Laid off from the bank, Samantha Collins isn't in a hurry to finish her final assignment: the reappraisal of a ranch property owned by former movie stuntman Ryder Wells. Sick of being a "good girl" and very attracted to Ryder, Sam makes him an offer: she'll handle his financial affairs in exchange for a no-strings fling. Taken aback, Ryder agrees, despite his well-founded mistrust of women. Everything goes smoothly until the bank refuses to refinance Ryder's ranch—and his trust in Sam is really put to the test. Sandy Steen's Heat, ONE HOT NUMBER (2) has plenty of sizzle, but the characterizations are inconsistent, particularly the heroine's, and the pacing is uneven.

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer