Melting the Ice

Melting the Ice

Body CheckEverything’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...

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Title:Melting the Ice
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Melting the Ice Reviews

  • Sheryl C. Nash
  • Emma ~ The Indecisive Reader ~

    Melting the Ice is the latest in Jaci Burtons Play by Play series, one of my favourite series.

    I had counted down for this release, couldn’t wait for Drew and Carolina’s story. And oh god it was fantastic!!! I am a sucker for brothers best friend/best friends sister stories. And this just ticked all the boxes!! I loved it.

    They have a past which brings up bad/embarrassed feelings for each. Drew apologises and Carolina starts to realise he is genuine in his apology. Now years later Drew is helping

    Melting the Ice is the latest in Jaci Burtons Play by Play series, one of my favourite series.

    I had counted down for this release, couldn’t wait for Drew and Carolina’s story. And oh god it was fantastic!!! I am a sucker for brothers best friend/best friends sister stories. And this just ticked all the boxes!! I loved it.

    They have a past which brings up bad/embarrassed feelings for each. Drew apologises and Carolina starts to realise he is genuine in his apology. Now years later Drew is helping Carolina out for her upcoming line for Fashion Week. They both live in New York and start spending time together. Which of course leads to sex, a relationship they not sure what to call, is it just fun or something more, and to hide from Gray (Carolina’s brother, Drew’s best mate).

    Carolina is strong in her ambitions and what she wants in her work life, her dreams for her fashion line. But doesn’t think it’s possible for a relationship to fit in at the moment.

    Drew is funny, sexy, charming. He is focused with his hockey career. He wants to explore what he feels for Carolina but doesn’t want to hold up her career dreams.

    They spend the holidays together, Christmas with her family, new years just the two of them at Grays place in floirda. They start to realise when not together they miss each other. That they may have more feelings for each other than they want to admit. Drew has never had a relationship, just gone through woman, Carolina feels he’s just in it for sex and going to walk out on her as he has done before.

    I loved the banter and wit with these two. They bring out the best in each other. Open each other up to fun and games. The way they both start to realise they are in love with each other and need one another. They had the slow burning sex, many times where you can feel yourself its more than just hot sex. There is some really sweet romantic scenes too, that really surprise you from Drew. The chemistry between these two is on fire. Carolina brings out his animal side and he brings out her sexuality, to go for what she wants no inhibitions. I loved the scene at Madison Square Garden, wow that was hot! By the pool at Grays place yum!!

    I love the combination of sports and the romance. Again, I want to come and watch an ice hockey game!!

    This is such a fun, loving, hot series. An absolute favourite.

  • Auntee

    Drew Hogan's a star hockey player for the fictional New York Travelers (kind of a weird name for a team but whatever...). Carolina Prescott is the daughter of the VP of the USA, fashion designer with her own company and ready to take on her first fashion show in February. Drew and Carolina share a past--he's her brother Gray's best friend (

    ) and the former object of her teenage fantasies. Those fantasies finally came true

    Drew Hogan's a star hockey player for the fictional New York Travelers (kind of a weird name for a team but whatever...). Carolina Prescott is the daughter of the VP of the USA, fashion designer with her own company and ready to take on her first fashion show in February. Drew and Carolina share a past--he's her brother Gray's best friend (

    ) and the former object of her teenage fantasies. Those fantasies finally came true one semi-drunken night in college when Drew finally gave virginal "Lina" what she wanted--a sexy night between the sheets.

    Lina wanted so much more from Drew, but Drew got spooked by his feelings for Lina and the timing was all wrong, so he disappeared from her bed and her life. Lina's held a sort of grudge against him for the past eight years, but with her first showing coming up, she needs some models for her show. Brother Gray is in, and suggests Carolina ask Drew. Carolina realizes the appeal and attention a famous, studly NYC hockey player would bring to her fashions, and after all, business is business, so she reluctantly agrees. Drew is eager to help, and right the wrong he knows he did to Lina all those years ago. And by God, he still feels the attraction when he sees an all grown up Lina. But Lina wants to keep it

    ...but can she? Can Drew win her over and earn her forgiveness? Is Drew finally ready to settle down with one woman and can Lina be "the one"? Or is the timing all wrong for them again? Will Lina's fledgling business and Drew's hockey season get in the way of their happiness? Can Drew melt the ice around Lina's heart?

