Series: The Boys of Summer
Published by Loveswept Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Tasty Book Tours
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In Katie Rose’s irresistible battle of wits, a case of mistaken identity lands a female fan in bed with a sexy superstar—and in major-league trouble.
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.
Thank you all for stopping by My Written Romance today to visit this stop on the virtual book tour for Katie Rose’s first instalment in the new Boys of Summer series, Bring on the Heat.
As part of the virtual book tour, I am lucky enough to have Katie Rose herself stopping by to why she loves baseball (and, of course, baseball players). There is also an awesome giveaway at the end of this post as well, so stay tuned!
Over to you, Katie Rose!
So out of all the sports, what is it about baseball and baseball players in particular, that is hot?
So there is no denying this sport seems to attract good-looking guys. You don’t see a lot of overweight baseball players; between running bases, pitching, hitting, stealing, sliding. . . These are guys on the go, and their physiques prove that. While not bulked up like bodybuilders, baseball players are uniformly fit and athletic. They have those developed biceps, molded thigh muscles, broad shoulders, and agile legs from this kind of activity.
And then there are the uniforms. While for some of us, a Jersey and pants aren’t exactly a turn on, there is something about the uniform that is so appealing. The colors are bright, the emblems fun, and the whole thing is just masculine and cute, reminiscent of the adorable little boys around the corner in the sandlot.
They have romantic names too, like Chase, Cole, Derek and Jason. It’s almost as if their mothers knew they were destined for athletic greatness, and not the life of the CPA. They come from all over the world now, bringing with that a diversity and sense of culture that complements this all-American sport.
Best of all, they are gorgeous. Take a good look at Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Matt Carpenter, Ryan Zimmerman, José Fernandez, or Jimmy Rollins. Any one of them could grace the cover of GQ and then some. These are dream guys, the kind that made your heart flutter in high school when they walked by, the names you secretly wrote in your diary over and over again trying them on with your name as you dreamed of white lace and Valentines.
The sport itself is slow, which only gives you more time to fantasize and get to know the character behind the pretty faces. Chases’ work ethic and sense of fairness is as inspiring as his little boy charm. Cole’s intensity as he winds up for a pitch is reminiscent of the brooding dark heroes of many a romance novel. J’Roll’s sense of humor and fun makes you want to smile along with him, and Shane Victorino’s charity work shows a depth and kindness that makes the Flyin’ Hawaiian even more appealing.
There is plenty of time to watch the players interact with each other, the opposing team, and the fans. You really get a sense of who these guys are off the field as well as on. Chases is reserved, while Rollins tells it like it is. And did I mention they are all hot?
So on a hot summer night, with a gentle breeze blowing filled with the smell of beer, hot dogs, and fresh cut grass, you will find us sitting behind home plate, cheering for our team and our guys.
Oh, and by the way, there’s a game going on.
Want a teaser? Here’s a little excerpt!
Darcy arrived at Rizzieri two days later, feeling like a duck out of water as she entered the upscale salon. The reception area was bright and cheerful, with a shelf on one side displaying hair-care products, jewelry, and makeup, and a desk on the other. A glamorous young woman glanced up from behind the counter, her chic bob so carefully styled she looked like she’d stepped out of the pages of Vogue.
“Miss Hamilton, right?”
Darcy nodded. “That’s me.”
“Very good.” Darcy wasn’t sure, but she thought she saw a glint of amusement in the woman’s eyes as she took in her cargo pants, tank top, and shoulder-length hair. “Right this way. My name is Kim if you need anything today.”
Handing Darcy a black smock, she indicated a dressing room. “I don’t know if you are worried about your top, but if so, feel free to change.”
“I don’t think that’s an issue.” Darcy grinned as she glanced down at her Sonics shirt. “I have about a dozen of these.”
