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Hired (Hot Ice #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  820 ratings  ·  66 reviews
One hundred grand to babysit bad boy Logan “Phoenix” Taylor on a paradise island—seriously, how bad could he be?

Frankly, it didn’t matter. Not when it would make my dreams of going to nursing school possible. I wasn’t even expected to talk to him, just hang out in a luxurious villa on a private beach and study. Simple, right?

But I hadn’t counted on Logan being so delicious
Kindle Edition, 194 pages
Published December 17th 2010 by Ellora's Cave (first published November 17th 2010)
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May 25, 2011 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of erotic sports romance
I'm a sucker for a sports romance, an if it's an erotic romance, and the hero is a hunktastic hockey player, I'm going to be all over it! And I was pretty pleased with Hired, book one in Lily Harlem's Hot Ice series. Although it was written in the dreaded 1st person POV (which didn't bother me for the most part), and there were a few minor details describing hockey that led me to believe that the author is not really a fan of the NHL (games referred to as "matches", players wearing "cages" inste ...more
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My mother always told me that no lie is a "good" lie...not even a little white lie because they always come back to bite you on the butt!

Brooke wants nothing more than to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a nurse, but even without the added expense of nursing school, she is struggling just to pay her bills. When she is presented an opportunity that could make her dreams come true, how could she possibly pass that up? All she has to do is keep the bad boy of hockey company while she cat
Kellie G.
((Currently free on Amazon 12/06/13))
3.5 stars
Very sexy, likable characters. Really predictable but enjoyable and steamy. I'd check out more in this series.
Aly is so frigging bored
03 MAR: The Avengers

Main characters:
Logan Taylor

Why I added the book: It ended up in my TBR pile thanks to a review of a book further in the series that made it sound... good. Another factor was the theme: I love sports novels since I read SEP and Rachel Gibson and I keep hoping and finding others even half as good as theirs.

About the book: The story starts with our heroine lamenting about karma and other crap and presenting her life so far. She’s an orphan who lives with her BFF, an es
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
If a deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is, but what happens if the deal is just too good to pass up? Even karmic payback won't get in the way.

Brooke’s life has never been easy. Her parents died when she was young, which led to the uprooting of her entire life. Her friend since childhood, Giselle, is now the only person Brooke can depend on. After a long overdue break-up with a boyfriend, Brooke turns to Giselle for a place to stay while she picks up the pieces of her life. Giselle’s l
I absolutely loved this book. It was everything. It was romantic, adventurous....and insanely hot!
This review was originally posted at The Forbidden Bookshelf.

I was hooked the moment I read the promise of Hired. I mean the heroine gets to spend a week in a paradise island far from everything and her sole task is to keep an eye on a brooding hero and enjoy herself? That sounds like a fantasy to most of us. :-)

Brooke's best friend who is an elite call girl asks for Brooke's help in spending a week in a beautiful remote island villa with brooding hockey player Logan Taylor for which she would r
Heather in FL
This was a fun story. Brooke is a girl who believes in metaphysical stuff. She's been sent to "babysit" Logan, who is a professional hockey player who has been suspended and send to an island hideaway to get his head on straight. She figures she can use the time to study for her upcoming nursing tests. Logan doesn't know the truth of why she's there. She never intended to have a relationship with him. She's not normally the type of girl he sees ("rink bunnies" throw themselves at any hockey play ...more
Nikki Wilde
I knew I had to read this one. It's got hockey in it. I love hockey. It's the most exciting sport there is. So, when I saw this, I knew I had to get it. It was a little tricky to pay and download and I'd feel more secure if I was able to use Amazon for my Kindle but I couldn't pass this one up.

