Book Title: Melting in to you (Due South Book 2)
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2014
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Big, sexy men who don’t relate well to kids need not apply…
Kezia Murphy plays her widow card well. When you don’t trust people not to let you down, it’s easier to not get involved—and getting involved with a man who makes her skin sizzle just by looking at him would be una pazzia—crazy! Four years ago while Kezia’s daughter, Zoe, battled leukaemia, a tragic accident stole her husband’s life. Starting over in the little town of Oban where she’s adopted into the close knit community on Stewart Island, Kezia and her daughter are all the family the other needs. Except Zoe yearns for more.
New Zealand’s worst candidate for instant fatherhood…
Ben doesn’t do gooey emotional stuff. He doesn’t do cosy home and family. And he sure isn’t the big teddy-bear Kezia Murphy, the woman he secretly fantasises about, thinks he is. So when Jade, his surprise eight-year-old daughter arrives on his doorstep, he’s a D-minus student struggling to pass a crash-course in parenting.
They’ll either melt or raze their lives to the ground…
When the sparks of attraction between Kezia and Ben fan into an inferno, Ben doesn’t know how much longer the layers of resistance around his heart can resist melting into the gooey mess he fears. The more he fights it the harder it is to make the choice that will destroy the family he now longs to claim.
Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.
Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she’s the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes—Kiwi men, in other words.
When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, Tracey can be found reading sexy books of all romance genres, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.
Kezia swayed toward him, his gravity too strong to resist. His fingers still stroked her knuckles, distracting her from the close bulk of his body.
“How do you see me now?” she asked.
If his legs weren’t in her way, she would’ve kicked herself for the breathy, flirty words falling from her mouth. Her toes curled inside her slippers. She wasn’t a flirt—well, she hadn’t been a flirt for many, many years. Had assumed she’d forgotten how in the midst of rebuilding her and Zoe’s lives.
“As a woman. A beautiful woman.” His low voice twined around her, as rich and luxurious as the most expensive silk.
“You shouldn’t. You have to stop.” She tugged her hand from the sweet torture of his fingers and pushed against his chest. His broad, muscled, warm-to-the-touch chest.
Fine lines around his eyes crinkled. “What I’ve seen can’t be unseen.”
Kezia’s gaze dropped to his lips, outlined with the dark growth of five o’clock shadow. Soft and rough and oh-so-bad for her. “Ben—”
He dipped his head, and like a flicked switch, her eyelids slipped down and her lips parted. If her mind had forgotten those exquisite moments before a kiss, her body hadn’t. Breathless anticipation squeezed low in her belly at Ben’s salty, smoky scent. His soft breath feathered her skin. One large, calloused hand covered her fingers, which clutched fistfuls of his tee shirt.
“Easy.” He followed the word with the pressure of his lips to hers, the impact of his touch like a zap of static electricity.
Her eyes popped open, a shiver skating down her spine. Ben stared, his eyes narrowed, lashes masking his expression. Had he felt the spark of intense connection too? Or was it the overactive imagination of a woman who hadn’t had sex in almost half a decade? Sexually frustrated widow over-reacts to a simple kiss. Like a newspaper headline running through her mind. Mortifying.
Melting Into You is the second book in a series I hope will go on and on. I loved In Too Deep, the first book in the series (check my review here), and fell in love with the handsome and cocky free-diver Ryan Westlake, a.k.a. West so I was looking forward to reading more. When I first discovered that the book would be about Ben and Kezia I wasn’t sure what to expect. Although they were nice side characters in In Too Deep, I wanted more West. But knowing the author’s writing style, I was pretty sure I’d like this book just as much.
I was a little taken aback at first, when the bomb was dropped and this woman showed up on Ben’s doorstep with an eight-year-old girl who turned out to be his daughter.
Wait, what?! You have got to be kidding me, right?
Yep, that was exactly my reaction. In book one we didn’t get up close and personal with Ben but from what we’d gotten to see, he was a sort of commitment-phobic womanizer as well as a grumpy, stubborn man. How was he going to take care of a kid? Well, this turns out to be the source for the funniest moments in the book and it completely changed the opinion of Ben I had from the first book. Daddy Ben is hilarious. I laughed out loud at the way he tried, not very successfully, to interact with his daughter.
Even though at first I thought Ben was just a selfish grouch, as the story progressed I started to like him a little more with every page and by the end of the book I was torn between West and him as my favourite hero in the series. Add a puppy to the story and Ben turned into the cutest and funniest grouch ever. :)
Kezia. Now, what can be said about her? I liked her in the first book, even though she only appeared every now and then, and I loved her in this one. She’s a great heroine and I loved how she always tried to put her daughter’s happiness and well-being first (who, by the way, is named Zoe Roberta – I’m rather flattered! :) ), even though this meant she had to hold back her feelings.
The two little girls are amazing. I loved Zoe in the first book, and I got even fonder of her in this one; Jade, Ben’s daughter, is super cute and I loved how she turned from a shy and scared little thing into a lively little thing that changed Ben’s life forever – and for the best, may I add.
I was happy Piper and West were still part of the story, and I liked Shaye’s parts too (Ben’s sister).
I’m looking forward to reading more about these great characters and I hope there’ll be many more books in the Due South series, because I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to let go of my favourite kiwi boyfriends!
There is a little bit of angst toward the end and you’ll be on the edge of your seat for a chapter or two, but there is a happy ending so it’s okay – no spoilers here but, hey, you know I wouldn’t enjoy a book without a HEA. :)
If you’ve read In Too Deep, then you HAVE to read this book too; but even if you haven’t read In Too Deep, you can enjoy Melting Into You all the same, because it’s a beautiful, sexy and romantic story, with strong chemistry between the two main characters and lots of funny moments that will bring a silly grin to your face.
I love Tracey’s writing and I can’t wait to read more.