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As the Ice Melts (Love for the Seasons Book 2) by [Jones, RJ]
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As hearts begin to thaw, a betrayal of trust threatens to put out the flames.

When Marcus McDonald receives a formal warning from his employer, he knows it’s time to tuck tail and head home to Manchester. His medical condition forces him to keep people at arm’s length, and it wouldn’t be the first time his temperament has landed him in trouble.

All Adam Radney wants is some time to paint, but his father’s death, leaving Adam and his mum up to their ears in debt, means taking on two jobs. Working at the family’s run-down Manchester fish and chip shop, Adam is confronted by a new, surly face in town and instantly dislikes the icy newcomer. So what if he pushes all of Adam’s hot buttons?

When the ice melts and things heat up between Marcus and Adam, Adam thinks all his dreams have come true. With Marcus’s help, new customers arrive and the chip shop starts to flourish, easing Adam’s mind. But when Adam puts all his trust in Marcus on the busiest night the shop has seen in years, thing go awry and it leaves Adam with more questions than answers.

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  • Publisher: Vivid Blue Press (1 April 2016)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Two-For-One 5 July 2016
By Bo - Published on
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Sorry if this annoys you but I can't write a separate review for each book--you simply have to read the first one because it's so terrific, and then you must read the second because of the MC who was so apparently creepy and crummy in the first.

Aiden (foreground on the cover) and Noah bump into each other coming off the subway in London, strike each other as hot, and go their separate ways. Not quite. Read the blurb of "As the Leaves Fall" for the outline. What is key here is that Jones carries off a difficult narrative task by alternating the POV in each chapter. The amazing thing is that she gets into the head (and under the skins) of these exceptionally brilliant but love-sick men and takes you on a wonderfully relaxing journey to fulfillment.

Along the way their developing relationship is stalked and almost battered by Marcus, a devious sort of colleague who seems a bit off center each time he appears, and is definitely not one to be trusted, or liked.

How ironic, then, that he should become one of the two MCs, along with Adam, in "As the Ice Melts," the second in the series, also told in alternating POV chapters. He's the blond in the foreground on the cover and his story is far more complex, and gripping, and heart wrenching, than that of Aiden and Noah. Whereas those two are pretty much on their own in their book, Marcus is surrounded by a cluster of real, and well developed, characters, such as his Gran, Adam and is mum, and his best mates Colin and Jerry.

This book should not be considered a stand-alone, even if Aiden and Noah don't appear. You have to read theirs to get into the mood for Marcus and Adam which is a wonderful continuation of an attitude by an author who is pretty good at developing them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In this, the author totally redeems the 'baddie' from AS THE LEAVES FALL. Sweet, a tiny bit sour and totally YES! 1 April 2016
By Roroblu'sMum - Published on
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This book can be read as a standalone, but it's best if you read the connected book, AS THE LEAVES FALL, as Marcus, one of the leads in this book, is the 'baddie' in the former. He's pretty prominent there, and the author was skilled enough to make me dislike him, but not hate him, and totally blindside me to the possibility of him having a tale of his own. And, the way she's gone about explaining him and what makes him, what he's endured in his life, made me feel for him, like him and cheer for him.

It's another very real-feeling book, once again set in the UK, though this time in Manchester. It's an 'ordinary' tale, but not a boring or mundane one, just one that could actually be happening under your eyes, with guys who were decent, who felt properly gay (by that, I mean that they didn't have to label themselves, there was no discussion about who does who, there was no playing coy or hard to get, and it wasn't romance-y in a teeth-grindingly sweet way, just in the right, 'yeah, I can see that happening' way) and who felt real.

I liked both leads, that there was a proper storyline to bring them together, and that each had their own moral values and decency, and that both were unselfish and had a lot of love for those they cared about. I think for me, this book was about love. Love between the leads, the love Marcus and his friends had for each other, Marcus's love for his gran and hers for him, and Adam's love for his mum. It left me with a warm feeling that was like a lovely cup of tea on a cold, sunny winter's day. I really enjoyed it, and, I *think* that the author may have one more book in this series up her sleeve. She's mentioned something, but currently there's no information on her website, so perhaps we'll be in for a little wait for it, but I know it'll be worth it - there's not a book of hers that I've read that I've not enjoyed.

