Hot Item (Hot Zone Series #3)

Hot Item (Hot Zone Series #3)

by Carly Phillips

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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 superagent 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!

*This book previously released in 2004. Updataed for content and modernized

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153557359
Publisher: Carly Phillips
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Hot Zone Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 54,436
File size: 468 KB

About the Author

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly’s career spans over a decade and a half with various New York publishing houses, and she is now an Indie author who runs her own business and loves every exciting minute of her publishing journey. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at

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Hot Item 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
krystalsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty good a faster read once i got to know the characters
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Serves me right for not checking the publisher. I haven't read a romance in 15 years and now I remember why. Like eating a bag-full of pop-corn, it is strangely pleasurable during and leaves you burbing after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series...cant wait for more
tracykids4 More than 1 year ago
Sophie Jordan is 1 of the 3 Jordan sisters. She is considered “the smart one”. Ever since Sophie lost her parents at a young age she has always read books so she would know in depth about anything she could think of or anything that has/would come up. Sophie “needs” to be in control, this is how she has dealt with the death of her parents. Riley is a man who has spent his life dealing with issues of his biological father. Now a father of a 13-year-old daughter, he is making sure she does not lack for anything especially anything emotional like he has always dealt with. Unfortunately, he lets her get away with too much which in turn makes her a sassy teenager. Sophie and Riley start out on a trip to find Riley’s father which also happens to be someone very close to the Sophie and her sisters. (I won’t tell you who as I don’t want to spoil the surprise). While on this trip Sophie and Riley finally give in to the attraction that have been feeling towards each other. They we’re really enjoying their time together until Sophie gave a suggestion to Riley about his daughter which Riley didn’t take so well. From this point on Sophie fights to stay away from the one person she feels will leave her alone like her parents did and Riley fights for the one thing that other than his daughter can truly make him happy. This was a great read. Sophie and Riley are such a great couple. Totally made for each other even though they are complete opposites which is what makes them work so well. I love that Lizzie; Riley’s daughter was written to sound like a true teenager. She has a sassy mouth with lots of attitude. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a love story with lots of hot action.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
This book is the 3rd book in this series and it is Sophie Jordan's story. Since losing her parents at a young age, Sophie has always dealt with things by trying to control the situation and she especially loves knowing all the facts. Being the middle child, Sophie tends to keep things to herself and thankfully Spencer has always looked out for her. I just adored Sophie, probably because I have a daughter that tends to act just like her. Sophie doesn't like to take any chances because she cannot handle the pains that would come from losing. She has to over analyze EVERYTHING before she can make any decisions. Sophie likes everything in her life to be simple and orderly....she doesn't like anything spontaneous. Sophie has always been attracted to Riley Nash but his carefree lifestyle has kept her from acting on that attraction. When the news that Spencer Atkins is gay is revealed, Sophie is the only owner in town at the offices of The Hot Zone and Athletes Only and has to handle the crisis. Spencer is avoiding her phone calls and she is lost on what to do. Imagine her surprise when Riley comes into the office looking for Spencer. When Riley reveals why, the two of them set out on a course to find him. I really enjoyed how Riley was able to loosen Sophie up a little. Together he showed her that she can have some fun times in her life while being spontaneous. I really liked how he just understood Sophie and her crazy tendencies. I also liked the story with Riley's daughter, Lizzie. It added to the story pretty well. I also LOVED Spencer's crazy sisters. I wish they'd get their own story! It was interesting seeing why Spencer kept all of his secrets and how Riley's family dealt with everything. Overall I really enjoyed this book and it was fun to re-read it!
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Emotional, Sexy, Funny and so relateable this Opposites attract romance was so riveting and entertaining it just grabs hold of your senses and takes you on a romantic journey bringing together two people that are in desperate need of one another to reach their happily ever after. Sophie is so sweet and crazy smart, sexy, while Riley is alpha male, uber confident and off the charts hot on the outside they are both very vulnerable and afraid to loose on the inside. (control issues abound ... LOL) Family being of top importance to both is the glue that starts the undeniable bond between them. Loved watching the last Jordan sister fall. Looking forward to more Hot Zone adventures.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Hot Zone series and it features middle Jordan sister, Sophie and star quarterback, Riley Nash. Even though these two are the main characters in this story, there's so much more going on. Problems with Riley's 13-year-old daughter, his long-lost biological father, Spencer Atkins and his mighty scandalous stepfather, Harlan Nash, just to name a few. With all that going on, I think it took Sophie a little longer to come to her senses regarding her on or off relationship with Riley. Especially knowing that you can't compete with a man's teenage daughter that is spoiled rotten! I am loving this entire series and the amazing characters. I can't wait for book 4.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! The third sister gets her chance to shine in Carly Phillips third book The Hot Zone series! I liked the sweet interaction between these two even before things turned steamy, They are an unlikely pair, but so good together when they finally let their guard down! Publicist Sophie Jordan is at the top of her game when she has everything scheduled and running like clockwork, but in the current chaos that is erupting around her at The Hot Zone after the merger with Spencer Atkins’ company, she’s at her wits end. One sister is on out on maternity leave, the other is on her honeymoon … Uncle Yank is unavailable, and Spencer has all of a sudden vanished after a life-long secret has been exposed to the media! Star Quarterback Riley Nash has his own reasons for needing to get in touch with Spencer, and he’s determined to stick close to Sophie until he does so. He knows Sophie has a little crush on him, and he can’t deny he feels a special kind of attraction when he’s near her too. Will they be able to overcome the family dynamics flying all around them, surpass all the scandal, and come out on the other side as a couple?
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Hot Item by Carly Phillips was amazingly HOT! We have book three of the Hot Zone and we get to read Sophie's story. If you thought her sisters were control freaks, you have another thing coming. Sophie is the Queen of Control. She always thought her life was complete as long as she has her family....but maybe they're just not enough for her little bubble anymore. Riley is our yummy football quarterback and is a client of Hot Zone PR . A HUGE secret has come out that can potentially ruin his family. He is a player by day and...well a player at night. But he has loyalty to the ones that he loves. To try to stop the drama from unfolding, he has to team up with Sophie. And you get the ride of your life with these two! Oh! I also fell for our bratty teenager Lizzy!! She loves her family and always gets her way, until she had to learn the hard way that actions speak louder than words. Spencer and Yank are at it again!! We know they are long time best friends and rivals... which actually works for these two
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
HOT ITEM is the third installment in Carly Phillips contemporary, adult HOT ZONE romance series focusing on the Jordan sisters (Annabelle, Michelle and Sophie) and their Uncle Yank Morgan-owner of the sports agency/PR firm known as The Hot Zone. This is sports PR agent and middle sister and Hot Zone co-owner Sophie Jordan, and professional quarterback Riley Nash’s story line. HOT NUMBER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but I recommend reading the series in order as there is an ongoing story line focusing on Uncle Yank and the woman he loves. HOT NUMBER advances the series by one year. Told from several third person points of view HOT ITEM ventures downs several paths including the search for Spencer Atkins, and the building romance between Sophie Jordan and quarterback Riley Nash. With the merger of Athletes Only sports agency and the PR firm of The Hot Zone meant the merger of friendship between Yank Morgan and his long time friend Spencer Atkins but a merger that reveals the secret past and life of Spencer Atkins. Hoping to run interference for both of the men that she loves Sophie Jordan finds herself stretched beyond her capabilities when a stranger comes forward looking for answers to the new crises that begins to tear apart the family that she loves. Enter Riley Nash, a man who wants answers as much as Sophie wants answers to Riley’s past. The relationship between Riley and Sophie begins as a business arrangement such that Riley and Sophie go searching for answers but to different questions and concerns from the past. Riley is a single father who wants nothing to do with settling down, and Sophie needs order in her life, not the chaos that falling in love could potentially bring. The $ex scenes are intimate without the use of sexually graphic language and text. The world building continues to focus on the business of public