Title: The Heat of the Moment
The Boys of Summer are back! In Katie Rose’s sweet, sparkling novel, the newest New Jersey Sonic falls for the woman who’s trying desperately to save his career.
Physical therapist Jessica Hart has learned her lesson: Never date professional athletes. She’s been down that road, and barely recovered after the relationship crashed and burned. Then Jessica meets Gavin King. An All-Star slugger with chiseled good looks, Gavin was traded to the Sonics because he hurt his knee sliding into second, and now his future is in her hands. Gavin’s no bad boy—but he’s tempting enough to make Jessica think twice about all her rules.
Gavin is trying to find a comfortable routine. If he wants his old life back, he must take it easy, stay out of the limelight, and keep his distance from gorgeous redheaded physical therapists. The thing is, Gavin isn’t the kind of guy to sit on his ass and let other people pull his weight. And when he sees something he wants, he can’t help but fight for it, even if it means risking everything, even if it only lasts a single moment: like one kiss from Jessica.
Author: Katie Rose
Series: The Boys of Summer #3
Published by LoveSwept Source: Publisher
Published: September 22nd 2015
Genres: Romance, Sports Theme
Pages: 235 pages
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Gavin King is on the DL list after an injury, he gets transferred across the country, to the Sonics. He’s depressed leaving a team that he loved playing for, his home in California, and his girlfriend. He’s now in New Jersey and the Sonics don’t offer the amenities he is so used to enjoying. He is not a happy camper!
Jessica Hart is a physical therapist for the Sonics. She loves her job, but a baseball player broke her heart so she has a rule of no dating professional athletes.
Until Gavin walks into her therapy room and there is an instant connection between them. They start off as professionals, but soon become friends which in turn morphs into something more. A lot more! Can Jessica trust Gavin with her heart? Is she even willing to give it a shot??
This is such a sweet friends to lovers story. I especially liked Gavin! He’s super sexy and a real nice guy. Jessica, on the other hand, is a bit dramatic. I didn’t like her behavior for most of the book! I really wanted to smack her a few times! The interactions of the ball team and all their practical jokes were fun! The Heat of the Moment is a happy romance that stays on the path with a bit of spiciness between the sheets!
Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
I am the author of twelve historical romances, four contemporary sports romances, novellas, and short stories. I’ve been writing since grammar school, won a prize and was hooked! I live in a quirky little town called Medford lakes in New Jersey that features 22 lakes and 150 log cabins! I live on one of the lakes, and have adopted a little feral kitty that was shivering in the cold one winter. I couldn’t take it.
Jacque: What books or authors have inspired your writing?
God, so many books! This is like picking a favorite child! But loved TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD as a child, read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, graduated to Grisham and GONE WITH THE WIND. I still read everything except maybe Sci Fi.
Deb: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I love humor in stories, so always try to include it. Had a blast with the BOYS OF SUMMER series. The fictitious baseball team was known for pranks, which was loads of fun.
Christina: What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I enjoy sports events, movies. There are some great places near me like Cape May, full of wonderful restaurants and Victorian B&B’s.
Pansy: If you could visit any time period and location (past or future) when and where would you go?
Victorian Cape may! Would have loved to see the original town.
Gaele: Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later?
I start with a basic idea, write a few chapters to get the feel for the people and the situation, then I write a 5 page synopsis of beginning, middle and end. That helps keep me on track, but doesn’t stifle creativity.
Pansy: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information about it?
Just starting a sports romance about a soccer player whose ex-girlfriend shows up with a baby she claims is his, and leaves the child with him. He decides to get a nanny, figuring he’ll leave the child care up to her. But she intends to teach him how to be a father. . .
Gaele: With all the characters you have created – are there any that you feel need to have another book or series to get their “story told”?
Interesting question. I did have one sister in a Victorian whose story wasn’t told, but I did give her a novella. It’s called MISTLETOE AND MAGIC.
My horse recently passed away (sigh). Would have loved to have had a conversation with her.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
Love that! Just did one for RWA in New York. Not sure what’s next, but appreciate you asking!
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.
Pete walked into the PT room a moment later, popping his gum with a grin.
“I want you to meet our new player, Gavin King. Gavin, this is Jessica Hart. She is the best sports therapist in the business, and a hell of a trainer. Jess, Gavin just joined the team, but he’s on the DL.”
Jessica turned to the coach, saw the ballplayer beside him, and her heart stopped.
He was exactly her type. Or her former type. As she took in his magnificent physique, black eyes, and Colgate smile, she felt an instant attraction.
Gavin was the kind of guy she used to dream about, drool over, and date. She’d met enough of them growing up, friends of her brothers who started out as decent guys but got caught up in the hype and eventually stomped all over some poor girl silly enough to give up her heart. Unfortunately, she’d had to walk that path herself. She’d made the fatal mistake of falling for an outfielder who played for Cleveland, and eventually played her. Zach had the same dark hair, heart-stopping smile, and killer body.
He’d taught her what the word devastation meant.
“Good to meet you.” She extended her hand, reminding herself to think of him in clinical terms: he was a pro baseball player, a young athlete, and he was hurt. “So what seems to be the problem?”
“I had surgery for a meniscus tear,” he said, lifting his left pant leg and indicating a bandage. “It’s pretty much healed, but the surgeon wants me in physical therapy for a few months to build back up. I think they sent my test results, the MRI, and a script.”
She nodded, squatting before him and removing the bandage to examine the pink half-inch line on his knee. “I’ll take a look at the films. Red zone?” she asked, referring to the location of his tear.
“Yeah, I think so. But they said it spread into the white zone.”
Her eyes shot to Pete’s, and he gave a slight negative shake of his head. This news wasn’t good, and neither one of them wanted to share their misgivings. A tear that went into the white zone could mean big trouble for a ballplayer, or it could heal well and the limb would fully recover. It would take weeks before they’d know, and she understood now how the Sonics had acquired this magnificent specimen of a man:
His previous team didn’t want the risk.
So New Jersey had rolled the dice, gambling on his recovery. She could only hope they’d beat the odds.
“Okay, let’s get started. Have you done any therapeutic exercise up until now?”
“Yes, for a couple of weeks,” he said, flexing the knee to demonstrate. “They had me doing leg raises until they took the brace off.”
“That makes sense. We won’t do much today; we’ll do an evaluation, take a look at your records, and then we will put together a program.”
Her eyes met his and she saw the pain and frustration there. No player ever wanted to be on the disabled list, especially for any period of time. She didn’t want to raise false hopes, but she also didn’t want to discourage him. She took a deep breath, carefully choosing her words.
“It’s different with everyone. Some people recover much more quickly than others. A lot depends on how well you heal, how much you can tolerate, and if you’re willing to do the exercises at home. That will give us the quickest turnaround.”
“I’ll do whatever it takes,” he said fervently. “I just want to get back in the game.”
Jessica nodded as she wrapped the limb with the heating pad. No way in hell would she tell him the truth:
He might never be back.