Hired is about Brooke who's been living with her best friend while she gets her life in order. She's trying to put herself through nursing school and working at The Grille is not cutting it. So when her fr
Miz Love
Hired is an awesome book. Brooke’s friend is an escort and needs help with a client who wants a woman to spend a week with a famous hockey player to take his mind off the fact he’s been put in the “sin bin” for his bad behaviour on the ice. Brooke is training to be a nurse, and she’s sharing her friend’s place until she can save enough money to find a place of her own. So the dangling carrot of knowing she can earn one hundred thousand pounds just spending the week with a guy is too much to igno ...more
Sherry Sweeney
Came across this series as a recommendation from other books I had purchased on Amazon. read this book and was a little unsure as the price was a bit more then I typically pay for Kindle books.

Again as a hockey mom and loving the sport I am drawn to hockey themed love stories.

This was a really good story line. You had a young women who her life is just in chaos at the moment, living with a friend and not sure how she is going to acheive her goals in life. She is presented with an amazing oppurtu
The writing was decent but the characters and storyline weren't very developed. Also, the author was from the UK and some of the vernacular words or expressions from there was displayed in the lead characters speech. Twenty something American women don't usually use the term lovely to describe meals and situations and don't say rubbish so much. I didn't like all the talk about auras, karma, and astrology. At one point she described the man's voice as smooth as treacle - which is a molasses like ...more
Hired was a fun and sexy read that definitely made me want to go to the beach so badly. Although it was an enjoyable read, I did find a few inconsistencies that bugged me a bit. I know that another reviewer mentioned that a sea anemone doesn't have needles (that would actually be a sea urchin), but there were definitely a few others inconsistencies in there as well. So moving on, I think that both Brooke and Logan were great characters, and I loved that Brooke mentioned early on that she wouldn' ...more
Lily Harlem never disappoints!

I loved this story from page one and stayed up way too late so I could finish it. Whew was the sex hot and the relationship sweet and romantic. The location was a complete paradise and I couldn't help imagine myself in Brooke's position---what a dream that would be!

The character development was spot on, I connected with the characters from the get go. The relationship was a slow builder for the most part and I liked that they become friends before they just jump bet
 Anna Wicked Book Addict (Wicked Book Blog)
There's really not much to it. Pretty predictable and often boring yet it's an enjoyable read.
Hired is for people who...

...enjoy sexy hockey players. some vacation-style hanky panky.
...don't mind when you can see how the secret is going to blow up in the heroine's face. the camaraderie of the team.

Yeah, I could see how Logan was going to misunderstand Brooke's secret as soon as they made eyes at one another. Did this detract from the story? Not really. Mostly because Logan was so deliciously likable once he stopped brooding into his Cheerios. *thumbs up*

-Kelly @ Reading the
Debi Hursh
“I received this book as a review copy in return for an honest review”
Hired is the first book in the Hot Ice Series by Lily Harlem.
This was a great start to the series. I love me some hot thick male athletes!
Logan “Phoenix” just thought he was getting away for some relaxation but he ended up getting more exercise that he had planned due to an unexpected guest at the villa.
Brooke just thought she was getting a free vacation but she never thought she would find
the man who made her complete. This w
Salon Reads
*What Mary Thought*

Brooke Ambrose’s life is looking up. She left her loser boyfriend, moved in with her best friend, and is heading out for an all-expenses paid vacation. All she has to do during her week at the beach is make sure Logan “Phoenix” Taylor, professional hockey bad boy, doesn’t spend the whole time moping. Logan’s had a rough year. His wife left him for another woman and now he’s off the ice, suspended for a week after a fight. Logan isn’t happy about this forced vacation and even l
Vivian Archer
Well...gotta say the premise didn't do much for me. Thought Brooke really shouldn't have been surprised by Logan's reaction--categorized her behavior as "dumb as rocks". Liked the island setting, but had issues with the sea anemone "needles"--they don't have them. I have a whole spiel about that, but I'll spare you all the rant.
Donna Gallagher
I do love a sports romance and this one certainly ticked all the boxes for me. Hot hockey player with a few personal demons, a very likeable heroine, steamy sex scenes, a glimpse of future characters and of course sport. I have already bought book 2 in the Hot Ice series, Cross-Checked, and can't wait to start reading.
Jan 25, 2014 Robin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Robin by:
Hired (Hot Ice, #1) by Lily Harlem Lily Harlem

