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Monday, May 25, 2009

Hot Property by Carly Phillips

Hot Property by Carly Phillips
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (376 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

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.
He’s a famous baseball player who botched the World Series. He’s also got a family that bugs him at every turn for almost everything. On top of that, he’s got a stalker. What else does ace center fielder John Roper need? A publicist, such as Amy Stone, to sort out the mess of his life. Absolutely. Because, after all, he’s Hot Property.

I’m a sucker for baseball players and this novel, by Carly Phillips hits the spot. Her characters are intelligent and kind, while keeping a saucy tongue in their mouths. She writes stories that pull the reader in from page one and keeps them locked on until the very end.

John Roper is a quintessential jerk and jock. He suffers from a bit of entitlement, but that doesn’t take away from him as a human. His dipping confidence allows the reader to relate to him. Who hasn’t suffered some sort of public humiliation at one time? We know how he feels. When he focuses on Amy, his jerkish qualities diminish.

As for Amy, she’s willing to work with him, but the moment he pulls away she sees how unimportant she is in his life. That made her relatable as well. She worked hard to be professionally essential to him, but mutual fear keeps them from seeing that. We want our employers to value our contributions. Her intelligence and allegiance to him even when he pushes her away made her fun to read about.

If you want a fun read for a quiet afternoon or a rainy evening, then Hot Property is the novel for you. I give this novel 5 books.