Slow Heat

Slow Heat

From the New York Times bestselling author of Double Play, Rescue My Heart, The Trouble with Paradise, and the Lucky Harbor novels...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,...

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Title:Slow Heat
Author:Jill Shalvis
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Slow Heat Reviews

  • Miss Kim

    The second book in the Pacific Heat series pleased me much more than the first,

    . We first met Sam, the Heat's publicist, and Wade, the Heat's catcher in book one. They shared a hot somewhat tipsy one-nighter in that one, and neither has really gotten over it. Sam views it as a mistake and want to forget it—but can’t. Wade just can’t figure out whey he

    forget it. He’s a playboy, and had no problem with the steady flow of women constantly dropped in his lap due to his fame. Howeve

    The second book in the Pacific Heat series pleased me much more than the first,

    . We first met Sam, the Heat's publicist, and Wade, the Heat's catcher in book one. They shared a hot somewhat tipsy one-nighter in that one, and neither has really gotten over it. Sam views it as a mistake and want to forget it—but can’t. Wade just can’t figure out whey he

    forget it. He’s a playboy, and had no problem with the steady flow of women constantly dropped in his lap due to his fame. However, since that night with Sam, he’s not been with anyone else. (He earned bonus points with me here)

    The team owner—and Sam’s father—comes up with a plan to improve Wade’s image. He wants Sam to pose as Wade’s girlfriend for a period of time to try to get positive press. Wade is all for it, but Sam is worried she’ll really fall for him.

    I just really liked Wade from the beginning. He’s extremely charming, and considerate of Sam’s feelings. Oh and not to mention he’s of course celebrity-gorgeous. They both end up liking each other. A lot. Sam and Wade are also both dealing with personal issues with their families, which I think shows more of their character.

    Overall this is a fairly light read. It has way less baseball filler in it than the first book. There is a lot of tension and steam, and you don’t have to wait til 2/3 to get it. Ms. Shalvis is queen of the teaser sex scene (and public sex), I’ve found—but not here.

  • Auntee

    This was a fun, sexy read, loaded with sexual tension, and with enough backstory on the very likable characters to make everything believable. If you've read the previous book in the series (

    ), you'll love this one. And if you're a baseball fan, you'll enjoy it even more.

    Thirty-two year old heartthrob Wade O'Riley is the star catcher of the MLB Pacific Heat. He's a bit of a happy go lucky, free-spirited ladies' man. When a stalkerific fan of the team wrongly accuses him of being the f

    This was a fun, sexy read, loaded with sexual tension, and with enough backstory on the very likable characters to make everything believable. If you've read the previous book in the series (

    ), you'll love this one. And if you're a baseball fan, you'll enjoy it even more.

    Thirty-two year old heartthrob Wade O'Riley is the star catcher of the MLB Pacific Heat. He's a bit of a happy go lucky, free-spirited ladies' man. When a stalkerific fan of the team wrongly accuses him of being the father of her love child, management and the team's corporate sponsors are not amused. They want Wade to clean up his act, and to make it look like he has a stable love life and to clean up his image, they devise a plan. They decide that the team's publicist (and owner's daughter), Samantha McNead, become his "pretend" girlfriend for a month. If it looks like Wade has a steady girl, then he won't come off as such a party animal, and the sponsors will be happy.

    Hard working 29 year old Samantha's all for doing her job, but pretending to be Wade's girlfriend is going to be a tough assignment. She's known Wade for four years, and has had a secret crush on him for a while. And while it may look like these opposites (she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, he was working class and often lived hand-to-mouth) get along like oil and water, it's really just sexual tension. That tension was eased somewhat when the two were trapped in a stalled elevator a year ago, and ended up having a liquor-fueled sexual tryst. If they are now forced to "pretend' to be lovers, will it soon become a reality? Wade has always been a 'player', never committting to anything in his life other than a good time. Will Sam do something as foolish as giving her heart to someone who cannot reciprocate?

    I really enjoyed this one. It had everything I like in a good contemporary story--fast pace, good, strong character development, and a believable plot. And

    with heat between the H/h. And the good thing is, unlike

    , you don't have to wait too long for the love scenes, which were verrry steamy

    took place in some unusual places. And just when things were moving along very nicely and I was wondering where JS was taking the reader next, she threw in a couple of curveballs by introducing Sam's unwanted 10 year old nephew to the story, as well as Wade's troublesome (but kind of funny) alcoholic father. These two characters and their troubles really helped to cement the relationship between Wade and Sam, making it an emotional as well as physical relationship.

