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  • Mass Market Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (29 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062271490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062271495
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Man, Peter Kowalskin is one sexy baseball player! *fans self*

This was a really quick, sexy easy read. I liked the whole set-up with the bet idea and the UST that came from that – and oh the whole pole-dancing class moment!!!

I liked the way Peter had accepted that this was going to be his last season but at the same time felt that more could have been made of it.

There were a couple of things I would have liked to see resolved: Peter’s feelings and relationship with his newly discovered brother and whether Leslie ever got to buy the club out from her brother Mark.

Whilst I am usually pedantic about reading books in a series in order, I read this one without having read the other two and didn’t feel like I was missing anything.

Book: 4*

Cover: 5*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Throw a little Heat at me! 20 Nov. 2013
By Brunette Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Having loved the first two in the series, both "Stealing Home" and "Playing the Field," I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of Throwing Heat. Jennifer Seasons writes terrific baseball players, fantastic romances, and some pretty hot scenes if you know what I mean. The third book in the series tells the story of Peter Kowalskin, pitcher of the Denver Rush baseball team and Leslie Cutter, sister of Mark Cutter the Rush’s catcher.
Anticipating their fiery romance, Peter and Leslie come together in a crash, bang, boom that you’ve come to expect in a Seasons’ novel. Having had a brief fling in the past, when Leslie’s apartment is flooded by a plumbing problem, Peter sees this as an opportunity to finally find a way to get with Leslie. Beyond her plumbing problems, Leslie is dealing with financial hardships and trying to get her night club on the map. Peter is facing the end of his career, health problems, and an uncertainty in his future.
While I enjoyed the romance and the dialogue was very clever, it almost seemed like there was too much story. We have health issues, physical injuries, death, money problems, miscommunication and I honestly felt like I was on a roller coaster part of the time. Great characters but with so many obstacles in their path and not really dealt with, the book was a little ruined for me. I still loved the characters and enjoyed the story, it just felt like too much story in that amount of pages.
Throwing Heat is a fairly good addition to the Diamonds and Dugouts Series but I wouldn’t recommend it as a read alone for people new to Seasons’ work. Peter and Leslie are fun, witty, and wildly romantic characters but the abundance of problems made the book a little too much work for me as a reader. If you are wanting to start the series, be sure to check out "Stealing Home" and "Playing the Field" first.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Finally, Peter and Leslie's story!! 15 Oct. 2013
By PubGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I love Jennifer Seasons and I've been waiting for these two to get together since STEALING HOME. I won't give anything away, but if you loved these two in the other books, you won't be disappointed here. Fun, sexy, and with just the right amount of baseball to liven things up, this was the perfect weekend read. Definitely recommended for fans of baseball and light, sexy contemporary romance.
Couldn't wait for this story and it was worth it! 5 Jan. 2015
By Amanda Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Throwing Heat was the one Diamonds and Dugouts novel I was looking forward to the most! I loved Stealing home, it was funny and sexy and romantic. Playing the Field was sweet and heart warming. But ever since I started this series I have gotten little glimpses of this couple, Leslie and Peter, and have become enamored with their story. What started as little side glances turned into lingering stares packed with intense heat. From lingering stares turned intense heat became stolen moments alone and compromising positions in each book that hooked me into their story instantly. The juiciest part of all that heat was knowing that Leslie had been dating one of Peter's teammates the entire time. I'm usually "Molly Morality" when it comes to cheating and such but just knowing this couple had this much chemistry as secondary characters in the other books in the series, I had to know more.

Little did I know these two have serious history built into all that chemistry. Four years worth after and incident in Miami between the two ended with a sexually frustrated Peter and a confused and heart broken Leslie. Leslie's background was a little sad being that she was looking at hard jail-time after a former lover got her in hot water with the IRS and ruined her career as a PR rep. Now she's running her brothers nightclub and picking up the pieces of her busted life she worked so hard for. I loved Leslie instantly the moment she came into the picture during Stealing Home. She was just so down to earth and with her Southern charm and delightful accent I was a goner for this feisty heroine. From the beginning she was a ball buster who didn't take any crap from anyone which was only proved more correct in her own story. Making a bet with Peter that she can abstain from sex with the sexy pitcher in exchange for the money to buy the club from her brother AND making Peter sing for her turns this couple's chemistry up a whole other notch because Peter plays dirty.

Peter Kowalskin has been one of my series favorite men from the beginning. He's fun, cocky, silly and sexy wrapped in a black haired blue eyed package that is absolutely my kryptonite. What made me fall in love with him though, was his faithfulness in his feelings for Leslie even though he constantly refuses to admit them to anyone even himself. He's stubborn and closed off due to his crappy home life as a kid with an abusive alcoholic father. Extreme feelings of worthlessness haunt this amazing guy and keeps him from making a move other than to get Leslie in his bed. ON top of his emotional meltdown he's having to face the end of his career on top of a degenerative disease that threatens his eyesight. The deck of life is stacked against Peter and it's not even the fact that's he's the underdog of the story that is the main reason why I loved this guy so much. It's not even the fact that his name is fun to say. Kowalskin. It's the simple fact that I saw so much of my emotional makeup in his character that made me love the guy. It's usually the female heroines I connect with the most but once in a while the guys will throw me for a loop and Peter was one of them. Peter was raised with no example of how to love or even being loved in return so the only way he knows how to respond is to close himself off and shove people away. I didn't grow up that way exactly because my mother smothered me in love but I can relate to trying to love people only to have them shove it right back at you and walk away. The feelings of being closed off and not feeling like it is worth the effort was a major point of connection for me with Peter. He was one of those characters that had so much to give but needed the right person to open him up to it.

