This book didn't work for me, it felt like it was something totally different to the first two books which I really liked!
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Physical therapist Jessica Hart has learned her lesson: Never date professional athletes. She’s been down that road, and barely recovered after the relationship crashed and burned. Then Jessica meets Gavin King. An All-Star slugger with chiseled good looks, Gavin was traded to the Sonics because he hurt his knee sliding into second, and now his future is in her hands. Gavin’s no bad boy—but he’s tempting enough to make Jessica think twice about all her rules.
Gavin is trying to find a comfortable routine. If he wants his old life back, he must take it easy, stay out of the limelight, and keep his distance from gorgeous redheaded physical therapists. The thing is, Gavin isn’t the kind of guy to sit on his ass and let other people pull his weight. And when he sees something he wants, he can’t help but fight for it, even if it means risking everything, even if it only lasts a single moment: like one kiss from Jessica.
After her relationship left a bitter taste in her mouth, Physical Therapist Jessica Hart has sworn off dating professional athletes. Then she meets Gavin King and all her pep talks and self-lectures begin making less and less sense.
I read a previous book in the series and really loved it but this one was a little bit of a letdown. The plot was fun if very predictable but the characters themselves and the pace left me less than impressed.
Gavin was just too darn perfect most of the time. I expected him to have more issues than just his physical injury. I love characters with some flaws and aside from being impatient to get back into the game he loves, Gavin seemed like he was specifically created to be the perfect fantasy for sports loving women. Yes, The Heat of the Moment is a romance, a fantasy but there’s fantasy and then there’s not even an ounce of believability fantasy. Gavin wasn’t a bad character because I liked him; I just got a bored of him because he was such a good guy. He had way too much patience when it came to Jessica.
And it was Jessica that brought The Heat of the Moment down a lot for me. I get that she was wary of Gavin because of a past experience but it was like “Dang girl it’s not like you were married to your ex! Get over it!” She was so immature at times and mean towards Gavin when the guy was trying to prove that he was different from her ex. I could have forgiven her that had her previous relationship been a long term one filled with one bad experience after another but it wasn’t! It wasn’t even a long relationship and yet she acted like she spent YEARS being mistreated! Jessica knew how to handle men in a professional capacity. She could play nice but tough with the guys but personally? She was just immature and mean and I couldn’t understand WHY Gavin wanted this woman and why a man like him essentially became her doormat/punching bag.
The Heat of the Moment began slow which I could work with but it really stalled soon after that and never picked up the pace until the last chapter or so and by then it was just too late to bond with the characters or connect with the story. I had to put this book down several times because it seemed like the plot wasn’t going anywhere.
Final Verdict: I don’t know what happened with this book, the previous two were great. Hopefully the next one will get back to what made this series great.
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