    So, readers looking for a fun, often humorous, sexy read, should enjoy this one. It was all set to earn a 4 1/2 rating from me, but then JS did the unthinkable and left a big old cliffhanger, with no epilogue! Grrr! I hate that. Hopefully she'll make up for that glaring error in the next book. 4 stars.

  • Holly

    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.

  • Katie(babs)

    Samantha McNead, superstar publicist for the Heat, a professional baseball expansion team has been called upon to handle a very sticky PR nightmare. It involves Wade O’Riley, the best defensive catcher in Major League Baseball. Because of Wade’s over abundant and very public playboy lifestyle, and being accused of fathering a child with a team groupie, Samantha has to do some major damage control. One of the corporations who endorses the Heat has a new conservative CEO with high family values wh

    Samantha McNead, superstar publicist for the Heat, a professional baseball expansion team has been called upon to handle a very sticky PR nightmare. It involves Wade O’Riley, the best defensive catcher in Major League Baseball. Because of Wade’s over abundant and very public playboy lifestyle, and being accused of fathering a child with a team groupie, Samantha has to do some major damage control. One of the corporations who endorses the Heat has a new conservative CEO with high family values who is more than upset with the scandal surrounding Wade, even though he is innocent of all wrong doing. Samantha’s father is one of the owners of the Heat and wants her to be Wade’s pretend girlfriend for a month until the scandal dies down. She’s mortified by having to play this role, but because she takes her job seriously, she has no choice. Things would be a lot better if she hadn’t made a major mistake where she and Wade spent a drunken night together stuck in an elevator having crazy monkey sex. But she’ll make this sacrifice and make sure that Wade keeps his hands to himself from here on out.

    Wade is over the moon at having Samantha as his mock girlfriend. He can’t get over the incredible passionate night they shared and would love nothing more than to have many more nights with her. He’ll try his best to seduce the very buttoned up and professional Samantha at his friend’s upcoming wedding. But, Samantha is so stand-offish unless they are in public and surrounded by the paparazzi. If Wade has his way, he’ll find another elevator and show her how explosive they can be together.

    Samantha is close to her sexual breaking point because Wade is always right by her side, teasing, flirting and whispering sexual innuendos about their elevator ride to the point where she can’t handle it. She does something very stupid at the wedding reception they attend together, where they act out another extended scene sex fest in a bathroom, of all things. Wade is ecstatic, while Samantha not so much. Because they must act like they are in love, she has no choice but to put up with Wade. His feelings for Samantha have changed and he wants to make their pretend relationship a reality.

    Things become every stressful when Wade’s alcoholic father shows up on his doorstep, as well as Samantha’s ten-year-old nephew, Tag. With no other choice, both Samantha and Wade have a whole slew of new issues to deal with. Wade wants to work on things with Samantha, and even though she is all for spontaneous sex, he wants more than just a few weeks of mind blowing love making. He now wants forever with Samantha and has to figure out a way to show her.

    It’s been awhile since I’ve read such a combustible and sexy romance such as SLOW HEAT. This latest contemporary baseball romance is near perfect in its telling. If you love baseball, a hero who is an adorable take charge type of guy, and a heroine who tries her best to do the right thing, but can’t help but fall for the charms of the playboy type hero who makes her all hot and bothered, you need to read SLOW HEAT.

    What I adored most of all is the fact that even though Samantha constantly tries to keep Wade at arm’s length, he keeps pushing in such a way that he isn’t too aggressive or he-man forceful. Wade enjoys loving life, from playing baseball to having a bad fast food addiction. When he wants something as bad as he wants Samantha, he won’t let her go. They are two very different sides of a coin because their outlook on life and personalities are the total opposite from one another. They should clash, but they don’t. Wade is there to help Samantha loosen up and help her with Tag, a confused and lonely boy whose parents act like he doesn’t exist. In turn, Samantha is there to show Wade the way he handles his drunk of a father. One of Wade’s faults is that he’s generous to a fault, but thinks as long as he hands out money, he’s doing the correct thing. These two begin to lean on each other and from that they grow into better people.

    The dialogue and secondary characters also make SLOW HEAT over all fun reading. The love scenes between Samantha and Wade are hot, sweet and so very addicting. You can’t help but want even more between these two.

    Jill Shalvis has written one very satisfying read with this second title in her baseball series. I would recommend you read the first book, Double Play where Samantha and Wade are introduced.

