Series: Hot Zone

Review: Hot Item by Carly Phillips

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

Review: Hot Item by Carly PhillipsReviewer: Rowena
Hot Item by Carly Phillips
Series: Hot Zone #3
Also in this series: Hot Stuff, Hot Number

Publication Date: June 1st 2006
Pages: 384
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Series Rating: four-stars

He'll push all her boundaries and make her realize rules are made to be broken.

Cool, collected Sophie Jordan loves her daily routine running her family's top sports management agency, as long as she gets to stay behind the scenes. But with big sister on maternity leave and little sis on her honeymoon, she's forced to step up to the plate. And a recent media crisis surrounding the disappearance of super-agent Spenser Atkins is not going to make the job any easier.

Enter star quarterback and notorious bad boy Riley Nash who, for reasons of his own, needs to track down Atkins. Up until now, Sophie has kept a strict no-dating-clients policy, but each day with Riley makes her rule near impossible to follow. With her job and her heart on the line, Sophie will need to make the toughest choice of her life!

Sophie is the last Jordan sister who needs her happy ending and she finally gets hers not too long after Micki got hers. She has an insane crush on Footballer Riley Nash of the New York Giants and even though she hates athletes, Riley has gotten under her skin and she’s so hot damn attracted to him that it bugs the heck out of her.

They take a trip to Florida to find his biological father and her partner who has gone missing, Spencer Atkins.

Their journey to finding love with each other was a pleasant story to read. I loved watching Sophie’s personality shine through in her book. The whole controlling thing didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would and I enjoyed reading about her falling in love with Riley and more importantly (for me atleast) to see Riley falling in love with Sophie.

I loved when Riley realized that he was indeed in love with Sophie. I thought it was so sweet. He was a fantastic hero, one who was kind, caring and outrageously gorgeous. He’s an athlete too and I’ve got such a soft spot for athletes. I loves his relationship with Lizzie and I loved how he learned from his mistakes and he wasn’t a butt head and stubborn (like Yank) when he was wrong.

Sophie was a fabulous heroine and I enjoyed her very much. She wasn’t this pushover heroine that got on my nerves, she was what she was and I loved how Riley accepted her for it. He loved her despite all of her retarded little quirks like her incessant need to control everyone’s lives.

It was sweet.

This book was sweet, fun and cute. I totally recommend it. This is my second favorite in the series, Hot Number being my most favorite!


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Review: Hot Number by Carly Phillips

Posted April 27, 2008 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Hot Number by Carly PhillipsReviewer: Rowena
Hot Number by Carly Phillips
Series: Hot Zone #2
Also in this series: Hot Stuff, Hot Item
Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: August 1st 2005
Pages: 378
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Series Rating: four-stars

Micki Jordan is a tomboy as much at home on the playing field as in a locker room full of naked guys.

But the star publicist is looking to prove she’s also an irresistible woman in order to get a second shot at professional baseball player and major league playboy, Damian Fuller.

Micki transforms herself into one hot number Damian can’t help but notice and together they burn up the sheets and find themselves falling hard. Until Damian’s past returns, threatening their future.

This book was definitely on my TBR list and has been since that memorable day that I stood in Wal Mart trying unsuccessfully to have any kind of conversation with Grace, whom was visiting from her far away homeland of Australia. I have Carly Phillips to blame for stealing precious time away from Grace’s first trip to the states to visit myself and our friends. She was so engrossed in this book and after finishing the book myself last night, I completely understand why she was so wrapped up in it.

Now, I should add that the reason I’m just barely getting around to reading this series is because I have been very wary of trying anything new by Carly Phillips (and by new, I mean new to me) because I haven’t been “wowed” by Carly Phillips yet. I mean, I’ve only read one of her other books and that was the first book in The Chandler Brother’s series, Roman’s story. I think it was called The Bachelor and though I liked it well enough, it didn’t have enough of a pull for me to think “Wow that was a great book” but I thought it would get better as the series progressed but then I never finished Rick’s book. It was the first book that I never finished and to this day, almost 3 years later, I STILL haven’t finished that book. So I never got around to reading Chase’s book which I hear is the best book and a favorite among CP fans.

But I can finally say that Carly Phillips has wowed me.

The storyline behind this book isn’t a new storyline, it wasn’t fresh, it wasn’t something that I haven’t read before but none of that mattered to me while reading this book. Carly Phillips did a wonderful job writing this book.

I absolutely LOVE this kind of storyline and Carly Phillips delivered a great rendition to the ol’ Aging Athlete denying the end of his career and tomboy unsure of her worth as a woman. Damien Fuller was a memorable hero and Micki was a fantastic heroine! The storyline didn’t drag at all and it was just fun, light and very fulfilling. A truly great read!

Ya’ll should definitely pick this book and give it a whirl, I’m so glad I did!


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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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