Hunter Wilson is a Civil Engineer who travels the globe rebuilding after natural disasters. But it’s Christmas and so he’s hiding from Family, bad memories and the holiday itself on a construction job in Antarctica.

Emma Reed grew up alone in an unforgiving foster care system. She’s never accomplished any great feat, never been to college, heck she didn’t even graduate high school. But she’s an incredible – self-taught – painter who’s won the commission of a mural in a new building down on the ice.

Emma was burned once before with a vacation romance, and so while she and Hunter might have started out flirting shamelessly she has no intention of acting on it. This is the biggest opportunity of her lifetime and she is not about to mess it up with distractions, no matter how tempted she is.

Hunter may be a flirt, but he has no intention of acting on the chemistry between Emma and himself. He’s not down there for romance, he’s there to work. But he’s also there to play, and he plans on teaching Emma how, despite herself. And if the other women leave him alone because they think the two are an item? All the better.

The buildup is slow, the flirting is fresh and full of double entendre at every turn. And while Emma fights it almost every step of the way, they become friends long before they eventually become lovers. Both characters were multi-dimensional, both dealing with past hurts and betrayals. Both taking the opportunity to learn there are no fairytales, sometimes you have to work for something you truly want.

This was an enjoyable read and a great look into life on the bases of Antarctica.

Book Blurb for Melt

When two frozen hearts collide.

Emma Reed closed her heart to love years ago after a lifetime spent getting kicked around foster homes and bad relationships. Now she's on a mission to prove she deserves her recent award to paint a mural for a research base in Antarctica. Nothing and no one is going to get in her way.

After months working in recovery zones around the world, Hunter Wilson planned to escape everything this holiday season by rebuilding a lab at the Kiwi Research Base. Alone. No to family, no to fun. It's isolation not intimacy he's aching for. But when he sees the determined artist, that ache becomes an urge - after all, shouldn't someone show her what two people can do with twenty-four hours of brilliant sunlight?

In the coldest place on earth, even the most frozen hearts can melt.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2012 4.00