Title: Hot Number
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Hot Zone
Publisher: CP Publishing
Release Date: 3/7/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance,Sports Romance
Page Count: 337
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Micki Jordan is a tomboy as much at home on the playing field as in a locker room full of naked guys.
But the star publicist is looking to prove she’s also an irresistible woman in order to get a second shot at professional baseball player and major league playboy, Damian Fuller.
Micki transforms herself into one hot number Damian can’t help but notice and together they burn up the sheets and find themselves falling hard. Until Damian’s past returns, threatening their future.
After reading the first book in this series, Hot Stuff, I was not excited to read the rest. While the Jordan sisters were introduced as interesting and diverse characters, I was definitely turned off by the first book. Writing this review after having finished the third book in the series, I’m happy to say it does get better. The second book follows the youngest Jordan sister, Micki. She’s the tomboy sister who always followed her uncle around and is comfortable in locker rooms. She also has a big crush on one of their baseball clients, Damian Fuller. Damian is the star player but is also reaching the end of his career. About six months before this book, Micki and Damian shared a drunken New Years kiss but neither acted further.
Micki, out of a desire to attract Damian, decides to adopt a more girly persona. With the help of her sister, Sophie, she undergoes a makeover. Like in the first novel, there is a contrived storyline to allow for alone time between Damian and Micki. In Hot Number, it comes in the form of unwanted publicity. Micki accidentally gets drunk and goes to a strip club with Damian’s baseball team in Miami and is caught by the paparazzi being carried out by Damian. Micki’s matchmaker uncle Yank decides that Damian should “kidnap” Micki and bring her to his private island to escape the scandal. This allowed for alone time between Micki and Damian and they quickly give into their attraction to each other. What I do appreciate about all the books in this series is that the heroines are comfortable with their sexuality and have no problem having causal relationships with the men they are attracted. There is no shaming or guilt. Hot Number, unlike the previous book, focused a lot more on both Micki and Damian. There were subplots, such as an issue with Damian’s past, but they added to the story and Micki and Damian’s relationship.
Overall, this was a much more concise and stronger book than the previous one. More time was spent on Micki and Damian’s relationship and the challenges they faced were more believable. While it certainly wasn’t the best book I ever read, it was a pleasant read. There was no angst or tears but it also didn’t encourage an emotional response from me. I didn’t mind reading this book and seeing Micki and Damian’s relationship play out but I also don’t feel the urge to relive the character’s stories like I do at the end of a really good book.