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Hot Stuff (Hot Zone Series #1)
     

Hot Stuff (Hot Zone Series #1)

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by Carly Phillips
 

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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. 

Overview

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 previously released in 2004. Updataed for content and modernized.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Phillips (Under the Boardwalk, etc.) kicks off Harlequin's new single-title romance line, HQN, with a sizzling but somewhat insubstantial tale, the first in her new trilogy involving three orphaned sisters left in the care of their tough-talking uncle Yank Morgan. A ladies' man with a penchant for gambling, Uncle Yank hasn't a clue what to do with three little girls, so he trains them to become major players at his Manhattan sports agency. Annabelle, the eldest, has become a powerhouse in the PR department, but her attraction to egocentric bad boys has proven to be a problem. After her latest boyfriend dumps her for an actress, Annabelle takes a personal vow of celibacy that lasts about as long as an ice cube in August when she meets her newest client, ex-football star Brandon Vaughn. Annabelle initially writes Brandon off as another handsome jock, but she soon discovers that he's different than the rest. He's building a lodge for kids with learning disabilities and, since someone seems intent on sabotaging his efforts, he needs positive publicity fast. The bland mystery doesn't add much zest to Phillips's predictable plot line, but this breezy book will likely score a touchdown with readers looking for sexy thrills and instant gratification. Agent, Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media. (Aug.) Forecast: This launch title should get off to a running start thanks to Phillips's popularity and the considerable amount of publicity HQN has received. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"A titillating read."(Kelly Ripa on The Bachelor)

Product Details

BN ID:
2940153550305
Publisher:
Carly Phillips
Publication date:
03/07/2017
Series:
Hot Zone Series , #1
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NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,030
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"The meeting will come to order." Yank Morgan slammed the gavel against the rubber plate, calling The Hot Zone weekly meeting to order. His dark, wiry hair liberally sprinkled with gray was full and shaggy on a normal day, but after continually running his hands through it in frustration while he waited for his nieces to settle down, it was considerably more disheveled.

As president of their sports agency/PR firm located in a high-rise in midtown Manhattan, Uncle Yank liked to assert his authority. He used the gavel, an engraved birthday gift given to him by Judge Judy, often and with zeal. Unfortunately the gavel didn't change the fact that he was a man outnumbered by three women. Four if he counted Lola, his personal assistant, who liked to tell him what to do and when to do it.

Annabelle Jordan glanced at her sisters who also studied their uncle with fond amusement. As teenagers, they'd paid little attention to Uncle Yank's rules, mainly because he didn't have any. The older the girls became, the more their uncle searched for a way to pretend he hadn't let his personal and professional life go to hell in a handbasket, as he liked to say. The gavel seemed to give him a measure of pride and confidence, and was a small price to pay for him to feel in control with his new partners.

He'd continued the sports agency, but on Anna-belle's graduation from business school, he'd allowed her to make her dream of a family business into reality. None of the sisters wanted to be sports agents, but they'd all desired to get into public relations. It was An-nabelle who'd seen a means to tie the agency to PR and expand the reach of Uncle Yank's clients beyond their limited career on the field.

Her vision had been a success. The PR side of The Hot Zone specialized in handling professional athletes both in the prime of their careers and into retirement, forced or otherwise. And as each niece had graduated business school, Uncle Yank had rewarded them with a position and piece of his firm. Together they'd created a family business which fed Annabelle's need to keep her siblings and small family together.

"So let's go through today's agenda," Lola said, pen in hand to document the meeting. As usual, her attitude indicated she was ready to do business, even if her longing gazes toward Yank spoke of something entirely more personal. Lola, with her business demeanor, buttoned-up dress and raven hair pulled into a bun, was in love with Uncle Yank. Everyone knew it.

Everyone except Uncle Yank. Neither was over the hill and Annabelle felt bad for Lola. After all, the other woman had wasted most of her life waiting for the ultimate bachelor to notice her as something more than a prize assistant and a surrogate mother for his nieces.

"First order of business. Our annual summer party is scheduled for the third Saturday in July. Does everyone have it on their calendar?" Lola asked.

All nodded. Annabelle already had the date jotted on her agenda. The annual Hot Zone party was as much a family event as a business one.

"Okay then. On to the clients," Lola said.

"Micki? What's going on with Roper?" Uncle Yank asked of their star baseball player. Even when he was questioning the girls about their social lives, Uncle Yank always started with Micki, the youngest and worked his way up to Annabelle, the oldest.

