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review 2016-12-31 15:47
She's more than just the Nanny!
Hard to Hold: A Hard to Play Novel - Katie Rose
Nadine's 3 star rating

 

 

Logan Hart is on the road quite a bit with his Professional Soccer team so when he back home he likes to kick back and have a few beers with his friends & teammates, and that is exactly what he is doing when his former hookup comes into the bar and plops a baby carrier down on the table and tells Logan that Cinnamon is his daughter and now he has to raise her. First off I was appalled that someone would do such a thing, but who am I kidding crap like that happens all the time. Poor Logan has no idea what to do next so he calls in reinforcements...his sister!

 

Hard to Hold (Hard to Play, #1) by Katie Rose
 
Isabella Bennett loves her job as a nanny, she gets to help show new parents how to care for the newest addition to their families along with helping mold the foundation that child needs in order to grow and strive in life. When Isabella is told that her new position would be to care for a soccer players child she's not to thrilled with the idea but she's a professional so she will do what needs to be done to show him the ropes and then be on her way. Well of course it doesn't go as either of them had expected because the chemistry is amazing between them.
 
Hard to Hold (Hard to Play, #1) by Katie Rose
 
 
There is some angst of course but it's not over the top and it was really something that most people would have to deal with if they were in the same situation. I really enjoyed this sweet and sexy romance and I look forward to reading more books in this series.
 
Hard to Hold (Hard to Play, #1) by Katie Rose
 
***I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I requested from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through Netgalley*** https://www.netgalley.com/
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review 2016-12-04 09:22
{Review} The Heat is On by Katie Rose
The Heat Is On (Bad Boys of Baseball) - Katie Rose

The Heat is On by Katie Rose
Series: The Boys of Summer #4
Publisher: Loveswept on January 5, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)

 

 

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FicCentral received a free copy of this book from Random House LLC (via NetGalley).

 

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5 Stars

Connor still carries a torch for his old flame Tracy, but she moved on long ago after he left to pursue his baseball dreams.  Now he’s back in town, though, newly traded to the local team, and she’s divorced from her husband, making it the perfect opportunity for him to rekindle their romance.  He’s just got to convince her that he’s a changed man, one who will put her first and take care of her, not chase after his career.  But she’s keeping him at a distance, going out on dates but insisting on getting home early, because when he finds out she’s a package deal with four kids in the mix, he might not be so quick to dive back into a relationship.

 

The Verdict:  Second chance romance plus a hot athlete reduced to all kinds of adorable by a bunch of kids…  What’s not to love?

 

Tracy and Connor didn’t exactly split on bad terms back in the day, but he headed off to pursue his dreams of a career in baseball, and she was left to move on, so that’s exactly what she did.  Fast forward several years, and she’s mom to four wonderful children, but their louse of a father is no longer in the picture.  He’s off making a new life with the family he had on the side, and it’s up to a now divorced Tracy to raise the kids on her own.  But now Connor’s back in the picture, having just been traded to the hometown baseball team, and all those old feelings are coming back strong.

 

Tracy’s reluctant to rekindle things with Connor for a few reasons.  For one, she hasn’t had the best luck with men, and while that hasn’t completely destroyed her faith in happily ever after, it’s definitely made her more cautious.  There’s also the fact that Connor is no longer simply a local sports phenom; he’s a famous athlete who’s dated models and actresses — everything Tracy is not.  He’s used to an entirely different lifestyle, and while Tracy may be looking pretty damned good for a mom of four, she’s not sure she can measure up or hold his interest, given his usual dates.  And of course, there’s also that matter of having four children.  Like any good mom, her kids come first, so she doesn’t want them becoming attached to a man who doesn’t intend to stick around for the long haul.  She’s also not so sure the hot-shot athlete is willing to take on four kids or adjust to her life that pretty much revolves around them.  And so while she gives in and goes on a couple of dates with him, she doesn’t offer up the facts about her family.

 

Normally when a character keeps a big secret like this, it snowballs like crazy and ends up creating some incredible drama that is so over-the-top and unnecessary that I become frustrated with the whole story.  But Tracy doesn’t go to any insane lengths to keep her kids a secret, and Connor is pretty level headed — not to mention dead set on winning Tracy over again.  While he doesn’t delude himself into becoming an instant father figure, he takes everything in stride, which is all it took to win me over.  And I have to say that I understand where Tracy was coming from.  Baggage from a previous marriage is always a potential obstacle, but when it’s four young children, that’s more than most people are willing to take on.  Concern for the kids would have me keeping them out of the picture as well, if for no other reason than so they wouldn’t become attached to someone who might not be around all that long.

 

The Heat is On is a really heartwarming, fun second-chance romance with lots of sweet family moments and some steamy scenes to keep things hot, and the characters are easy to root for and love.  I’d say this one is perfect for both sports romance fanatics and second-chance romance junkies, both of whom will be swooning over Connor within just a few chapters.

 

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review 2016-09-13 14:23
Logan Hart, is the brother of Jessica Hart, that we met in The Heat of the Moment by Katie Rose. Logan has been in Europe playing soccer and is finally back in the U.S. now playing for the New Jersey Hurricanes. Logan is tall, sexy and ripped with bulging muscles. Throw in crystal blue eyes and a perfect smile and he has lady killer written all over him. Enjoying his single life, the last thing Logan expected was to have a baby girl, Cinnamon, dumped on him by a one-night stand named Desiree. Desiree explains that she can't handle her and that it is his turn and turns and walks out.

OMG...I loved that scene! Just what is a single jock to do with a 3 month old baby? First Logan calls his sister, Jessica. She comes over and helps him with a few basics but then gives him the number of a nanny agency. Calling the agency, Logan finds out that they can send Isabella Bennett to help and he feels a little relief. Isabella's not too happy having to deal with another spoiled athlete but she takes the job anyways.

Wished I had an Isabella as a nanny! She was wonderful! To Logan she was a lifesaver. It didn't hurt that she was really beautiful too! Knowing that Bella is the nanny, Logan knows he should keep his hands off, but is having a really hard time with that! It doesn't help that Bella is drawn to Logan too! The scenes in the beginning when they were trying to get things settled was great. Such emotions and chemistry just waiting to explode.

I just loved the way Logan's mom was! That was such a fun part to the story line!

When things have finally heated up, Bella starts to feel guilty because of something from her past. She knows she needs to tell Logan but just can't. Logan is trying to find Desiree because she has just disappeared. As each day passes, Logan is starting to have real feelings for Cinnamon and Bella. Just when it looks like things are going to end up happy for everyone....BOOM! It all blows up. This was sure an emotional part of the story! My heart ached for everyone. The way everything finally came back together was great, even though it was a tough road to get there.

Overall, this was a great read with wonderful characters and I would highly recommend it!
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The Heat Is On (Bad Boys of Baseball) by Katie Rose 99 cents
The Heat Is On (Bad Boys of Baseball) - Katie Rose

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.

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review 2016-08-14 05:01
Stay with me
Hard to Hold: A Hard to Play Novel - Katie Rose

Logan hires Isabella to be his no nonsense nanny.  He had an ex drop the baby on him in a bar.  He needs someone to help him learn the ropes of temporary fatherhood.

 

Isabella knows that this arrangement will never be temporary.  She has seen this too often.  She must teach Logan how to care for an infant, so he can enjoy his child.

 

Logan is so grateful to have the amazing Isabella with his child.  He must go out of town a lot for work.  He honestly knows nothing about how to care for an infant.  Now if only he could control the attraction to the nanny.

 

Such a sweet and sexy book.  I loved the banter, the heat, and the angst.  Truly this story has it all - even a baby!  These two are so meant to be together.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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