cover image Hot Property

Hot Property

Carly Phillips, . . HQN, $7.99 (376pp) ISBN 978-0-373-77333-6

It's a poignant home run for the final installment of Phillip's cute, sports-themed Hot Zone series (after Hot Stuff ). Hottie John Roper, “a high-maintenance outfielder,” feels a cold downturn in his public and personal life after getting injured and losing the World Series for the New York Renegades. After meeting adorable Floridian Amy Stone at a friend's wedding, he later discovers she's his new handler at Hot Zone and Athletes Only, a sports public relations firm. Amy's wowed by John during a New Year's bash, spends the night on his sofa and attracts the paparazzi the next day. As she helps him reclaim his life (and navigate his difficult family), she decides their relationship must stay strictly professional. That love obstacle allows Phillips to wind up with a smart lesson: it's all about the game plan. (July)