Her youngest sister rolled the pen between her palms. "I'm trying to counter some bad media. He'll be fine. He just needs to watch what he says to the press," she said in a soothing voice. With her blond, curly hair and deliberately casual dress, Micki always presented the epitome of relaxed confidence.

"Admitting to having his nails done and a full body wrap at St. Lauren's spa on his day off will definitely put a kink in his reputation as a ladies' man," Annabelle murmured.

"He isn't gay, he just likes the finer things. He needs to learn discretion," Micki insisted. "I'll stick by his side for a few weeks and he'll learn how to handle the media. We'll spin things in his favor," she assured them.

"He'd be better off pulling a Hugh Grant than acting the part of a sissy boy," Uncle Yank said. "Handle him, Mick."

Sophie snickered and Micki shot her a dirty look. "Don't worry. I will."

Annabelle had no doubt her sister would accomplish her goal. All three of them usually did. Although each took on a client as their own, they worked as a team, brainstorming and formulating a PR plan together. The only division occurred in how they assigned clients.

As every guy's friend, Micki preferred to tackle the difficult athletes. She enjoyed cultivating trust, smoothing ruffled feathers and keeping an athlete looking good to the media. Sophie, the brains in the family, thought, dressed and acted above it all. Her hair was always perfectly set, either professionally blown-dried or pulled into a conservative updo and her designer suits complemented the appearance she sought to present. Not surprisingly, photo shoots and an athlete's upscale ventures were more her terrain.

Annabelle preferred the guy's guy. The sweat-soaked, masculine football player who made a female look and feel feminine in comparison to his size, bulk and scent. She enjoyed being on the field and in the company of jocks, a weakness that tended to land her in trouble, starting with the high school captain of the football team who'd dated her, but then broken her heart when he'd cheated on her with her best friend.

Her bad luck with men had continued with the star quarterback at the University of Miami, who it turned out had only screwed her in order to have a pretty woman on his arm and get closer to her uncle Yank at the same time. After her first real broken heart, she'd decided since men desired arm candy, she'd darn well give them arm candy and enjoy herself at the same time. With her emotional walls firmly in place, she'd graduated with honors, received her MBA and come home to New York. Expanding the agency had been a real accomplishment and she took pride in working in its luxury offices with views of the East River, located in the heart of Manhattan.

Life had been great until Randy Dalton, linebacker for the N.Y. Giants, had slipped past her defenses. For the first time since college she'd allowed herself to think a man could care for more than what he saw on the outside, more than what her family business connections could bring. She'd indulged in an affair, knowing her heart would likely follow, and it had.

Since Randy was one of the wealthiest, most eligible bachelors in New York City, their romance had played out in public, dominating the media. When he'd moved on to a younger actress, Annabelle had been left behind, her heart hurt once more and the gossip rags only too eager to report the story in their unique way. In the six months since, Annabelle sometimes wondered if her ego had taken the bigger hit, but the end result was the same. She was finished with men. She was going to focus on her job, period.

"Sophie?" Uncle Yank barked, snapping Annabelle out of her daydreaming, philosophical funk.

"What's on your agenda?" he asked, moving along to the middle sister.

All the information was on the pages in his hands, but since he seemed to want more frequent face-to-face meetings, the sisters agreed to humor him.

"I'm just trying to keep the peace between Dalton and O'Keefe," Sophie said, of Annabelle's ex and the Giants' new owner.

Randy was the type of jock client Sophie would normally avoid, but after Annabelle's public breakup, Micki had been tied up so Sophie had been all too willing to take over representing Randy Dalton. Anna-belle didn't envy Randy.

"Like I told Dalton, he's too stupid to understand discretion and the fact that he's got contract negotiations coming up," Sophie said, confirming Annabelle's hunch that her middle sister enjoyed making the man feel like an ass day in and day out. "He's also too much of a jerk-off to remember that he broke Annie's heart and nobody in this family cares about anything more than the bottom line," Sophie said, defending her sister.

"Mouth, Sophie," Uncle Yank muttered. "Watch the mouth."

All three sisters rolled their eyes. "We learned our words from you," Annabelle reminded him. "And thanks for treating Dalton like the jerk he is, Soph." Still, Annabelle understood that business held sway and The Hot Zone would continue to represent the louse until either Dalton fired them or they could contractually cut him loose.

