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.

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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.

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Review ~ Breaking His Rules by Alison Packard

BreakingHisRulesBook: Breaking His Rules

Series: Feeling The Heat #4

Author: Alison Packard

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 126

Published: Carina Press, September 8, 2014

Source: Publisher

Losing fifty pounds is an incredible achievement. But for Melissa Atherton, progress doesn’t come with praise—a scathing comment from an evil cousin at a bridal shower threatens to crush her new self-esteem. Who will she bring to the upcoming wedding? Showing up without a date would be humiliating. It just isn’t an option.

Personal trainer Jake Sawyer was attracted to Melissa before she lost weight, but her progress has him floored. When she admits she plans to hire a male escort—and why—his heart all but breaks. Melissa’s come too far to be knocked down, especially by her own family. He’ll go as her date…and figure out a way to keep his hands to himself.

But when a steamy hotel room encounter takes them both by surprise, Jake balks. He’s sworn never to date one of his clients, not again. And Melissa can’t bear to be just friends with the man who treated her so tenderly, even if it was only for a weekend. Jake’s helped her see she’s strong enough to stand up for herself, but will she find the strength to pursue the only man who’s ever seen the real her?

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You know that feeling when, after having many, many, many debates with yourself, you finally decide to sign up for the gym, and meet your personal trainer who just so happens to be one of the most caring, sweetest, sexiest men on the face of earth, who not only likes you for who you are from the start, becomes your friend and helps you get your confidence back, but who also helps you better yourself and understand your own body’s needs-both health wise and carnal- instead of having you give up your favorite foods, and finally falls in love with you and breaks his own rules for your sake? No? Me neither. Lucky Melissa does though.

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ARC Review ~ Catching Heat by Alison Packard

CatchingHeatBook: Catching Heat

Series: Feeling The Heat #3

Author: Alison Packard

Format: e-book

Page Count: 267

Published: Carina Press, February 10, 2014

Source: Publisher

 

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When I realized there was going to be yet another installment to Alison Packard’s Feeling The Heat series, I have to say I was ecstatic. I read the previous book, The Winning Season, completely by chance, simply because I liked the idea of a book about baseball players. And, okay, yes, because I loved the cover. But it turned out to be a good romance with real characters. So, you can imagine me jumping at the chance for this next book.

This time we’re with J.T. and Angie, friends of the previous couple whose possible happy ever after was hinted in The Winning Season. Although the hero is a baseball player, the book doesn’t spend much time on the field. As opposed to Matt, hero of the previous book whose main storyline was about him settling into his new team, J.T.’s main storyline lies in the ups and downs of his relationship with Angie, and the fact that together they have to deal with an unexpected pregnancy.

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The Winning Season by Alison Packard

The Winning SeasonBook: The Winning Season

Series: –

Author: Alison Packard

Format: e-book

Page Count: 241

Published: Carina Press, 2013

Source: Publisher

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How different this book turned out to be than what I expected, not that it was anything bad, but what I did expect, was a light romance with a little bit of sports for seasoning. What I got, however, was a lovely romance that involved characters who had to deal with their personal demons, characters I was able to connect with.

Kelly Maxwell is the publicist for the San Francisco Blaze baseball team, and it is her job to arrange and deal with everything media related for the team. She loves her job, she handles things pretty good, but all that happy soon meets the wall that is Matt Scanlon. Matt is the new catcher, transferred to the Blaze after a year he spent in ruining his reputation, he now wants nothing but playing his game, especially no more media relations, and it’s up to Kelly to get him to open up.

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