Too Hot to Handle

Bad Boys of Baseball

Book 2
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Katie Rose’s Bad Boys of Baseball series returns for a delicious double-header—with the story of total opposites who are drawn to each other like moths to a flame.
 
Nikki Case is no fan of baseball. Her ex gambled away a fortune on the sport, and now her PR firm has tasked her with cleaning up the league’s most notorious bad boys. The New Jersey Sonics are known for wild womanizing and booze-fueled brawls, so Nikki expects the worst. Her first stop in the battle to win hearts and minds is star hitter Jake Baldwin—a legendary ladies man so smokin’ he threatens to melt her tough-girl armor.

Although his teammates prank her without mercy, Jake admires the way Nikki gives as good as she gets. She may be the queen of frost, but there’s kindling beneath those sultry curves—and he’s just the man to ignite it. But when a PR nightmare lands the Sonics in headlines across the country, Nikki is ready to walk. Only then does Jake realize how important she is to the Sonics’ success—and that winning the love of a good woman is no game.

Praise for Too Hot to Handle

“Rose knocks this one out of the park. This enjoyable sequel (after Bring on the Heat) will be a quick, fun read for all romance lovers.”Library Journal

Too Hot to Handle will keep readers in the mood until the first pitch is thrown on Opening Day.”Heroes and Heartbreakers

“Katie Rose scores a home run with a hero who’s Too Hot to Handle!”New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips

“I loved it! With a buttoned-up heroine and a too-hot-for-his-own-good hero, Katie Rose creates a charming love story that’s equal parts sweet and sexy.”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne

Too Hot to Handle makes for a sizzling escape.”USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly

“A thoroughly enjoyable read . . . If you’re after some fun and surprises, this is a definite for you.”—Turner’s Antics

“I adore this series and I can’t wait to see which of the boys gets the next book in the series. For her contemporary romance debut, Katie has a surefire winner on her hands.”—Crystal Blogs Books

“I am loving this series so far. I love it when I can fangirl a series from the beginning. That so rarely happens. I loved this book. The angsty bits were just so well done.”—Books Like Breathing

“Rose does an amazing job in creating a story that will leave you wanting more. . . . The characters are witty, sexy and charming, the storyline is brilliant and the romance will sweep you away. . . . I can’t wait for the next one out of this series!”—Underneath the Covers

“I knew this story would be fun, but it was so much more than I expected!”—Fic Central

Too Hot to Handle is a fun and entertaining read with a little bit of romance, heartbreak and heat.”—The Reading Cafe

“A whirlwind love story that leaves you wanting more of both Jake and Nikki. Together. Great light read with just the right touch of heat to it.”—Love Words and Books

“A nice, sweet contemporary read.”—Living to Read

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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Book 1
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.

Praise for Katie Rose and Bring on the Heat
 
“The plot is believable, and, by the way, this story sizzles! Lots of hot yumminess to brighten any summer night.”—Library Journal

“Charming, sexy, and smart, Katie Rose’s Bad Boys of Baseball series will make you wish it went into extra innings!”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne

“Chase is my kind of sports hero: dedicated, determined, and dangerously desirable!”—Wendy S. Marcus, award-winning author of Secrets of a Shy Socialite
 
“What can I say about this book . . . It is amazing! I loved it.”—Libby’s Fun Books

“Bring on the Heat was a fun, quick read that has just enough baseball to keep it in the genre, but not so much that you lose readers who don’t live and breathe sports!”—Two Moms Reading
 
“Bring on the Heat is one of those stories that I enjoyed very much: a heroine who is mistaken for her high-profile employer, a major-league pitcher on the brink of superstardom, and too much publicity for them both, leading to all kinds of interesting issues.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
 
“Bring on the Heat was, quite possibly, the cutest end-of-summer book. It was a super quick, light read with adorable characters. And, I might add, it has baseball players. Hello!”—Crystal Blogs Books
 
“Humor is an essential part of the book. . . . Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, it’s a fun read.”—Tangled Hearts and Boxer Briefs
 
“A cotton candy summer sports-themed romance, great for a beach read.”—The Naughty Librarians

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 1
“Katie Rose writes sexy, skilled sports heroes who know how to treat a woman right!” raves Wendy S. Marcus. Now the award-winning author of the Bad Boys of Baseball series introduces a team of soccer stars who score on and off the pitch.
 
