Title: Melt Into You
Author: Lisa Plumley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 1420122118 (Zebra/Kensington)
ISBN-13: 978-1420122114 (Zebra/Kensington)
Reviewed by: Kiwi
A sexy chocolatier and his under-appreciated assistant discover you can’t have too much of a good thing in USA Today bestselling author Lisa Plumley’s delectable new novel…
After ten years of saving her boss’s (admittedly gorgeous) butt, stifling her crush, and being endlessly inconvenienced, administrative assistant Natasha Jennings has had enough. True, chocolatier Damon Torrance is every bit as irresistible as the confections created by Torrance Chocolates. The man is sex on a stick dipped in 70% Tanzanian Cacao. But for the sake of her career, her sanity, and possibly her heart, Natasha has to go.
Money, success, women…everything comes easily to Damon. Until Natasha hands in her notice. He needs to get her, and his mojo, back—fast. But from the moment Damon rings Natasha’s doorbell and steps into her personal life, he starts feeling things he never has before. For once, the notorious playboy wants to be good. Which makes it extra inconvenient that Natasha is suddenly tempted to try being a little wicked. And the results may be sweeter than either ever anticipated…
Quick & Dirty: A book of tasty treats.
Opening Sentence: Damon Torrence believed in a lot of things.
Melt Into You is a bittersweet, pun absolutely unavoidable, tale of love, not unlike the traditional storyline of an addict and the woman who has loved him and always will love him, secretly anyway. And by addict I don’t mean the drugaholic type, I mean addicted to the high life – the fast money, faster cars and even faster women. And, as an added bonus, complete obliviousness to those he is supposedly closest to. Come. On. Seriously, how can you spend every working moment, and even non-working ones with the same person and know next to nothing about them. This man’s very-personal-personal-assistant was hired just after her honeymoon, but by the end of the book she had not only gotten a divorce, but she also has an eight-year-old son.
Damon Torrance, or “Demon Damon” as one of the characters in the book likes to call him, is heir to the throne of a chocolate making empire. Though to give credit where credit is due, he did help that itty bitty shop expand into the vast kingdom it is today with smarts and web skills. And of course, his handsome visage didn’t hurt either. But this good ol’ boy’s luck takes a nasty turn for the bad and he is asked to take a break from the job. The events following his worst day ever are truly tragic, and for that you kind of want to feel sad for him. But, I don’t know if that’s truly what finally made me actually like him. I’m not really sure I did through most of it, not until towards the end of the book, where they finally start to find their happily-ever-after. Not that he needs to be liked for the story to be good, just sayin’.
Now, Natasha Jennings is likeable from page 1. Well, actually somewhere around page 5 (I read the ARC copy) when she first runs into Damon as he is preparing to “hump like a bunny” with a reporter…right on his desk…in his office…that he shares with his father. It is then that she feels that initial spark that leads her to fall for the man who will be her boss. This bit of spark lends itself to many a sleepless night, and possibly the eventual end of her marriage. So, when this bad boy asks for one too many favors, one too many times, she calls it quits. And miraculously, she finds herself smack dab in the middle of the best streak of good luck she has ever known. She wins at slots, her car starts running better, and magic lawn fairies have even tidied up her lawn. Truly amazing.
But there is still one thing weighing heavy on her heart, Damon, and her love for him. So when he shows up on her doorstep, homeless and injured, she feels she can do no less than help him. And in the process, maybe help herself…to a large helping of Damon that is. And who wouldn’t after finding out that this bad boy has turned good. Because, from the sounds of things, this guy is H. O. T.
This is my first Lisa Plumley novel, but I have added the rest of her books to my personal TBR list. For me, this was a nice break from the abnormal, or paranormal anyway, and I think that every gal needs a little love story like this one, every once in a while.
“If you were me,” he called to Jason cheerfully as he stepped out and grabbed a towel to wrap around himself, “you’d buy yourself a new Porsche, fill every room of your house with gold-plated calculators, then get personal with every pretty girl in sight.”
“Nope.” Jason rounded the corner. Upon seeing that the steam-filled bathroom wasn’t featuring a full-on shower-time peep show, he leaned in the doorway. He crossed his arms. “If I were you,” he argued, “I’d take another look at Natasha. Then I’d beg her to forgive me for being such an ass, and I’d try my damndest to make things right somehow.” He gave Damon a meaningful grin. “Then I’d buy myself a new Porsche.”
“You now, you probably could afford a Porsche right now. It’s not as though we’re skinflints at Torrance Chocolates.”
“I know. But our portfolio took a hit in the economic downturn, and Amy’s concerned about retirement. So—“
“Retirement?” Damon wiped condensation off the colossal, gilded-edged mirror. His reflection stared back, bleary-eyed and bleak. Damn. He really needed some sleep. “You’re thirty-six.”
“It’s never too soon to plan. Compound interest being what it is, the bulk of the dividends won’t be fully realized until—“
Damon groaned. “Cut the financial talk, Egghead.” He made a time-out T with his hands. “You’re making me reconsider my stance on coffee.”
“Good. You should reconsider your stance on a lot of things.”
Hell. “Who are you, Jiminy Cricket?” In the mirror, Damon met his friend’s gaze. “Did I drunk-dial you and ask for a lecture? Is annoying, know-it-all ass-hattery on sale today?”
FTC Advisory: Kensington/Zebra provided me with a copy of Melt Into You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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