House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball fan, Darcy has always dreamed of meeting the team—especially the starting pitcher whose body is as hot as his fastball. But there’s a catch. The gala is by invitation only. To get behind the velvet rope, mild-mannered Darcy will have to pose as party girl Lydia Logan.
Schmoozing is one of the downsides of fame, but Chase Westbrook knows how to liven up even the dullest event. And nothing spices a night up more than a beautiful socialite with a naughty reputation. What Chase doesn’t expect is a hint of sweetness beneath her sultry façade. Flirtation turns to seduction and leaves him aching for more. Chase just doesn’t know who the real Lydia is: the spoiled tease crying foul over some missing diamonds or the alluring woman making a play for his heart.
Before I start this review I want to state that I believe the author had updated the book prior to it being published and the only reason why I am even mentioning this is, after reading some reviews it appears that some things may have been taken out or changed up. I don’t know as I hadn’t read an ARC so I can’t say one way or another but wanted to point out that some of the older reviews may mention scenes that are not in the version I personally read.
Bring On The Heat was a good start to a series that has the potential of becoming great. . Now I should state that I have read the third book in series for a tour prior to reading this one. I love sports books, and as I have stated in prior reviews, baseball is my third favorite sport, so to find a series about baseball makes this book whore happy. Bring On The Heat does just that, this is one book that will have you heating up from the sexual tension, the drama surrounding the mistaken identity and have you wondering what would you do if this ever happened to you.
Chase is the star pitcher for the Sonics. His goal is to play for the Yankees and he may just do that if this season goes his way. When he meets Lydia, or I should say who he thinks is Lydia, he has trouble putting the pieces together since the media portrays her as the party girl but her actions with him contradict all of that. When he learns that her grandfather has pull with the Yankees he decides to try to continue to see her and take advantage of that opportunity, but quickly that changes and he is actually falling for her.
The Lydia that Chase thinks he knows is actually her house sitter, Darcy. She is a huge fan of Chase and when the party girl says for Darcy to go to the event in her place the whole mistaken identity thing begins and starts to snowball into something more. Darcy does try to tell Chase who she really is but like the typical male he doesn’t listen. Darcy knows she needs to tell him but she also needs to get the earrings she left at his place back first. What she doesn’t plan on is falling in love with him before revealing who she really is and when he does find out he is rightfully pissed off.
Does Chase finally realize that it was Darcy all along he fell for, not the party girl she was portraying to be? Which would he rather have? Well I think you may be able to guess but I was a little disappointed that he didn’t take the first steps to contact her, Darcy did, and that he knew how he felt but didn’t try to find out why she did what she did until she explains it herself. And while I can see why he wouldn’t, if you love or care for someone as much as you say you do I feel that you should at least talk to them, maybe it’s the romantic in me but I would have loved Chase a million times more if he had sought her out before her letter.
Bring On The Heat was a good start to this series and while I am playing catch up on it, I do look forward to the rest of the series. Bring On The Heat was a solid hit for The Boys Of Summer series, let’s see which one will be the home run.