Sanders City is famous for its love of baseball. High school principal Erin O'Shea must decide whether to hire former major-league player Michael Manning as the new coach. With an injury forcing him to give up his career, he sees this as an opportunity to live near his family. But secretly he vows to make the prim and proper principal surrender to the "Hot August Night."

In "Heat Wave," recently divorced Josey Cooper exchanges her middle-age-drama-teacher image for something more alluring. For years she stood in the shadow of her former husband, and when her ex asks her out to dinner, she accepts, only to show him what he's missing. When she's on the verge of being stood up, it's team manager Chase Mitchell to the rescue.

At a friend's bachelorette party, Halley Forrest is dared to find her own fantasy man. Flyers ballplayer Reese Taylor exceeds her expectations. He's rumored to be a "Hotshot" pitcher who sees women as nothing more than a game to be played. But the small-town schoolteacher is thrown a curve ball when she discovers there's more to him than meets the eye. (Aug., 304 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Suzie Housley