    Jaci Burton shows no sign of slowing down with this series. Drew and Carolina are a sexy, interesting couple with a friendly past that ended in heartbreak for Lina. I did think she started out as a little uptight and thought she held onto this grudge for a bit long. Eight long years and she's still thinking about it? After all, she threw herself at this guy and he never made her any promises, and they were both young and stupid. Yes, he did owe her an apology but she needed to move on. That was my initial impression of Lina, but as the book progressed she really grew on me and I ended up liking her.

    I liked Drew from the get go. He was funny, charming, and sexy, and apologetic to Lina. And he wanted to win her over, so I was on board with that. This couple had some strong sexual chemistry, but both were in denial that this was an actual "relationship" since neither really experienced a real relationship. I loved how it progressed, step-by-step. I loved that they had a friendly background, and once Lina was able to forgive Drew, I loved watching those sparks fly! I loved how Drew took time out from his own schedule to make sure the work-a-holic Lina had some fun in her life. I loved how they gradually fell in love.

    About that sexual chemistry...yowza! They sure made up for some lost time. There was one scene, where Lina was taking some photos of Drew in his underwear (that she designed) for a print campaign--this took place at Madison Square Garden. And OMG did things get out of control (*blush*) in front of the net...and in the locker room. And nobody saw this? Hard to believe there were no witnesses...

    If I had one complaint about the book, it was regarding some hockey issues. So maybe JB isn't a hockey fan, but there's such a thing as research. And maybe the Travelers don't even play in the NHL...but the hockey season does not start

    Thanksgiving--unless there was some sort of strike or lockout? And the Travelers were playing

    season games in November. (Preseason starts in September, and the season starts in October, not December). A minor quibble, I know, but that kind of took me out of the story and disappointed me at the same time. It took me a while to get over it, and I tried to ignore it since I liked other aspects of the book. But if you're going to write a sports themed book, this sports fan wants you to get all the details correct.

    To sum up: an easy, sexy read, with some

    times, a sexy hero who mostly makes all the right moves in wooing the heroine, and a decent storyline/romance that made you want to turn the pages. Gray and Evelyn (

    ) are back (with some exciting news), and we meet Drew's friend Trevor, who's quite the 'player' and destined for his own book next (

    . Fans of this series will not be disappointed. 4 1/2 stars

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    Drew and Carolina have a history and it isn't a pleasant one, at least not for Carolina. Drew has changed though...now he just needs to prove that to Carolina.

    One of my complaints about this series is that the newer books didn't quite have that family feel that the earlier ones did involving The Rileys. Well, I'm happy to say that the family feel is back...not only with The Prestons but with all the college roommates. It's really started coming together.

    Drew is a real sweetie and he has

    Drew and Carolina have a history and it isn't a pleasant one, at least not for Carolina. Drew has changed though...now he just needs to prove that to Carolina.

    One of my complaints about this series is that the newer books didn't quite have that family feel that the earlier ones did involving The Rileys. Well, I'm happy to say that the family feel is back...not only with The Prestons but with all the college roommates. It's really started coming together.

    Drew is a real sweetie and he has changed. Now he just has to prove that to Carolina. I love how he didn't give up and sometimes it was even funny how much he pushed Carolina.

    Carolina was easy to like and my heart went out to her. It's not hard to feel a kinship to her if you've ever had your heart broken. I got a kick out of how even when her life was crazy, she still was the well mannered woman her mother raised her to be.

    These two are pretty steamy and there are plenty of scenes to appease you especially the one on the ice. Pheww...JB did the same thing to me with

    . Who knew such hot scenes could occur in such cold places? ;)

    I did like how Carolina and Drew's "relationship" was drawn out even though they were having sexy times. I think not only did Drew have to prove himself but he had to give Carolina time to come to terms with things.

