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Melting The Ice: Play-By-Play Book 7

Melting The Ice: Play-By-Play Book 7 [Kindle Edition]

Jaci Burton
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Jaci Burton's books are always sexy, romantic, and charming! A hot hero, a loveable heroine, and an adorable dog-prepare to fall in love with Jaci Burton's amazing new small town romance series (Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author)

Passionate, inventive...Burton offers plenty of emotion and conflict (USA Today Happy Ever After Blog)

Jaci Burton's stories are full of heat and heart (Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author)

Book Description

The seventh sizzling novel in the bestselling Play-By-Play sports romance series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2200 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425262987
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (4 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jaci Burton is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author who lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. She has three grown children, who are all scattered around the country having lives of their own. A lover of sports, Jaci can often tell what season it is by what sport is being played. She watches entirely too much television, including an unhealthy amount of reality TV. When she isn't on deadline, Jaci can be found at her local casino, trying to become a millionaire (so far, no luck). She's a total romantic and loves a story with a happily ever after, which you'll find in all her books.

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3.0 out of 5 stars she was too fickle & he was too cocky 24 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
28y.o. fashion designer wants to resist her one-time lover and brother’s college best friend from 10 years ago so she can fully focus on her new fashion line. But she’s still very attracted to 30y.o. hockey player Hero who agreed to be 1 of her male models. And he’s decided to pursue a 2nd chance with her. Their affair fulfills their passion for each other and heroine doesn’t expect anything long term from it, knowing his dating history. However, Hero hints at more. Yet, when she really needs him to be there for her, he shuns her. What caused Hero’s change of heart?

I love second-chance romances and this one was fair. I liked that Hero apologized for his mistreatment of heroine 10 years ago & tried to be a better person with her now. But I didn’t like the emotional imbalance between them. Heroine was always the one who cared more. And Hero knew it and was cocky about how she wanted him, especially when she tried to fight it. His decision to pursue her now was more out of convenience than it was because he loved her. Heroine had her good and bad moments too. I liked her independence and focus. But I did not like her fickleness and playing coy with Hero. It made her seem weak. The steam factor was hot and sex scenes were explicit and plentiful. Emotional tone was middling overall but it did get a bit angsty when Hero had a change of heart.**

Moderately recommended.

**A more detailed review with SPOILERS is on my blog ...
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun romance 4 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Jaci Burton writes books that are without a doubt sexy, romantic and full of characters to fall in love with. This is the latest in her Play By Play series which is set in the world of sport and this time she's exposing a certain ice hockey player to her readers. If you haven't read her books before then maybe start with The Perfect Play but this story can be read as a standalone . Eight years ago Carolina spent one blissful night in the arms of the one man she had always wanted. Drew was celebrating his graduation and couldn't believe his luck when the enchanting Carolina said she wanted him. He'd always avoided her as his best friend is her brother but that night lust and alcohol just stole all his good sense. Carolina was devastated when in the cold light of day it was obvious that to Drew it was just a one time only thing. Now she's making a life for herself and the one thing she doesn't need is any reminder of her past mistake.
Carolina is trying to make a name for herself in the fashion world and asks her brother to model for her. He's happy to help but before she can stop him he contacts his best friend Drew to ask him about modelling Carolina's clothes. Having a sporting icon would be good publicity but the last thing Carolina wants is to spend any time with ice hockey professional Drew. Problem is Drew seems more than happy to help and Carolina can't help but feel that he's trying to manipulate her in some way. Drew realises that he behaved like an immature idiot in the past and wants to show Carolina that he's grown up. Working together could give him plenty of opportunity to show Carolina that he's changed and if he's lucky maybe he can get the chance to show her that he's now ready for something more meaningful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay 6 Feb 2014
By CMS - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really wanted to love this book, I've been a Jaci Burton fan for quite some time but this book just didn't hold up to my expectations.

I felt it was slow-moving and found myself skimming through many of the pages just to get to something that held my interest. It didn't seem to me that the characters really had any chemistry.

