Melting into You (Due South #2)
by Tracey Alvarez
Summary from Goodreads:
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 into You is the second book in the Due South series. It is the story of Ben and Kezia. For most of the first book I didn’t even like Ben, but in this book he totally “melted” my heart -pun intended! I loved that he got a chance to redeem himself.
Kezia is the devoted single mother who is used to putting her daughter’s needs before her own. She fights her attraction to Ben for the sake of her daughter. Kezia as well as her little girl have been through a lot and she will do anything to protect her. They are both really sweet and charismatic and it’s impossible not to like them.
Ben on the other hand is the complete opposite. However, his life changes when an old fling shows up and he learns he is a father. It’s so great to see the effect that the girls have on him and how they change him. It’s such a heartwarming story when the tough, ill-tempered guy falls in love with a woman and two little girls.
The book was like a mix between a Disney movie and a Spanish soap opera, and I loved every minute of it! It was hot and steamy but at times also deep and profound. Ben and Kezia kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and now I just can’t wait for the next book to come out.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
5 out of 5 stars