Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Melt by Natalie Anderson

Title:  Melt
Author: Natalie Anderson
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: - 
Main Characters: Emma & Hunter
Release Date: January 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
When two frozen hearts collide…

Emma Reed closed her heart to love years ago after a lifetime spent getting kicked around foster homes and bad relationships. Now she’s on a mission to prove she deserves her recent award to paint a mural for a research base in Antarctica. Nothing and no one is going to get in her way.

After months working in recovery zones around the world, Hunter Wilson planned to escape everything this holiday season by rebuilding a lab at the Kiwi Research Base. Alone. No to family, no to fun. It’s isolation not intimacy he’s aching for. But when he sees the determined artist, that ache becomes an urge – after all, shouldn’t someone show her what two people can do with twenty-four hours of brilliant sunlight?

In the coldest place on earth, even the most frozen hearts can melt.

My Review:

This is the second book that I have read recently based in Antarctica. Who knew that frozen wasteland provided such an amazing backdrop for romance? And romance there is. I like the way that Natalie Anderson built up the romance in this book. Emma is only on the base for eleven days. She's there as an artist in residence, creating a mural based upon a competition that she won. She is not a professional artist. She's really just a receptionist, so this is a HUGE opportunity for her to achieve some notoriety in the artistic world. She doesn't want to blow it and is working in a very short time-frame so there is lots of pressure on her. There's definitely no time for romance.

She actually meets Hunter the day before they both leave to go down to Antarctica. He feels an immediate draw to her but, regardless of his flirtatious manner, he doesn't want to get involved either. Both of these characters had horrible childhoods, and their scars from those childhoods can be traced back to the holiday season, so neither of them have great feelings about this time of year. Hunter is upfront about the fact that he is there to avoid the holiday season and his family. 

Quite honestly, both of them had such dysfunctional childhoods, that they don't even know how to be in a real relationship. It was interesting to watch them develop a friendship which then led them into a more serious place that neither one of them could escape, no matter how much they tried to tell themselves that they could. Those feelings can't just be wished away. Like I said, I really like how the author developed this story. It worked!

There were really some fascinating aspects to this story. First, Antarctica is such a different locale for a romance novel. I like how the art that Emma was creating brought out all the aspects of the completely different environment. Her art has to reflect the station so it is interesting to see the things that she picks up on as an artist to focus on....I really LOVED the black and white aspect of it.

Overall this was a great read and a very sweet romantic story.

1 comment:

Aurian said...

Nice review, now I want to add it to my TBR!