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Posted January 21, 2012
When I first read the info about this book, I thought to myself “Antarctica? Really?” Author Natalie Anderson has created character depth, titillating dialogue and a fun adventure in the land of endless day. Emma Reed has won the opportunity to travel to desolate Antarctica to paint, her life’s love. On her way, she meets Hunter Wilson, he is heading to the frozen land both to work and to escape his family over the Christmas holiday. The exciting sexual tension between Emma and Hunter starts from the very beginning. Hunter, an alpha male all the way, is deliciously relentless with his flirting. Emma is there to make the best of her limited time and paint a mural, but Hunter has other ideas. This book is a fast read, and has whetted my appetite for more from this author. I give it 4 ½ stars!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2012
This is the second book that I have read recently based in Antarctica. Who knew that frozen wasteland provided such an amazing backdrop for romance? And romance there is. I like the way that Natalie Anderson built up the romance in this book. Emma is only on the base for eleven days. She's there as an artist in residence, creating a mural based upon a competition that she won. She is not a professional artist. She's really just a receptionist, so this is a HUGE opportunity for her to achieve some notoriety in the artistic world. She doesn't want to blow it and is working in a very short time-frame so there is lots of pressure on her. There's definitely no time for romance.
She actually meets Hunter the day before they both leave to go down to Antarctica. He feels an immediate draw to her but, regardless of his flirtatious manner, he doesn't want to get involved either. Both of these characters had horrible childhoods, and their scars from those childhoods can be traced back to the holiday season, so neither of them have great feelings about this time of year. Hunter is upfront about the fact that he is there to avoid the holiday season and his family.
Quite honestly, both of them had such dysfunctional childhoods, that they don't even know how to be in a real relationship. It was interesting to watch them develop a friendship which then led them into a more serious place that neither one of them could escape, no matter how much they tried to tell themselves that they could. Those feelings can't just be wished away. Like I said, I really like how the author developed this story. It worked!
There were really some fascinating aspects to this story. First, Antarctica is such a different locale for a romance novel. I like how the art that Emma was creating brought out all the aspects of the completely different environment. Her art has to reflect the station so it is interesting to see the things that she picks up on as an artist to focus on....I really LOVED the black and white aspect of it.
Overall this was a great read and a very sweet romantic story.
Posted January 17, 2012
Melt, by Natalie Anderson, is a short and fun read about to solitary people who find more than they were looking for in the stark but magical setting of Antarctica.
Emma Reed is embarking on the trip of a lifetime. The winner of an art competition, she is chosen to paint a mural in a facility in Antarctica. Determined to prove herself as an artist, she has no time for romance or the distraction that is Hunter Wilson. Hunter has come to Antarctica to escape his family for the holidays and isn’t looking for any entanglements. However, that doesn’t stop him from flirting outrageously with Emma.
While Hunter and Emma start of their relationship with lots of flirting and innuendo, they don’t just jump into bed together. Hunter takes Emma under his wing as the veteran Antarctica visitor and they become very good friends. Though Hunter still manges to flirt at every opportunity, it’s clear that it’s not just about sex, and they are both surprised by the connection that develops as they get to know each other. Neither of them wants their time together to end. When a sudden snow storm extends Emma’s stay for a couple of days, they both finally give into their attraction and boy, is it worth the wait.
A sweet story with sizzling chemistry, Melt pulled me in with great characters, a compelling story and an incredible setting. I loved the little details about life in Antarctica. A truly unique and fascinating setting, it was the perfect backdrop to the story.
Anderson packs a lot of punch into a very short story. Filled with witty dialogue and funny, likable characters, Melt was the perfect quick read. This is my first Natalie Anderson but not my last. Hers is definitely a name I will keep an eye out for in the future.
Posted February 28, 2012
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