A Bit Slow, But Still Good
4 out of 5 stars
I picked Melt up based on the place that it took place as much as the story. I think that McCoy did a great job writing up what Greenland would be like and I really felt transported there. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the story and at parts, it was a bit slow and the characters weren’t always the easiest to like – but it did pick up and at one point I was able to put together the pieces as to why each character was doing what they were doing. It was, obviously, all leading to the climax of the book, but while I was in it, I did have some trouble with the “why”.
At one point I wanted other characters to end up together but as the story progressed and things came out about people/styles, etc – I realized why McCoy didn’t go that way. And, I’m a sucker for a good “long lost love” story (or a story of forgiveness depending on how you look at it. I’m also a fan of stories that allow one character to “thaw out” another’s heart – and I think that this had a bit of all of that (without spoiling too much).
Anastasia Watley absolutely crushes the narration. I have to be honest and admit that when I see her name on a title, I usually pick it up. I just know that I’m going to enjoy the performance and the storytelling ability that she has every time. Melt was no different – I thought she knocked it out of the park, especially the scenes where there was a little more going on (cavern scene for example).
Overall, as I said above, it’s a bit slow, especially earlier on. But I still really enjoyed it. I think that McCoy wrote women that were likable and ones that you wanted to see happy – which by itself is hard to do. Then she threw them into nearly impossible situations. It’s hard not to fall for them a little bit!
When photojournalist Kelly Sheffield is offered the chance to travel to Greenland for coverage of American science teams, she grabs it. Not only is it a dream assignment, it also means she’ll have a chance to reconnect with the compelling Jordan Westgate, the glaciologist studying the melting ice cap.
Jordan hasn’t forgotten Kelly, nor has she forgotten that she’d found it hard, all those years ago, to firmly reject the inappropriate overtures from a student. This Kelly – self-assured, successful, and even more attractive – is a threat to Jordan’s equilibrium, something she simply can’t allow.
Kelly finds the frozen landscape a match for Jordan’s chilly attitude. But Greenland is a surprising land of beauty and danger where even the iciest heart can melt.
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