"Annabelle? What's going on in your end of things?" her uncle asked.

Annabelle looked forward to the twinkle in his eye when he glanced at her. Despite his grumbling, Annabelle knew just how much he adored her. "I just wrapped up overseeing Ernesto Mendoza's Nike commercial and put him on a plane back to Dallas. Last night I accompanied the chairman of NYCT's son to a charity gala. I made sure they know we've got the stars they want to support their cause. They'll turn to us before they look to Atkins for sponsors," she said, winking at her uncle.

Despite his long-standing friendship with Spencer Atkins, they were business rivals of the deepest sort, Annabelle knew. And she always looked out for Uncle Yank's best interest.

"That's my girl," Yank said in a voice infused with warmth and pride.

"Did you wear the Louis Vuitton dress?" Sophie asked, referring to Annabelle's newest acquisition.

Annabelle grinned. "You know it, sister." The dress, with its low vee in the back was perfect for keeping a man's attention on her, especially when his hand lay on the small of her bare back.

The banging gavel startled Annabelle and she jumped in her seat.

"Back to business," Uncle Yank grumbled and all three sisters laughed.

"Well besides all that, I've got the usual insanity waiting for me in my office," Annabelle said, wrapping up her summary.

"Micki?" Uncle Yank asked. "Got any openings for a new client?"

Micki shot her uncle a regretful glance. "Not right away. My schedule's booked. Armando's got the United Way shoot coming up and he made me promise I'd be there myself. And until the Post backs off the gossip and innuendo on Roper, I'm busy 24/7."

Uncle Yank rolled his eyes. "Hire him a hooker and book a photographer to take pictures of him in the act," he muttered. "Sophie?" Uncle Yank asked.

She spread her hands wide, also indicating there wasn't much she could do. "My schedule's pretty tight, too. Besides I'm not sure I can deal with another dumb jock ogling my boobs and trying to get into my pants while I'm attempting to book him for charity work."

"You need to lighten up," Micki said, offering her usual refrain. "You're such a stick in the mud, it's no wonder you haven't had a decent date in ages." She ribbed her sister and Annabelle awaited the fallout.

Sophie scowled. "I've dated plenty. Just not someone who rather smack another guy's behind than a woman's."

Micki let out an exaggerated sigh. "There's no way I'll ever buy that those intellectual types you go for do anything for you," she said as the two sisters launched into their typical bickering.

"Would you two save the personal stuff for after work?" Annabelle asked.

"Annie's right." The sound of the gavel broke the argument. "No sex talk in the boardroom," Yank said, his face beet-red as it always was when his nieces got on a roll.

The problem was, the girls never took him seriously. Not about the opposite sex, anyway. How could they when he'd never married and never tried to hide his string of women from them as they'd grown up?

From the time they'd moved in with their bachelor uncle, he'd used them to pick up women—until Lola had gotten wind of his chick-magnet scheme and taken over, joining them on trips to the park, the mall, and the playground, making them appear to be one big happy family. And putting a serious dent in Uncle Yank's social life in the process. The sisters loved Lola as their surrogate mom and Uncle Yank couldn't function a day in his life without her. He was just too stubborn to see how much he needed and loved her, too.

"Lola and I can handle whatever business comes up until Micki and Sophie's schedules clear," Annabelle said, returning them to the discussion at hand.

"But I think we should consider bringing in new publicists," Micki said. "We've discussed expanding before and I think we're getting close to having no choice."

Sophie and Annabelle murmured in agreement. They were getting too successful to handle everything themselves.

"We'll talk about it," Yank promised.

"Next meeting?" Annabelle insisted, knowing he'd avoid it otherwise. She would, too, for much the same reasons. Annabelle hated to lose the family atmosphere that now dominated The Hot Zone.

"Next meeting," he agreed. "You always did know how to lead this group," Uncle Yank said, chuckling.

"That's my job." Annabelle forced a laugh but his words sobered her as the past came back all too clearly. Little did Uncle Yank know, she'd had to take on the role of leader and peacekeeper.

As the oldest sibling when their parents died, the fear of being separated from her sisters lived in Annabelle's heart. She was the only one who'd heard the social worker's threat to the lawyer. If Uncle Yank, the bachelor, balked at taking the girls or if he screwed up in any way, they'd end up in foster care. Nobody would have wanted to adopt kids their age, especially all three of them. Keeping the family together had become Annabelle's obsession. So any time Sophie and Micki argued, those words came back to haunt Annabelle.