This was a fun quick read, nothing complicated or edgy. A story about a hockey player who is having problems with his attitude & his game so he's sent on a "get your shit together" vacation by his coach. Meanwhile his coach also sends him some company of the female type. Brooke is a hardworking woman getting ready to go back to school to be a nurse & is asked by her friend to go on this vacation to accompany a hockey player & all she has to do is "be there" & she'll collect a n
Debbie Lowery
“I received this book as a review copy in return for an honest review” i was totally blown away with the way Lily Harlem writes , i really loved this book the way she describes everything is so clever and cant wait to get reading the next one, it was a pleasure to read :-) x
Shoshanna Evers
Hot read! First I was jealous of the heroine for being offered $100K for an easy one week job. Then I was jealous she got to hook up with a hot NHL player, LOL! I love living vicariously through books :)
Dahlia (yadkny)
May 10, 2011 Dahlia (yadkny) added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erotic Contemp Lovers
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Fiona Sheldon
I was kindly gifted this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. Lily Harlem stricks again. Seriously her books should come with a warning. In the first book we meet Brooke and Logan. Brooke is hired to babysit Logan so he can get is head together after lots of issues on the ice. After a shaky start, Brooke and Logan become friendly. Their chemistry for each other is palpable and hotness just seeps from the pages. Its funny in places and a little bit heartbreaking but mainly fre
I loved Hired. Loved Brooke. Loved Logan. Loved the length of the book, their love story, the sex scenes, the way they cared about each other.

What I didn't love? It's my common issue with language. I have a hard time accepting American characters who use British English. If you can overlook that, you will love this book, as well.

Brooke is a single gal who could use some cash to put herself through nursing school. Logan is a pro hockey player who's been suspended for his over-violent ice play. Lo
3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. I liked both Logan and Brooke and their story was kind of predictable but still enjoyable. This is the first story I've read by this author but I do already have another of her books on my to read list. I liked this one well enough that I still plan to read the other story of hers.

Brooke is a nice woman but she sees auras and believes in karma so people tend to see her as a bit of a kook. Brooke lost both her parents and now only has her best friend from
Brooke takes up a “job”, to spend a week with Logan, to keep him company so he wouldn't go into a complete funk. Brooke is hesitant at first, but the amount of money sounds good and her best friend convinced her to do it. At first, she and Logan don't quite hit it off, but after an incident and spending more time together, Brooke realizes there is so much more to Logan. With erotic, smoking hot love scenes, plenty of tension, and the climax of the story that will pull on many emotions of the rea ...more
Lucy Felthouse
Hired is book one in the Hot Ice series by Lily Harlem, and let’s just say that as soon as I finished this one I immediately pulled the next one up on my Kindle!

It tells the story of Brooke Ambrose, a woman who is given an opportunity to earn one hundred thousand dollars just for spending a week on a paradise island with a famous hockey player. She’s reluctant at first, but when she thinks that she can use the money to get her through nursing school and launch her career, she decides to go for i
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Rhys' review posted on Guilty Pleasures

For the first book in the Hot Ice Series, Lily Harlem didn’t pull any punches. The characters of Logan and Brooke were so great together that they would have been wonderful to know in person. The tie in she does toward the end of introducing other characters found in her later books was a great way to tie each of these stories together without making it mandatory to read them as a series. Having had the priviledge to read this whole series. I can tell you t
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Lily Harlem is a multi-published, award-winning author of contemporary erotic romance. She lives in the UK and writes for several publishing houses including Ellora’s Cave, HarperCollins, Xcite and Total-E-Bound. She also features in numerous UK and US anthologies, some of which all proceeds go to charity.

Her books are a mixture of full length novels and short stories, some are one offs, some are
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