Hot Item

January 7, 2007

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by Carly Phillips

Grade: B

Synopsis: In the last of Carly Phillips’ Hot Zone trilogy, it is the middle Jordan sister, Sophie, that is to fall in love. The uptight woman who lost her parents at age ten does not want to fall for an athlete. As a partner in the family PR firm, who’s clients are all professional athletes, Sophie has built a wall around her heart, one that no man has been able to climb. That is until Riley, who joins Sophie in her search for a business partner and family friend, Spencer. Riley, a football star, has his own reasons for finding Spencer, but spending time with Sophie is just an added bonus.

The Review: I’ve read that this is the best of Phillips’ Hot Zone trilogy. I don’t know that I agree. While definitely fun, because what could be more fun than athletes (besides firefighters and cops, of course), the book has a few major problems.

First, all three books, but I feel this one most of all, has mistakes. Not spelling or typos, which it does have, but actual mistakes. Some of the details don’t match up. For example, Anabelle, the oldest sister, has a baby. Through most of the trilogy, the baby is female. But on one page in Hot Item, Sophie refers to the child as her nephew.

It was still fun to read. The plot was a little ridiculous. All three books have people who have been attracted to each other for a significant amount of time, think getting together would be a terrible idea, somehow end up away together, hook up and fall in love immediately. But hey, that’s why we read these kinds of books isn’t it? I noticed that, in this book, Riley just assumed Sophie would marry him, without asking her outright (but maybe I just dislike that because it goes against both the romantic and the feminist in me).

There are some interesting characters. Uncle Yank, who raised the girls after their parents’ death, is a stubborn old man who has finally found love. And he’s a little crazy and going blind. Makes for interesting family get-togethers.

So in conclusion, if you’re going to read these, read them in order. But if you miss them, that’s fine. You’ll probably read something similar or have already, anyway.