Melting the Ice (Play-by-Play Series #7)

Melting the Ice (Play-by-Play Series #7)

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by Jaci Burton
     
 

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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

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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…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
In her seventh Play-by-Play sports-themed contemporary (after One Sweet Ride), Burton pairs hockey with haute couture. Carolina Preston is living her dream of debuting as a fashion designer at New York's Fashion Week. When she asks her brother, Gray, a champion auto racer, to model for her, he invites his friend Drew Hogan along to help out. Drew is the last man Carolina wants on her mind; ever since a heartbreaking one-night stand with him in college, Carolina has had nothing but contempt for the hockey star. But Drew persists in trying to make amends. When he takes Carolina to the Rockefeller Center ice-skating rink, she realizes that the callous jock of her youth has become a sweet guy who signs autographs for kids. Burton maintains the romantic and professional tension while allowing themes of regret and forgiveness to come through. This light romp lacks thrilling highs or gut-wrenching lows, but it follows the protagonists smoothly to a satisfying conclusion. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
Praise for the novels of Jaci Burton:

“Jaci Burton’s stories are full of heat and heart.”—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

“A wild ride.”—Lora Leigh, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A strong plot, complex characters, sexy athletes, and non-stop passion make this book a must read.” —Fresh Fiction

“I think the Play-by-Play series is one of the strongest sports romance series available.”—Dear Author

“[Jaci Burton] delivers the passionate, inventive, sexually explicit love scenes that fans expect…Burton offers plenty of emotion and conflict in a memorable relationship-driven story.” —USA Today

Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-22
Preparing her debut line for Fashion Week, Carolina Preston knows her brother's suggestion to have his best friend model for her is a good one—even if the one hot, secret night she shared in college with sexy hockey star Drew Hogan makes her wary. Carolina has worked hard to launch her own fashion line, paying her dues and putting her life on hold until she establishes herself in her chosen career as a designer. Now that her dream is in her sights, and she's staring down her first-ever Fashion Week with her own designs, she wants a new angle. Her brother offers to model for her and suggests asking Drew, his best friend from college and a supersexy hockey star. At first, Carolina resists. Unbeknownst to anyone, she and Drew shared a hot one-night stand in college, though she had hoped for much more from her long-standing crush. Drew broke her heart, so she's not thrilled with the idea of spending any time with him. And yet, the idea of a couple of sports heroes modeling her line is fresh and unique. The more time Carolina spends with Drew, the more determined he seems to prove to Carolina that he's changed. And that he might be a good bet for forever. In this installment of her Play-By-Play series, Burton continues her athlete-themed stories with a hot hockey player looking for redemption from the girl who's always intrigued him, despite his disgraceful actions years ago. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425262986
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Series:
Play-by-Play Series, #7
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
232,300
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for the novels of Jaci Burton:

“Jaci Burton’s stories are full of heat and heart.”—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

“A wild ride.”—Lora Leigh, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A strong plot, complex characters, sexy athletes, and non-stop passion make this book a must read.” —Fresh Fiction

“I think the Play-by-Play series is one of the strongest sports romance series available.”—Dear Author

“[Jaci Burton] delivers the passionate, inventive, sexually explicit love scenes that fans expect…Burton offers plenty of emotion and conflict in a memorable relationship-driven story.” —USA Today

Meet the Author

Jaci Burton is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author who lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. She has three grown children who are all scattered around the country having lives of their own. A lover of sports, Jaci can often tell what season it is by what sport is being played. She watches entirely too much television, including an unhealthy amount of reality TV. When she isn’t on deadline, which is often, Jaci can be found at her local casino, trying to become a millionaire (so far, no luck). Burton is the author of  the Play-by-Play series including The Perfect Play, Changing the Game, Taking a Shot, Playing to Win, One Sweet Ride, and Thrown by a Curve, and, with Lora Leigh, co-author of the anthologies Nauti and Wild and Nautier and Wilder.  She’s a total romantic and loves a story with a happily ever after, which you’ll find in all her books.