Most romance books have a strong push pull relationship between the characters – they want to be with each other yet they can't stand each other. It's hard to find a book that does this scenario well. Either there's two little of this or too much of this – this book falls into the two little category.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rated 3.5 stars 5 Feb 2014
By Timitra - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I was so excited to read this book because it's two of my fave tropes in one, best friend's little sister abd and reunited lovers however it didn't live up to my expectations as I found the beginning too repetitious which meant I had trouble getting little into the story. The middle and end were a bit better. The real issue I have with this book is the characters, I don't get why they were attracted to each other or got together for that,there was no chemistry or passion between them, their relationship felt contrived to me.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 28 Mar 2014
By Nissanmama - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
As a general rule, Jaci Burton’s books are worth buying just for the covers. I think they need to generate a Play-by-Play Series calendar. Her latest installment, Melting the Ice, should be February, not only for Valentine emphasis in the book and its not-so-coincidental release date, but to represent those cold, cold nights when you want someone like Drew Hogan warming your bed.

Overall, I liked the book. It was a very quick read, perfect for a single afternoon when you’re snowed in and can’t face the chores that never go away. Unfortunately, that was my issue with the book—it’s so uncomplicated that it can be read that fast. It lacks drama unless the reader brings a great deal to the story.

One would think by the title that someone or some situation needs to be thawed out. The title is really only convenient to the fact that Drew Hogan is a professional hockey player who’s trying to win over work-obsessed Carolina Preston. I didn’t find her to be icy. She’s polite, successful, attractive, and focused, but not cold. For me, there was nothing to melt. The issues of their past were easily handled by a pair of seemingly mature adults (which was definitely refreshing) and eight years of distance from the incident which caused a rift between them. And they had a lot of steamy sex. Great sex. Definitely a lot of melting going on, but no ice.

Because of the physicality of the book, everyone is well-cut and toned, which makes for pleasant mental imagery. However, the only coldness I could really identify was a certain lack of emotion. Consequently, the climax of the book lacked impact. Still, it’s a solid “go to” for your next snowy day.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars Sexy, fun and just a damn good time. 4 Feb 2014
By Anna's herding cats - Published on
That is a seriously covergasm worthy cover. 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 and they deal with the past.

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 jerk 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. 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.

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 him. 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay 2 Jun 2014
By Ellief - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Melting the Ice, Play by Play #7, by Jaci Burton
Grade: C

“You rip me to shreds, Lina.”

Carolina Preston is so close to finally making it as a fashion designer and knows that showing her collection at New York Fashion Week will make or break her career. Knowing that everyone will be judging to see if she’s just getting by one her family name and her father’s position as Vice President of the United States, Carolina is willing to do anything to make sure her collection stands out from all the other even if it means asking Drew Hogan to be a model. Drew was Carolina’s big mistake in college and the years haven’t killed the lust she feels every time she sees him. Now working with him brings back old feelings that could destroy everything Carolinas worked so hard for.

Drew Hogan has worked his butt off over they years to be one of the best hockey players in the league and has lived a very carefree life since college. Seeing his best friend’s little sister brings up memories of the great night they spent together in college and Drew decides he wants an encour. Carolina only wants Drew’s body to model her clothes for fashion week but Drew is determined to restart what they had before and will stop at nothing to get one more taste of sweet Carolina Preston.

I love the Play by Play series but I haven’t been thrilled with the branch off of the four best friends from college and I missed the Riley family a lot while reading Melting the Ice. I was very excited to read about Carolina and Drew and really enjoyed them at first. As time went on I found their story to be boring and I would have to read a page over and over again because my mind kept wandering. I wanted Carolina to get mad and break her Ice Queen exterior and she never did not even when Drew was a jerk. This really bothered me after a while.

I kept waiting for something big to happen and it just never did. There are a few bumps in the road for these two and an emotional moment for Drew and his former coach but other than that nothing. I found this book very anticlimactic and predictable which shocks me since this is a Jaci Burton book. I wanted more from these two characters and they just lacked something important that made it very hard to care about them. I do think I’ll read the next book in the series but if it falls flat too I’m going to be done with the Play by Play series.
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