Review: Melting Ice by Jaci Burton

Review: Melting Ice by Jaci Burton
Melting Ice

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Series: Play by Play #8
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Penguin Group
Released on February 4, 2014
Pages: 255
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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I have loved Jaci Burton from the first book in this series, but Melting Ice just fell flat for me. Hoping against hope that we would get back to what I loved about this series, the sports, the men, the women and the hot sex that makes them combust everywhere. While there was hot sex, the relationship side left me angry for some accountability.

Carolina Preston has branched out to start her own fashion line. Daughter of the current vice president, little sister to NASCAR driver, Grey Preston. During a college act of confidence, Carolina seduced Drew Hogan into one night of passion. He never calls, never writes or otherwise acknowledges they had one night together. No years later, Carolina isn’t the young, innocent girl she once was. It’s time to launch her new clothing line and Grey calls in Drew to help model.

Drew Preston never for got Carolina, but she was Grey’s little sister and he wasn’t going to jeopardize his friendship. He also needed to keep his head in the game of hockey. Now very successful, he is ready to have some fun with Lina again as adults. He agrees to model her cloths and even model a special line of mens under briefs.

The two embark on a friends with benefits relationship that slowly grows into more than either want to admit. But will Drew betray Lina’s trust? Let her down? And act like a man with no heart? You bet. And she will just take it and forgive him.

So that is the point that turned me off. Carolina was absolutely way to forgiving and understanding of everything. Drew only thinks of himself over and over and his own pleasure in everything.  He is conceited, caring when he wants to be, great at hockey but gets too involved in his own head and easily hurts Carolina without explanation.

While I love the Play by Play series, it has gone downward on my list of must buy. It lacks the umpf I used to get from it in the first books. It had real people, who play real sports but meet ordinary people in life. I don’t want to read about the rich and famous I want real people who deal with real life. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this one.

About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.. Visit her website at for excerpts, her blog and contest information.

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  1. Sorry that your series disappointed you. If she even let him get away with that first walkaway without apology and proof he is changed then that is not good. Even if people aren’t in love, there are still things you don’t do.

    1. Yep, he left her after one night in college. Then he hits her up again, starts going, but his games on the road lose and he blames spending time with her. Dumps her and then comes back a third time…I don’t trust him at all.

  2. it really is disappointing when a series starts to fall flat. But I think thats bound to happen sometimes especially a long one. If you do decide to go into the next one, I hope its a better journey for you 🙂

    1. It’s sad. I really loved this series at one time and it was what caused me to try Jaci Burton’s other books. The series just isn’t keeping me involved and I really end up disliking the heroes.