"So, on to discussing the potential new client?" Lola asked.

Annabelle was grateful for the subject change. "Who?" she asked.

Sophie and Micki exchanged looks, a sure sign they already knew.

"Brandon Vaughn," Micki said, practically jumping out of her seat to be the first to tell.

"The Heisman winner and Dallas's franchise player until he blew out his knee," Sophie said, proud of her ability to spout from memory.

"A Hall of Famer and Uncle Yank's prize client until the guy bailed on him after his injury," Lola continued to enlighten them.

As if Annabelle could forget. She'd been away at school at the time of his departure. But that hadn't been the end of Brandon Vaughn.

"We were introduced at a charity event a few years ago," Annabelle murmured aloud. His blue eyes were mesmerizing and when he'd looked at her, it was as if no other woman existed. Not even the bimbo on his arm.

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips tossed away her legal briefs and a career as an attorney to become a stay at home mom. Within the year, she turned her love of reading into an obsession with writing. Over 25 published novels later, Carly writes sexy contemporary romances, striking a balance between entertainment and emotion, and giving her readers the compelling story they have come to expect and enjoy.

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Hot Stuff 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hot Stuff is a fun light-hearted book. I loved it and couldn't put it down. It was well written with likeable characters. The romance between Annabelle and Vaughn was HOT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i sooooo loved that book it was so romantic i only read hot stuff and hot numbers and it was so fantastic i am waiting for the book hot items to come in the mail i am so excited i can't wait.. carly should make movies the books it would be so popular
Guest More than 1 year ago

Yank Morgan is a man that should be proud. His nieces¿ parents died while they were very young, and he¿s raised all three girls ¿ Annabelle, Sophie, and Michelle ¿ to be very responsible young woman. Yank¿s gone so far as allow his sports agency ¿ The Hot Zone - to also become a PR agency, and all three women, with their business degrees, play very important roles in their joint venture.

Presently, Brandon Vaughn needs The Hot Zone to represent him. Brandon has bad blood with Yank. Formerly a fantastic football player, and having suffered a career-ending injury, his former wife drew him to Yank¿s competition. Now that Brandon is trying to create a business in his hometown, and missing the fatherly relationship he once had with Yank, Brandon needs someone to represent him. This is critical because there is some serious sabotage going on at the lodge Brandon is building.

With Sophie and Michelle busy with other clients, Annabelle Jordan is forced to take on Brandon. The only problem is that her reaction to him ¿ and any jock ¿ is all-consuming. Will she be able to work with Brandon, with all the explosive chemistry brewing between them? One thing is for certain, Brandon is not just another jock. He has some powerful values that surpass anything Annabelle could have imagined.

Carly Phillips writes another winner with HOT STUFF! The characters are wonderful, and the story is written with exceptional pacing. I was drawn into the family dynamics, with eager anticipation for future stories in this series. Also, the side story of Yank¿s love life, or lack thereof, was a really nice touch. This August Harlequin single title of Phillips¿ will be followed in August of ¿05 and ¿06 with HOT NUMBER and HOT ITEM. Be certain to visit Ms. Phillips¿ website in order to find out more about this series, and other upcoming titles by this prolific New York Times Bestselling author.

(For Sizzling Romances, September, 2004)

