by LuAnn McLane

August 2004
ISBN: 0-451-21316-5
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library
Trade Paperback

Ahh....what could be better...?? A starry summer’s evening, a cold beverage, a slight breeze and hunky guys in tight pants! If you like baseball, for all its attractions, or just athletes in general, then you will love LuAnn McLane’s Hot Summer Nights. She takes us not to a big-league stadium, but to one of the many small towns that host professional baseball on a smaller scale. These venues may not have big-league names, but the talent is enthusiastic, the fans are supportive and the baseball is pure. If you aren’t lucky enough to be near a minor league team, then renting Bull Durham will put you in the mood. Ms. McLane’s spicy novellas will make you pine for pine tar and cleats.

High school principal Erin O’Shea is not convinced that former ace pitcher Michael Manning is the best choice for a baseball coach. With plenty of memories of her former classmate, she doesn’t think that the bad-boy image he once held has matured with time and the end of his professional career. When she agrees to meet with him, she is totally unprepared for her old crush to come roaring back. Through a series of misunderstandings, these two find themselves at odds as much as they find themselves in lust! It will take more than one Hot August Night to straighten this out.

Josey Cooper has just gone through a divorce from her high school sweetheart. To boost her morale, she had a little ‘work” done, and is just getting used to the “new” Josey. She likes going to baseball games with her friend Erin, though, and that sexy manager Chase Mitchell gives her a thrill. Can she screw up her courage and self-esteem enough to take a walk on the wild side? Can Chase convince her that the Heat Wave isn’t just between the sheets but for life?

Who can resist a buff ballplayer in those tight uniforms? Certainly not Halley Forrester, the local PE teacher! When she tells her friends that she would like to get to know pitcher Reese Taylor on a personal level, they are worried. He is on his way to “The Big Show” and his love-em-and-leave-em reputation does not sound good for a small-town girl. This Hotshot is more than meets the eye, and soon Halley is more than ready to play ball!

Ms. McLane has infused Hot Summer Nights with a great backdrop - baseball. America’s Game has plenty of female fans, and these stories will encourage even more to check out the nearest ballpark.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Paula.

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