10 April 2016

Melting Point by Kate Meader

Hey everyone,

As soon as Kate Meader introduced Gage and Brady in Flirting with Fire I was really hoping that would get their own book. The amount of chemistry they had in the first book made me so excited to start reading Melting Point!

The book:

Firefighter Gage Simpson has it all: the job of his dreams, the family of his heart, and no shortage of hot guys lining up to share his bed. “Fun and easy” is his motto—and it’s kept him sunny through a painful upbringing and steered him away from trouble. But when trouble comes knocking in the form of a sexy, scarred, tattooed chef with a harrowing past and zero communication skills, Gage can’t help but be drawn to the flame.

Brady Smith isn’t fun. And easy isn’t in his vocabulary. When cocky Gage swaggers into his restaurant kitchen, the former Marine-turned-five-star-chef is blindsided by the firefighter’s beauty. Then confused that this golden guy with the sparkling blue eyes and the body of a god might be interested in him. As desire flares and temperatures rise, Gage and Brady will have to figure out if the heat between them is just a temporary flash—or the beginning of something real.

My thoughts:

I have to admit I love damaged heroes. I love them for there complexity and the fact they can only expose their vulnerabilities to that one person. The one person they can trust never to hurt them again. Kate Meader did a fantastic job of making Brady one of those heroes. He’s a good guy whose been put through the wringer by life and has emotionally closed down.

I wanted smoke because it’s what remains. After the fire, after everything is destroyed, you’re left with smoke and ash. You’ve gotta make somethin’ out of it.

In contrast Gage is presented as a typical party guy. Someone who doesn’t take life seriously and his happy enjoying all the world has to offer. Yet when he meets Brady everything changes, something about the scarred wounded chef draws him in. The more Brady pulls away and tries to deny what is between them the more Gage won’t let go. Gage’s ability to love, and keep loving despite all the odds, makes him perfect for Brady. My favourite parts of Melting Point where the tender moments between Brady and Gage; the times Gage helped Brady to see past his physical imperfections.

“Trying’s good. Trying’s sexy,” Gage murmured against Brady’s ear. “Now try telling me what you need.”

That isn’t to say that Gage and Brady’s path of HEA was smooth sailing. Although Gage loves Brady he still has insecurities of his own. Brady’s constant need to pull-away does affect Gage’s self-esteem. Loving someone who can’t love themselves or imagine why anyone else would love them is hard. Kate Meader’s writing drew me into the emotion of these two characters. I thought the sub-plot she gave Gage added to his character and made multi-faceted. It added to the romance between Gage and Brady because it allowed the reader to see that Gage was more than just a party boy.

I’m cheerful because the alternative is to see obstacles everywhere and expect people will hurt you. I choose to live in full color. I choose to say hey there to the hotties, fuck off to the haters, tell lovers how I want it, and people how it shall be.

I would highly recommended Melting Point to romance readers who love damaged heroes, cocky firefighters and books with steamy hot love scenes. Also is novel can definitely be read as a standalone and doesn’t require readers to have read Flirting with Fire... Although I highly recommend you do because that is also an incredible book. Plus it’ll show you how Gage and Brady first meet and the wonderfulness of their first interactions.

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Happy reading and see you next time!