|Melting Into You by Tracey Alvarez|
Love small-town romance with an unforgettable cast of characters?
The Due South series will transport you to an unspoilt, wild island off the coast of New Zealand.
Meet Kezia and Ben...
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.
And enough steaminess to make your toes curl!
If you know me, you'll know that I *love* romance novels! So when I picked up Melting Into You, I was pumped to read it since I haven't been doing as much reading as I used to lately. But I was glad I did!
Besides the storyline being easy to follow, even if you haven't read the previous book (which I hadn't, but now will!), the writing is great! I was surprised to see that this is only the authors second published book - she writes like some of my favorite authors that have been writing for decades!
The characters are really well developed and you are given an instant picture of each of them in your head, and know right away whether you'll like them or not. Secondary characters too!
The story itself is a great read too - it ventures into romance novel territory without being too unrealistic or making the characters seem stupid. Adding kids to the storyline makes it more complicated, and I found the author handled that situation really well!
All in all it was a great read and I will definitely be following Tracey Alvarez, the author, now and look forward to her future books!- The next one is due out later this year :)
You can check out the book on Amazon here and read more about her here on her website!