Top Off Tuesday and Review: MELTING THE ICE by Jaci Burton

Posted 18 February, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 30 Comments

Started by FeliciaChristi and Amanda, Top Off Tuesday is where a bunch of us share hot-hot-hot book covers (some we’ve read, some we’ve just drooled on). Head over to Felicia’s blog to share your ToT link and see what everyone else is swooning over.

Mmmm…Jaci Burton definitely has some of the very best covers out there. *wipes away drool*

MELTING THE ICE (Play By Play #7) by Jaci Burton
Contemporary Romance
336 pages, paperback
Available now (February 2014)
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Everything’s coming together for budding fashion designer Carolina Preston. Only months away from having her own line, she could use some publicity. That’s when her brother suggests his best friend as a model—hockey player Drew Hogan.

Carolina and Drew already have a history—a hot one, back in college. Unforgettable for Carolina, but for Drew, just another slap shot. This time, though, it’s different. His perfect body would be for professional use only. This time, she could use him.

Drew is all for it. He’s looking forward to the exposure. Plus, it would give him a chance to prove to Carolina that he’s changed. If only he could thaw her emotions, convince her to let down her guard and let him in just one more time…

Hot, hot, hot. Jaci Burton’s stories are always hot and filled with passion. Yes, this is the seventh book in this series but they all read as standalones. There are some other characters and one other couple from prior novels but, luckily, there aren’t a ton of them (some authors try to reference every single other character from other books in a series and that can get really overwhelming, especially if you haven’t read them before).

While there isn’t a ton of humor in these stories, there’s always a solid romance and Melting the Ice is no exception. There’s plenty of tension as well, as Carolina has a hard time forgiving Drew for being a douche and ditching her without a word after a one-night stand in college. Drew acknowledges that he played the role of the “young stud” well, enjoying all the girls who threw themselves at him when he was younger but he’s matured now, focusing on his sport rather than bedsport. Carolina is a sensible gal, finally accepts his apology and moves it to the next level (I mean, why wouldn’t she? They’re both mature adults and Drew is hot as hell). 

Both Carolina and Drew are highly driven within their professions, which makes coordinating schedules a bit of a challenge but, in this way, they’re no so different than many busy couples. I liked that both of them could survive without one another, that, even though they do become a couple, they don’t have to be in each others’ pockets all the time or one doesn’t have to give up everything for their partner. Hey, nothing wrong with a little phone sex when you haven’t seen your partner in a while, right?

This was a fabulous snow day read!

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30 Responses to “Top Off Tuesday and Review: MELTING THE ICE by Jaci Burton”

  1. I think the cover would be better if it had an ice cube melting down his chest, but at least there are water droplets. Ah…that’s a hockey stick. It took me a minute to figure out why he’d be holding a bar.

  2. Burton always has the best covers, doesn’t she? *swoon* I gave one of these books a try and though I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it either so I definitely need to pick up the rest of this series to see how it compares. Great pick this Tuesday, Mary! 😉

  3. I love Jaci Burton. And I have this book sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. This series is so yummy and so fun. I truly love it!

  4. Bless the cover designers, photographers, and models who make these covers possible. I wish I could hug all of them or send them chocolates as a thank you. They’re just so pretty:) I love this series though I’ve fallen a bit behind, I think I stopped at book 5 so I have some catching up to do! I’m glad it doesn’t take Caroline too long to get over her old hurt and accept his apology. I’m a fan of her already!

  5. Sounds fun. I always enjoy her books. Both the hero and heroine are smart and can stand on their own.

    And the covers aren’t too shabby either.

  6. Is he in the snow and ice without a shirt? Brrr! He must be working real hard! lol
    Glad you enjoyed! I’m kind of sad there’s not really any humor though, I like some humor in my romances.

  7. I love romances that have realism in addition to the heat. Busy couples and individuals who don’t change their entire lives for romance can be sexy too! Good god that cover is HOT. I’d forgive him. 🙂 Fantastic review and eye candy!

  8. Yep, agreed it is nice when the couple can stand alone as individuals and nothing wrong with some phone sex. THe cover is hot hot but I never get why they have shirtless men in the snow. The guys I see shirtless in snow are the fatties painted at football games and they are not sexy.

  9. I just love her covers. *ponders if the American Hockey team looks like this in the locker room*

    Uh, where was I? Oh yea, the review! LOL

    I don’t know about the story line, but it does sound like a fun read on a snowy day!

  10. I like that this series is made up of linked standalones and I’m always up for a hot romance with two strong characters. This guy needs to come my way and melt some ice because we’re covered in so much of it right now. ughhh. Sounds like I need a story like this to warm me up :).