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Anonymous 2 days ago
I enjoyed this book quite alot! It has a strong female lead, who has a soft, vulnerable side and a hot, sexy, thoughtful man, who is hard to resist. There is a light mystery component, but mostly a romantic read. I appreciated that the female lead,, Annabelle, didnt have the problem most romantic leads do, which is getting stuck on wrong notions. She also doesn't take unfounded ideas or gossip as truth. She's real. That's what it is. She is real.
Staci70 7 months ago
Annabelle Jordan is the oldest of the three Jordan sisters. They were orphaned at a young age and went to live with their Uncle Yank. He's a sports agent and doesn't know much about dealing with girls. Luckily he has his assistant Lola to help him out. Annabelle was the most aware of what was going on and just how close the girls came to being split up. That's transferred over into her adult life and causes some issues. Brandon Vaughn is a recently retired football player looking to move forward with his life. That includes building a lodge in the town where he grew up, about an hour outside of NYC. Someone does not want him to complete the lodge and keeps sabotaging the construction. Annabelle decides she needs to go onsite with Vaughn to put the proper PR spin onto everything that's happening. They also try to help the local police figure out who's behind everything. They also decide to give in to their growing attraction along the way. I loved this book and the introduction to all of these characters.
Cheryl-S 8 months ago
4.5 Stars This is book one in the Hot Zone series and it features oldest Jordan sister, Annabel and retired football player Brandon Vaughn. These two have chemistry in spades! There's so much more to Brandon than anyone knows and it's Annabel's job to make the right people aware of it and thus begins Uncle Yank's job of making sure his niece's are living fulfilled, loving lives. Uncle Yank is totally awesome by the way and when you hear his and the girls' story, it will break your heart and make you laugh at the same time. The characters are vivacious and brilliant and there are so many great threads inside this awesome story line. Everything flows smoothly and falls into place. When it's all over you don't want to leave this fun, loving, loyal and crazy family.
LynnB888 8 months ago
A great first book in the series gives us the background of how their parents died and the girls came to live with their uncle. He was a womanizing bachelor, but he took his sister’s kids in and raised them. Now they all work for his firm as publicists to a lot of hot sports guys! Great characters, a lot of fun family interaction and some hot chemistry between the main characters keep us interested and intrigued throughout. Annabelle Jordan has always been attracted to the hot, muscular guys they represent, so former football player Brandon Vaughn is no different. She sets out to help him manage some bad publicity that is coming up in regards to his new retreat that he’s building … but will she be able to keep her hands off of him? Vaughn used to be her uncle’s star client until his ex-wife got her hands into his business. Yank was always really good to him, and he’s glad he’s finally getting a chance to make up the underhandedness to him and feel like part of his family again. He just hopes his attraction to his niece isn’t his downfall again! Will they succeed in finding out who is setting his retreat up to fail before it’s too late?
Sandy-thereadingcafe 8 months ago
3.75 stars-- HOT STUFF is the first installment in Carly Phillips’s 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 eldest sister Annabelle Jordan, and former football star Brandon Vaughn’s story line. NOTE: The Hot Zone series has been re-edited and re-release with all new covers. SOME BACKGROUND: Approximately 17 years earlier sports agent Yank Morgan became the guardian and parent to his late sister’s three orphaned daughters-Annabelle, Michelle aka Micki, and Sophie Jordan-and in the ensuing years Yank and the Jordan sisters became one of the most successful sports agency and PR firms in the world of sports-The Hot Zone. The Hot Zone series is their story as Yank Morgan struggles to find a happily ever after for the girls (now women) he loves like his own, as well as the fight to keep his own heart from breaking apart. Told from three third person perspectives (Annabelle, Brandon and Yank) HOT STUFF focuses on Heisman winner , Superbowl winner and former football player Brandon Vaughn, and his struggles to get a sports lodge open for affluent adults and a school/summer camp for kids. A series of disasters at the lodge have derailed his plans, and Brandon is looking for some positive PR to prevent the loss of his investment. Enter PR specialist Annabelle Jordan, the woman with whom Brandon will fall in love. The relationship between Brandon and Annabelle is a second chance meeting; a partnership ‘arranged’ by Uncle Yank; a professional business arrangement that turns into something more. Annabelle is the eldest, a peacekeeper by nature, a worrier about separation and loss. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate. We are introduced to Annabelle’s sisters: Michelle aka Micki, and Sophie, as well as Uncle Yank’s long suffering assistant Lola who has loved Uncle Yank from near and far. Lola has been Yank’s assistant for most of her adult life; one time lovers, and of course a surrogate mother to the Jordan sisters. Nick Gregory, Brandon’s lifelong friend and partner struggles with always coming in second to the man he calls best friend; and Brandon’s assistant Mara who may or may not be in love with Brandon’s best friend Nick. HOT STUFF is the introductory story line that reveals some of the background and circumstances surrounding the loss of the sister’s parents; their rise to fame within Uncle Yank’s HOT ZONE agency; and Uncle Yank’s stubborn and emotional attitude as it pertains to ALL of the women he loves. The premise is enjoyable; the characters are dynamic; the romance is emotional and captivating. HOT STUFF is a sweet, spicy and engaging look at three sisters and the grumpy old man who adores them like his own.
