Author: Cassandra Carr
Publisher: Fated Desires
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Seth Mason’s life as a macaroni and cheese food truck owner in Austin, Texas, is pretty good, except for one thing: he’d like to find a man to share that life with. As part of an organization Seth founded, he donates leftovers to the local homeless shelter, and meets Ben, a new employee. He’s a preppy guy, and very much not Seth’s usual type, but the attraction is strong and not going away.
Ben’s just moved to Austin from Connecticut to take a job as a case manager at the Austin City Mission, the first time he’s left home and family. But only a short time after he starts work, he meets a man who, though he looks like an extra in a surfing movie, intrigues him. He’s hardly seen what life in Austin has to offer, and yet finds he wants to discover that with Seth’s help.
The passion burns hot between them–hotter even than Austin in the dog days of summer, and neither man can deny it. As they grow closer, both must decide if they have the necessary ingredients for lasting love, or if the relationship will go up in smoke.
There comes a time in every reviewer’s life that you read a book that has no issues, yet nothing about it grabs you. There is nothing magical about the story what-so-ever. It is practically special in its blandness. Sadly, I have recently encountered more than one book that fits into this auspicious group.
The latest title in this vain is Melting into You by Cassandra Carr. It is sweet, but it is boring. There is nothing about this story that set it apart from its peers. There was nothing that made me need the next story in the series (which I suspect will be M/F, but I digress).
Seth and Ben are everymen. They live everyday lives and have everyday troubles. There are no horrors in their pasts. There is nothing keeping them apart. They get together. They date. They declare that they are falling for each other, and they discuss taking things to the next level. Everyone they meet is supportive of their desire to be together.
There is a moment of fear during the climactic fire, but it is resolved so quickly you don’t even have time to realize you are supposed to be concerned. There is nothing tying you to them or their relationship.
Great in real life… not so much in fiction.
There are a few times in the story that I thought there might be some backstory coming out to give us some tension, but it was quickly brushed aside. In the end, there wasn’t enough character growth or plot to engage me on any level.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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