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on September 4, 2004
THE HEARTBREAKER is the only other book I had read by this author and while it was OK, I couldn't understand all the hype and hoo-ha that this author has received (though honestly, Kelly Ripa's endorsement would NEVER encourage me to buy anything - nor Oprah's for that matter!). I could not believe that it (and several of her other books) came out in hardcover first - these books are not hardcover material! Hardcovers are for the Stephen Ambroses, and Dickenses and Brontes of the world for Heaven's sake! OK, now that my rant against hardcover romances is over, I will say that I enjoyed this book very much (much more than THE HEARTBREAKER).

This book is the first in a new trilogy centered on the Jordan sisters all of whom work for their uncle's sports agency/PR firm The Hot Zone. The sisters are all on the PR side of the business and are very good at what they do. They were orphaned as kids and were raised by their bachelor uncle Yank with a lot of help from his devoted office manager Lola (who's also in unrequited love with him). One of Yank's former clients, an ex football star opening a lodge upstate, needs PR representation and wants to engage Yank's firm. When her sisters all claim to be overloaded it falls to oldest Annabelle to take on this new client. Annabelle knows that he is exactly the kind of guy who is dangerous to her. He's a built, sexy jock and that type is always her downfall. But she's also a professional and so she takes the job determined to guard her heart and keep her distance.

Brandon Vaughn's football career ended with a knee injury and while he was drugged up his (now ex) wife decided to dump The Hot Zone unbeknownst to Vaughn. Now he is back in the office of the man whom he respects and admires more than his own father. Yank was more than his agent, he was his friend, father-figure and the man who helped him overcome the biggest obstacle of his life - dyslexia. But when he learns that Annabelle will be working with him, he almost changes his mind. She's stacked and sexy and he's not sure he'll be able to resist her, which is the last thing he wants. He's just reconciled with Yank and he doesn't want to dishonor the man by jumping his niece's bones! But work together they must especially since someone seems to be sabotaging the construction of the lodge and Vaughn needs to minimize the damage to hang onto the bookings he's received so far. The lodge means more to Vaughn than money, as during the off-season, he intends to use it as a camp for kids with learning disabilities. His altruism is not something he wants to broadcast - especially not the personal angle of his own struggles.

Of course Vaughn and Annabelle clash over how to handle the PR, they fight their growing strong attraction to one another and they are desperate to discover the source of the sabotage so that the lodge can open on time. And along the way, they both discover that there is so much more to each of them than the other ever realized. I liked both Annabelle and Vaughn and also enjoyed the rest of her family. As with the author's Chandler brothers books, the secondary relationship of an older couple (Yank and Lola) will stretch across all three books and is enjoyable to watch. An enjoyable story and I will likely check out the other two books in the series about sisters Sophie and Mickey when they come out.
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