New Jersey Hurricanes striker Logan Hart lives for the grind of training, the adrenaline of competition, and all the perks of the road—until his ex hands him a baby and tells Logan to raise her on his own. He’s eager to pass this bundle of joy into more capable hands and get back to his hard-playing, hard-partying ways. But when a beautiful, blond drill sergeant of a nanny turns Logan’s life upside down, he sets a new goal: winning her heart.
 
Isabella Bennett takes pride in teaching the rich and famous how to become loving families. Her no-nonsense style is just what Logan and his crying, copper-haired cutie need. So why can’t she get the image of Logan’s tanned, muscular body out of her head? Isabella’s here to whip a new father into shape, not fall for a sexy ladies’ man. But their chemistry is too tantalizing to ignore, much like the temptation to trust someone with her deepest secrets—and embrace a loving family all her own.

Praise for Hard to Hold

“Fast-paced and scintillating with plenty of romantic angst, this novel is an ideal read for anyone who likes their romance on the steamy side.”—Publishers Weekly

“An entertaining read and I’m looking forward to more in this series. Bring on the hot soccer guys, please! Preferably shirtless, when possible.”—Becky on Books . . . and Quilts

“I would recommend Hard to Hold by Katie Rose—TOP PICK”—Harlequin Junkie

“Hard to Hold, overall, is a classic contemporary romance that will give you everything you want from a good book: swoony moments, cute babies, sexual tension, and a happy ending!”—The Book Disciple

“Hard to Hold is a wonderful beginning to Katie Rose’s new Hard to Play series. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next installment.”—Always YA at Heart

“A sexy trek into the world of major league soccer with Katie Rose!  I really enjoyed this story and the characters.”—Thoughts of a Blonde

“Five stars—I loved reading this book. The heat between Isabella and Logan is hot but this book doesn’t have an overabundance of explicit sex and the story itself kept me interested enough I didn’t want to put it down. . . . I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.”—Xtreme Delusions

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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Loveswept
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Jan 27, 2015
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780553390483
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Sports
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Book 3
The Bad Boys of Baseball are back! In Katie Rose’s sweet, sparkling novel, the newest New Jersey Sonic falls for the woman who’s trying desperately to save his career.
 
Physical therapist Jessica Hart has learned her lesson: Never date professional athletes. She’s been down that road, and barely recovered after the relationship crashed and burned. Then Jessica meets Gavin King. An All-Star slugger with chiseled good looks, Gavin was traded to the Sonics because he hurt his knee sliding into second, and now his future is in her hands. Gavin’s no bad boy—but he’s tempting enough to make Jessica think twice about all her rules.
 
Gavin is trying to find a comfortable routine. If he wants his old life back, he must take it easy, stay out of the limelight, and keep his distance from gorgeous redheaded physical therapists. The thing is, Gavin isn’t the kind of guy to sit on his ass and let other people pull his weight. And when he sees something he wants, he can’t help but fight for it, even if it means risking everything, even if it only lasts a single moment: like one kiss from Jessica.

