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Hired (Hot Ice #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,227 Ratings  ·  91 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 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
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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
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It was everything. It was romantic, adventurous....and insanely hot!
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Veronica of V's Reads
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
Sherry Sweeney
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nikki Wilde
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Debi Hursh
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: britbabes
“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
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-contemp
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.
Shoshanna Evers
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 :)
Miz Love
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot, hockey romance!

I discovered this author a few years ago. Love her characters and the stories that they have to tell.

Logan aka Phoenix is a hockey player for the Orlando Vipers & he's being sent away to a tropical paradise for a little R&R. Unbeknownst to him, his manager is also sending Brooke to keep him from falling into a drunken stupor & watching hockey replays while he's away. She's sent to keep him company. Brooke isn't a puck bun, knows nothing about Logan nor anything ho
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Book Monitor
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, erotica
I won't re-hash the the plot as others have already done so.
So on the plus side- this has a lot of steamy, hot and reasonably well written sex. A hot hunky and surprisingly open man, despite the bad start he and Brooke get off to, and a beautiful beach setting for the majority of the book.
On the minus side, a dishonest and self-centred female protagonist who we are supposed to sympathise with but no nurse can be this dishonest and shallow and then feel she's the one hard done by.
There were some
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Donna Gallagher
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, sport
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.
I really enjoyed Brooke and Logan's story. It was a quick one sit read! If you are looking for some HOT chemistry and steamy scenes this book is for you. This book was all from Brook's point of view and I just wish we had some of Logan's point of view in there as well. I would have loved getting into his mind also, he was domineering but tender at the same time!!!!
Debbie Lowery
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“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
January Apted
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story, the Broken hockey player and the broken/broke nurse student meet and find a connection almost right away, with some twists and turns along the way. I can't wait to read more!
 Anna (Wicked Book Blog)
There's really not much to it. Pretty predictable and often boring yet it's an enjoyable read.
Desire Jett
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its was great.
Dahlia (yadkny)
May 08, 2011 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erotic Contemp Lovers
Shelves: favorites
Review posted @ Long and Short Reviews
Alicia MacBride
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you like your romance sweet, hot and steamy with a touch of humor, I recommend this book.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very steamy!!!

If you enjoy hot steamy romance, then this book is for you!
Well written. Thank you Lily for the free book. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New to me author. This book is a MF contemporary set around a icehockey player. The miscommunication was obvious, and grovel too short.
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Lily Harlem is a bestselling, award-winning author of sexy romances. She lives in the UK and writes for several publishing houses including HarperCollins, Totally Bound, Pride, Evernight and Stormy Night Publications. She also features in numerous UK and US anthologies, some of which all proceeds go to charity.

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