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PRAISE FOR JACI BURTON’S PLAY-BY-PLAY NOVELS

THROWN BY A CURVE

“The behind-the-scenes inside look at sports and the men who make up the teams is inventive and unique in this series. Garrett is a flesh-and-blood man, not an icon, and Alicia is a strong, confident professional in her own right.”


Heroes and Heartbreakers

“I think the Play-by-Play series is one of the strongest sports romance series available.”


Dear Author

“As usual, Jaci Burton delivers flawed but endearing characters, a strong romance, and an engaging plot all wrapped up in one sexy package.”


Romance Novel News

PLAYING TO WIN

“Burton knocks it out of the park . . . With snappy back-and-forth dialogue as well as hot, sweaty, and utterly engaging bedroom play, readers will not be able to race through this book fast enough!”


RT Book Reviews
(4 ½ stars)

“Has all the characteristics that have put this series high on my must-read list—strong and independent women, emotional depth, personal transformation, and let’s not forget smoking hot athletes with rock-hard abs (this is definitely one time you can judge a book by its cover!).”


Fresh Fiction

“An engaging tale . . . Readers will enjoy this heated football romance as the two-minute drill begins.”


Midwest Book Review

TAKING A SHOT

“[Jaci Burton] delivers the passionate, inventive, sexually explicit love scenes that fans expect . . . However,
Taking a Shot
isn’t just about hot sex. Burton offers plenty of emotion and conflict in a memorable, relationship-driven story.”


USA Today

“Ms. Burton has a way of writing intense scenes that are both sensual and raw . . . Plenty of romance, sexy men, hot steamy loving, and humor.”


Smexy Books

“For this third Play-by-Play entry, there’s no shortage of volatile, steamy sex, but the story development is the key to this thoughtful tale.”


RT Reviews

CHANGING THE GAME

“This book is wonderful from beginning to end, even for those who are not baseball fans.”


RT Reviews


Changing the Game
is an extraordinary novel—a definite home run!”


Joyfully Reviewed

“A strong plot, complex characters, sexy athletes, and nonstop passion make this book a must read.”


Fresh Fiction

THE PERFECT PLAY

“The characters are incredible. They are human and complex and real and perfect.”


Night Owl Reviews

“Holy smokes! I am pretty sure I saw steam rising from every page.”


Fresh Fiction

“A beautiful romance that is smooth as silk . . . One hell of a good time, a romance to remember [that] leaves us begging for more.”


Joyfully Reviewed

“Hot, hot, hot! . . . Romance at its best! Highly recommended! Very steamy.”


Coffee Table Reviews

“The romance sparkles as the sex sizzles.”


RT Reviews

FURTHER PRAISE FOR THE WORK OF

JACI BURTON

“Realistic dialogue, spicy bedroom scenes, and a spitfire heroine make this one to pick up and savor.”


Publishers Weekly

“Jaci Burton delivers.”

—Cherry Adair,
New York Times
bestselling author

“Lively and funny . . . intense and loving.”


The Road to Romance

“An invitation to every woman’s wildest fantasies.”


Romance Junkies

“As always, Jaci Burton delivers a hot read.”


Fresh Fiction

“Burton is a master at sexual tension!”


RT Reviews

Titles by Jaci Burton

Wild Rider Series

RIDING WILD

RIDING TEMPTATION

RIDING ON INSTINCT

RIDING THE NIGHT

WILD, WICKED, & WANTON

BOUND, BRANDED, & BRAZEN

Play-by-Play Novels

THE PERFECT PLAY

CHANGING THE GAME

TAKING A SHOT

PLAYING TO WIN

THROWN BY A CURVE

ONE SWEET RIDE

MELTING THE ICE

Hope Novels

HOPE FLAMES

Anthologies

UNLACED

(with Jasmine Haynes, Joey W. Hill, and Denise Rossetti)

EXCLUSIVE

(with Eden Bradley and Lisa Renee Jones)

LACED WITH DESIRE

(with Jasmine Haynes, Joey W. Hill, and Denise Rossetti)

NAUTI AND WILD

(with Lora Leigh)

NAUTIER AND WILDER

(with Lora Leigh)

Specials

THE TIES THAT BIND

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

WILD NIGHTS

HOLIDAY GAMES

THE BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUP

Published by the Penguin Group

Penguin Group (USA) LLC

375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014

USA • Canada • UK • Ireland • Australia • New Zealand • India • South Africa • China

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A Penguin Random House Company

This book is an original publication of The Berkley Publishing Group.

Copyright © 2014 by Jaci Burton.

Excerpt from
Straddling the Line
by Jaci Burton copyright © 2014 by Jaci Burton.

Excerpt from
Hope Ignites
by Jaci Burton copyright © 2014 by Jaci Burton.

Penguin supports copyright. Copyright fuels creativity, encourages diverse voices, promotes free speech, and creates a vibrant culture. Thank you for buying an authorized edition of this book and for complying with copyright laws by not reproducing, scanning, or distributing any part of it in any form without permission. You are supporting writers and allowing Penguin to continue to publish books for every reader.

Berkley Sensation Books are published by The Berkley Publishing Group.
BERKLEY SENSATION® is a registered trademark of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

The “B” design is a trademark of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

eBook ISBN 978-1-101-59570-1

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Burton, Jaci.

Melting the ice / Jaci Burton.—Berkley Sensation trade paperback edition.

pages cm

ISBN 978-0-425-26298-6

1. Women fashion designers—Fiction. 2. Male models—Fiction. 3. Man-woman relationships—Fiction I. Title.

PS3602.U776M48 2014

813'.6—dc23 201304221

PUBLISHING HISTORY

Berkley Sensation trade paperback edition / February 2014

Cover photo by Claudio Marinesco.

Cover design by Rita Frangie.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.

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CONTENTS
Praise for Jaci Burton's Play-by-Play Novels
Titles by Jaci Burton
Title Page
Copyright
Dedication
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
SEVEN
EIGHT
NINE
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
FIFTEEN
SIXTEEN
SEVENTEEN
EIGHTEEN
NINETEEN
TWENTY
TWENTY-ONE
TWENTY-TWO
TWENTY-THREE
TWENTY-FOUR
TWENTY-FIVE
TWENTY-SIX
TWENTY-SEVEN
TWENTY-EIGHT
TWENTY-NINE
Dear Reader Letter
Excerpt from
STRADDLING THE LINE
Excerpt from
HOPE IGNITES
For those who have found love in the strangest places, in people who are polar opposites in terms of profession and interests, and believe that happily ever after comes from finding common ground.
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