charity event for the New Jersey Sonic baseball team. She decides to go since the Sonics are her favorite team. When she are u rd she mistakenly taken to be Lydia. She tries to correct them, but before she can she meets her crush Chase Westbrook.

Chase is the hot pitcher for the Sonics. He has dreams of having the perfect care
Kathy Martin
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the romance between Darcy Hamilton, house sitter, and Chase Westbrook, major league pitcher. Darcy is a big baseball fan. So when she is offered the chance to attend a fund raiser and meet the team by using her employer's invitation, she jumps at it. Her employer Lydia Logan tells her to borrow appropriate clothing from her closet. Darcy never expects to be mistaken for Lydia but, once she is, she has a hard time clearing things up. She meets Chase at the party and his is attracted to he ...more
I have some mixed feelings about this book. While I did enjoyed the story and the characters I found it to be a little too predictable. From the beginning you can tell that the whole identity mix up is going to blow up in a bad way and while Darcy did try to set people straight at the beginning I felt that she gave up too soon. She had many opportunities to be blunt and come clean but instead she created a twisted web for herself. At the same time Chase while being a good guy was a bit of a jerk ...more
P.e. lolo
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-sports
This is a very funny story at times. Lydia Logan, is a rich party girl who is leaving the country and tells her assistant who is also house sitting, Darcy Hamel, that she can go to a charity event for the baseball that Darcy has followed most of her life. She gets her hair done, nails etc… Once there, she realizes that she forgot the invitation but when she mentions the name Logan, they believe she is the real Lydia Logan, even though she tries to explain know one well listen so she just goes in ...more
Jan 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was silly and kind of terrible. It was wooden and flat and cliche and neither romantic nor swoony. Darcy was indeed a mouse who never really stood up for herself. Chase was an asshole. Lydia started out as someone who might be more than her cliche, but quickly devolved into the worst kind of empty headed mean girl. I read the first half expecting it to get better, but it kept getting worse. I skimmed through to the end and...I should have just quit this full stop.
Kim Perry
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darcy is a huge fan of the Sonics, the local pro baseball team, and she jumps at the chance to attend a benefit where the team will be in attendance, especially the star pitcher. Darcy's boss and socialite even encourages her to dress to impress. Darcy is then surprised when she's mistaken for the vivacious, fun-loving socialite. Darcy attempts to correct the misconception that she is not Lydia, she also revels in the attention she receives. Darcy is surprised when Chase, the star pitcher, is so ...more
T.A. McKay
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Copy from netgalley

I don't know what to say about this book. There were things that were cute, things that worked, but there was just more things that I didnt enjoy as much. I wanted to like this book but there was just too much going against the characters for that to happen. There were things that made me shudder with Chase, I know he was meant to be a dreamy character, a bit of the bad boy, but it didnt work for me. Darcy was more likeable for me, and for that reason I kept reading.
Jackie Wright
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a typical beach read book and I loved it. we have romance mixed with sport and a real Cinderella Love story.
Darcy is house-sitter to socialite Lydia Logan and when Lydia wants to go and party with her latest guy she gives Darcy her ticket to a Fashion Show Charity Event with The New Jersey Sonics Baseball Team. chase Westbrooke is the star pitcher and Darcy has had a crush on him forever so decides its worth pretending to be Lydia for just one night ...... Or will it end with just one ni
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really quick and fun read. I'm not much of a sports fan but there was enough info that made the book interesting and me not zoning out. I hope Jake gets his own book. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I found myself wanting to give this book 2 stars simply because I didn't like either of the characters. I had to stop myself doing that because really, what this was telling me was that the author did a great job of making them believable enough that I could have such strong feelings about them.
I found both Darcy's inability to tell the truth just as frustrating as Chase's questionable motivations for dating her in the first place. I did however, like the way the story wrapped up. The support ch
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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.

**She is the bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels published under the names Coll

Other books in the series

The Boys of Summer (4 books)
  • Too Hot to Handle (The Boys of Summer, #2)
  • The Heat of the Moment (The Boys of Summer, #3)
  • The Heat Is On (The Boys of Summer, #4)