Monday, February 22, 2010
A Perfect 10: SLOW HEAT by Jill Shalvis
Pacific Heat - Book 2
A Perfect 10
Santa Barbara, California – Present Day
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 endorse 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 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 sex fest in a bathroom, of all things. Wade is ecstatic, while Samantha not so much. Because they must act as if 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 very 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 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 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 as though 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 that 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 (July 2009) where Samantha and Wade are introduced. SLOW HEAT IS one book that deserves RRT’s Perfect 10 award.