    Of course, there's drama and I didn't like it at all! I didn't want to be disappointed but there it was. Drew's pretty lucky that Carolina was so forgiving.

    I loved getting more of Gray and Evelyn in this one. There are some interesting developments for them and I love where it's going. I also love the relationships between Gray and Carolina and Carolina and Evelyn.

    There's also more story about Bill (heart breaking) and a bit of Trevor and Haven who will be in the next book,

    . It was good but definitely left me wanting more.

    If you're looking for something sweet and sexy that involves a sport theme and close knit family, I'd definitely recommend this series.

    ♥ “Yeah, I screwed up big-time that night, and the day after. I could give you a lifetime of I’m sorry’s, but that can’t change what happened or the fact I treated you like shit afterward. But I’ll still say it, as many times as you need to hear it—I’m sorry, Carolina.”

    ♥ “I suppose the first thing I need to do is measure you.”

    “No, not that. Already seen it.”

    “Yeah, but one, you haven’t seen it in a very long time. And two, have you ever

    it?”

    ♥ “Because I also know how close you and Drew have always been. My relationship with him will affect your relationship with him. And it shouldn’t.”

    “You can’t change that. He’s been one of my best friends for a lot of years. But you will always and forever be my sister. Family. Nothing trumps that bond. Not even friendship.”

    ♥ “I miss you when you’re not with me. I think about you all the time. I want to sleep with you next to me at night, wake up with you snuggled up against me in the morning.”

  • Jess

    Review posted:

    Blog rating: B

    The one thing about this series that I’ve come to love is the combination of sports and sexiness that Burton always gives us. It started with the Riley family and has now ventured off to their friends and in Melting the Ice, we get the story between Carolina, an up and coming fashion designer who’s talked her sports star brother, Gray into being one of her models and he in turn asked his best friend Drew, a hockey star to also help Carolina

    Review posted:

    Blog rating: B

    The one thing about this series that I’ve come to love is the combination of sports and sexiness that Burton always gives us. It started with the Riley family and has now ventured off to their friends and in Melting the Ice, we get the story between Carolina, an up and coming fashion designer who’s talked her sports star brother, Gray into being one of her models and he in turn asked his best friend Drew, a hockey star to also help Carolina out. Being a friend of the whole family, Drew agrees and as he and Carolina start to spend more time together, their chemistry is undeniable, but they shared one sexy night years ago that resulted in Drew never calling Carolina again. She was hurt, he had been her big crush and his attitude after their night together hurt her badly and that’s been something that’s gone unspoken and unresolved between them for years, until now. It’s time they talked about the past and they’re both now open to seeing where the future might take them.

    There’s something about this series that’s just fun for me. I’ve come to expect very hot, sexy scenes, but I’m a sports fanatic and I love the way Burton manages to weave the romance with sports in such a way that just works. I love that the heroes, who tend to be the sports stars in the series, and their heroines, who have just as demanding careers, find a way to make things work. In this case, Carolina is working her fingers to the bone trying to get her designs ready for fashion week (I kept picturing the craziness of Project Runway during her scenes) and it’s up to Drew to force Carolina to stop and have a little fun. Whether it was going to one of his hockey games, taking an ice skating break or a quick weekend trip away, he always found a way to get her to take some down time and they were able to find time in both their busy schedules to be together and discover just where their new relationship was going.

    I only wanted to smack Drew once during the story, he got it in his head that Carolina was dividing his attention too much away from hockey and that was the reason he wasn’t as focused and as a result was the reason his team just couldn’t find a way to win on the road. Instead of talking to Carolina about it, he pulls away, dumb hero. Thankfully, Carolina was the level headed one here and Drew does come around and grovels nicely, but it was a moment that I wish Drew could take back. Otherwise, I fully enjoyed their romance and seeing how they made their relationship work around two very demanding careers.

