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Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis
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"After a woman claims she's pregnant with Wade O'Riley's love child, Major League Baseball's most celebrated catcher and ladies' man is slapped on the wrist by management and ordered to improve his image. His enforcer is the team's publicist, the tough and sexy Samantha McNead. When Wade needs a date for a celebrity wedding, Sam steps up to the plate as his 'girlfriend.' But given her secret crush on him and that one awkward night a year ago in a stalled elevator with too much Scotch, the whole thing is an exercise in sexual tension. Wade is thrilled when the pretense turns into an unexpected night of hot passion. But the next day Sam is back to her cool self. As a catcher, Wade's used to giving the signals, not struggling to read them. Now, to win the love of his 'pretend' girlfriend, he needs a home run--even if it involves stealing a few bases..."--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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The 2nd book in the series, I already liked these two from the first book and settled into a comfy romantic read when I started this one. Both them didin't have ideal families, dealing with neglectful and/or addicted parents can make trusting a real relationship hard. These two have a bumpy ride while they figure things out. Add to the mix, Samantha becomes surragate parent to her nephew. Engaging from start to finish.
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
I like most books by Jill Shalvis but could not get into this one. I got so tired of characters fighting their attraction and the plot wasn't strong enough to maintain my interest otherwise. I gave up after 100 pages.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
I really liked it, though I think there was way too many fooling around until the end and to what I was already sure was going to happen. The book and the leads were very fun and captivating, the chemistry was there and there were a couple of steamy and sexy times too. Tag is great! Loved that kid. Very good book, though not my Jill Shalvis' favorite. ( )
  msralways | Aug 19, 2014 |
I wasn't sure about Wade in the first book, but I'm happy to report Shalvis delivered.

I really liked both main characters. Sam and Wade had chemistry in spades.

I think one of the things I liked best about this novel is that there wasn't really an outside force keeping the two separated. They each had to overcome their own personal issues in order for them to be together, but there wasn't anything outside of that keeping them apart.
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  cranberrytarts | Sep 22, 2013 |
This is the second book in the Pacific Heat series, but can definitely be read as a standalone story. I loved the first book, and was very happy to discover this one is just as good.

Samantha works PR for the Heat baseball team - it’s a family business, but she does not get on with her family. Wade is one of the team’s stars, and they haven’t been on speaking terms since an ‘incident’ in an elevator some months earlier. But now Wade’s in trouble in the media (through no fault of his own), and the two of them pretend to be dating to try and get the public to forget about the latest drama.

What Jill Shalvis does so well is create memorable and realistic characters. This is a character-driven story, and as always covers deep emotion at the same time as being laugh out loud funny. This book has some of Jill Shalvis’ funniest writing (Wade trying to figure out how to stop fans writing on him was one of my favourites), and also two of her most likeable characters.

This is an excellent contemporary romance. It’s about the way the characters find their way to each other rather than the action surrounding them, and it was such a great read. I haven’t yet found a Jill Shalvis story I didn’t love, and this one is up there with the Wilder Brothers books as one of the best ( )
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Wade O’Riley is the star catcher for the expansion Santa Barbara Heat with a reputation as a ladies’ man. When an over-enthusiastic fan (think stalker) claims that she is having his baby, the ownership decides to do some damage control. What Wade needs is the appearance of a relationship that lasts longer than one night. So the team’s publicist, Samantha McNead is ordered to pretend to be his girlfriend for at least a month. Sam is not happy with the assignment. She and Wade have a history – one memorable encounter in an elevator in Atlanta. But Sam is a team player – as well as the daughter of the team’s owner – so she agrees to go along.

Her first assignment is to accompany Wade to the wedding of his best friend, a Hollywood producer. Thus, she finds herself sharing a hotel room with the man who, for one brief moment, got her to forget her inhibitions and enjoy herself. This is not going to be easy.

Wade would be happy to take up where he and Sam left off all those months ago. Sam just knows it would be a big mistake. So there is a lot of mental lusting and more than a few hot sex scenes when Sam gives in to her instincts. But she is convinced that Wade is only interested in the sex and, beneath the surface, Wade has lots of insecurity.

Both have issues that complicate the relationship. Wade’s mother abandoned him at birth and his father was a drifter and an alcoholic. Baseball was his way out of obscurity, but he isn’t sure he’s good enough to aspire to the wealthy, Ivy-league educated Sam. Sam’s mother died when she was very young and her domineering father left her with her own problems.

The circumstances that force Wade and Sam together allow the two to discover each other’s real natures. Yet the question is whether they will be able to let go of the ghosts of the past and find happiness.
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