Review ~ Stealing Second by Alison Packard

StealingSecondBook: Stealing Second

Series: Feeling The Heat #5

Author: Alison Packard

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 236

Published: Carina Press, June 22, 2015

Source: Publisher

Katherine Whitton doesn’t purposely avoid men and relationships, but she doesn’t mind that side effect of immersing herself in her job with the San Francisco Blaze. Years ago she was betrayed by her one true love, and she’s never fully recovered, though she’s tried by building a new life in a city she loves.

It’s taken seventeen years for Tom Morgan to get over Katie—Katherine now. Sober now and faced with the incredible opportunity to manage the Blaze, he thinks he’ll finally be able to handle working with this beautiful woman without falling to pieces…as long as she doesn’t get too close.

A crisis with the team’s star pitcher forces Tom and Katherine to put in long hours together. Years of animosity melt away as the sexual tension between them ignites. But it’ll take more than scorching kisses to avoid the wreckage of the past. And neither Tom nor Katie are sure they’re ready to trust each other or risk their hearts for a second chance at happiness.



Who’s up for a second chance story going hand in hand with a contemporary sports romance? Well, if you’re one of the awesome people who raised their hands and made room in their never ending to-read shelf, then you’ll love this one.
I’ve known and loved Alison Packard’s FEELING THE HEAT series for a while now, and I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to read this book. You know, for purely professional reasons, for you guys who follow the updates about the making of the hodgepodge, and not for the crazy chick inside me who loves men of sports, later daydreams about snagging one and hogs the tv for any matches. Nope.

I didn’t read that many second chance romances, and the last few ones I’ve read were about couples where one of them already loved and lost, for good. So, though I loved those previous books, Katie and Tom’s relationship was like a breath of fresh air for me. They were friends and lovers in their teens, and reading about them rekindling their passion and remembering good old times was, what can I say, romantic. I’ve always had a soft spot for friends to lovers and bickering couples, and this story had a little bit of both which was another bonus for me.

In this smoldering heat, it isn’t easy reading a sexy romance, I tell you. Tom and Katie’s sexual tension was part hot-which wasn’t good for body temperature in the summer- and part sweet-which totally wasn’t good for yours truly single. However, I sacrificed myself and read through this fun book, laughed at times, got jealous at others, got mad a little sometimes, but in the end, thoroughly enjoyed it. All for you. Really.

Tom was a sweet hero who did justice to his position as manager to the Blaze, and Katie reminded me yet again that women can very well be strong and independent and deal with the media all at once. They were good for each other, made a nice couple that I loved to read about. And since they were both actively involved with baseball, we had a lot of chance to read about the sports itself. It looks like I still have a few more things to learn in baseball, but it still didn’t take from my enjoyment of reading this book. With new characters and potential couples in the horizon, I simply cannot wait for the next installment in the series.

I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge. I know I have a hate/hate relationship with gym, and a tentative truce with actively playing any sports, but really, when are they going to invent the tv that allows us to bring the players we watch right into our living room?



Feeling The Heat series by Alison Packard:

  1. Love In The Afternoon
  2. The Winning Season
  3. Catching Heat
  4. Breaking His Rules
  5. Stealing Second

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