by J.T. Geissinger
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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Favorite, Rom-Com, Sports
A wallflower gets seduction tips from a playboy athlete—until love changes the rules.
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.
*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
How do I begin to express my complete and utter adoration of this book and, most importantly, of Cameron McGregor? I’ll admit, I don’t really gravitate toward characters with big egos or that are loaded with assholery (I know that’s not a word but it fits Cam so I’m making it a word) but there’s just something about him! Maybe the image of him in a kilt, shirtless with washboard abs and a sexy brogue or….wait, what was I saying again? Oh. Right. Sorry. I just melted into a puddle just thinking of him. Swoon. The best way to describe Cameron is this magnetic creature that you can’t help but like, even when you find him so fucking annoying, you want to hit him.
“You were kicked out of Scotland because you’re so annoying, right? Everyone got together and agreed to throw you out for the greater good of the country?”
You know that moment when water hits hot oil and it pops and sizzles? That’s Cameron and Joellen. I can not tell you how many lines I highlighted in this book with the back and forth quips. I busted out laughing more than once and gained quite a few glances on my commute home. I didn’t care. These two are hilarious.
“I had a thought”
“Must’ve been a long and lonely journey,” I mutter.
Melt For You is an enemies to “damn you annoy me” to friends to lovers. Yes, I just made up my own trope. This book deserves it. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would do that, too. Just for all the giggles that it provided me.
Joellen is sort of an ugly duckling, her parents and sister these perfect people and poor Joellen is a frumpy, sonnet writing, cat owning woman who doesn’t seem to fit in with her family and hiding her unrequited love for her boss. That was a mouth full but a true description. She has this idea that maybe if she lost some weight, she can catch her boss’ eye. Enter Cameron with more ego and confidence than healthy but when you look like him, well, kind of hard not to have all that confidence. You could even say he’s cocky *wink*.
“I’m an expert at two things, lass.” He holds up two fingers for emphasis, as if perhaps I’m unable to count that high. “Rugby, and the art of seduction.”
A disbelieving laugh breaks out of me. “Did your parents ever ask you to run away from home?”
But as she starts spending more time with Cameron, she starts to see he is so much more than he first seems. Sweet, sexy, and way too tempting, he changes every misconception she’s had of him and even of herself.
“What?” says Cam to me, not looking up from the cat. “You thought I was all beauty and no brains, darlin’?”
I produce an unladylike snort. “More like all ego and no manners.”
He glances up at me from under his lashes and sends me a lazy smile. “So you’re not denyin’ you think I’m beautiful.”
My eye roll is extravagant. “You’re depriving some poor village of its idiot.
I loved this book so much, I can reread it again right now. I’ve never wanted a book not to end as much as this one. I want more of these two. I don’t care if it’s short story or in an email snippet, I just want more. After reading just one of J.T. Geissinger’s books, she became an automatic one click and every book a five star read. This book however, is a 5+ star for me, just absolutely above and beyond. Please write more Cameron!!!