Praise for The Heat of the Moment
 
“Katie Rose writes sexy, skilled sports heroes who know how to treat a woman right!”—Wendy S. Marcus, award-winning author of All I Need Is You

“Katie Rose brings the heat again with another sweet and sexy sports romance!”—Kelly Jamieson, author of Major Misconduct

“This is the third installment of the series but can be read as a standalone also. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a feel-good romance.”—Majorly Delicious
 
“The Heat of the Moment is my favorite in Rose’s [Bad Boys of Baseball] series. I think it was because even through Jessica’s reluctance to fall for Gavin, I could feel his charm and sincerity just as much as she did.”—(un)Conventional Bookviews
 
“I will have to say I personally loved reading this story. I love baseball and loved how this story went and how it developed.”—Diana’s Book Reviews
 
“A really enjoyable, feel-good read.”—Becky on Books and Quilts
 
“The Heat of the Moment is a good addition to the [Bad Boys of Baseball] series. A sweet and fun love story about a baseball player on the mend and the physiotherapist helping him.”—Total Book Geek
 
“A light read with a little bit of everything: sex, romance, conflict, fun and falling in love.”—The Reading Cafe
 
“A great curl-up-and-escape book.”—Wild Heart Reviews
 
“This sports romance was really good. I liked both main characters very much. I liked that they didn’t instantly fall in love. Fans of sports romances will enjoy this book.”—Inside of a Dog
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 1
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.

Praise for Katie Rose and Bring on the Heat
 
“The plot is believable, and, by the way, this story sizzles! Lots of hot yumminess to brighten any summer night.”—Library Journal

“Charming, sexy, and smart, Katie Rose’s Bad Boys of Baseball series will make you wish it went into extra innings!”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne

“Chase is my kind of sports hero: dedicated, determined, and dangerously desirable!”—Wendy S. Marcus, award-winning author of Secrets of a Shy Socialite
 
“What can I say about this book . . . It is amazing! I loved it.”—Libby’s Fun Books

“Bring on the Heat was a fun, quick read that has just enough baseball to keep it in the genre, but not so much that you lose readers who don’t live and breathe sports!”—Two Moms Reading
 
“Bring on the Heat is one of those stories that I enjoyed very much: a heroine who is mistaken for her high-profile employer, a major-league pitcher on the brink of superstardom, and too much publicity for them both, leading to all kinds of interesting issues.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
 
“Bring on the Heat was, quite possibly, the cutest end-of-summer book. It was a super quick, light read with adorable characters. And, I might add, it has baseball players. Hello!”—Crystal Blogs Books
 
“Humor is an essential part of the book. . . . Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, it’s a fun read.”—Tangled Hearts and Boxer Briefs
 
“A cotton candy summer sports-themed romance, great for a beach read.”—The Naughty Librarians

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 1
“Katie Rose writes sexy, skilled sports heroes who know how to treat a woman right!” raves Wendy S. Marcus. Now the award-winning author of the Bad Boys of Baseball series introduces a team of soccer stars who score on and off the pitch.
 
New Jersey Hurricanes striker Logan Hart lives for the grind of training, the adrenaline of competition, and all the perks of the road—until his ex hands him a baby and tells Logan to raise her on his own. He’s eager to pass this bundle of joy into more capable hands and get back to his hard-playing, hard-partying ways. But when a beautiful, blond drill sergeant of a nanny turns Logan’s life upside down, he sets a new goal: winning her heart.
 
Isabella Bennett takes pride in teaching the rich and famous how to become loving families. Her no-nonsense style is just what Logan and his crying, copper-haired cutie need. So why can’t she get the image of Logan’s tanned, muscular body out of her head? Isabella’s here to whip a new father into shape, not fall for a sexy ladies’ man. But their chemistry is too tantalizing to ignore, much like the temptation to trust someone with her deepest secrets—and embrace a loving family all her own.

Praise for Hard to Hold

“Fast-paced and scintillating with plenty of romantic angst, this novel is an ideal read for anyone who likes their romance on the steamy side.”—Publishers Weekly

“An entertaining read and I’m looking forward to more in this series. Bring on the hot soccer guys, please! Preferably shirtless, when possible.”—Becky on Books . . . and Quilts

“I would recommend Hard to Hold by Katie Rose—TOP PICK”—Harlequin Junkie

“Hard to Hold, overall, is a classic contemporary romance that will give you everything you want from a good book: swoony moments, cute babies, sexual tension, and a happy ending!”—The Book Disciple

“Hard to Hold is a wonderful beginning to Katie Rose’s new Hard to Play series. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next installment.”—Always YA at Heart

“A sexy trek into the world of major league soccer with Katie Rose!  I really enjoyed this story and the characters.”—Thoughts of a Blonde

“Five stars—I loved reading this book. The heat between Isabella and Logan is hot but this book doesn’t have an overabundance of explicit sex and the story itself kept me interested enough I didn’t want to put it down. . . . I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.”—Xtreme Delusions

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 4
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The rugged men of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team are winning hearts once again in another scorching novel from Sawyer Bennett.