relations for the rich and famous, and up and coming stars of sports. Uncle Yank believes his matchmaking abilities have found each of his nieces a ‘happily ever after’ and now he is waiting for the grandchildren that each successful relationship is about to produce. I did have one issue in that Micki was supposedly pregnant at the end of book two but no further mention occurs in book three-in fact when Yank ‘demands’ grandchildren from each of his nieces, Micki makes no mention that she if expecting or otherwise- an error in the story line or a miscue in the story. HOT ITEM is a predictable story line in that the premise is similar in nature to the previous two installments: the men are afraid to commit; the women are afraid to love fearing another loss in their life. The characters are colorful but battle one another for control; the romance struggles with a lack of communication and fear of the unknown. Sophie’s obsession with order and control finds our heroine struggling in both life and love when she runs from the man that calls to her heart.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
The last Jordan sister ready to fall or is she? I really liked Sophie. I liked how she researches everything to have a sense of control. It's her little quirk. She needs rules, routine, and control in her life, but enter quarterback Riley Nash who turns her world off it's axis. Riley is pretty much opposite of Sophie, but he brings out another side of her. Riley is dealing with some family issues and old deep seeded hurts emerge. When he is with Sophie it brings a new fun light into his life. I liked Sophie and Riley together because the complement each other. They're going to have their hurdles to jump over, but watching their journey I was rooting for them the whole way.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading Hot Item, the third book in Carly Phillips’ Hot Zone series, once again. I loved how Sophie Jordan tries to overcome her fears in order to help Riley Nash, quarterback for the NY Giants and client of her uncle. Sophie is the middle sister who has a need for control after the death of their parents. Sophie helps Riley in locating his biological father who has gone missing. As these two spend time together Sophie breaks her rule about not dating athletes as she falls under Riley’s spell. Sophie’s fears cause her to run away from the man who loves her. Now she needs to decide which is more important, control and loneliness or love. This book is not the sexy story as are Phillips’ more recent books, but still has those loveable characters that you want to cheer on, hoping for their happy ending. The characters were well written and authentic. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
beausmommy More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Sophie and Riley. We’ve met the other Jordan sisters in earlier books and watched them find their happily ever afters. Riley is actually the biological son of Uncle Yank’s friend and business partner Spencer, who has suddenly disappeared. Fate throws Sophie and Riley together to find Spencer and of course, to fall in love. Lots of issues from both of them try to keep the couple apart. Only when Riley decides this is it, Sophie or nothing, can he help her see why her need for control isn’t healthy. And the only thing that can make her whole is his love. Another awesome book of this Hot Zone series....wonder who is next???
JennieF More than 1 year ago
Carly Phillips know how to write hot, sexy romance books and this will make you want to read more of her books! ! ! Hot Item is the third book in the Hot Zone series. This is about Sophie, Riley and the ever meddling Uncle Yank…and Spencer Atkins who have now joined forces with the agency umbrella called Athletics Only and the PR firm called The Hot Zone. Spencer has temporarily disappeared and Sophia needs to find him before all h.!! breaks lose…… Sophie Jordan (now grown and a Publicist at The Hot Zone) and Riley Nash a professional football quarterback in New York and a client with Uncle Yank must come together to figure out how to get Spencer back in the fold and smooth things over with his clients. Sophie is the middle sister of the Jordan sisters but she thinks she needs to control every aspect of her life and everyone else. She is so afraid to let the control go because if she does then those she loves will leave her…. Riley Nash, a professional football quarterback, with an ex-wife, daughter and parents who love him. He has always known that his step-father was not his biological father but with him being in politics Riley wants to keep his birth father’s name out of the news…because there are secrets that could harm the political campaign. Can Riley and Sophie find Spencer before all h.!! breaks lose, when they go to Florida to track his biological father and he finds he has more family that he never knew, will their attraction just be lustful and temporary or will they realize that this is more than just a lustful attraction??? With all the drama, heartache, control issues and lots of romance along with catching up with the characters in books 1 and 2, and the continuing saga with Uncle Yank will these two score a touchdown or just be short of the goal???
