Blog tour for “Catching Heat” by Alison Packard w/review
I have a contemporary romance, Catching Heat, for you all today. This is a nice read and I really enjoyed it. Check out all the details about the novel below, including my review. As a bonus, the author is conducting a tour-wide giveaway for two $25 Amazon gift cards. Be sure to click on the Rafflecopter link for your chance to win!
by Alison Packard
Life has taught Angie DeMarco that all baseball players are womanizers, and her incredible one-night stand with sexy San Francisco Blaze back-up catcher J.T. Sawyer seemed to prove it. Determined not to give in to their sizzling chemistry a second time, she’s kept her distance ever since, focusing on her accounting job with the team. But now she’s laid off…and pregnant.
J.T. was hurt by Angie’s rejection, but with one more year with the Blaze, he has no time for love. He needs to spend the off season training hard so he can negotiate a better contract with a new team at the end of the year. But when Angie shows up on his doorstep, he‘s overwhelmed by wanting to not just do right by her but pursue a relationship with her. Hoping for a second chance, he proposes.
Angie agrees to marry J.T. on one condition: the marriage will be purely a business arrangement. But as Angie spends time with him and his family, and J.T. neglects his training to spend time with her, what begins as a union in name only slowly grows into something more—something that looks a whole lot like love and friendship.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Number of pages: 267
Word Count: 87,000
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alison now lives in Southern Nevada where she’s still getting used to the blistering summers and slot machines in every grocery store.
When not working at the day job that pays the bills, keeps a roof over her head, and supports her book and chocolate habits, she spends most of her free time writing. But when she takes a break, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
I found Catching Heat to be a heart-warming romance novel. Yes, it is about a man and woman who discover they’re going to have a baby together after a one night stand. They had no relationship prior to that, but I loved the journey they took to make things work. Each of them had their hang-ups, though I’d say Angie’s were the more difficult ones to overcome. Yet they were both enjoyable characters whose flaws didn’t go over the top like in some books.
J.T. was a real sweetheart. For most of the book (except one part toward the end) I admired the way he worked so hard to build a more permanent and stable relationship. He’s just the kind of dream man most women would love to settle down with and he had such a great family too. This isn’t a guy with a dark and tortured past, but actually a very positive one. That doesn’t mean he didn’t have some hot qualities, though!
The pacing isn’t very fast. The author took a lot of time to explore all the characters and included lots of little tidbits about their backgrounds. Each of them were developed to feel unique and different. J.T.’s brothers were especially interesting and I could see them getting their own stories. Angie’s family didn’t get as much face time, but you learn a lot from her thoughts and memories of them. I definitely grew to not like her mother very much. I was a bit disappointed the issue with her didn’t get resolved at the end. The same went for Justin, the only one of J.T.’s brothers who didn’t like Angie. Life isn’t perfect, though, and there will always be troublesome relatives. I just tend to prefer love stories get wrapped up with all the loose ends out of the way.
Otherwise, I enjoyed this book a lot. There was nothing too dramatic or angsty about it. I usually gravitate to darker romances, but this was a nice change of pace and well worth the read. I’d definitely recommend it to those who enjoy contemporary romance. And not to worry, there are some steamy scenes in there for those who enjoy them. Four whips for Catching Heat!
Note- I received a free digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.