Book: Melt For You
Series: Slow Burn #2
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Release date: 15 May 2018
Main characters: Joellen Bixby, office wallflower and suffering from low self esteem. Cameron McGregor, her new sexy, annoying neighbour who pushes all the buttons.
Socially awkward Joellen Bixby has a date every Saturday – with her cat, a pint of ice cream, and fantasies of the way-too-handsome Michael Maddox. She’d give anything to win over the unattainable CEO of her firm, but how can she when she blends in so well with her cubicle? The answer may be closer than she thinks.
Cameron McGregor is a cocky, tattooed Scottish rugby captain who just moved in next door. He’s not Jo’s type – at all – but the notorious playboy is offering to teach the wallflower everything he knows about inspiring desire. Though a lot of women have rumpled Cam’s kilt, Jo is special. Far from the ugly duckling she thinks she is, in Cam’s eyes she’s sharp, funny, and effortlessly sexy. Now, thanks to him, Jo is blooming with confidence and has the man of her dreams within reach.
Unfortunately for Cam, he’s just helped to push the woman of his dreams into the arms of another man – and now he’s in the fight of his life to keep this beauty from getting away.
Why you should read it: I’m a huge fan of J.T. Geissinger – she writes funny, multi-faceted characters with flaws and lots of personality. I loved Burn For You so much that it was a no-brainer to read Melt For You when I had the chance. The story was engaging, touching and had me swooning in places. The chemistry between Joellen and Cam really had me invested from early on. It went deeper than boy meets girl and it gave a nice twist to the trope. It also delved deeper into serious themes, such as self-esteem and self-loathing and how it’s never too late to combat these issues.
What you might not like: In the main, I liked Joellen. I felt for her most of the time, but then at other moments I had to ask myself whether she was really 36 years old?! She behaved like a child for a lot of the book and while it completely exasperated me, I understood that she had her issues and that made me try to understand her behaviour. To live without any positive reinforcement is happily not something I’ve experienced, so I tried to empathise with her on that score.
I did however have a slight issue with some of her internal monologue:
These people should work for the CIA! I turn the shower on full blast, go into the closet, and crouch down beside my dirty-clothes hamper, feeling like a refugee fleeing from a totalitarian regime. Which really isn’t too far off the mark.
Really? Your situation is comparable to those currently fleeing for their lives? Okaaaaaay. Not dramatic at all! So, I may have wanted to slap her at times, but apart from that I liked Joellen. Truly. Heroines can’t always kick butt and be self assured, (but if I’m honest, I prefer them to).
Rating: 3/5 for a funny (mostly provided by Cam), sexy (also provided by Cam) read. Preferred book one but this one is an enjoyable romp if you don’t mind a pessimistic heroine with myriad issues.