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Melt For You by J. T. Geissinger
Series: Slow Burn #2
Published by Montlake Romance on May 15, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Socially awkward Joellen Bixby has a date every Saturday—with her cat, a pint of ice cream, and fantasies of the way-too-handsome Michael Maddox. She’d give anything to win over the unattainable CEO of her firm, but how can she when she blends in so well with her cubicle? The answer may be closer than she thinks.
Cameron McGregor is a cocky, tattooed Scottish rugby captain who just moved in next door. He’s not Jo’s type—at all—but the notorious playboy is offering to teach the wallflower everything he knows about inspiring desire. Though a lot of women have rumpled Cam’s kilt, Jo is special. Far from the ugly duckling she thinks she is, in Cam’s eyes she’s sharp, funny, and effortlessly sexy. Now, thanks to him, Jo is blooming with confidence and has the man of her dreams within reach.
Unfortunately for Cam, he’s just helped to push the woman of his dreams into the arms of another man—and now he’s in the fight of his life to keep this beauty from getting away.
Melt for You is the fourth book I have read by this author. She has become an auto-read, favorite author for me. Geissinger creates strong, relatable characters. They are realistic enough to have some quirks and even those briefly on page feel developed. The dialogue is smart and funny; she is a master with dialogue. She makes me feel, laugh and care. The heat level is high; these are hot and sexy.
Cameron is a bit like a dream. There aren’t wealthy, hot athletes everywhere. At least, most average women don’t have any access to them. But it’s like the six degrees of separation thing; sometimes they are around. Cam seems like a bossy, self-absorbed alphahole, and he can be, but there is more to him. Once one gets to know him, he is amazing.
Joellen, the female character is so well developed and could be any woman you know. She is like so many of us – smart, capable, hard-working but doubtful about our own appearance and abilities. Like the 27 Dresses gal, she is in love with the CEO, Michael, or thinks she is. But she doesn’t really know him; it’s all superficial. Her supervisor, Portia, is an interesting and nicely developed character.
I read on the author website, the Slow Burn series are loosely based on classic fairy tales, this second of three being The Ugly Duckling (my guess). I laughed and steamed and cried – I CARED. This is a highly recommended author and series. I’m so looking forward to the next book, Ache For You, which will release in October.
I’ve been in love with him for a decade. Inconveniently, he’s married.
“Ugh. Keep talking — maybe someday you’ll say something intelligent.”
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge