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Slow Heat (Pacific Heat #2)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  7,258 Ratings  ·  275 Reviews
A great catch-from the "USA Today" bestselling author of "Double Play"
Baseball player Wade O'Riley's bad-boy image is about to be cleaned up by publicist Samantha McNead. But the sexual tension between them is about to drive Wade to his knees.
Mass Market Paperback, 315 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Berkley Books
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Sep 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports-romance
Rule #1 Don't just end a book, give me a little bit of an epilogue.

Rule #2 And if you end a book abruptly, put the next book in the series out within the next few months and don’t make us wait over a year.

The abrupt ending is what earned this book a 3 star. I was so mad when I finished last night that if I had rated it at that time, I would have given it a 2 star...

Wade and Sam said their I love you's at the end, and it just ended. There was no "six weeks later blah blah blah....I have to have
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of contemporaries; fans of sports romances
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 f
Miss Kim
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2010
The second book in the Pacific Heat series pleased me much more than the first, Double Play. We first met Sam, the Heat's publicist, and Wade, the Heat's catcher in book one. They shared a hot somewhat tipsy one-nighter in that one, and neither has really gotten over it. Sam views it as a mistake and want to forget it—but can’t. Wade just can’t figure out whey he cant forget it. He’s a playboy, and had no problem with the steady flow of women constantly dropped in his lap due to his fame. Howeve ...more
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jill-shalvis
Well Jill Shalvis did it again, and by did it again I mean wrote another book that I will want to read a reread for many of the curl up in the bed and read nights to come. One of the great things about this book was that going into it you had knowledge of the characters, and a true connection to them. I love books were you feel as if you know the characters because you got to see them through others eyes. The writing again was superb and had amazing flow. Never once did I feel as if the story la ...more
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure about Wade in the first book, but I'm happy to report Shalvis delivered.

I really liked both main characters. Sam and Wade had chemistry in spades.

I think one of the things I liked best about this novel is that there wasn't really an outside force keeping the two separated. They each had to overcome their own personal issues in order for them to be together, but there wasn't anything outside of that keeping them apart.
The relationship was too much off or on, up and down. Liked the first bk so much better.
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Samantha McNead, superstar publicist for the Heat, a professional baseball expansion team has been called upon to handle a very sticky PR nightmare. It involves Wade O’Riley, the best defensive catcher in Major League Baseball. Because of Wade’s over abundant and very public playboy lifestyle, and being accused of fathering a child with a team groupie, Samantha has to do some major damage control. One of the corporations who endorses the Heat has a new conservative CEO with high family values wh ...more
This was not what I had hoped. To be fair, I should lay it out there that I'm crushing hard on the Toronto Blue Jays right now, which was mainly the whole purpose for reading this story, so I had some high expectations. I liked the premise. It had baseball. It was in my library's digital section waiting to be checked out. I figured why not? I was itching for some really feel good, sexy, studtastic, heart stopping romance with an MLB player and I had high hopes that this would cure my crazy need. ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, 2014-books
3.5 stars

SLOW HEAT was an enjoyable read. With finals coming up, it has been hard for me to lose myself in a book, but I managed to enjoy this one.

I enjoyed the contrast between Wade and Sam. Wade’s easy going ways is something Sam has never been able to give into.

***Slight Details***
After bad press, which really was not a focus for the story, the team makes Wade take Sam as his girlfriend for a month.

A lot happens in that month. Wade and Sam’s bickering relationship finds itself shifting int
Brent Soderstrum
This book was Slow but it lacked the Heat. Should be sent down to the minors.

Shalvis might be a good author but she lacks the knowledge to write about baseball or she ought to get an editor who knows baseball to help her out. The errors I saw were:

"3rd plate"-do you mean 3rd base??? Come on

"bull pen"-"bullpen" is one word.

She has Wade going straight to the Majors right out of college. Rarely ever happens.

At one point in the book Wade spent 2 years in Denver before going to Santa Barabara and in
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
The heat between Wade and Samantha is fairly combustible!

Wade was a big old boy-man for me- his laid back lifestyle, fast food addiction and playboy ways. Yet when Samantha tries to push him way, he worms his way into her heart by giving her space and not pushing too aggressively. For two lonely individuals, their romance is coupled with trying to build a family. Wade is there for Samantha when he becomes the father-figure to Tag, Sam's lonely and neglected nephew. Similarly, Sam's compassion i
Jenny E
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I really liked this book and would have rated it four stars, but the end fell flat, and I really wanted an epilogue! I would have edited the book differently was too repetitive and slow in some areas and the ending need to be "beefed" up a bit, because while I enjoyed most of the book, the ending felt uninspired and hence the three stars...
Jessica Alcazar
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shalvis-jill, traded
I haven't laughed this much in a long time reading a book. Sam and Wade just click sooooo well, and I knew I would love Sam from the moment her 'crush' was introduced in Double Play. All the characters in both these books are a lot of fun. The book was just hard to put down and I hated that it ended. I hope to see more of this team in the future .....
Trang Nguyen
YAY! I have been blessed by reading so many wonderful books back to back. I am so glad the second book of this series was just as good as the first book.

I have found a new author to add to my list of get all her books!
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
WOW! Great great great! Another good one with a very hot player, a sweet and strong PR and a wonderful little boy totally irresistable!

Recommend it.