  • Amanda

    Well Jill Shalvis did it again, and by did it again I mean wrote another book that I will want to read a reread for many of the curl up in the bed and read nights to come. One of the great things about this book was that going into it you had knowledge of the characters, and a true connection to them. I love books were you feel as if you know the characters because you got to see them through others eyes. The writing again was superb and had amazing flow. Never once did I feel as if the story la

    Well Jill Shalvis did it again, and by did it again I mean wrote another book that I will want to read a reread for many of the curl up in the bed and read nights to come. One of the great things about this book was that going into it you had knowledge of the characters, and a true connection to them. I love books were you feel as if you know the characters because you got to see them through others eyes. The writing again was superb and had amazing flow. Never once did I feel as if the story lagged or lost my attention. The HEA of this book first shows up in the Double Play book 1 in the Pacific Heat series, and let me tell you they don't disappoint. All the old players are back minus a few here and there, and few are added making this an equally great book to its predecessor. To me this book felt it didn't have as much baseball in it, but of course I could very well be wrong.

    A man like Wade O'Riley would be my ideal kind of hero, and he was a great one especially for Sam. They fit into each other like a puzzle pieces, where she was serious and exact he was easygoing and unconcerned. He walked though life letting almost everything role of his back because freedom was life to him and baseball was the air that kept him alive to live it. He thought he had it all till Sam melted his heart and the bubble of easy living he kept himself in. Until Sam he never realized how complicated and hard could be exactly what he needed.

    I loved how upfront they both were, how they communicated, because it felt so very real, and well was very refreshing to read. It wasn't about secrecy and needing to keep things so far apart because they both kind of got that it couldn't be done and gave up fighting it. And then there was TAG oh love his little heart. I would just love to see how Tag is all grown up and if the author kept the story up long enough to write his story then I would just be beside myself.

    This was great addition to the series and hope it's a promising start for more to come.

  • Aly

    Most people know Wade O'Riley as a laid-back guy, an easygoing charmer, popular with the ladies and the best defensive catcher in Major League Baseball. His team, the Heat, is watched more closely because they're a young team and already had a scandal before. So when a crazy fan claim (falsely) Wade got her pregnant, it's up to Samantha McNead, publisist for the Heat, to save the day.

    To save Wade's reputation and make him appear like a good boy to the press, they're gonna pretend to date for a

    Most people know Wade O'Riley as a laid-back guy, an easygoing charmer, popular with the ladies and the best defensive catcher in Major League Baseball. His team, the Heat, is watched more closely because they're a young team and already had a scandal before. So when a crazy fan claim (falsely) Wade got her pregnant, it's up to Samantha McNead, publisist for the Heat, to save the day.

    To save Wade's reputation and make him appear like a good boy to the press, they're gonna pretend to date for a month. Attend events with a sexy athlete on her arm is not supposed to be tough, but the man drive her crazy calling her Princess and Sam is trying to keep things professional between them, after things went less professional (involving a drunk night and an elevator). Too bad it was the most erotic and sensual experience of her life. Makes it harder for her to stop thinking about him and stop wanting him. Wade's flirty, misbehaving and cocky attitude doesn't makes it easier either.

    Jill Shalvis does sexy and funny really well. But when it comes to feelings, it's even better. I think that one of the most interesting things about romance novels, it's learning why a character is like he or she is and how they act and react when lust and love come into play. At first impression, Sam appear as a tough-as-nails woman but the more we know her and the more we see her vulnerable side. And that's why she wanted to pretend her one-night stand with Wade didn't happened and wasn't a big deal. She was trying to protect her heart. I understand her need to stay in control and to not open her heart. It's because she knows she's gonna feel too much, give too much and will be badly burned afterwards. I also totally understand the hero for not wanting a relationship. His desire for a stress-free life and not wanting to be responsible for someone else.

    The push and pull between Sam and Wade gets old a little too fast but the arrival of Sam's nephew in their lives gave a second wind to the story. I wished there was more baseball time in it too. But we can never go wrong with a Jill Shalvis' book :)

    P.s Thanks to my sister who let me borrowed her computer so I could write this review. Mine is gonna have to go to the "electronic doctor" :(.

  • Stephanie

    Rule #1 Don't just end a book, give me a little bit of an epilogue.

    Rule #2 And if you end a book abruptly, put the next book in the series out within the next few months and don’t make us wait over a year.

    The abrupt ending is what earned this book a 3 star. I was so mad when I finished last night that if I had rated it at that time, I would have given it a 2 star...

    Wade and Sam said their I love you's at the end, and it just ended. There was no "six weeks later blah blah blah....I have to have

    Rule #1 Don't just end a book, give me a little bit of an epilogue.

    Rule #2 And if you end a book abruptly, put the next book in the series out within the next few months and don’t make us wait over a year.

    The abrupt ending is what earned this book a 3 star. I was so mad when I finished last night that if I had rated it at that time, I would have given it a 2 star...

