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Zane is known for her steamy tales about African American women seeking love and sexual fulfillment, and her latest certainly fits the bill. Best friends Lydia and Milena are each involved with two men. Lydia has been in a stable relationship with Glenn for three years, but she can’t keep her hands off his best friend, Phil. Milena has eschewed romantic entanglements of any kind ever since she left her fiancé, baseball star Jacour, at the altar eight years ago after discovering he cheated on her at his bachelor party. Now Jacour has returned to the small town of Kannapolis, North Carolina, intent on winning Milena back. Determined to fight her feelings for him, Milena invents a boyfriend and finds an attractive homeless man, Yosef, to play the part. After cleaning Yosef up and learning of the sad circumstances that left him destitute, Milena finds herself falling for him—even as she’s battling her feelings for Jacour. Zane keeps her readers on their toes with some unexpected twists in this appealing and scintillating tale. --Kristine Huntley


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743499271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743499279
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Zane is the author of Addicted, The Sex Chronicles, Gettin' Buck Wild, The Heat Seekers, The Sisters of APF, Shame on It All, Nervous, Skyscraper, Afterburn, and Love Is Never Painless and is also the editor of Chocolate Flava and Caramel Flava. She is the publisher of Strebor Books, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her family. Visit her website at

Customer Reviews

It took me Part of the day to finish reading it.
Taquila S. Rodgers
Several things in this book was unbelievable, made me think wtf, and the ending was far too rushed.
It's a page turner that keep you going to the end which is a great surprise.
ruth ajeh

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jason Frost VINE VOICE on August 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The "hot box"; a baseball drill that can be played with three or more players and two to four bases, or... a title from today's hottest erotic author. Talk about a double entendre! When you read a Zane book, you pretty much know what to expect. Sex. Drama. Sex. Humor. Sex. More drama. More humor. More sex. However, what makes Zane so special, is even though you know what you're going to get, she can still surprise you with HOW you get it. I read this book with the same zeal that I read all of her books. I start and I seriously can't stop until the last freaking page.

This book is aptly named because the people in this book take you hither and yon with all the mess they get into, create, and encourage. I sometimes get lost when there is such a dogfight mentality with the characters and plot, but again, Zane steers us as only a skilled literary navigator can and I didn't get lost. Only hot. I would finish Zane's books a lot faster if this woman wouldn't give me so much to daydream with, DAMN!

This story centers around Milena, Lydia, Glenn, Phil, Yosef, and Jacour. Two women, four men that have more loin action going on than most Las Vegas brothels! No, I'm NOT joking! Milena has some very strong morals, so strong that she hasn't let anyone near her morals for eight years (yeah you heard me right). The question is how far can she keep on playing "Chastity Clamp-it-shut" before someone comes along that makes her test those morals? You won't believe what happens. Lydia is quite the little hoochie. She spends major time with the guys and really should open her very own chain of 24-hour Kegel fitness gyms.

Glen & Phil... *sigh*. What can I saw about these two?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By blackorchid24 on July 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ok, I have read and own everything and I mean everything that Zane has put her name on, even the books she edits, and I have to say that more and more she is disappointing me. Her earlier writings you could find a way to relate the characters or situations to some aspect of your life, making the characters more relateable and lovable, but now her works just seem to be rushed. If I am totally honest the last two books she wrote it seems like she had a ghost writer, they are so not her style. The last two books she has hurt her image as a positive Black author, not saying that she has always had positive black characters cause she had some low down ones, but the last few have just had me shaking my head. I really do not like books or movies portraying Black men or women as weak, stupid, or just plain doggish and thuggish. She is just feeding stereotypes, which I didnt think her capable of. With her branching out into cable television she has widend her audience and in doing so she has forgotten who her first fans were. Now her new fans will read about the same sterotypical things regarding black people as the rest of the world shows on television. She's just feeding the BS. It is a classic case of her going commercial and not sticking to her roots. I love Zane and I aint mad at her for getting her money, I just wish she stuck to her roots. She built this huge following and its feels like she abandoned everything I liked about her. After wasting twenty dollars a piece for her last two books, it will be a long time before I buy another one. And can someone please tell me what happened to Addicted the movie and AFTERBURN TWO coming out?! I have been waiting forever. Seriously!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ginesta on August 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
WOW!! Didn't even know you had a new book until I walked into my local Wal-Mart, who never has anything. When I saw Zane is bold letters I knew I had hit the jackpot! YOU DID GIRL!! Thanks soooooo damn much for bringing some excitement in my life. I couldn't put The Hot Box down. I read it in 16 hours. It's that damn good. I couldn't wait to get to the next work, page, paragraph, chapter! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. For all of those reading this, if you haven't gotten it GET IT NOW!! It is a must have for all ZANIACS!! Our girl has brought drama, suspense, love, confusion-all to this book. Thank you so much Zane once again, for being a beautiful black woman, and giving us some of the greatest books!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Norm on October 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What can I say that has not already been said. Zane is in a class and a level few writers reach. I say that because for me Zane writes novels that not only entertain but there is also a message for the reader. That being said makes it special. It's something that stays with me long after I've read the book. The Hot Box is one of those books. It made me laugh, it touched my heart and made me see things from a different perspective. I learn something new about life each time I read one of her books. Once again I say it was a superb story!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Read VINE VOICE on June 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was really not impressed by this latest Zane novel,It did start off decent and flowed pretty well.But the ending was rushed and left me very dissapointed.

It jumped to 5 years later in about 2.5 seconds with no thorough explanation on how the characters even got even got to that point in their lives.

I had questions about Phil and Glen,I wanted to know what happened to them at the end since the climax of the book centered around them, but when I read "The Commentary by Zane" she basically stated that she purposefully did not say what they were up to five years later and wanted the readers to come to their own conclusion.I mean really?? how lame is that,this is not the first time she left readers to draw their own conclusions when it came to characters and their fate in her books.Stop being lazy and just give us a thorough detailed epilogue.And what kind of job Yosef got that paid 40,000 a year????...I was happy for him but at the same time wanted to know how he got his come-up.Too many details were left out of this story.

I did enjoy the plot but also the character development was not strong enough.I really wanted to like this book because I am a fan of Zane but this story could have been a whole lot better if she hadnt thrown together a quickie ending.
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