27 October 2008

Review Carly Phillips - Hot Property

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373773331
ISBN-13: 978-0373773336

Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks—and personal life—of a sports hero and the public's adoration. But this hot property's lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can't spare. Now it's up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track.

Amy finds it's easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper's refusal to put his own needs first, she's starting to think that life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball—one she never saw coming.…

Amy is the newest addition to the staff at Hot Zone. She quit her job in the retirement center where also her mother and aunt live and Amy is resolved to change her life around. She attends the wedding of her cousin Riley where Hot Zone displays its hunk-a-liscious buffet of athletes. One man caught her eye and makes her blood pump just a bit faster through her veins. John Roper can give it all to a girl but he has got more under current then the surface is telling.
After a disastrous introduction at the wedding between John and Amy she finds herself to have become the publicist of John Roper on her first day at work. And gets a first taste of all the under currents in his life first hand!

Carly Phillips with the fourth book in the Hot Zone series: HOT PROPERTY has whipped up a surprising and entertaining romance story. If was confronted with a whole cast of Hot Zone characters that made me curious what had happened in the previous novels: Hot Suff, - Hot Number, - Hot Item. It is particularly Yank that captured my attention with his devious mind to do some matchmaking if he gets the chance! I will not likely forget him and it makes HOT PROPERTY all the more inviting to read.

The star couple of this novel is Amy Stone and John Roper and they immediately have a spark together but due to various circumstances it doesn’t go further than that. Now Amy finds herself as Roper’s publicist and thrown back into feeling that spark all over. Carly Phillips gradually creates a foundation upon which Amy and Roper can build a relationship. They both are at a point in their lives where they need to re-define themselves with their personality that has become subdued to the demands of family.

Family affairs are never easy and this romance story mirrors that perfectly while Roper’s famous status adds another obstacle in their way. The attraction is evident between Roper and Amy and with all the obstacles I felt the frustration of it right alongside them. This is why I could not always fully relate to Roper in his decisions and in his time to realize it all what he had to do. Nevertheless, he has his flaws like any other man and in the end he steps up to the plate and scores a homerun in his personal life. This had me rooting and relieved, for all you want is a happy romance ending for them both.
Amy has just as much family issues as Roper and I just loved her mother and aunt. Though I would be just as much embarrassed as Amy I enjoyed their antics and it flavored the story like Yank Morgan did with is unique opinion to life. It is the character dynamics and the sensual energy in this novel that gave me a feel I could meet these characters if I would ever go to New York. From the Hot Zone staff to Roper and Amy’s family, they each have strengths and flaws just like anyone else.

HOT PROPERTY is an easy going and enjoyable read that perfectly fits the summer season. Pack this novel as you go to the beach, park or backyard to lazily lie in the sun and in the mood for romance reading.

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