Cali-Jewel 8 months ago
What a Crazy Fun and Beautiful Family with a very real and touching Opposites attract Romance twist. This story will take you through all the emotions as each person involved revel yet another facet of this journey. The secondary romance of a couple that once was and may have found a way to have a second chance at happy Every After is also very touching and interesting I look forward to seeing what happens next to them hopefully in the next adventure.. Annie is the oldest sister of three and is so strong, witty and flawed all that the same time. Her fear of losing those closet to her and the way she deals with this is endearing and sweet. Vaughn is the strong silent type with a hidden heart of gold that he sees a weakness and tries so desperately to hide everything that makes him unique and special. Loved the way these two just are amazing in their own rights but still make each other stronger and better at the same time. Looking forward to the next Hot Zone Story.
tsmb02 9 months ago
Hot Stuff is book one in the Hot Zone series. The three Jordan sisters, Annabelle, Sophie and Micki all had to go live with their bachelor Uncle Yank after their parents are killed in a plane crash when they are 12, 10 and 8 years old. Flash forward and now the girls are all adults and are working with their uncle as PR Agents at his sports agency company, Hot Zone after they each graduated from college. Annabelle's life since losing her parents has been as the peace keeper. She didn't want her and her sisters taken away from Uncle Yank and split up so Annabelle always tries to make things right. She also fears that anything she loves is going to get taken away from her so she has a hard time dealing with that. Annabelle thought she found "the one" but it ended up Randy Dalton cheated on her and broke her heart. Now Annabelle is having a hard time wanting to give her heart away....but it seems Brandon Vaughn has at least caught her attention. To bad he is a player and only wants one thing from a female. When Annabelle is forced to take Brandon on as a client again, sparks ignite! Brandon used to be with The Hot Zone until he abruptly left to be with their rival agency and now he's back asking Yank for forgiveness. What he doesn't know is that Yank is going to play matchmaker between him and Annabelle! After Brandon's new lodge that is under construction keeps having problems and things being sabotaged, Annabelle has to go stay with Brandon for a few weeks to help out with PR until things can get back on track. What neither of them expected was for the sparks to fly! I just loved how Brandon was the one trying to keep his hands off and Annabelle was the one coming at him full steam ahead! I really enjoyed these two and the path that they had to take to get to their happy ending. There was a little suspense thrown in to the story along with meeting Brandon's parents that added some colorfulness to the book. I had read this book when it first came out and have re-read it since it was slightly updated and I still loved it. Great characters, great story!
JennieF 9 months ago
Carly Phillips know how to write hot, sexy romance books and this will make you want to read more of her books! ! ! The book is about three orphaned sisters, Annabelle, Sophie and Micki, (each gets their own book) and how they were raised by their uncle who owns a PR firm called The Hot Zone. Hot Stuff is about Annabelle Jordan (now grown and a Publicist at The Hot Zone) and Brandon Vaughn a former football player and businessman who turned on her uncle and left the firm. Now he wants the firm's help to open up a camp for kids but it seems there are roadblock around every corner. Can Annabelle help Brandon but keep her emotions locked up or will she fall for the man and all he stand for????
EileenAW 9 months ago
I truly enjoyed reading Hot Stuff, the introductory story in Carly Phillips’ Hot Zone series, once again. This is a reissue of the original 2004 edition with some updating and a new cover. The original sits on my keeper shelf, that’s how much I love this series. The Hot Zone features the three Jordan sisters, orphaned by a plane crash, leaving then in the custody of their Uncle Yank, a bachelor sports agent. As the girls age, Yank expands the Hot Zone adding the girls to assist with pr for their clients. I loved the give and take between Annabelle Jordan, the eldest sister, and Brandon Vaughn, former star football player. As these two spend time together, getting to know each other, walls come down insecurities come to light, and happiness in a relationship arises that neither expects. These two are perfect for each other. This book is not as sexy as 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.
mslizalou 9 months ago
