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Hard To Hold (1)


1. The hero is a soccer player. Have you seen these guys? They are exotic, fit, wear adorable jerseys, and they are HOT! Check out my posts on FB and Twitter to see what I mean!
2. There is a baby. All right, so Logan Hart never imagined a one night stand might result in an adorable little girl. But when her mother drops her off and runs, he now has a baby. . . And a huge problem.
3. Did I mention soccer players are hot? Logan has blonde hair, crystal blue eyes and is cut. . .hmmm.
4. Realizing he is in no position to take care of the child, Logan hires a nanny. He’s picturing a middle aged, stern British woman, but when Isabella arrives and is an absolute knockout, Logan has a new problem.
5. Ok, I said 4, but did I mention that thing about soccer players?

The Heat is On_Rose (1)

Very excited that book 4 of the Bad Boys of Baseball series has been released! Called “Sensitive and Heartwarming” by Publisher’s Weekly, this one is a personal fave:

When veteran catcher Connor Jackson gets traded to the New Jersey Sonics, he welcomes the opportunity to possibly cap his career with a World Series ring in his home state. But there’s another reason Connor is glad things have come full circle. In pursuit of hardball glory, he left behind his college sweetheart, the one girl he could never forget. Seeing her again stirs up long-lost desires . . . and this time, he’s determined not to strike out.

A divorced mother of four, Tracy Coleman no longer aspires to gossip-mag glam—but she’ll make an exception for a date with Connor. Their chemistry is hotter than ever, and being alone with him is more seductive than she anticipated. Who could blame her for leaving out a little detail like the kids? Now all she has to do is come clean and convince the man of her dreams that they—Connor, Tracy, and her children—have a future together.


I liked the heroine in this book immediately. Jessica Hart was one-of-a-kind. As a physical therapist for the New Jersey Sonics, she has a job rehabbing athletes who injured knees, elbows, hands, wrists. . . and sometimes souls.

Enviable, right? She gets to play nurse to a team of gorgeous, cut, brutally fit baseball players. She becomes their pal, their hands-on therapist, their partner in recovery and hope. Makes for lots of romantic possibilities except. . . Jessica is done with baseball players. This is her reaction when she meets Gavin King, a heavy hitter traded to the Sonics when he sustained an injury:

Not even when Jessica turned to the coach, saw the ballplayer beside him, and her heart stopped.
He was exactly her type. Or her former type. As she took in his magnificent physique, black eyes, and Colgate smile, she felt an instant attraction.
Gavin was the kind of guy she used to dream about, drool over, and date. She’d met enough of them growing up, friends of her brothers who started out as decent guys but got caught up in the hype and eventually stomped all over some poor girl silly enough to give up her heart. Unfortunately, she’d had to walk that path herself. She’d made the fatal mistake of falling for an outfielder who played for Cleveland, and eventually played her. Zach had the same dark hair, heart-stopping smile, and killer body.
He’d taught her what the word devastation meant.

They fight the attraction between them even as their friendship grows. Jessica is unlike any woman Gavin’s ever met. She is one of the boys in her workout clothes and brisk manner, but beneath her tomboy façade, he sees a beautiful woman with an even more beautiful heart.

When she realizes he is depressed due to his injury and his change in circumstances, she takes matters into her own hands when she sees him driving a minivan:

Her head swiveled around and she gave his vehicle a double take.
“What the . . .”
“Enterprise ran out of cars. I had to drop off the Lexus I was renting this morning. All they had left was a Chrysler Town and Country.”
Her ginger brows arched and her nose crinkled. “Without kids, there is no excuse to be tooling around in a minivan. Why haven’t you bought yourself a car?”
Her eyes locked with his and he couldn’t escape. “I don’t know. I guess . . .” With those green eyes looking right into his soul, he gave up. “I didn’t want to think this was all permanent. You know, the injury. New Jersey. The Sonics.”
She actually snorted. “Well, that’s ridiculous. Let’s go. Since we can’t do our program, we are going to switch to an interval workout.” She gave him a devilish smile.
“We are going car shopping.”

My kind of gal.
I hope you enjoy the story! The Sonics have a blast at Gavin’s expense, but that’s just part of their charm.
And part of baseball.

Katie Rose

I attended the RWA conference at the Marriott Marquis in July, which was fab as always. Great workshops, opportunities for networking, and agent/editor appointments. Random House held several events for the LoveSwept authors, including a tour, a lunch and a signing. We gave away books, had a great time, and I got to meet some wonderful authors like Wendy Marcus, Sarah Robinson, and Bronwen Evans!
But as I was leaving the hotel, I saw a half naked man wearing his tighty-whities right outside the Marriott, so I asked him for a photo. The Naked Cowboy surprised me by sweeping me up in his arms, romance style!



My home town of Medford Lakes has a quirky annual tradition of 84 years called Canoe Carnival. Sponsored by the Colony Club, Canoe Carnival takes place in August and it is a contest of floats constructed on top of one or two canoes. The floats are impressive; some of them twenty feet high. And there are rules that the floats have to be able to be hand paddled around Upper Aetna Lake without toppling over (which has happened!) The festivities start on Friday evening, the Festival of Lights, and all of the houses surrounding the lake light up their properties. Parties abound, and last through the weekend. There is also a King and Queen crowned, two of the local high school students who campaign for weeks before the carnival. It is a great time, but when the weekend ends, the floats are torn apart, and teams begin planning for the next year!