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Friday, January 31, 2014

Melting the Ice (Play-by-Play #7) by Jaci Burton


Carolina Preston has only one goal in mind—launching her new fashion line. She needs only one last thing to make it perfect—hockey phenom Drew Hogan. But Carolina and Drew have a history that goes back to their college days, and Carolina doesn’t want the embarrassment of her past to cloud the brightness of her future.

Drew is eager for the chance to show Carolina he isn’t the boy who hurt her back then, but a man now, with the skills necessary to melt the icy exterior of her cold heart.

Type: Erotic Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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*girly effing swoon* Okay. First off...the cover. It's absolutely covergasm-worthy. And all the little bits inside those pages *fans self* steamy, sexy, fun and just a damn good time. Melting the Ice. Yeah. It totally had me melting. I chuckled, teared up, swooned a little. Okay. A lot. And just enjoyed the hell out of watching Carolina and Drew take each other on as he helps model her new clothing line.

I really loved Drew--a lickable hockey star-- and Carolina--an up and coming fashion designer who needs said lickable hockey star's help showing off her clothes in a runway show.

These two were perfect for each other and, whew, they had a devil of a past to get over--seems Drew was a bit of a prick in his younger years--but he's all grown up and a really good man and now that he's in Carolina's world again he wants to make things right and maybe spend a little time getting up close and personal with her. Yums. Lucky bitch, right?? And these two...the chemistry was just excellent. No matter the situation you could feel the energy bouncing between them and it was really fun to watch.
"I suppose the first thing I need to do is measure you."

His eyes gleamed and she could read the dirty thoughts in his head as if he were telegraphing them from his brain directly to hers.

"No, not that. Already seen it."

"Yeah, but one, you haven't seen it in a very long time. And two, have you ever measured it?" He wiggled his brows.

He was such a...guy. "Not necessary. But you could strip for me."

"Now you're talkin'." He undid his belt and reached for the zipper of his pants. 
I've gotta say. I've been having just fantastic luck with heroines lately. Carolina was great. She's motivated, driven, sweet. Incredibly talented and not one of those heroines that completely overreacts to things. I was all on board with her.

And...Drew. Lord love the bastard. He's a handful. A cheeky infuriating and absolutely delicious alpha male that totally won me over even when he had some make-you-smack-your-forehead moments. He's one of those people you just can't help but love or say no to. He's just got a way about him of pulling people into his plans and world.

Sexy times were abundant and hot. Ung. Yeah. They definitely work together. There's nothing too out there crazy but it's steamy and toe curling and had the perfect amount of erotic mixed in.

All in all, I just loved the dynamic between these two and watching them get to know each other and let go of the past. There were nice glimpses into each of their careers and little bit of relationship drama that Sweet Mary just made me ache a bit for them. There were a few minor things I would have liked a little more on and a couple spots where the editing wasn't quite tight enough but overall this was a fun read that really made me smile and brightened my day. There were some nice set ups for future reads as well that have me so blasted excited to see what happens next.


Have you read Burton? 
Have a favorite hockey romance? Or couple getting a second chance?

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