The Hot Zone series is one of my favorite ever from Carly Phillips. I fell in love with this series when it was originally released and fell back in love with the Jordan sisters all over again with the release of the updated books from Ms. Phillips. I adore Annabelle Jordan and how she has always been the one to make sure her family stayed together. I absolutely loved how close Annabelle, Sophie, and Micki were to one another and how they always had each other's backs. Yes the girls had Uncle Yank and Lola on their sides since they came to live with their uncle, but the girls still had a super special relationship. I loved watching Annabelle and Vaughn fall for one another. There is just something about polar opposites fall for one another that gives me all the feels. Annabelle and Vaughn really seemed to complete each other with their differences. I also loved they both couldn't keep their eyes or their hands off each other, even with a surprise visit from Lola and Uncle Yank. I absolutely adored reading the Hot Zone series when it was originally released and have only fallen in love with it all over again as I read the updated versions of each story. I love when a series of stories focuses around a family and Ms. Phillips hit it out of the park with her Hot Zone series.
Nicolerko 9 months ago
4.5 Stars This is the first book in the Hot Zone series. I first off have to say I loved Annabelle. She has such a big heart. taking the animals under wing because she couldn't bear the thought of them not having a home. She has an underlying fear inside that stems from her childhood. This book starts off showing what brought this some family together and when her uncle says "Well I'll be damned, You've got a bow on your butt." I knew I was going to like this one. Then we have Brandon ex football player need of some help from the Hot Zone firm to help with the PR for his lodge. I really enjoyed Annabelle and Brandon together because they gave each other what the other was seeking. Annabelle is a breath of fresh air and brings sunshine onto Brandon's life. Problem is can Brandon believe enough himself to be good enough for Annabelle? All the while this is going on there is a story going on in the background with Annabelle's uncle. That too has me intrigued. That grouchy guy comes off as a bear, but he has a soft spot for his nieces, but he is on the verge of letting the best thing in his life get away. This is a great kick off to the series and has left me wanting more.
JenniferSchultheisJS 9 months ago
Hot Stuff by Carly Phillips is book one in the Hot Zone Series and a favorite of mine. The new cover really makes this book standout! This series explores three sisters who lost their parents and had to be taken in by their uncle. Each sister has a career at the Hot Zone and Hot Stuff, focuses on the eldest sister, Annabelle. Vaughn is everything Annabelle is attracted to. He’s sexy, athletic, and for her, that means heartbreak. She will take him on as a client but he’s off limits. As for Vaughn, he’s already had one disastrous marriage and he’s not about to go down that road again. But when Annabelle and Vaughn are together, there are obvious sparks that cannot be denied. Vaughn and Annabelle are really great together and made this story worthwhile. For those who enjoy a little sports in their romance, Hot Stuff is a great choice!
Kindle_Loving_Mom 9 months ago
This is a re-issued title, and it's been updated. I never read it before now, but I really enjoyed it! Annabelle is a rising star publicist in her uncle's sports agency business. Her parents died when she and her 2 younger sisters were kids. Her bachelor uncle took them in and raised them, and gave each of them a job when they graduated, making his agency, The Hot Zone, into a family business. Annabelle is great at her job, but she's been unlucky in love. She has major abandonment issues, and she still has not truly dealt with them. She keeps animals and plants around her all the time, as she has a strong need to nurture, and to give and receive unconditional love. She has decided to skip romantic love from now on, and only go for fast flings. But most importantly, no more jocks! Brandon Vaughn is a very successful ex-football star. He blew out his knee a couple years ago, and divorced his snake of an ex-wife. Since then, he's been looking for his next passion. He's found it in his small hometown in upstate New York. He's opening a lodge for the rich and fabulous, and he'll hold a special camp there in the summers for local teens who are great at sports, but need academic support. Kids who struggled just like he did. Vaughn's father is an academic, and a professor. He never understood his child's learning disability, and never really tried. He viewed sports as less than, and Vaughn took that to heart as a kid. Vaughn still knows he'll never meet his parents high expectations, even with all his great accomplishments, so he's stopped trying. He has a past with Uncle Yank, who used to be his agent when he played, and he goes back asking for help when things start happening with the lodge. Vaughn and Annie have amazing chemistry right off the bat, but they're both fighting it, for different reasons. Vaughn doesn't think he's good enough for her, and he loves her uncle and doesn't want to make him mad. Annabelle knows that prior relationships with athletes haven't worked out for her, and she doesn't want to risk trying again. Especially not with a man who is so obviously emotionally unavailable. Meanwhile at Vaughn's lodge, everything keeps going awry. Someone is sabotaging his dream, and he can't figure out who, or why. Things keep getting destroyed, and shipments aren't showing up, etc. I thought I had the person pegged, right away, but I couldn't be sure. Turns out I was right, but I didn't feel unhappy that I figured it out early. In a way, I felt vindicated! There were several great side plots, including