Kim smiled. Once Darcy had donned the smock, Kim led her to the salon waiting area, where a comfortable sofa and refreshments waited. “Can I get you something to drink?” When Darcy declined, she indicated a table behind her. “Feel free to grab a bagel or a piece of fruit if you get hungry. Mila will come for you in a bit to take you into the salon.”
Darcy seated herself, gazing at the display of glossy magazines on a coffee table before her. The walls were painted a soothing taupe, and a waterfall splashed softly behind her. Soft music filled the air, and a decanter of wine, a pitcher of coffee, and a bowl of apples graced a side table behind the sofa. Slightly different from the place where she usually got her hair cut—a discount shop in a strip mall that offered no more amenities than a Coke machine.
“Hi, are you Darcy?” A stunning brunette extended her hand, and Darcy wondered if there was a factory somewhere that produced gorgeous women to work here. “I am Mila. My station is right here on the end.”
Darcy shook the woman’s manicured hand and then followed her across the floor to a polished-wood workstation with a tall mirror. There were half a dozen other stylists cutting hair, rendering curls with heated tongs, or doing blowouts.
“Now, what are we thinking?” Mila ran her fingers through Darcy’s hair, assessing the texture and thickness.
“I want to look . . . beautiful. And rich.” Darcy didn’t know how else to describe it.
“Doesn’t everyone?” Mila laughed, but nodded her head. “I would suggest we lighten you up. We’ll add highlights, of course, and some extensions. We use all human hair so that no one will ever know it isn’t yours. A special occasion, I assume?”
“Yes. A cocktail party.” Darcy still couldn’t even utter the words that the Sonics would be there.
“So what does the dress look like?”
Darcy suppressed the feeling of guilt that arose inside as she described the outfit she’d decided on in Lydia’s closet. “It’s a white one-shoulder with a flirty skirt. Kind of tiered. And it’s belted at the waist.” It was one of the few garments that actually fit her and didn’t bare everything.
“How did you know?” Darcy asked in amazement. She’d seen the name on the dress tag, but it was meaningless to her.
“It was photographed at an awards show. That is a darling outfit. So you may want to consider an updo, or an elegant ponytail to show off your neckline. You’ll want a manicure and pedicure, of course, and you may want to consider a facial. Nice thing about that dress is you don’t want a necklace with a one-shoulder dress, so you only need fabulous earrings . . .”
A cape appeared, and within minutes Darcy began to experience the process of beauty. Her hair was shampooed, her scalp massaged, and then the color applied. Squares of silver foil were strategically placed where the highlights would fall, and then she was instructed to sit beneath the dryer as the manicure began.
All the while she was supplied with anything she desired. Food. Sparkling water laced with lime. Magazines. The treatments themselves were not always comfortable, but the attention and pampering more than made up for it, especially when lunch arrived.
“Are you having fun?” Mila rescued her from the dryer and led her back to her station as Darcy nodded, her mouth full of Margherita pizza. “The color looks amazing. I’m going to do the blowout and we’ll apply the extensions. And then Kim will take you downstairs for the facial.”
Being gorgeous, Darcy realized, was a lot more work than she’d thought. She didn’t dare think about the cost and only thanked God it would go onto Lydia’s account and she could pay her back over time.
Finally, when everything was finished—her face, nails, makeup, and hair—Mila led her to a huge mirror. “Ready? Take a look.”
Darcy turned to her reflection and gasped out loud. It was Lydia! Up close, she could see the differences; her eyes were closer together and not as startlingly blue, her teeth not as white, her nose not as perfectly formed. Her dirty-blond hair was now much lighter, and the extensions were gathered into a long ponytail that curled artfully over one shoulder. The makeup, expertly applied, made her eyes appear larger and wider, and the right shade of lipstick gave her a full, luscious mouth.
“Amazing?” Mila led her back to the reception area. “Have a great time at the party. You are stunning!”
Here’s a little bit about Katie!
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.
Now for the giveaway!
As I mentioned at the start of the post, there are some super awesome prizes on offer, thanks to Katie Rose and Loveswept!
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