Saturday, November 7, 2015

review || MELTING INTO YOU by Laura Trentham

St. Martin's Paperbacks | November 3, 2015 | Contemporary Romance
Falcon Football, book 3


Alec Grayson returns home to Falcon, Alabama, to rebuild his life after a knee injury ended his NFL career. As the Falcon high school quarterback coach, Alec's love for the game is reignited. Meanwhile, he puts his hard-partying past and the betrayal of the people he trusted most behind him, and adopts a hard demeanor. That is, until a spitfire artist with soulful eyes and a body that haunts his dreams gets under his skin and threatens to crack his armor.

Lilliana Hancock is forced to leave her struggling-artist lifestyle in New York and return to Falcon after her father's unexpected death leaves her a decrepit family mansion. Determined to use her skills to turn the home into a successful bed and breakfast, Lilliana is stopped at every turn by the town contractor, who happens to be Alec, the gorgeous and arrogant jock to whom she lost her virginity in college. Except Alec doesn't remember, which infuriates her. Too bad she can't forget the way his body felt against hers or how his heated gaze follows her...

Will they be able to put their pasts behind them for a future together?

{ about laura trentham } .

"I was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Tennessee. Although, I loved English and reading in high school, I was convinced an English degree equated to starvation! So, I chose the next most logical major - Chemical Engineering- and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. Now I live in South Carolina with my husband and two children. In between school and homework and soccer practices, I love to get lost in another world, whether its Regency England or small town Alabama."

{ review } .

While not my favorite FALCON FOOTBALL story, it was still a cute one, and a nice way to close out this group of friends. In MELTING INTO YOU, we have the last coach in this trio of men, Alec Grayson. As with the men before, we learn of Alec's past and his, too, wasn't all peaches and rainbows. A career ending injury took him off the NFL field and into Falcon as the quarterback coach. But, like with the previous book, Alec finds himself a pet cause in senior Hunter.

I loved the history between Alec and Lilliana. There's was a one night stand that Lilliana has been holding on to and when she re-meets him, high mind you, she's a bit hurt that he doesn't recognize her. Beyond that, she's a bit embarrassed by the fact that she's still attracted to him, that she scopes him out at the football field when sitting with her girlfriends (who have legit reasons for being there, of course).

I most loved Lilliana when she was slightly inebriated. Her thoughts, her actions... they helped show what a suppressed woman she typically was, and finding a person who allowed her to open up and truly be herself, be comfortable with herself, was enjoyable.

Alec is guarded, as was certainly his right. He'd been burned by those closest to him, so while I enjoyed watching him bring out the sassy, spunky Lilliana, I truly enjoyed watching Lilliana bring out all that Alec was.

Laura Trentham certainly brought forth a cute group of people; her ability to write this small town and these three groupings of people was done so incredibly well. I do hope she brings more forth to the contemporary genre (the 'KISS' trilogy I see on Goodreads???)

{ previous reviews in series } .


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing, Mignon! Yes, more small-town contemporary coming your way next summer with the "Kiss" books (Cottonbloom Novels) with back to back to back releases! Very excited for this series:)