the one involving her Uncle Yank, and his assistant, Lola. Lola has been Yank's assistant for years, and she's been a surrogate mother to Annabelle and her sisters. She's also been in love with Yank for most of that time. She's stuck with him through thick and thin, but she's had enough. I sense that this part of the story isn't over, and I look forward to their future. Once Annie and Vaughn do come together, their chemistry is explosive and neither of them is really equipped to deal with it. They both try to keep things at a distance and soon realize it's impossible. They really care for each other, and it was sweet to watch them fall. It was also refreshing to see them both begin the process of dealing with each of their personal issues. Personal growth is always good to see, and not just within the romantic relationship. I enjoyed the story, and toward the end, I teared up. If you make me cry, you get an extra half star!
PennieM 9 months ago
I had so much fun reading this book! Annabelle Jordan is a girlie girl who is working as a PR specialist who falls for the wrong type of man, usually her clients, and her client now is Brandon Vaughn. Vaughn left Yank Morgan's firm when he was at his lowest but not at his choice and now he is back because he needs help and Yank has always been the father figure he could count on. He is opening a Lodge in his home town but there have been nothing but problems and he needs a publicist to help turn things around. He really wants one of the other sisters but gets Annabelle. The sparks are instant and combustible. Annabelle ends up moving in with Vaughn to work along with her dog and rabbit and the next morning a cat joins them. She can't help it, she picks up strays...This was such fun and they kept leading each other around in circles until the end. I am looking forward to the rest in this series!
CrystalsBookWorld 9 months ago
Oh yes! I loved Hot Stuff by Carly Phillips!!! Brandon acts like he is confident, but deep down he has his doubts. I really wanted to be Annie at times and comfort him. But he is also tough and mostly in control. So we can not underestimate him. He has a dream, but it is being threatened. Do we know who it is? I had my theories, but when it was revealed who was making the mess, I was a little appalled. That is what I loved about this story! It is unexpected. Once you think you have things figured out, you really don't. Carly keeps us on out toes! Uncle Yank! He did good raising 3 girls on his own. He had help with his assistant Lola...but that is another story to tell. We only get a glimpse of it. Annie, Uncle York's eldest niece, is the one who kept her sisters together. She controlled her feelings, except when it came to Brandon. You have love, you have uncertainly, but Hot Stuff will start bringing a family back together. I can not wait for the next book!!! I did not put this book down once I started to read it! You will love this new family!!
heater_28 9 months ago
This is the first book in the Hot Zone series and I was instantly drawn into this story of the family that makes up The Hot Zone, a sports focused firm. Annabelle Jordan, the oldest of three sisters, along with her middle sister Sophie, and Micki, the baby of the group, did not have the most normal childhood. Following the death of their parents, the girls went to live with their Uncle Yank, who happened to be a sports lawyer. Thus they grew up around sports, including locker rooms, athletes and betting. Now that they are all grown up, they all work at The Hot Zone and while they are family, they all have their own styles and personalities. Annabelle has always had the goal of keeping her family together. Growing up the way that they did and going through the things they did at a young age, being surrounded by family has always been paramount. When Annabelle is assigned to work with former football star Brandon Vaughn on issues he's having at a lodge he's planning to open, her main priority is just to focus on the work since her weakness tends to be hot jocks and she just wants to do right by her family. And for Brandon, a reading issue also complicates not only his business dealings, but also the relationships that he has with his own family. Will Annabelle and Brandon be able to keep things completely platonic or will the chemistry that is building between them going to ignite fully? And, will the bad press and what seems to be mysterious sabotage attempts derail the lodge project before the opening? This was a great start to this new series and I'm so anxious to get my hands on the second book based on how quickly I devoured this one!
Lashea677 9 months ago
He wants acceptance. She craves love and security. What they find is more explosive than even they thought possible. Hot Stuff blends fiery attraction, the power of healing and strength of love. Carly Phillips is a class act when it comes to emotional stories and simmering attraction. A childhood tragedy has left Annie with insecurities that she hides from the people she loves most (sisters and Uncle) and the need to look after the vulnerable and weak (she collects animals in need of TLC). It has also left her heartbroken many times in her love life. Vaughn is a man with a few secrets of his own. His skills led him to the big leagues but injury sidelined him. With that part of his life in the past, he seeks to find the next phase. He needs help. Too bad, it comes in the form of a man eating spitfire like Annie. What both discover is that beneath all the subterfuge they have much in common. Annie and Vaughn tickle the heart strings.
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