When I realized that Leslie and Peter had chemistry and she was dating someone else I began to think this book would be about them fighting their connection while Leslie was still involved with the other teammate John but I quickly learned it was about them fighting their connection. Period. While I was a little disappointed there wouldn't be any juicy conflict like that I was satisfied to get into the marrow of their issues. Leslie's feelings of rejection from when Peter left her in Miami high and dry and Peter's intense love for her that he doesn't admit to easily. The majority of their romance hinges on the ramifications of this bet they make with each other but the magic happens slowly throughout and gives us some really sexy moments showing off Peter's amazingly skilled hands. I didn't expect these books to be so explicitly sexy but what a nice surprise it was.

Something I have found myself noticing throughout this series is how well this author details her secondary characters and incorporates them into the story without them overtaking the book. She knows exactly how to work them into the landscape making you want more but keeping your focus on the main couple and their story. It's happened with each book and now I'm sincerely hoping we'll get a book about this ugly character Drake Paulson I keep reading so much about. Every single character has described him as tall, ugly and hairy and this is exactly the kind of character I want to read about because he's not your average 'Devastatingly handsome' hero. Or she could absolutely write a story about Lorelei's brother Logan, as I've harped on in my last two reviews, and I would be happy as a clam. Either way, I really hope this isn't the end of this series because I have been captivated for 3 days by these books and I JUST. NEED. MORE. Baseball players, hot sex, delicious romance and lots of humor and heart, Diamonds and Dugouts is a sure bet for any romance lover.
The Autumn Review for Throwing Heat 23 Oct. 2013
By The Autumn Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
We've been pretty excited for Leslie and Peter's book since Stealing Home. Did it live up to your expectations?

Andrea: It did! I've always thought Leslie was a ton of fun, Peter too. And the chemistry between them was so hot even in the first two books. I just knew Throwing Heat would be great.

Autumn: I loved it! I love Peter AND Leslie. What did you think of the prologue? I always wondered about how their chemistry originated.

Andrea: I loved the prologue. I assumed their "beginning" was probably good and it was. I was unprepared for how emotionally vulnerable they both were.

Autumn: Me too! Leslie has always been portrayed as a confident, no nonsense chick. Peter, the prankster.

Peter and Leslie had some serious sexual chemistry. How did you feel about the pull and push that seemed to be a theme throughout the book?

Andrea: Well, there was a lot of push and pull, and not always the fun kind. If you know what I mean.... These two were definitely guarding their hearts, and if we hadn't been shown why, it would have been too frustrating. I think when you take in the insecurities, it's understandable.

Autumn: Agree. There was a lot of build up. But, I got it and it still got me steamed up a bit.

Andrea: Ohmygosh, YES! Kowalskin was hot & knew how to treat a lady well. He was dedicated.

Autumn: He sure was. He was definitely focused on her pleasure.

You and I are baseball fans. How much did you love the scenes with the players and their games?

Autumn: You know I have soft spot for baseball players. I love all the guys and I got excited during the game scenes.

Andrea: Yes! And I'm not ashamed to say I got a tear in my eye and all choked up when the Rush won big.

Autumn: Me too!!! I had butterflies.

Autumn: There was a bit of a surprise for Peter later in the book. It's hard to talk about it without revealing spoilers, but I was a bit surprised and curious to see if Seasons plans to finish out the side plot.

Andrea: Definitely! I would think that there must be more at play there. It was way too big to not be addressed. I guess we shall see...

Who would you like to see a book about next?

Autumn: I'm hoping for Paulson. Maybe the cute, bashful, redhead nurse may capture his attention.

Andrea: Yay! Me too! I'm very curious about him because he's supposedly not attractive, but has a great personality, and gets a ton of tail. I don't think it's just because he's a pro ball player.

Autumn: He has a magnetic personality I think.

So...now that we know more about Peter, who's your favorite?

Andrea: Oh boy, I was just waiting for this question! Okay.... Mark Cutter is my #1 because he has a super dirty mouth and dark blond hair. Next would be Peter, then JP. You?

Autumn: Peter is my top pick. He has a little rough to him, but he's also a deep thinker. Plus...he loves to read and wears glasses! Then, I'd say Mark, JP and I'd add Paulson in lady because he makes me giggle with his afro.

Andrea: Agreed! And don't forget the epic chest hair.

Autumn: Green afro's and chest hair

Andrea: GREEN GIANT!

So, I think it's safe to say we both enjoy the series and want it to continue?

Andrea: I would love for it to continue. Here's hoping.

Autumn: This book was my favorite in the series so far. I'm looking forward to more. Although I think Peter will always be my favorite.

Andrea: Peter will be hard to top. If the series is over, his and Leslie's story is a great way to end it.

Describe Throwing Heat in five words?

Andrea: Sweet, Funny, Sad, Sexy, and Romantic

Autumn: Exciting, sexy, frustrating, sweet, promising

Andrea: Nailed it! I'm really happy we read this series and that we read Throwing Heat together.

Autumn: Me too! Cheers!

*clinks beer*

Autumn's favorite quotes:
~Leslie knew she packed a punch and liked it that way.
Skinny was overrated.
With a slight smile she ave a little booty shake. Some junk in the trunk was where all the fun was at. More cushion for the pushin'.-Loc 923

~"Call it whatever you want, but it isn't a real car unless you can put the seats back and screw in it. Can you?" The look he shot her clearly said he doubted it. -Loc 1023

~"For not having the balls to tell you that when I fell for you four years ago. I took one look at you-the first one-and it was over for me. A part of me knew it then, but I was just so scared." He smiled slightly. "Shit. I'm still scared."-Loc 3472
Enjoyed reading, didn't want to put it down 17 April 2014
By Brenda E. Yates - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've enjoyed reading the whole series but make sure you read them in order or it will ruin the stories. There were parts in this book that held my attention so well that I didn't want to put it down.
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