Book Review: Melt For You by J.T. Geissinger

This was a different romance compared to the contemporary books I usually read, and in a good way because it surprised me and made me laugh. “Melt for you” tells the story of Joellen, a 36 year old woman with low self-esteem because she thinks she’s old and she isn’t fit. Her thoughts on herself will be questioned after she meets the Scottish baller Cameron, who came to New York to change air. He is not her type, but that will change as well as Joellen realizes that he is more than she thinks he is.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Year: 2018
Part of a series?: No
You can buy it HERE from Amazon.com

Blurb:

A wallflower gets seduction tips from a playboy athlete—until love changes the rules.

Socially awkward Joellen Bixby has a date every Saturday—with her cat, a pint of ice cream, and fantasies of the way-too-handsome Michael Maddox. She’d give anything to win over the unattainable CEO of her firm, but how can she when she blends in so well with her cubicle? The answer may be closer than she thinks.

Cameron McGregor is a cocky, tattooed Scottish rugby captain who just moved in next door. He’s not Jo’s type—at all—but the notorious playboy is offering to teach the wallflower everything he knows about inspiring desire. Though a lot of women have rumpled Cam’s kilt, Jo is special. Far from the ugly duckling she thinks she is, in Cam’s eyes she’s sharp, funny, and effortlessly sexy. Now, thanks to him, Jo is blooming with confidence and has the man of her dreams within reach.

Unfortunately for Cam, he’s just helped to push the woman of his dreams into the arms of another man—and now he’s in the fight of his life to keep this beauty from getting away.


This book was really funny from the first page until the end. Joellen is a witty woman but she’s also sassy, and the banter with Cam was exceptional and makes them even more realistic as characters. Their journey was slow paced (maybe this is why the series is called ‘slow burn’) and there is a slow character development that is given at the right time. These characters were original to me, and you could relate to them in many ways.

Everyone has been or has met a “Joellen” in her life. She is insecure of herself, always thinking she is not fit because she is not skinny or she is not beautiful because of this, or several other worries that most of us surely thought about during their lives. And this is wrong. This is the message the author wants us to receive: that it doesn’t matter if we’re not fit or we’re not something else, we are still valuable people and we deserve to be loved by other people, but above all, we should love ourselves first. We should forgive ourselves because nobody is perfect and it’s imperfections that make us unique.

In this book, Joellen had the luck to meet Cameron, who is a good-natured man that doesn’t try to judge others by their appearance or other stuff, since appearances can easily deceive. Joellen was deceived by Cam’s appearances as well when they met, but then Cam turned out to be a different person than who she made him out to be. From a silly proposition to give her a hand to make her boss Michael fall head over heels with her, Cam helped Joellen believe in herself and her many qualities and accept herself but also him with his baggage. The past of a person doesn’t define him/her. We must overlook the differences and ask ourselves if somebody is acting in a certain way because maybe that person is having an inner war with themselves we don’t know about. With this I’m not saying we should be nice to everybody to avoid that somebody suffers at our expense, but that we should be balanced. We can’t be too nice but we can’t be angry at everybody as well.

I will surely read J.T. Geissinger in the future since I loved the sense of humor of her characters. 🙂

RATING: 5/5 stars

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About purplebass

hey, you! Thank you for stopping by. I'm Tweety, and I am a girl who loves writing, reading, and watching stuff on TV and write reviews about it. I currently study languages (English and Spanish) @ University here where I live in Italy. I dream to become a teacher or something more impossible, like a writer. For the moment I only write stories on my laptop and review a lot of books. Speaking of which, I'm really into YA despite I am not a teenager anymore, and if you have suggestions, I am always open to hear your book advice! :D
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