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I liked this one! I was intrigued by Sophie Jordan from the start of the series. She's the middle sister, and always has her nose in a book. She's a little compulsive, and she has some quirks. She likes to fully understand things, so she's constantly researching things, and then spouting out her knowledge about them. She's also shy when it comes to personal relationships outside her family, as well as apart from her job as a publicist for the family sports management agency/PR firm run by her 2 sisters, her Uncle Yank and herself. They've now merged with another agency, run by her uncle's best friend, Spencer, so they all run things together. It's almost time for the NFL draft, and things are all going sideways for Sophie. She's been left with Spencer to cover things while her older sister is on maternity leave, and her younger sister, as well as her uncle, are on their respective honeymoons. But, when some personal secrets of Spencer's hits the tabloids, he disappears and leaves Sophie to handle everything on her own. Enter Riley Nash. Riley has his own big secrets under wraps, and he's hoping to keep them that way. So, he has his own reasons for needing to find Spencer, and fast! He comes to Sophie so they can help each other each get what they need. He's been a client of her uncle's since he was a rookie, so they've known each other for a while, and there's always been a little flirtation between them, but it never went any further. But, the more time they spend together, the more they both realize that their chemistry isn't just going away any time soon. Neither of them really see a future together, but they are interested in exploring their physical connection. But, issues and disagreements constantly crop up between them. Also, Spencer's teenage daughter throws many a kink in the works, as teen girls tend to do. I really liked both of the main characters, but they each had their own sets of issues to work through before they had any hope of lasting together as a couple. Many of their issues were deep-seeded ones from their childhoods that were never properly dealt with, and the effects of those were long lasting. Sophie has a huge fear of abandonment after she and her sisters were orphaned as children, and went to live with Uncle Yank. Riley has issues accepting love and care from people, and also, he spoils his daughter horribly because he doesn't want her to ever feel he wasn't there for her, even though he and her mom are long divorced. Those are things that stem from issues in his childhood as well. They both really seemed to grow and change as they were getting closer to each other, but of course that wasn't without problems! Overall, I really liked this one, and I also appreciated that the heroine was the one that needed to do most of the groveling at the end. It always seems like the hero is the one to horribly screw up and has to grovel to get his girl back. It was refreshing to see it the other way around! I've enjoyed this series about the Jordan sisters and their family. It appears there's one more story in the series, which is about youngest sister Micki's (the heroine of book 2) best friend, John, a pro athlete, and another publicist at the family firm. I'm looking forward to it! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
Ooh, how I love Carly Phillips' The Hot Zone series! This has quickly become one of my absolute favorite set of books and I was thrilled to be able to dive into this one. Sophie Jordan is the middle of the Jordan sisters and she works with her eldest sister Annabelle and her younger sister, Micki, at The Hot Zone. Since the death of her parents when she was a child, Sophie has always had to be in control of everything in order to feel safe. When the best friend of her Uncle Yank, and a notorious sports agent in his own right goes missing, Sophie teams up with the unlikeliest of people to try to help locate him. Riley Nash is a big time quarterback and also the son of Spencer Atkins, the missing sports agent. All Riley has ever wanted is the respect of his father, but that is something that has been hard to come by. When he learns of his father's disappearance, he doesn't hesitate to team up with the beautiful Sophie to try to find him. The chemistry between Riley and Sophie is instantaneous and the questions become, can they contain their lust and will they be able to locate Spencer before it's too late? This was another fantastic addition to The Hot Zone series and one I simply couldn't put down. Kudos to Carly Phillips for another great read!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Hot Item Hot Item keeps the sex appeal of the first two books: Hot Stuff and Hot Item but tackles some serious dilemmas and surprising reveals. Sophie is the sister that knows her job and does it well from the background. Too bad recent events have pushed her anonymity into the limelight. A missing friend, disappearing sisters and a business to run have left cool, calm Sophie in a frenzy. On a mission to find her Uncle's friend she joins forces with Riley Nash. A walking temptation to her well ordered life. Carly Phillips tackles the three H's: humor, heart and heat while delivering some enlightening truths and irresistible characters.
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## great read and fabulous cover.