ARC courtesy of the author and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for my reading pleasure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, full of love, and a delightful HEA 20 April 2016
By Becky C - Published on
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As the Ice Melts is a lovely sequel to the first book in the Love For the Seasons series. As the Leaves Fall gave us Aiden and Noah, who reappear briefly in the second book. Now it’s time for Adam and Marcus’ story.
Adam and his mother run the little fish and chips shop that was left to them when Adam’s father died. Unfortunately, they discover that his father also left them with the crushing debts of a gambling addict. Adam has worked hard to pay off those debts while keeping the shop running. His mother does the cooking and Adam is the manager/server/part-time cook. He has a second job as the bartender at a club and slowly but surely he has been able to pay down some of the debts and keep current with the mortgage on the shop and building.
Marcus had a good job as a designer at a large firm in London but when business began to fall off Marcus was let go. He moved back home with his Gran, who loves him so much. Gran is a regular customer of Adam’s fish and chips shop and one day sends Marcus to pick up her order. At this point the deep and humiliating secret that Marcus carries around is revealed. Marcus has epilepsy, but that ‘s not what embarrasses him. He also has a disorder that makes him unable to recognize numbers or do simple math. He’s generally able to hide his condition but his best friend Colin knows that Marcus has been taken advantage of so many times and had so much money stolen from him it’s a tragedy.
Marcus is dismayed at the shabby condition of the shop and arranges to redesign it to bring in more customers. By now Marcus and Adam are beginning to have deep feelings for each other. When hoards of new customers swamp the shop, Adam, not knowing about Marcus’ condition, assigns Marcus to man the cash register, which begins the slide to disaster for both men.
This is a wonderfully sweet story about two men falling in love, what it means to have a best friend, the love of family, and an exploration into the problems of keeping secrets from the very people who are in a position to help. There is a delightful HEA but getting there is a road through the rocky terrain of heartbreak, secrets kept, and secrets revealed. I loved this book and recommend it highly. It can be read as a stand alone story but I also recommend picking up the first book just because it is so much fun to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 5-star read! 1 April 2016
By Carra at Making it Happen blog - Published on
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Okay, after thinking Marcus was a real ass in the first book of this series, I feel really bad now. I LOVE Marcus. After reading As the Ice Melts, I just wanted to wrap him up in a big hug and not let go.

While reading the first in the series wouldn't keep you from enjoying this story, I do highly recommend reading As the Leaves Fall first, I think it will really enhance your enjoyment of this book...especially if you felt about Marcus how I did before I started As the Ice Melts. Here in the second book, we still have the great writing that lets the story flow smoothly and gets you wrapped up in the characters. We also get to see the reasons behind the attitude Marcus puts out.

When Marcus and Adam first meet, you would never imagine the two of them together. But we all know better, and every time after things keep warming up between them...even if their first time together is a bit unconventional and seems just like a hookup. But as time goes on and we get to see them together more and more, it's hard to imagine them not being together.

I want to give props for the supporting characters of Colin and Jerry. It made me smile the way they kept wanting to pull in a third (or even fourth) into their intimate encounters, and the support they show for Marcus is simply outstanding. Marcus couldn't ask for two better friends.

But Marcus still has that bit of personal medical history that he hasn't shared, his secret from Adam...which causes him a bit of anxiety, and you know how secrets turn out, right? So when things come to a head and everything hits the fan, my head was going crazy not just with their relationship hanging in the balance, but also worrying about Marcus. The same Marcus that I just wanted to smack upside the head in the first book.

As the Ice Melts was a fantastic 5-star read for me, and for those fans of M/M romance who haven't started the series yet, I'm going to poke you now to go use that one-click finger, because I promise you'll be really happy you did. Recommended for 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content. I can't wait to read more in this series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of never judge a book by a cover, never know what demons lurk 1 April 2016
By Jaime - Published on
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If you read the first book of the series then like me you probably wanted to kick Marcus in the balls for the way he treated Noah and Aiden.
This book broke my heart to learn more about Marcus.

Marcus has problems that not many people know except for her gram and best friend.
He starts a new adventure.

Adam is a man trying to take care of his family.
When his dad died, he left a lot of debt.
Adam runs a diner with his mom and bartends trying to make ends meet.

Adam and Marcus meet and it's not the most pleasant meetings.
There is definitely a connection and chemistry.
They are a hot couple together but Marcus still won't confide in Adam until it's too late.

This is a great series and I loved every word of it.

I received this book for an honest review.
Reviewed by Jaime for Mommy's Naughty Playground