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Melting the Ice 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Sorry, but I have to agree with another reviewer that this story lacked chemistry. Yes, the hero and heroine had a lot of sex but you just couldn't feel the love. I couldn't scrounge up any fondness for Drew. He started off a jerk and promised not to hurt Carlina again but of course he did. Once again letting her down. Next thing we know, BAM, she forgives all without question. After the way he treated her she should've kicked this guy to the curb. Just sayin'. As always Jaci's writing style was superb and the ending was long and satisfying so I upped my rating to 3 stars. Although slightly disappointed, I will definitely buy the next one.
TinaMarieReviews 3 months ago
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5 Melting the Ice is just plain old fun to read. Where this 7th book of the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton may have lacked a little from what I've come to love of this series it made up for in witty antics from the male protagonist and some really heartwarming moments. Carolina had history with Drew and she just couldn't let it go. I get it. A man takes your virginity (although she did willingly and enthusiastically offer it up) and then walks away it's going to sting. Probably for a long, long time. And when he's the best friend of your brother which means your paths are going to cross more than normal it makes it that much harder. Drew entertained me a lot! He knew he screwed up with Carolina and really had no excuse other than he was young, stupid and just starting out in a career that was promising him great things. Now, that he's finally settled into life he just can't seem to quit thinking about Carolina and wants to explore things more. I loved how he didn't make up any excuses. He laid it out there for Carolina and basically said this is what I did then. This is what I am now. Can we please move on? I really appreciate how grown up Carolina was about everything. After having it laid out there she did move on and didn't continue to punish Drew for the sins of the past. Although, she did reserve her trust of forever and I totally got that. I admire her restraint in not making him pay for some of the crap he pulled in the present though. When the man basically stopped taking my calls and went from I can't get enough of you to meh, we'll chat when I have time I would've been a little less forgiving. He did come through in the end as every good contemporary romance hero should. Bottom line: there were times where I didn't necessarily feel a connection between the characters. Or maybe it was Drew's lack of stick-with-it that got to me. But, I felt like the romance was missing a little something. That being said both characters were truly good people and a joy to read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves Jaci Burton or a good sports romance.
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onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Now, now, my dear. No drooling over that cover. (Sorry, not sorry, I can't refrain.) *coughs* Focus! This is a review. Now that I'm done complimenting the cover--let's get to the story. This is my first Jaci Burton novel, and let me tell you, it will not be the last. I shall not stop until I have read them all! Okay, so the story. Carolina and Drew are insanely hard to resist falling for as a couple. You especially can't not love Drew. I mean, the guy is amazing and oh, so sexy. Seeing the two of them get to know each other after all these years, it's heartwarming. They've both grown up in a lot of ways, but the attraction has not dulled. The heat, you guys... THE HEAT. *passes out just thinking about it* One of my favorite parts is when they go back to see her family, and everything that ensues upon that visit. Melting The Ice turned all the ice into water... it's now a puddle... and that's a good thing. I adored times infinity everything about this story. There's a lot of heart along with the heat. It's not just another one of those cheesy love stories. It's much more. And Jaci Burton can just keep writing them because I sure can't get enough of these steamy and touching stories! My Rating: Exceptional
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dutcheja More than 1 year ago
I am such a huge fan of the Play-By-Play series by Jaci Burton. I thought this one was fabulous. I revisited the Preston family who were featured in the previous book. I loved that the hero, Drew, was a hockey player and the heroine, Carolina, was a fashion designer. They had a previous encounter that ended very badly and was made more difficult because Drew and Carolina's brother were best friends so it was inevitable that they would see each other from time to time so the previous encounter was a reminder every time they saw each other. This time however they needed each other and each time together was better and better. Their relationship developed fabulously and I loved every minute of it. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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missy55GA More than 1 year ago
Another great read in the Play-by-Play series. Loved Drew and Caroline's story--found out about their past and more about her family. A great read Thanks Jaci & Good Writing
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Vivacious Valkyrie – Marta:  *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review  Jaci Burton writes books that are without a doubt sexy, romantic and full of characters to fall in love with. This is the latest in her Play By Play series which is set in the world of sport and this time she's exposing a certain ice hockey player to her readers. If you haven't read her books before then maybe start with The Perfect Play but this story can be read as a standalone .  Eight years ago Carolina spent one blissful night in the arms of the one man she had always wanted. Drew was celebrating his graduation and couldn't believe his luck when the enchanting Carolina said she wanted him. He'd always avoided her as his best friend is her brother but that night lust and alcohol just stole all his good sense. Carolina was devastated when in the cold light of day it was obvious that to Drew it was just a one time only thing. Now she's making a life for herself and the one thing she doesn't need is any reminder of her past mistake.  Carolina is trying to make a name for herself in the fashion world and asks her brother to model for her. He's happy to help but before she can stop him he contacts his best friend Drew to ask him about modelling Carolina's clothes. Having a sporting icon would be good publicity but the last thing Carolina wants is to spend any time with ice hockey professional Drew. Problem is Drew seems more than happy to help and Carolina can't help but feel that he's trying to manipulate her in some way. Drew realises that he behaved like an immature idiot in the past and wants to show Carolina that he's grown up. Working together could give him plenty of opportunity to show Carolina that he's changed and if he's lucky maybe he can get the chance to show her that he's now ready for something more meaningful.  Drew is still the man that Carolina fantasies about but there's no way she will let him break her heart again. Yet Drew is constantly surprising her and Carolina starts to see the man that he has become. Will her family accept him in her life and just where are they heading?There's no denying the passion between them but can Carolina really forgive him?  This is the seventh book in this fast paced series and as usual it's a very heated tale! This author writes books that are definitely hot enough to melt ice! A steamy read is always guaranteed when you buy one of these books.  Absolutely gorgeous cover that will certainly attract attention and characters with heart that readers will care about. This book will certainly make any reader smile as the hero Drew pursues his lady. Luckily she stops running long enough for him to catch her! 
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( crying ) it not working
scarginbelle More than 1 year ago
I love jaci's play by play series but this is my least favorite.
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This is the 7th book in the series and I have read and loved them all... Jaci Burton is my kinda author... Her books read fast and the stories flow very well... This story of Drew and Carolina was no different from the others in that Drew was a star hockey player and Carolina was the daughter of the Vice President of the United States who was working her tail off to create her own fashion line for both men and women... She didn't have time for romance but when her brother suggested Drew, his best friend and Carolina's "first", as a model for her show sparks flew and the romance was very spontaneous... Loved the book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Result three
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story. Really good as all of her other six books in this series have been. Also love the fact each book is a finished story. Can not wait for the next one in the Play by Play series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome author! Great series.
DOWNS More than 1 year ago
Jaci Burton did it again with Melting Ice.   I must say I am sure in love with the play by play series and this one is on the top of my list also.  Drew is a star hockey player that plays for the Travelers and Carolina is Gray’s sister that we met in Gray’s story “one sweet ride”.  She had a moment with her brother’s best friend in college and she hasn’t liked him since that one night.  Carolina is s clothing designer that is looking to make it in the world where everyone thinks she gets everything handed to her because her dad is the vice president.  She meets up with Drew again when she was in need of a model for her clothing designs.   This was a great story I couldn’t put it down and I can tell you I can’t wait for the next in the series!!