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Melt for Him by Lauren Blakely
Narrator: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
Series: Fighting Fire #2
Published by Brilliance Audio on December 18, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Length: 6 hours, 8 minutes
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He knows exactly how to make her burn…
Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he’s found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he later discovers the woman he’s itching for another night with is his best friend’s sister, everything comes to a halt.
Just out of a toxic relationship, Megan Jansen is only in Hidden Oaks to visit her brother, photograph the firemen’s calendar, and then slip off to another adventure. The brooding man who gave her the best sex ever is an unexpected surprise. The problem is, he’s her brother’s friend and a fellow fireman, and Megan’s rule is no firemen. She knows she’s going to get burned …but keeping their hands off each other is easier said than done
Melt for Him is a solid one-handed read, I listened to the audio so I had two hands available which was all the better. This was my first Lauren Blakely book and DANG the steamy parts were scorching. She paints a sex scene well and I was impressed with the build of sexual tension which went along with some very nice creativity and inventiveness. High marks for a smoldering hot read, but wait there is more, there was actually a cute story happening as well.
Becker was a great male lead. He is all man with a pretty sensitive and smart side happening. He was not the over the top alpha man I’m used to in a read like this and that was a solid change up for me. He was smart, funny and quick with a line. Megan is also incredibly likeable with a cute ownership of who she is. She is a bit klutzy on occasion and never is embarrassed by it, she just rolls with whatever the moment brings her.
Megan and Becker meet one night behind his bar and the chemistry is electric from the start. They get in a single night of extraordinary passion before finding out that she is the sister of one of his Fireman Buddies and that means she is totally off limits. Megan too wants nothing to do with a Firefighter in her love life since she lost her father to the job at a young age and she is just passing through town. Still the more they try not give into the attraction between them, the more the tension builds until it was just bound to break.
Overall, I liked the plot of the story. It wasn’t overly spectacular or anything but it was pretty solid and there wasn’t a lot of filler added in just to be there which I appreciate as a reader. The real gem of this read was the sex and near sex for me. That was the most enjoyable aspect of the book and sometimes that is all I really need – an okay easy read story with some great sexy times.
I liked how the book ended and even though Becker was a little too perfect in places; that is okay a girl can dream men are really like that, who knows maybe they are somewhere in a small town and you just have to stumble into one.
I’ll be checking out a few more of LB’s catalogue in the near future, for sure.
“I live two blocks away. Let me undress you. Let me spread you out on my bed. Let me taste you.”
“Becker had tall, dark and brooding down pat, but then he chased it with a touch of smart-ass and a full dose of kindness.”
He was a wizard with his tongue, a gentleman with his actions and a swoon-maker with his words.
I always appreciate having multiple narrators for changing PoVs, it really adds something to the story. Both Erin Mallon and Joe Arden had great performances and made the smoldering parts even sexier. I listened to this at my normal 1.5x speed.
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