    Since we’ve moved farther away from the Riley’s, they don’t show up here but we do get plenty of page time for this new set of friends that Drew is a part of. His college buddy and Carolina’s brother Gray has a nice supporting role along with his better half, Evelyn. We also get to know a little more about Trevor and his potential heroine, Haven and the horrible time she’s having right now, with her father who is only given weeks to live. I like what I read of both these characters and can’t wait to see them together on page in the next book.

    This series just hits it right with me. I know I’ll always get a sexy story with some fun sports moments, not a lot of angst (which is a nice bonus) and Melting the Ice is no exception. I enjoyed Carolina and Drew, both individually and together. 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 so well and continues to be one I look forward to getting back to with each new book.

  • ♥Rachel♥

    3.5 Stars

    Drew and Carolina had a one night stand in college and it’s something they both look on with regret. Drew because he acted like an ass to Carolina and Carolina because she allowed herself to fall for Drew who didn’t return the same intense feelings she had.

    Fast forward to present, eight years later, Carolina is about to launch her own fashion line and needs male models. Her brother Gray agrees and being a race car driver he’s sure to attract attention, but he suggests Drew his best

    3.5 Stars

    Drew and Carolina had a one night stand in college and it’s something they both look on with regret. Drew because he acted like an ass to Carolina and Carolina because she allowed herself to fall for Drew who didn’t return the same intense feelings she had.

    Fast forward to present, eight years later, Carolina is about to launch her own fashion line and needs male models. Her brother Gray agrees and being a race car driver he’s sure to attract attention, but he suggests Drew his best friend and unknown to him, Carolina’s one-night stand gone bad. But Drew has the potential to bring a lot of attention to her line, because he’s a famous hockey player so Carolina decides to put aside her feelings and bring him on. Carolina resolves to keep things professional and forget hurt she has, but Drew would love a chance to show her he’s not a jerk. He’s never forgotten Carolina or their intense night, even if they got together when he was too immature to appreciate her.

    At first Carolina is hesitant about letting Drew back into her life, but soon the intense desire she once had for him comes back with a vengeance and Drew is definitely persistent. Yet, they’re both at a time in their lives where their careers take priority and a huge chunk of their time so something serious doesn’t enter their minds. I like the fact that they each understood the high demands of their jobs, and didn’t fault the other for being so busy, they both got it. But because their attachment grows they carve more and more time out for each other, and their feelings are definitely moving into the serious category.

    I love a second chance romance, but I do feel this story was lacking the angsty, intense longing feelings that I get when reading about a love opportunity missed or one gone wrong. I think if I would’ve got a little more of their history I might have felt differently. Their history was touched on a little in

    , so maybe this is where I missed out by not reading the previous story. Apparently it centered on Gray, Carolina’s brother, and the fact that Drew and Carolina had an awkward meet up in that book was talked about here.

    Still, their romance was satisfying and oh, boy was it ever HOT! Wow, I’ve read a couple of Jaci Burton’s books (the Hope series) and this was the hottest one yet! Drew had no problem whatsoever vocalizing what he wanted! Whoa!

    Carolina and Drew manage to get over a few bumps and this story leaves them in a good place together. I have a feeling they’ll show up in the next book and we’ll get to see more of a HEA for them as secondary characters. I didn’t read the previous book, Gray and Evelyn’s story, but they are featured quite a lot here and there were a couple of momentous events for them that brought a smile to my face even if I didn’t read their story.

    Jaci Burton wrote a romance that will warm your heart and curl your toes! I plan on reading the next in the series: Trevor and Haven’s story in

    which is set to come out in July.

  • Lauren

    2 Stars

    Why do I continue with this series? Maybe its the sensationally sexy covers, or perhaps it is the occasional glimpse of a great couple and engaging storyline as in books #2

    and #5

    . Unfortunately,

    does not provide that elusive story, and the cover does not compensate for the stilted writing (Burton can do so much better) or lackluster characters.

