Review: Hot Stuff by Carly Phillips

Posted April 27, 2008 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Hot Stuff by Carly PhillipsReviewer: Rowena
Hot Stuff by Carly Phillips
Series: Hot Zone #1
Also in this series: Hot Number, Hot Item
Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: August 1st 2004
Pages: 333
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Series Rating: four-stars

He’s about to find out … She’s not just one of the guys.

Annabelle Jordan and her two sisters were orphans in frilly dresses when they went to live with their sports-lawyer uncle in his world of locker rooms, bookies and gambling. Now the girls are publicists in their uncle's firm, The Hot Zone.

Despite her upbringing, Annabelle is all woman. She's naturally drawn to real men—like her latest client, businessman and former football legend Brandon Vaughn.

The chemistry is potent, undeniable, irresistible. Annabelle soon realizes that Brandon is much more than just another jock. And that she'd better hold on tight if she doesn't want to lose her heart.


This book was your average romance novel with a really hot hero, a great heroine and witty secondary characters. The storyline was a real basic storyline and though I enjoyed it for what it was, this wasn’t the best romance novel ever.

It was cute and it made me sigh and I’m not mad that I read it but it was very predictable and I knew who the villain of this book was right from the very beginning.

Brandon Vaughn is one of those hot hero’s that has you drooling from page 1 to page 377, he’s one of those hero’s that you want to take the challenge on of showing him just how worthy he is for love because of course he doesn’t think he is. I enjoyed getting to know him and I enjoyed seeing him get his happy ending in ALL things, not just with Annabelle. I was very happy with the way his story ended. It was good stuff.

Annabelle Jordan is the oldest Jordan sister and she has had issues with her parents death that has stayed with her into adulthood and though she was a good heroine, she wasn’t by any stretch my favorite. I just couldn’t really relate to her or her problems so because I didn’t understand her or why her issues were still issues when she’s a grown ass woman, I just didn’t really feel much about her.

I enjoyed the secondary characters very much. Nick and Mara? Love them. Yank and Lola? LOVE THEM. Sophie and Mick? I love them too! I loved the relationship between the three Jordan sisters and thought that it was just great to see sisters so bonded together if that makes any sense. LOL.

Would I recommend this book? Sure, only if you’re looking to read something very fluffy, funny and light. This was an enjoyable read but it wasn’t as engrossing as other books that I’ve read.

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2 responses to “Review: Hot Stuff by Carly Phillips

  1. You’re right, these are light, fluffy, fun reads. Nothing earth shaking or innovative. That being said, I really liked the whole trilogy. I think these were my intro to the sports romance genre. The men? Yum! But really, we keep coming back for Hank and Lola. Those two are great.

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