author: Natalie Anderson
published: 6 December 2011
genre(s): contemporary, erotica, romance
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When two frozen hearts collide…
Emma Reed closed her heart to love years ago after a lifetime spent getting kicked around foster homes and bad relationships. Now she’s on a mission to prove she deserves her recent award to paint a mural for a research base in Antarctica. Nothing and no one is going to get in her way.
After months working in recovery zones around the world, Hunter Wilson planned to escape everything this holiday season by rebuilding a lab at the Kiwi Research Base. Alone. No to family, no to fun. It’s isolation not intimacy he’s aching for. But when he sees the determined artist, that ache becomes an urge – after all, shouldn’t someone show her what two people can do with twenty-four hours of brilliant sunlight?
In the coldest place on earth, even the most frozen hearts can melt.
Melt is the latest from author Natalie Anderson, a preview to a new imprint being offered by Entangled Publishing, Ever After. Novella length, it lacks nothing in plot, steaminess, romance, and great characters! Hunter Wilson is everything I could want as my romance hero,… big, strong, and gorgeous with an off-color sense of humor. Emma Reed looks sweet and innocent, but she is not a shrinking violet but a girl with a tough past. I hate romance novels in which the big man has to protect and take care of the little woman, so I was delighted to find this had none of that. Emma is tougher than she looks, fully capable of taking care of herself.
A lot of times steamy romance can be more raunchy than it is sexy and, for me, that detracts from the plot. This one oozed sexual tension without crossing that line and I loved that! Hunter and Emma had that sexual tension, but their dialogue was funny and flirty. I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down. And who knew the icy cold Antarctica could be such a perfect place for love?!
This was my first book by Anderson, and I really enjoyed it. If this is any indication of how the new Ever After line is going to be, I am sold. I loved the mix of romance, sexiness, and humor, perfectly balanced throughout the book. While definitely not intended to be educational in the slightest, her details and descriptions of the locale gave me knowledge I didn’t have before!!
A fun read definitely worth running to (or clicking to) Amazon or Barnes & Noble! I will be loading up my Kindle with more by this author!