The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.

The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
ALEX
GARRETT
ZACK
RYKER
HAWKE
MAX
ROMAN
LUCAS
VAN
 
The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:
SEX IN THE STICKS
JILTED
 
And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
SUGAR DADDY
SUGAR RUSH
SUGAR FREE
 
“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Praise for Ryker

“A hot hockey player with a heart of gold . . . a smart, ballsy heroine . . . and enough heat between them to melt any hockey rink. Sawyer Bennett scores another solid hit with Ryker!”—Katie Rose, award-winning author of The Heat of the Moment

“Ryker is some of Ms. Bennett’s best work yet.”—Shh Moms Reading

Praise for Sawyer Bennett and the Carolina Cold Fury series

“Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver heroes I fall hard for and heroines I adore.”—New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke

“Wow. Just wow. Sawyer Bennett is my new favorite author.”—Jami Davenport, USA Today bestselling author of Skating on Thin Ice

“Garrett is a sizzling and emotional read with laughter and secrets thrown in for good measure. Sawyer Bennett had me at hello.”—New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 3
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • “Read Claudia Connor for a consistently raw and emotional love story,” recommends Carly Phillips. Now the swoon-worthy McKinney Brothers series from this bestselling author continues as JT, the youngest of the trio, discovers that only love can make him whole.
 
She’s fighting for control. . . . Paige Roberts learned to fend for herself growing up. Now she’s doing everything possible to give her daughter, Casey, the stability she never had. But when the vivacious five-year-old decides she’s done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help.
 
He’s struggling to connect. . . . JT McKinney lost more than his leg in a car accident that stole his dreams of pro football. Eight years later, he's made a new life for himself far away from his old one. His business is developing cutting-edge prosthetics and he’s more than happy to turn his attention to machines instead of people. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing.
 
Will they take a chance on love? . . . When JT gets the chance to help Paige’s daughter, he takes it. He never planned on the two of them tearing down his walls or teaching him to believe in himself again. Paige might not believe in happily ever afters, but JT wants more than anything to be her prince. They’ll both have to let go of the past if they want a future.

Praise for Worth It All
 
“Claudia Connor writes the kind of romance I love most. Warm, realistic, and heartfelt, Worth It All delivers on every level.”—New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins

“Worth It All is an amazing story about taking a chance and following through. As special needs bring Paige and JT together, this wonderfully written story will bring happiness to your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin

“Worth It All is exactly the kind of exquisitely raw and achingly emotional read I’ve come to expect from Claudia Connor—another hit from one of romance’s most talented authors.”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
 
“If you love romances where the main characters get a second chance for a fresh start, particularly ones that will tug at your heartstrings with the future of young child hanging in the balance, then you will . . . not want to miss Worth It All.”—The Romance Reviews
 
“Fans of the series and of family-oriented romance are sure to fall in love with JT and his romance with single mom Paige.”—All About Romance
 
“Downright heartwarming.”—The Good, The Bad and The Unread

Praise for Claudia Connor and her McKinney Brothers series
 
“Read Claudia Connor for a consistently raw and emotional love story.”—New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips
 
“I can’t get enough of Claudia Connor’s heartwarming stories. Sexy, emotional, complex, dreamy—her characters satisfy on every level.”—New York Times bestselling author Virna DePaul
 
“A reading experience that will no doubt satisfy fans and leave many eager for more tales of the passionate McKinney Brothers.”—RT Book Reviews
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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