    Wade and Sam said their I love you's at the end, and it just ended. There was no "six weeks later blah blah blah....I have to have a little closure. What happened to the drunken dad, what happens to the nephew that came to live with her, does she start her own PR firm. Another thing that bothered me was Wade kept trying to get her to have sex in bed, since they did it in an elevator, bathroom, and the back seat of a Honda, and when they finally did. Shalvis just glossed over it. She mentioned it several times like there maybe something to Sam's avoidance to sleeping with Wade in a bed, then boom NOTHING. It didn't need to be smutty, but if you build it up and make it an issue at least write about it.

    About 2/3'rds of the way through the book seems rushed, like she just wanted it to end.

    I was so disappointed that I am not sure that I want to read any more books in this series. Which is so sad because I love sports romances!

  • Ann

    The relationship was too much off or on, up and down. Liked the first bk so much better.

  • Felicity

    This was not what I had hoped. To be fair, I should lay it out there that I'm crushing hard on the Toronto Blue Jays right now, which was mainly the whole purpose for reading this story, so I had some high expectations. I liked the premise. It had baseball. It was in my library's digital section waiting to be checked out. I figured why not? I was itching for some really feel good, sexy, studtastic, heart stopping romance with an MLB player and I had high hopes that this would cure my crazy need.

    This was not what I had hoped. To be fair, I should lay it out there that I'm crushing hard on the Toronto Blue Jays right now, which was mainly the whole purpose for reading this story, so I had some high expectations. I liked the premise. It had baseball. It was in my library's digital section waiting to be checked out. I figured why not? I was itching for some really feel good, sexy, studtastic, heart stopping romance with an MLB player and I had high hopes that this would cure my crazy need.

    It didn't.

    I liked Sam. I liked Wade. I just felt there could've been MORE. More everything. More tension. More witty banter. More sizzle. More, more, more. The best way to describe this for me is push and pull. Like Sam and Wade were pushing to get their story told, to have their characters really blossom and then suddenly they'd be pulled back. I felt that constantly. A constant tease... Like, oohh it's about to get good, aaaand... everything would pull away to the land of "Not Interesting Enough".

    I thought it could've been over a lot sooner than it was. To me it seemed like the issue of pretending to be in a relationship or to not pretend and just be in one came up a dozen times and wasn't properly addressed ever. This is where the push and pull was intense. Moreoever, it felt like there were two break ups in different chapters. Same deal, just repeating itself for more intensity, but it wasn't intense at all. I thought the bit with Tag was random and thrown in. I thought the same way about Wade's father suddenly becoming part of the plot. I liked Sam, but I also thought she had some crazy WTF moments. Girls like that give normal girls a bad rap. She had unreasoned, out of nowhere attitude towards Wade at random times. It could've been for extra angst, drama and tension, but mostly it just felt strange and out of place.

    I found it hard to stay focus while reading. It took a lot of energy to really get into, and that's not how I want my books to be. Basically, I wanted a lot and instead I found little. And there were times where things were kind of coming together and making sense, but then it would just stop suddenly and I'd be left feeling really unsatisified. Or, in baseball analogy: I felt there were many perfect "pitches" for some stellar "home runs", but instead, Sam and Wade are wandering around left field.

    Sorry... I wanted to like it but this just didn't hit it out of the park for me.

  • Brent Soderstrum

    This book was Slow but it lacked the Heat. Should be sent down to the minors.

    Shalvis might be a good author but she lacks the knowledge to write about baseball or she ought to get an editor who knows baseball to help her out. The errors I saw were:

    "3rd plate"-do you mean 3rd base??? Come on

    "bull pen"-"bullpen" is one word.

    She has Wade going straight to the Majors right out of college. Rarely ever happens.

    At one point in the book Wade spent 2 years in Denver before going to Santa Barabara and in

    This book was Slow but it lacked the Heat. Should be sent down to the minors.

    Shalvis might be a good author but she lacks the knowledge to write about baseball or she ought to get an editor who knows baseball to help her out. The errors I saw were:

    "3rd plate"-do you mean 3rd base??? Come on

    "bull pen"-"bullpen" is one word.

    She has Wade going straight to the Majors right out of college. Rarely ever happens.

    At one point in the book Wade spent 2 years in Denver before going to Santa Barabara and in another it said 4 years. You can't be a free agent in baseball till you 6 years of major league service

    During the story there was talk about Wade being put on the DL and as a result being out of action for a couple of days. If you are put on the DL you are out of action a minimum of 15 days.

    I am so looking forward to the baseball season and in my desperate need to read something to do with baseball I think I went too far with this one.

    Written for teenage girls not old guys who love baseball.

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