Book Title: Melting in to you (Due South, #2)
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2014
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.
Melting In To You by Tracey Alvarez is book two in her Due South series. This is a sweet and romantic series set in a very picturesque small town, specifically the little town of Oban on Stewart Island in New Zealand. So what happens when the resident rough and gruff alpha male and the local sassy and sweet school teacher find out they have more in common than they could ever realize?
Ben Harland lives his life by his own rules. He is not the overly communicative sort and lives by one very important rule, never get involved with a local woman. The many tourists that come to Stewart Island are more than enough to satisfy his male urges. The last thing Ben wants or needs in his life is a comfy family and huge commitments. When a huge bomb of a surprise arrives at his front door in the form of an eight year old daughter that he never knew about, Ben has no idea what he is going to do. He has no idea how to handle a “little person” who looks at him with a mixture of fear and contempt. His family is there to help him but the one person who steps in to truly assist Ben is the only person he is trying to avoid on the island, the sexy brunette bombshell who leaves Ben’s head reeling every time he is in her vicinity.
Kezia Murphy is a young widow with an eight year old daughter of her own. After her husband passed away, Kezia moved to Stewart Island to start fresh. She is the local school teacher in Oban and is proud of the fact that she has created a quiet and cozy little corner for her and her young daughter. Kezia is no stranger to regret and loss. She would rather remained closed off from getting too involved with anyone. After all, if you don’t have any strong and lasting bonds with others, there is no way they can eventually let you down. So avoiding individuals such as the gorgeous Ben Harland who Kezia finds herself innately attracted to is in her best interest. When Ben finds himself saddled with a young daughter he knew nothing about, Kezia takes pity on him and extends a helping hand. But close proximity to one another leads to some serious sparks flying. Can they both throw caution to the wind and give in to what is blazing between them?
With their daughters soon forming a close bond, Kezia and Ben find themselves together more often than naught. Giving in to their mutual attraction is the inevitable. The more things progress between Kezia and Ben, the more they must learn to navigate the murky waters of their tentative relationship having to take into account the impressionable minds of their two young daughters. Can Kezia open up and learn to trust another person completely and fully enough to let them in? Is Ben ready do dive into a committed relationship with a ready-made family? Watching Ben struggle with being a single dad and learn how to be a parent to a young girl who was so emotionally fragile was very heartwarming and sweet. Despite his rough and course demeanor, Ben slips into the father role a lot easier than I expected. The road to happiness is far from easy but sometimes the hardships we endure make coming out on the other side all the sweeter.
All in all, Melting In To You was an enjoyable and tender contemporary romance. This small town romantic tale is sure to melt hearts as one man learns exactly what is important in life and fights for it.
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.
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About The Author
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.
Melting Into You on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21895616-melting-into-you
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