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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
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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