Monday, June 15, 2015

[Kame's Review]: "High Heat"

High Heat by Linda Morris
Publisher: InterMix (June 16, 2015)
Series: Hard Hitters, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The author of Melting the Millionaire’s Heart gives readers a front-row seat to her new Hard Hitters baseball series. First up at bat: a hotshot pitcher and a PR pro battle it out on and off the field…

Small-town Indiana tomboy Sarah Dudley grew up living and breathing baseball, since her father owned the minor league Plainview Thrashers. A talented player herself, she idolized her brother’s best friend: Tom Cord, a pitcher with a wicked fastball and an even more wicked reputation.

Now, Sarah is the Thrashers’ VP of public relations, and Tom—a star in the major leagues—has been assigned to the club while rehabbing from surgery. It’s Sarah’s job to keep the hard-throwing, hard-living star out of trouble. But when she gets a glimpse of the man behind the bad-boy image, they start to generate more heat than an inside fastball…

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Kame's Review:

Like a lot of women, Sarah works for her family business; which is a minor league baseball team. She has always loved baseball, and has always had an eye for her brother's former roommate and buddy who made it to the MLB. Now Tom is doing a rehab stint with her team, Sarah isn't like the women he wants to date. Or is she?

I wanted to like this book. I love reading books centered around the game of baseball. I was excited about Sarah's baseball knowledge but for me her character was sort of flat. A lot of time was devoted to how she wished she could do more with the team but her Dad was very opinionated with his ideas of where women should be. (Which by the way almost had me DNF this book). It affected all aspects of her character and I was so depressed that even her brother wouldn't defend her. Tom was a little to clique for me - the bachelor baseball player. Even when he had a scene that showed some promise he was more than just baseball and women he didn't break through and shine.

The conflict that erupted brought me no satisfaction - you know that point in a movie or book where you cheer - yeah never happened.

So why did I finish if the characters didn't enthrall me. It was the baseball - the author was on point with her baseball - and even had details about Tom's injury that brought him to the minors that few would think to include. Now in the end I would prefer characters I could enjoy spending time with than great technical details - but in this case the technicalities kept me reading.

This is the first in a series - If book 2 takes place in the big leagues with Tom's MLB team I might consider it because it would mean a whole new set of characters.


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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) 

Have you read Linda Morris before? Do you have a favorite baseball romance?


Until Next Time,


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Lover Of Romance said...

Great review Kame. I also like baseball themed romances. Hate that the conflict fell flat though...that is always a bummer.

KAMEBookReview said...

I have been on a roll lately with baseball books - TBQ will be filled with them soon!

Red Iza said...

Since I'm not very keen on baseball (sorry !) and I hear what you say about the characters, I think I'll pass on this one :) Lovely review, Kame !

Sophia Rose said...

This sounds like one I read where the baseball setting and the behind the scenes stuff was the best part of the story. As much as I love baseball, I think I'll pass. Appreciate the review, Kame!

KAMEBookReview said...

You know when a character (in this case a secondary one) does something that pisses you off - and well should - as it is wrong on many levels. Yeah - and no one stood up to the level I would be screaming. There are other baseball books that just blow me away - we will find you one of those

Sophia Rose said...

No worries! There are lots of books out there and I'm learning to just move along to something else that will please me better.

Sharlene Wegner said...

Back in the Game by Lori Wilde was a good baseball-themed book, but not actually about the game. Also, for not baseball, but rugby - Kat Latham's books are really good!