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Series Review: Hot Zone by Carly Phillips

Series Review: Hot Zone by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: December 9, 2016


Hot Stuff
Book 1

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.

Hot Number
Book 2

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.

Hot Item
Book 3

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!

Hot Property
Book 4

Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks—and personal life—of a sports hero and the public's adoration. But this hot property's lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can't spare.

Now it's up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track.
Amy finds it's easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper's refusal to put his own needs first, she's starting to think that life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball—one she never saw coming...

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4.5 Stars!

The Hot Zone series follows the lives of 3 sisters, who were orphaned when they were 12, 10 and 8 years old after their parents died in a plane crash and they came to live with their bachelor uncle Yank Morgan and who, with the help of his personal assistant Lola, raised them into adulthood and now wants to pair them up with the men he deems perfect for them. The books are all told in multiple POVs.

In Hot Stuff, we meet Annabelle and her sisters, Sophie and Micki, and their uncle Yank Morgan and his assistant Lola, who has been helping him raise the girls since they came to live with him and is in love with Yank. While Yank is interested in Lola and the girls see her as their mother, Yank is stubborn and set in his ways, nevermind that he’s just recently diagnosed with macular degeneration and becoming blind, so the last thing he wants is saddle Lola with a blind man. The girls all work with their uncle at their PR firm, The Hot Zone. Yank is determined on marrying his nieces off and he has the perfect candidate for his Annie, but things aren’t as easy as he expects. For one, Lola decides to give Yank an ultimatum and ends up leaving him and second, someone is targeting Brandon Vaughn—the client Yank is setting Annie with—and his hotel and this might potentially put Annie in harm’s way.

Hot Number: Micki has always been every bit the tomboy, following her uncle around as he dealt with his athlete clients and being regarded as one more of the boys, even by the guy who she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about since they shared a hot Christmas kiss. Determined to make Damian notice her, she transforms herself into from tomboy to hot number, but even if she manages to get Damian’s attention, Damian’s past might threaten their future.

Hot Item: Sophie Jordan like order and control, it’s her way of coping with the loss of her parents and her fear of things changing. She’s also not too fond of athletes, but when she meets star quarterback Riley Nash and fate throws them together as they both look for Spencer Atkins, Yank’s business partner, she might not have that much of a choice in the matter. However, even if the chemistry between them burns hot, there are many things that stand in the way to their HEA.

Hot Property: John Roper’s luck seems to have run out and he’s in dire need of a publicist to help him deal with the aftermath of a World Series disaster that threatens to ruin his career for good. Amy Stone, Spencer’s niece, is assigned with the duty to help Roper’s life and career get back on track. However, his family and his refusal to put his own needs first and a stalker that just doesn’t know when to quit will make things a whole lot more difficult.

I loved that there was an ongoing storyline that connected the four books in the series and that we got to see Uncle Yank’s antics through them all. I loved him and Lola together, even if it took a bit for that to come to fruition. And of course, it was a treat to catch up with Annie, Micki and Sophie throughout the books and see how they were doing in their respective marriages.

The female leads were feisty and independent, with a strong sense of family. The male leads were handsome, strong and reliable. The chemistry between the couples was awesome and the sex scenes were hot, hot, hot!

The books were fun and delightful, with low angst, although the added element of suspense in all of them, helped moving things along at a nice pace. I don’t think I can pick a favorite character, other than Uncle Yank, since I loved them all. And really, while the books can be read as standalones, I suggest starting with Hot Stuff and work your way through the series, this is one you don’t want to miss out on!

Highly recommendable!!!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

About Carly Phillips

After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

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