    Drew is a narcissistic jerk whose humungous ego knows no bounds, and Carolina

    2 Stars

    Why do I continue with this series? Maybe its the sensationally sexy covers, or perhaps it is the occasional glimpse of a great couple and engaging storyline as in books #2

    and #5

    . Unfortunately,

    does not provide that elusive story, and the cover does not compensate for the stilted writing (Burton can do so much better) or lackluster characters.

    Drew is a narcissistic jerk whose humungous ego knows no bounds, and Carolina is a doormat plain and simple. She forgives Drew’s behavior both past and present far too easily apparently because he looks good in the clothes she designs.

    Drew and Carolina’s chemistry is virtually non-existent. There is no real emotion in their relationship, which mainly consists of of a series of mechanical sexcapades in outlandish locations. Simply put, their romance is non-sensical and unbelievable.

    The secondary characters are nothing more than window dressing and add absolutely nothing to the story. The updates to Evelyn and Gray’s romance feel as if Burton is merely going through the motions, and the short trip to the Briscoe family is tacked on as a short intro to the next book.

    In sum, a contrived, predictable and mundane addition to the series, which is a pity as Burton’s sports romance concept has such tremendous potential.

  • Ellie

    DNF at 75% :(

    I just can continue wasting my time. It's not working for me at all. The first part was just cliche and superficial - girl has a crush on big brother's best friend and after losing his virginity to him in college, he just walks away. They meet years later and start a relationship. There was some going back and forth between being just friends or friends with benefits or even something more. Things quickly moved to a series of sex escapades - in the pool, on the porch, on the ice

    DNF at 75% :(

    I just can continue wasting my time. It's not working for me at all. The first part was just cliche and superficial - girl has a crush on big brother's best friend and after losing his virginity to him in college, he just walks away. They meet years later and start a relationship. There was some going back and forth between being just friends or friends with benefits or even something more. Things quickly moved to a series of sex escapades - in the pool, on the porch, on the ice ring, in the locker room ...

    I didn't really believe in the chemistry between the characters. The subplots and secondary characters also left me unmoved.

    I am a fan of sports romances and generally they work well for me but this time everything felt off. The romance was unconvincing, the plot was boring and predictable, even the sex scenes were too repetitive and sounded mechanical, lacking emotion.

    This book could be a good read for fans of sports romances, it just didn't work for me.

  • Deniz

    I am not sure why I kept reading this. Around a third in I was bored by it. But I kept going ... Half way it was clear to me that this will never be my kinda book ... And still I kept going.

    When I finally finished it- it felt like a huge achievement to get to the end of this book - I felt relieve that I was done. And ever since I am wondering WHY on earth I kept reading it?

    Clearly this is not my kind of book.

    The plot bored me, the smut left me totally cold and the characters - well honestly -

    I am not sure why I kept reading this. Around a third in I was bored by it. But I kept going ... Half way it was clear to me that this will never be my kinda book ... And still I kept going.

    When I finally finished it- it felt like a huge achievement to get to the end of this book - I felt relieve that I was done. And ever since I am wondering WHY on earth I kept reading it?

    Clearly this is not my kind of book.

    The plot bored me, the smut left me totally cold and the characters - well honestly - even if I could ignore that they were uber- cliche - the dialogues were woody and well, beyond cliche...

    And still I read the entire thing? I think because I had hopes that this could be better- would get better ... The idea though not the most inventive- a sports hottie falling for his best friends sister-- could have been sooooo good

    Oh and the dude is a hockey player... I mean this should be good right? But well it wasn't.

    I love hockey but even the hockey scenes did not work for me at all. They felt formulated and woody.

    So why did I keep reading? I don't know!! I can tell why I started it though- have you seen the cover? Yep, I am at times a cover slut (ok I totally am one, always) Add to that the promise of a a hockey cute and fluffy.. You got me! Apparently even when I end up not enjoying it at all

    All in all lots of promise sadly it was all delivered in a too cliche and formulated way - just not my thing

  • Annaiss

    Oh my God!!!! Another book in the Play by Play series! Hell to the yes!

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