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Melting the Ice – The Renegades Series 10


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Talia never imagined that at almost forty years old, she’d be newly single again. Not to mention picking up a sexy young man at a Pittsburgh bar. What she thought was a one-night stand, turned into night after night of the best sex she’d ever had. Even the news that he was a teammate of her brother couldn’t extinguish the desire she had for Harrison. Somehow, he had made himself a permanent fixture in her bed and was slowly moving in on her heart. He fawned over her like no man ever had before, and she was loving the attention, but she wasn’t ready to give her heart away so easily. Not after what she just went through.
Harrison vowed off relationships. He was a self-proclaimed lifelong-bachelor. Talia was simply supposed to be a notch in his bedpost, a hook-up. But he was drawn to this woman with such an animal attraction. Typically, he never bedded the same woman twice, yet he couldn’t get enough of Talia.
At her age, she wasn’t looking for a new relationship. With Harrison, things quickly turned hot and heavy. She had her fun, and it was very fun, but now her divorce papers were finalized.
It was time to figure out what made her happy, put on her big-girl pants and start the next chapter of her life.
The only problem was, she knew exactly what made her happy – the one thing she shouldn’t want – Harrison.


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  • Melody Heck Gatto heats things up with MELTING THE ICE, the tenth book in the Renegades series. Newly single, Talia Kidd, picks up Harrison Dash in a Pittsburgh bar not realizing he was her brother’s teammate. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adults.I adored this story. Talia is a great heroine. She is the older sister of Renegades team captain, Tyler Kidd (Book #3). She is the responsible sibling who took care of the others. Harrison had a bad experience in a previous relationship that made him swear off marriage. He is known as a playboy that will never settle down. The two have amazing chemistry. They seem like an unlikely match but are perfect for each other. They both have been hurt by a previous relationship. They help each other heal and grow to become better people.Melody Heck Gatto did an amazing job with this story. MELTING THE ICE has become one of my favorite books in the Renegades series. It is skillfully- written. It had entertaining twists. There were relevant obstacles. The story was believable and heartfelt. Fans of the Renegades series will not be disappointed. I recommend this book to lovers of sports romances. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.”
  • Harrison is a star hockey player with the Renegades & a confirmed bachelor. He only wants a good time from the puck bunnies & then to be left alone to train & have no worries about answering to anyone.Talia is the teams captains sister. She is trying to manage her new divorce by moving to Pittsburgh to be closer to her family but on the first night there she decided to get a drink at a local bar. After meeting the sexyest young man ever she takes him back to her room for a one night hook up.That one night stand turns out to be the sexy Harrison who is in his 20’s while she has just turned 40. Is the age going to be a problem or will her brother be the breaking point.

    This was a fabulous, fast paced read that kept you intrigued til the end. It keeps you up to date with the rest of the team players & their families. Once you start you won’t be able to put it down til the end & that will even leave you wanting more!”

  • This series gets better with every book the author writes. She is so knowledgeable about her subject matter that it really comes through in her writing.
    Harrison is one of the few bachelors left on the Pittsburgh hockey team. And to hear him tell it, he has no plans to settle down.
    Talia is older and wiser, looking for a fresh start closer to her family who happen to live in Pittsburgh.
    These two meet up one night and suddenly the things they thought they wanted aren’t as clear as before.
    If you haven’t read this series by this author you should start. They aren’t to be missed.

Renegades 10 – Melting the Ice

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March 25, 2019


Author Melody Heck Gatto

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I was born and raised in the Steel City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates. We are famous for Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Pierogis, saying “yinz”, and sandwiches with coleslaw and French fries on them (just to name a few). I live with my husband, teen son and fur babies.
We are huge hockey fans and adore our home team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. During the hockey season, our lives revolve around the game schedule.

I love hockey and I love romance novels, I didn’t even know there was a whole genre of books out there when I started writing my first novel. I love making the game part of the overall story (I love the whole experience of being at an NHL game, the noise, the food, the sound of the skates on the ice.) So expect the game to be part of my books. I spend time during the season at Penguins practices watching how they interact, talk, and work on the ice, to make my scenes as real to life as possible. My hope is even if you’ve never set foot into a hockey rink, you will feel as if you had while reading my books.

My characters aren’t always rough and gruff, because not all hockey players are goons. I’ve had the chance to meet a few and they are awesome and down to Earth guys. So, I like to show a gentle and caring side along with the rough and tough.

I am a Hallmark movie junkie. I adore the Christmas movies and all the cutesy (and sometimes cliché) romance, and I love to get swept away in it all. I also will binge watch my favorite tv shows BONES, FRIENDS, LAST MAN STANDING, SUPERNATURAL, and CHICAGO PD.