Melting Snow by Leora Gonzales (Braving the Heat #1)
Released: November 21, 2017
Reviewed by Mandi
When I agreed to review this one, I didn’t realize it was only fifty pages. On top of that, it ends at the 80% mark on the kindle. So we are talking short. But that wasn’t the most frustrating thing in this book – I disliked the hero sooooo much.
Winter Snow is our heroine, in her mid twenties and struggling financially to make it through college. She works as a mall janitor at night, for extra money. While cleaning one night, our hero, William, a firefighter, arrives at the mall to do some set-up for a santa fundraiser taking place in a few days. When he eyes Winter, or rather her butt, he is instantly in love:
Will kept his gaze trained on the female ass that was quickly bobbing up and down in front of him. She was so focused on scrubbing a particular table she was putting a lot of effort into the movement, causing her lush ass to jiggle enticingly. Admiring her figure, Will licked his lips. She was built as a real woman should be.
Okay, okay – so he likes the way she looks. That’s fine, even though I was off-put by his thoughts. But when he starts to talk with her, it gets worse. He immediately becomes possessive – and it’s creepy. When Winter starts to talk to another man in their group, Will takes Winter’s hand so no one else will hit on her. He has known her for about 45 seconds at this point.
Her distraction came from the fact that Will had threaded his fingers in a loose grip through her free hand. Unsure if his action was intentional, Winter stayed completely still.
Winter stayed completely still. It’s not really sexy when the heroine feels threatened.
“What the fuck was that all about?” Winter asked, her embarrassment making her curse.
“Wow, the f-bomb already. We haven’t even had our first date yet,” Will teased.
She made a face at him and crossed her arms.
“I’m kidding. Don’t be mad. I was going to ask you out tonight when I took you home but I saw the way Ricky was looking at you and kind of lost my mind a little.”
And then he drags her off and kisses her. Gross. It’s not respectful at all.
And then just to top off my dislike for Will, when she asks him if he would be upset if she wore something revealing, like his sexy santa suit he is wearing for the fundraiser, he responds:
“I admit I wouldn’t be too happy if you wore something too revealing…What can I say? I’m already possessive when it comes to you. That’s what made me stake my claim so quickly last night. I could tell Rick was going to hit on you if I didn’t make it known you were mine.”
HI. You met her THIS SAME DAY. SHE IS NOT YOURS.