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Hot Stuff

(Hot Zone #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  8,786 ratings  ·  370 reviews
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 m
Paperback, 333 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by HQN
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Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I think I've finally figured out why I always feel like there is something missing in Carly Phillips books--there's just not much character development. She tends to tell us what the characters are like rather than show us. Plus, everything happens too fast--they meet and wham! next minute they're making out and on their way to bed. Now, I'm all for sexual attraction, but in her books these characters are already discerning the inner workings of each other with very few words even exchanged. The ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I needed to take a break from intense suspense books for a bit, so I thought who better than CP to read. This book was witty, sexy, a lil mystery, but just plain LOL for me.
Nov 02, 2007 rated it did not like it
This is the kind of book you read when you're stuck on a Greek isle and have absolutely no english reading material. As a person who can appreciate trashy romance novels, I would recommend against this one. It will take you about two hours to read, but better to try to figure out the Greek on the box of cookies you purchased.
Oct 23, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
FREE on Amazon today (10/23/2017)!
Shannon Ferguson
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this read!!!

Between a sexy sports hero, and a heroine who is all girl in a boys world, the chemistry between Vaughn and Annie was instant. They are just about complete opposites, but they have the same drive to succeed. My heart broke for Annie and her past, and how she is still a bit insecure about some things. Vaughn has his own struggles, both past and present, that he's trying to get through. There are twists and turns throughout, and I love how Carly handled the relationship between V
~Mindy Lynn~
Katelyn Joy
May 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize what I was getting into when I picked this book up at WalMart. I don't like to shop there but it was the one shopping location available when I went on vacation with my friend's family. Usually I consider myself a very detail oriented person, but the little Harlequin logo went under the radar. Eventually, when slapped in the face by sexy-time writing, I realized it was a Romance Novel I was surprised. Anyhow, the story was pretty engaging and you routed for the main character to ...more
Radd Reader
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guess-who
“I love you, too, Hot Stuff. And I always will.”

Due to a knee injury, Brandon had to say goodbye to his pro NFL career. Now he is determined to build a lodge in his hometown in upstate NY.
”It’s going to be a winter retreat for affluent adults and a school/summer camp for special kids. Kids whose education fell short, who slipped through the cracks, and who couldn’t read as well as others.”
Brandon has a good heart and is a fantastic athlete. However, he doesn’t have confid
***3.5 “Pulling Teeth” Stars***

Okay, maybe not the best way to describe a book that I’m giving 3.5 stars to, but it’s the truth and I promise to explain. Overall Hot Stuff was a fun and sexy read with characters that peaked my interest and secondary story lines running through it that I found just as interesting as that of Annie and Brandon’s bumpy road to their HEA.

I really liked Brandon, I did. The man had such a good, selfless heart, that it was hard not to fall for him, but damn is the man m
Aug 12, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Again, I am spoiled by good books. Perhaps, the time comes to be even more thoughtful picking free kindle-books.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this one but didn't love it. I wish there had been a bit more character development. But all in all, a solid read.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Just - The romance reader
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: at-library
My first Carly Phillips read, not my last! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the family behind the Hot Zone, and look forward to getting to know them better through the rest of the Hot Zone series.

All three sisters - Annabelle the oldest, Sophie the middle girl, and Micki the youngest are great. Each with her own individual style and personality, but so dedicated and loving toward each other, as well as Lola their surrogate mother, and their cranky Uncle Yank.

The overall story was great, a fun read,
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Funny, hot sex and a dash of mystery mixed with the backstory of three little orphaned girls, a swinging bachelor uncle and you have a great blend for a really good book.

Annebelle is the oldest of the three sisters and has grown up around the jocks her uncle represents as a sports agent. She has also gotten up close and very personal with a few that have left her with a few barriers firmly in place. Enter Brandon Vaughn, an ex-football legend trying to rehab an old lodge in his hometown and has
Tina "IRead2Escape"
I really enjoyed this first book of the Hot Zone series. I mean is there anything Carly Phillips can't write well? Its an interesting premise of a womanizing sports agent uncle getting custody of his 3 nieces after their parents tragically die in an accident. He raises 3 very strong women each with very different personalities but all joined their uncle in the sports world.

Annabelle works with virile, testosterone filled men every day and she in the unique position to help their careers go furt
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Free on iBooks. Both of them have histories. They've briefly met in the past, however were with other people. Her relationships have been sour, plastered over tabloids he's read. He's a love them, leave them type. The heroine was such a straight shooter. She was smart, and direct without pretences; she addressed their sexual attraction, but held control firmly within her grasp knowing what she wanted, especially since she's been played so many times by professional athletes. She's wary but wants ...more
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Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love the passion of Brandon and how he felt about helping kids. I hated the discord that him and his family began the book with. Annabelle and Brandon are similar in many ways. Both want to have someone believe in them and support them. Both want to feel loved even if Brandon thinks he doesn’t. both at smart, kind and caring.

The story was sweet and I loved how Annabelle made Brandon feel he could achieve his dreams even when things were bad. The attraction was palpable and the intimacy steamy. T
Jessica Alcazar
Hot Zone was one of the first series I read by Carly Phillips back in the day (2013). At the time, I was neither here nor there with Hot Stuff, Book 1, but I binge read the whole series because that's what I did. Truth be told, I still do that most times LOL and it was a fantastic ride. So much so, it started me on my quest to read all things Carly :)

Today, she's brought us the same story but with a little more edge to it and a lot more visual pleasure. I mean, LOOK AT THAT COVER ... am I right?
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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, ex-football legend and businessman Brandon Vaughn.

The chemistry is potent, undeniable, irresistible. But Annabelle soon realizes that Brandon
Heather andrews
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Annie sometimes likes to change the subject, especially if she thinks she's in trouble:
“I woke up with a cat staring me in the face.” Vaughn pushed himself back against the pillows and folded his arms across his chest.
“You did, huh?” She lowered her gaze and her stare landed on his chest. “Uh, Vaughn? Are you naked beneath that sheet?”
Vaughn's thoughtfulness when it comes to tear is...well different, "...she wiped her damp eyes with the back of her hands. “Here, use this.” He handed her the co
Precious Mae
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I love Uncle Yank. So clueless... Haha.
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
totally hilarious! i love this author!!
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book to read. It would be perfect to read while sipping a margarita on the beach!
Aug 17, 2007 rated it liked it
STEAMY!!!! Whoo! If you don't mind sex - take a gander. There is a cute story too...
Dorothy Morawsky
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book.
Sandy S
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars--

About the book: Re-Release Date March 7, 2017

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 Br
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jayne Castle is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes futuristic romance novels under the Castle name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and historical romance novels under the pseudonym Amanda Quick. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print

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Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting and eventful! I liked that this book had a lot of things happening at the same time - unrequited love, a secret saboteur, a PR campaign, an unfinished lodge, mean/misunderstood parents, a money-seeking ex, etc. - but all these did not detract from the appeal and intensity of the lead couple's romance. Annabelle and Brandon's powerful attraction and deepening feelings for each other were enjoyable to read and discover, along with the comic relief that came in the form of Annabelle's uncl ...more
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Good story

I'd like to rate this book a 3.5 but we can't use half stars. LOL
It was a well written story. I enjoyed how both Annabelle and Brandon are strong characters but each have a vulnerable side that they seem to show each other. Both also have had their lives turned upside due to things that's happened to them between family and people they believe loved them. There's moments in this story everyone can understand. A good story.
The cast of characters were easy to relate to, the pace was steady, the plot moved smoothly and all in all this was a nice intro to the series which left me feeling good about Annabelle and Brandon's romance.

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NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two ...more

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