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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sliding Into Home by Joanne Rock

Sliding Into Home by Joanne Rock
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (211 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

They play the field…but can they play for keeps?

Rookie Brody Davis has all the right moves. But will they be enough to tempt sexy Naomi back into his bed?

Shortstop hero Lance Montero must prove to a bad-girl heiress that he's good at everything he does. Very, very good…

Superstar Javier Velasquez is getting a hot 'n' heavy workout with Lisa, the team's trainer. But who's healing whom?

First baseman Rick Warren is on a winning streak…with the owner's daughter!

Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? In this collection, each of the women—until they find that one special guy who turns them inside out in every delicious way—think they can walk away from baseball players. Sound interesting? Then you need to read Sliding Into Home.

Now I like a good baseball story. If the hero is sexy, then even better. If the sex steams, then it’s a home run. With this book by Joanne Rock, you have a home run indeed. The writing is quick and tight, guaranteed to keep you rooted to the spot until the last page. And her characters are real. Yeah, yeah, they are major stars and rich to boot, but you feel their pain and their triumph like it was your own.

The first story, Fired Up, is a tale of love lost and how to rekindle it. Though this could’ve been a run-of-the-mill telling, you really want to see Brody and Naomi get back together. When they meet on a sexual level, the pages really steam.

The second story, Squeeze Play, shows that sometimes being the best isn’t a bad thing—it’s really, really good. Lance wants to win the heart of a bad girl. Not an easy thing to do when she’s an heiress. But he’s not a quitter and it doesn’t help when a moment of passion ends up on film for the whole world to see. I liked that Jamie didn’t give up on him either. This story proves that when it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.

The third story, Talking Smack, is a tale of one-up-manship that gets out of control in many delicious ways. He’s in need of personal training and she’s the personal trainer. Now the side story of him living his dreams while mourning a loss tugs at your heart. You want to see her heal him in more than a physical way. I like that Javier isn’t afraid to let down his guard and show her the contents of his heart, even when she has the power to stomp on it with cleats.

The final story, The Last Inning, shows that some hot streaks aren’t meant to end. Delaney doesn’t want life to pass her by, especially when it means a dance between the sheets with first baseman Rick Warren. I liked that he had commitment issues. You show me a sports figure who doesn’t have some sort of superstition and I’ll never believe it. And just when you think this story could be bland, Ms. Rock infuses it with heat. Plus, it’s darned sexy that Rick can’t keep his hands off Delaney

Now if you want a steamy collection of stories to keep you toasty on a winter’s night, then you need to read Sliding Into Home. This is one you won’t want to miss.