This is an amazing book, a wonderful start to the Black Point series, and an emotional roller coaster of the highest degree that still manages to be vThis is an amazing book, a wonderful start to the Black Point series, and an emotional roller coaster of the highest degree that still manages to be very entertaining due to a great sense of humor. Even though I originally read it when it first came out, being able to read it again now that it's been rereleased was a total treat. Matt and Thomas are an amazing couple, and I had forgotten most of the turmoil they go through in this first volume of the series. The question whom we really love, the person or their physical appearance, is put under the spotlight in this book. It's a great rendition of the thoughts and feelings that might go through someone's head as they discover the person they thought they loved, but had met only over the Internet, is really someone very different. In Thomas and Matt's case, the fundamental question is one of gender identity. But in many cases, more so ever since the Internet has become a powerful communication tool, it could be other characteristics.
Matt is a male/male erotic writer who has two books published. He is successful, but still very new to it all, and starts talking to Rose, the top writer in their genre only to discover he is falling in love with her. He cannot understand it because he is gay, and has never had any feelings for a woman like the ones he is beginning to develop for Rose. He is freaked out, scared, and doesn’t know what to do about it.
Rose has feelings for Matt as well, but "she" is really a gay man, Thomas, writing under a pseudonym. Thomas isn’t feeling too good either. He has deceived the world, which he is less worried about, and Matt. That begins to bother him a lot, and even though he used a female pseudonym because his agent recommended it when he first started, he is increasingly unhappy about the situation.
It all comes to a head when they go to the same romance convention and the deception comes to light. The tension on both sides is high, and I was glued to the pages to find out how it all ends. If you like stories that take a deeper look at who we really are as people, beyond what we look like to others, if you enjoy reading books set in beautiful Hawaii, and if you're looking for a book that is as hot as it is beautifully romantic and emotional, then you will probably like this novella as much as I did. I cannot wait for the other volumes to be rereleased as well, so I can follow Thomas and Matt's remaining adventures all over again!
What a hilariously funny book! While the title sounds serious and the subject matter actually is as well, this is a comedy of the best quality! LovedWhat a hilariously funny book! While the title sounds serious and the subject matter actually is as well, this is a comedy of the best quality! Loved it!...more
This is a great story. It says in the blurb that 'it is a story of great passion, sizzling sex, and above all, a love story laced with the unexpected'This is a great story. It says in the blurb that 'it is a story of great passion, sizzling sex, and above all, a love story laced with the unexpected', and that is certainly true!
I loved the slight mystery around what was really going on. When the deeply closeted Brian was left to die by his police boss, no less!, I thought this couldn't possible end well. He ends up as a hostage to the very gay and very out gang leader, Ice himself. Nothing could have prepared Brian for the temptation he now faces, and when he finally does give in to the sexual attraction, the sex is, indeed sizzling.
That's when it gets really bad. Ice turns away from him as if nothing had happened, and I felt with Brian as he tries to manage his disappointment. Needless to say, he has to suffer more 'unexpected' obstacles before the story concludes.
I loved this second "Melting Ice" book as much as the first, if for different reasons. There is no mystery about what is going on in this book: ThomasI loved this second "Melting Ice" book as much as the first, if for different reasons. There is no mystery about what is going on in this book: Thomas, the FBI agent, has to keep Mario, the biker/mobster turned witness alive until the trial. Most of the tension comes from the characters in this story, and I think that DJ has succeeded in doing that really well.
Thomas struggles with his sexuality, as well as his need to succeed in a career against the backdrop of an ex-Army father who would disown Thomas if he found out that he was gay, and isn't too enthusiastic about his career choice either. Even though Thomas is in his mid-twenties, this reads a lot like a coming of age story, since Thomas has to learn to be his own person, and to admit his feelings for Mario. I really felt for him.
Mario has issues of his own, having been "a biker's pet" at age 14. His struggle to be seen as a man who wants a loving relationship was just as heartbreaking as Thomas's struggle for freedom from preconceived ideas. No wonder it takes them a long time to come to terms with who they are and what they want.
I loved the way this story showed how love can help to overcome seemingly insurmountable internal and external obstacles....more