Friday, February 26, 2010

Review - Slow Heat

Title: Slow Heat
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publishing Date: February 2010
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: B
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: I purchased a new copy.

Samantha McNead is the publicist for a Major League Baseball team. One of the players Wade O'Riley has been getting a lot of bad press the team doesn't need. Sam concocts a plan to pretend to be Wade's girlfriend to take some of the heat off of Wade and therefore the team. Only Sam and Wade had a one night stand a year ago and Sam has never been able to get over Wade. Since she is dedicated to her job, she is willing to go to whatever lengths she needs to, even stir up her feelings in order to help the team.

Unless you have been hiding in a cave, you must know that Slow Heat has been getting rave reviews all over the internet. Jill Shalvis is hit or miss for me and after all the fantastic publicity, I decided to give her latest release a try. I am happy to say that this one was a hit for me, as well!

Slow Heat has great pacing, while the romance is still front and center with enough side conflicts to keep things interesting. One of my favorite things about the book was Wade's confidence. Many times Sam would push him away or lash out at him. Of course Sam was doing this to protect herself from getting hurt and Wade caught on fairly early. He doesn't get discouraged. He is able to see through Sam's act and put Sam in check. Wade has his own commitment issues, but he is still remains the pursuer.

As much as I liked Wade being the pursuer, I wish that Sam would have thrown him a bone every now and then. She kept pushing him away up until the very end. I would have liked to see her come to terms with her fear of letting go and take a chance. I don't think she grew enough by the end of the story for me to really believe she had worked out all her issues.

One other thing I'd like to point out was that I enjoyed the addition of Wade's father and Sam's nephew, Tag. These two characters helped to showcase both Sam and Wade's commitment issues and were the catalyst that eventually got them to work through those issues. Plus, these side characters were able to add laughs when needed.

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This book can be purchased in print or kindle format from Amazon.


Danielle87 said...

I do keep seeing this one around the blogosphere!
Do I have to know/understand baseball to enjoy this one? Because I am Australian and everything I know about basketball I learnt from watching 'The Sandlot'.

Great review. What other Jill Shalvis books would you highly recommend?

Danielle87 said...

And you can judge my level of understanding by the way I typed 'basketball' instead of 'baseball'.
Wait. Don't tell me. In basketball the ball is orange, right? lol

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Kris said...

Glad you liked it, cannot wait to read it. :)

Hilcia said...

Oh, so glad you liked this one! I'm reading Double Play right now and enjoying it, so this one on my list next. :)

Jill D. said...

Danielle, There is not much about the actual game of baseball in the book. You will be fine not knowing much about the sport. (LOL, baseball, not basketball)! I have only read two other books by Shalvis. I would recommend Get a Clue.

Kris - Yeah, it's a cute story. You will like it, I'm sure.

Hilcia - I haven't read Double Play, but now I might have to go back and read out of order, LOL!

Kristie (J) said...

She's very much a hit or miss author for me too! There was one of her Blaze books I tried reading this month and just couldn't finish it was so - well - silly. But I'm reading Slow Heat and so far it's a hit!

nath said...

It's a hit with me as well, but not a big hit ^_^; I mean, it's a fun baseball book... but sometimes, ugh. I had issues with Sam and I found it annoying that she just kept pushing Wade away. Seriously. and I agree with you, I don't think she grew up enough through the whole book.

Jill D. said...

Kristie - Glad to hear you are enjoying Slow Heat!

Nath - Looks like we are in agreement with this one :)