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Product Details

  • Series: A Play-by-Play Novel (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425262987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425262986
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About 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.

Customer Reviews

Love the sexy alpha males!
Shannon
I had a good time reading it, now want to pick up the rest of the series.
Andrea Thompson
She has great characters, good stories, and wonderful romance.
D. Hart

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CMS on February 6, 2014
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I really wanted to love this book, I've been a Jaci Burton fan for quite some time but this book just didn't hold up to my expectations.

I felt it was slow-moving and found myself skimming through many of the pages just to get to something that held my interest. It didn't seem to me that the characters really had any chemistry.

Most romance books have a strong push pull relationship between the characters – they want to be with each other yet they can't stand each other. It's hard to find a book that does this scenario well. Either there's two little of this or too much of this – this book falls into the two little category.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timitra on February 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was so excited to read this book because it's two of my fave tropes in one, best friend's little sister abd and reunited lovers however it didn't live up to my expectations as I found the beginning too repetitious which meant I had trouble getting little into the story. The middle and end were a bit better. The real issue I have with this book is the characters, I don't get why they were attracted to each other or got together for that,there was no chemistry or passion between them, their relationship felt contrived to me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nissanmama on March 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
As a general rule, Jaci Burton’s books are worth buying just for the covers. I think they need to generate a Play-by-Play Series calendar. Her latest installment, Melting the Ice, should be February, not only for Valentine emphasis in the book and its not-so-coincidental release date, but to represent those cold, cold nights when you want someone like Drew Hogan warming your bed.

Overall, I liked the book. It was a very quick read, perfect for a single afternoon when you’re snowed in and can’t face the chores that never go away. Unfortunately, that was my issue with the book—it’s so uncomplicated that it can be read that fast. It lacks drama unless the reader brings a great deal to the story.

One would think by the title that someone or some situation needs to be thawed out. The title is really only convenient to the fact that Drew Hogan is a professional hockey player who’s trying to win over work-obsessed Carolina Preston. I didn’t find her to be icy. She’s polite, successful, attractive, and focused, but not cold. For me, there was nothing to melt. The issues of their past were easily handled by a pair of seemingly mature adults (which was definitely refreshing) and eight years of distance from the incident which caused a rift between them. And they had a lot of steamy sex. Great sex. Definitely a lot of melting going on, but no ice.

Because of the physicality of the book, everyone is well-cut and toned, which makes for pleasant mental imagery. However, the only coldness I could really identify was a certain lack of emotion. Consequently, the climax of the book lacked impact. Still, it’s a solid “go to” for your next snowy day.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna's herding cats on February 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
That is a seriously covergasm worthy cover. And all the little bits inside those pages *fans self* steamy, sexy, fun and just a damn good time. Melting the Ice. Yeah. It totally had me melting. I chuckled, teared up, swooned a little. Okay. A lot. And just enjoyed the hell out of watching Carolina and Drew take each other on as he helps model her new clothing line and they deal with the past.

I really loved Drew--a lickable hockey star-- and Carolina--an up and coming fashion designer who needs said lickable hockey star's help showing off her clothes in a runway show.

These two were perfect for each other and, whew, they had a devil of a past to get over--seems Drew was a bit of a jerk in his younger years--but he's all grown up and a really good man and now that he's in Carolina's world again he wants to make things right and maybe spend a little time getting up close and personal with her. And these two...the chemistry was just excellent. No matter the situation you could feel the energy bouncing between them and it was really fun to watch.

Carolina was great. She's motivated, driven, sweet. Incredibly talented and not one of those heroines that completely overreacts to things. I was all on board with her. And...Drew. Lord love him. He's a handful. A cheeky infuriating and absolutely delicious alpha male that totally won me over even when he had some make-you-smack-your-forehead moments. He's one of those people you just can't help but love or say no to. He's just got a way about him of pulling people into his plans and world.

Sexy times were abundant and hot. Ung. Yeah. They definitely work together. There's nothing too out there crazy but it's steamy and toe curling and had the perfect amount of erotic mixed in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellief on June 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Melting the Ice, Play by Play #7, by Jaci Burton
Grade: C

“You rip me to shreds, Lina.”

Carolina Preston is so close to finally making it as a fashion designer and knows that showing her collection at New York Fashion Week will make or break her career. Knowing that everyone will be judging to see if she’s just getting by one her family name and her father’s position as Vice President of the United States, Carolina is willing to do anything to make sure her collection stands out from all the other even if it means asking Drew Hogan to be a model. Drew was Carolina’s big mistake in college and the years haven’t killed the lust she feels every time she sees him. Now working with him brings back old feelings that could destroy everything Carolinas worked so hard for.

Drew Hogan has worked his butt off over they years to be one of the best hockey players in the league and has lived a very carefree life since college. Seeing his best friend’s little sister brings up memories of the great night they spent together in college and Drew decides he wants an encour. Carolina only wants Drew’s body to model her clothes for fashion week but Drew is determined to restart what they had before and will stop at nothing to get one more taste of sweet Carolina Preston.

I love the Play by Play series but I haven’t been thrilled with the branch off of the four best friends from college and I missed the Riley family a lot while reading Melting the Ice. I was very excited to read about Carolina and Drew and really enjoyed them at first. As time went on I found their story to be boring and I would have to read a page over and over again because my mind kept wandering.
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Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 60 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn't on deadline, she can usually be found trying to convince her husband to remodel some room or another in their house (she blames HGTV for this). She loves gardening, sports, casinos and getting lost in a great book. She's a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you'll find in all her books.

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