Format: Bound copy (Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: February 4, 2014
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…
Shh, don't tell anyone but I'm really enjoying Jaci Burton's Play by Play series and Melting the Ice was no exception.
Drew and Carolina have a history together and while it's not a pleasant one from Carolina's point of view, she maintains a professional attitude through most of the story. She isn't a shrew who would rather sabatogue her once in a lifetime opportunity in the fashion industry just for petty revenge. She grits her teeth and deals with the fact that she has to work closely with Drew after years of avoiding him as much as possible. I do love a female character who puts her career and personal success on the same level as her relationships. My only real complaint about Carolina is that she could have been a bit more resistant to Drew being that she was supposedly so hurt by him back in college. Instead she just fell all over him when he kissed her. I felt that she kept giving him mixed signals.She kept telling him in different ways that he hurt her that night yet her actions were telling him she was over it. Overall she wasn't as tough as previous heroines in the series.
Drew is pretty mellow for an athlete. I expected a hot headed hockey player but instead Drew was mellow, funny and kind. He had an easy going personality that was at times too easy going. I felt like Drew really didn't work for Carolina's forgiveness and that he wasn't really showing her that he was a changed man and wanted more with her. It's like they just fell into a routine where they ignored the past and didn't think about the future.
Most of Melting the Ice was Drew and Carolina coasting along in an unsteady relationship that neither one wanted to admit was a relationship. It could be tedious at times but I won't argue that they had very hot chemistry that was not about to be downplayed. I've come to look forward to the explosive scenes in Jaci Burton's books and this one didn't disappoint! I loved the look inside the fashion industry and thought that Carolina's assistants were a lovely addition to the story and created a nice break from Drew and Carolina's relationship troubles now and again.
What really got me was Trevor Shay! There's something about him that I just couldn't ignore, he tends to take over a reader's attention whenever he appears. It doesn't matter that Melting the Ice isn't his story and he didn't have all that much page time but he totally owned the pages he was on! I can't wait for his book
Final Verdict: Melting the Ice isn't as great as previous books in the Play by Play series but it still shouldn't be missed.