This first book in the Hot Zone trilogy shines with Phillips' trademark sizzle and sensuality. She delivers strong, appealing characters while exploring the dynamics of families—what brings them together and what pulls them apart. The ending emotionally satisfies and gives readers a tantalizing peek at the romantic quandaries awaiting the rest of the family.

Orphan Annabelle Jordan and her two sisters were introduced to the athletic world at an early age, when they came to live with their uncle, a shrewd sports lawyer. Now all grown up, each sister has found her own unique talent and has carved out a niche at the Hot Zone, their uncle's PR firm.

Annabelle's talent for taking control and fixing a problem has earned her an outstanding reputation. Unfortunately, she also has a reputation for losing her heart to "real men" like her new client, ex-football player Brandon Vaughn.

The legendary Brandon wants to open a camp for kids with special needs, and Annabelle knows she can work her PR magic to make his dream come true. But when Annabelle sets out to storm his closely guarded heart, she discovers there's more to this sexy jock than meets the eye.

(Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mitchell