I'm sorry Jill Shalvis didn't go on with this series because I love it so much!!!!

Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Me gusto como se fueron enamorando los protagonistas, amé a Wade
Tiene un final feliz, pero a mi me habría hecho más feliz un epilogo, así sea tres meses después
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story of Wade, the Heats' catcher, and Samantha, the publicist. Mostly. I adored Wade's vulnerability offsetting his strength. And Sam. Well, she was in denial practically until the last scene on the last page. I was beginning to give up on her. Although Wade never did. Why, I don't know. Most guys would have. True love, I suppose. I enjoy baseball stories. So I'm looking forward to the next one. And I loved her baseball quotes before each chapter. I had to read that, even though I ...more
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of steamy contemporary romance with heavy flirting!

4.00 Stars – Contemporary Sports Romance!

Samantha McNead is the erudite publicist for the Pacific Heat, a rising baseball team in California. She is a career oriented, head-strong female who grew up in a family of alpha males of a father and brothers.

Wade O’Riley is the star catcher of Pacific Heat, who is not only accomplished in catching fast balls for his team but also female fan following who constantly jumps towards him.

When Wade faces a small PR situation caused by a crazy fan, Sam is all
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A good barometer for me about whether a book is good or not is the amount of time it takes for me to finish. Now this comes with a caveat: 1. I like the book so much I finish it in one day and 2. I finish the book so fast that I am sad when it’s over so I don’t want to finish it so fast. So what’s a reader to do?

Slow Heat took me a day to finish so to say I enjoyed the book is an understatement. Now I do admit to being partial to a sports-themed contemporary romance, but seriously this book hit
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Batter up!!

This is the second book in the series and I loved the first book, Double Play, and I was very happy to discover this one is not only just as good, but better.

Samantha McNead is a PR rep who works for a Major League Baseball team, the Santa Barbara Heat. Not only was Sam born into baseball, but she loves her job and is good at it. Wade O'Riley is the team's catcher. He's got a bit of a reputation as a playboy, and there's been a scandal involving a woman with a false claim that she's
Willow Brook
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book about the Pacific Heat baseball team, this one features the laid back, charming catcher, Wade and the uptight, controlling team publicist (and team owner's daughter) Samantha. They have a history of one wild and wildly unforgettable sexual encounter but have since been trying to act as if it never happened. Sam is pressured by her family to pose as Wade's girlfriend in an effort to quiet the negative publicity around a false accusation that he impregnated a fan/stalker. Wade is i ...more
***Every review will have at least some spoilers. Read at your own risk.***

Overall I enjoyed this book. I have some nit-picking criticisms, but mostly it was a fun read. My biggest criticism is the pacing of the book. It starts out fast and slows down dramatically about halfway through the book. This is a book without much of a plot outside of watching Samantha and Wade "figure it out" over the course of 5 or 6 weeks. The readers, and in fact everyone except them, have it all figured out at
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Man, this was SO good. I was very eager to read this after finishing Double Play, and Ms. Shalvis delivered in spades.

I do so enjoy the pretend-relationship-becomes-real theme--this is a great rendition.

Wade is the laid-back, gorgeous, talented catcher for the Heat. He's known as a bit of a player. Sam's the publicist for the Heat and has been nursing a huge crush on Wade for eons, but she's a pro and knows how to play it cool. Then when some bad publicity prompts them to start a pretend relatio
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love Jill Shalvis' books. Love like a whole heaping pile of a lot with more. LOVE. I recommend them all up and down the place so if you see one of her books, go for it.

This is book #2 in her baseball series set in a mythical major league team in California. From my review: So many times Shalvis sets up what could be a cliched tension or character, and she could have stopped there. It would have been familiar, though lame. There’s a series of examples of how she could have left something befor
4 stars.

Big improvement on Double Play but really I think that was because I was more invested in Wade and Sam as characters. Their sexual tension from earlier in the series flared nicely throughout this book and I liked seeing both of their POVs.

Another light read that had a decent amount of steam factor. As for depth and angst? I felt the H/h were running around in circles a lot and that Shalvis was a bit stuck as to what to do with them. This didn't take too much away from my connection with
Amanda Siegrist
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying... I. Love. Baseball. A lot. That is the first thing that drew me to this book. I was sucked in right away by the story and characters themselves. Wade is sweet and sexy and a dose of being a normal person that it's refreshing. Samantha is strong and independent and the perfect match for Wade.

It didn't take me long to read this and I truly wanted more. Nothing better than a sexy baseball player and living the life of baseball. Definitely a book worth reading!
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this one by one of my fav's Jill Shalvis. Hands down, she writes the hottest heroes EVER, and Wade O'Riley was no exception to that, Mercy Percy!!! I love a good sports romance, and although this was not an erotic romance, it was much steamier than other sports romances were! One of my favorite reads of the year so far! 5 stars!!!
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I was actually pleasantly surprised by it - I had never read anything by Jill Shalvis and am glad I did!! I realize now that I started this series out of order but am looking forward to going back and starting with book:Double Play|6089708]!
Jan 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
I mean...gah!
It was so bad i don't even want to rew!
The plot,if one could call it a plot,was better at the end.
All you people on goodreads that rated it high and were the reason i got this book? I hate you.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it

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“Tag opened the door to his knock, and with a look of disappointment, peered behind Wade.
"You got someone better coming over?" Wade asked him.
"Pizza," Tag said.”
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