Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton
(A Play-by-Play Novel)

75%

21 Critic Reviews

Luckily, Melting the Ice did get better by the second half of the book. While the conflict was still a little ho-hum, I was happy see Carolina start to thaw out.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

The new Play-by-Play novel by Jaci Burton

BODY CHECK

Everything’s coming together for budding fashion designer Carolina Preston. Only months away from having her own line, she could use some publicity. That’s when her brother suggests his best friend as a model—hockey player Drew Hogan.

Carolina and Drew already have a history—a hot one, back in college. Unforgettable for Carolina, but for Drew, just another slap shot. This time, though, it’s different. His perfect body would be for professional use only. This time, she could use him.

Drew is all for it. He’s looking forward to the exposure. Plus, it would give him a chance to prove to Carolina that he’s changed. If only he could thaw her emotions, convince her to let down her guard and let him in just one more time…


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Jaci Burton

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After spending too many years to count in the high stress business world, Jaci Burton is thrilled to be living her dream of writing passionate romance.  She lives in Oklahoma with her husband.
 
Published February 4, 2014 by Berkley. 332 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Erotica. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Critic reviews for Melting the Ice
All: 21 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Good
on Jan 01 2014

Fast-paced, with intense sex scenes and an intriguing jumble of the sports and fashion worlds, this steamy novel will satisfy those who like a little heat in their love stories.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Dec 23 2013

This light romp lacks thrilling highs or gut-wrenching lows, but it follows the protagonists smoothly to a satisfying conclusion.

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All About Romance

Above average
Reviewed by Haley Kral on Mar 19 2014

Luckily, Melting the Ice did get better by the second half of the book. While the conflict was still a little ho-hum, I was happy see Carolina start to thaw out.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Miranda Owen on Mar 31 2014

The sex scenes in MELTING THE ICE are very hot and written very well, but I feel like they are also balanced with great character development and real emotion. I enjoyed the supporting characters in this story as well.

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Smexy Books

Below average
Reviewed by Tori on Feb 06 2014

The storyline is relatively straight forward. Seamless writing and engaging dialogue makes the progression of the romance smooth and steady...The sex scenes, while frequent and inventive, lacked the intensity and heat of the previous books.

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Good
Reviewed by Marcie on Feb 24 2014

...thinking of the underwear photo shoot scene that Carolina did with Drew on the ice in front of the net, wooo baby…fanning self. Once again Jaci has out done herself with this latest installment in her Play by Play series.

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Cocktails and Books

Good
Reviewed by Marie Haney on Dec 29 2013

Their story will make you laugh, make you cry, and allows you the opportunity to meet not only Carolina and Drew but those close to them as well.

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The Bookpushers

Above average
Reviewed by e_booklover on Jan 30 2014

...I did have a few niggles with this story but I thought the twists to Burton’s pattern so far were refreshing. I continue to anticipate future installments.

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Books n' Kisses

Good
Reviewed by Kimberly on Feb 03 2014

I loved this story and so glad that Drew & Carolina both finally realized what they mean to each other. I am so looking forward to the next story in this series.

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Reviewed by Nima on Feb 12 2014

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.

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Happily Ever After

Above average
Reviewed by Jess on Jan 29 2014

It’s a nice, sexy read and one that fans of the series will certainly enjoy. If you love sports and love romance, this series combines them both...

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Romance Novel News

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Porter on Feb 08 2014

Melting the Ice is a hot frenemies-to-lovers romance that will make readers cheer. Do not miss out on this one. Drew meets his match in the take-charge Carolina – both on and off the ice.

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Peace Love Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica on Jan 23 2014

If you want a story with a hot, athletic hero and a determined, charming heroine, you have to pick up Melting the Ice as soon as possible. You're missing out on a fantastic story written by the queen of sport romances!

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Hesperia Loves Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Michel on Feb 16 2014

The chemistry between these two characters ignites the pages. The banter and dialogue are funny, charming and heart warming. These two play their game well and find that they both are at their best together.

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Debbie's Book Bag

Good
on Feb 18 2014

It may not have knocked my socks off, but does every book need to? I think sometimes we need a few books that set a more gradual pace, with a more realistic story line and this was one of those that made me smile and think about how life works out sometimes.

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Wit and Sin

Good
on Feb 02 2014

Melting the Ice is a fast-paced, sizzling read that’s easy to be swept away by. Ms. Burton, please keep those sinfully sexy athletes coming!

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The Bookish Babe

Good
Reviewed by Andrea Thompson on Feb 21 2014

Melting the Ice was a fun and sexy love story. I had a good time reading it, now want to pick up the rest of the series. I love a good sports romance and this one completely fit the bill.

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Below average
Reviewed by Ellie on Feb 12 2014

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.

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For Love and Books

Good
on Feb 05 2014

Jaci Burton has a fantastic and unique writing style, and her steamy scenes? Well, make sure you’re alone. Because. WOWZA. (I’m always amazed at how vivid she is!) And the side stories are always fun to follow – especially that we got so much time with the rest of Carolina’s family!

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Above average
Reviewed by Jenn on Feb 06 2014

I loved their chemistry and how they played with each other. Their banter was witty and entertaining, and the story was well rounded out with the side characters. Nice, light, entertaining read.

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The Book Swarm

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Feb 18 2014

I liked that both of them could survive without one another, that, even though they do become a couple, they don't have to be in each others' pockets all the time or one doesn't have to give up everything for their partner.

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