Publication Date: December 20, 2016
Series: Steel Brothers Saga #4
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Book 4 in the Steel Brothers Saga. Must be read in order.
Jonah Steel is intelligent, rich, and hard-working. As the oldest of his siblings, he was charged by his father to protect them.
He failed in the worst way.
Dr. Melanie Carmichael has her own baggage. Although the renowned therapist was able to help Jonah’s brother, she is struggling with feelings of inadequacy. When the oldest Steel walks into her office seeking solace, she can’t turn her back.
As Melanie and Jonah attempt to work through their issues together, desperately trying to ignore the desire brewing between them, ghosts from both their pasts surface…and danger draws near.
For those who are new to the series, I recommend reading these books in order as they follow the same plotline. The first book – which must be read first – is Craving. Then you will move along to Obsession, Possession, and then this one Melt. There are two more books being released after this one and I absolutely cannot wait!!!! The first three books in the series follow Talon and Jade. Talon has suffered from horrific childhood abuse and captivity in the hands of 3 unknown men and has been reluctant to start any type of relationship with anyone. Even getting close to his family has been difficult as he holds inner resentment. Jade is the woman who seemingly set Talon free from the wounds, although they are still stuck in his heart because these men who have damaged him are still free. The fourth book of this series (which is this one) is in Talon’s brothers POV – his name is Jonah — . Some may think that you can read this one without the others but I am telling you this would be a mistake as the suspense and mystery of what happened to Talon 25 years ago, is still being uncovered in this one. So, make sure to read them in order otherwise it would be a waste of time and money.
With that being said, I truly loved this book (along with the whole series which has easily become one of my favorites of 2016). To sum them all up in a few words I would say they are dark, gritty, suspenseful, and captivating. Each and everyone one of them come highly recommended from me, but you should be warned now that they all end in cliffhangers! Luckily, 4 of the books thus far have been released so you won’t have to wait to read them. Now, while this book does follow a different couple, you still will get your taste of Talon as he does appear quite a bit in this book. He is after all, Jonah’s brother. There is also a bit of a forbidden romance mixed in as Jonah and Dr. Carmichael (Talon’s and Jonah’s therapist) get together. This of course, is not without it’s own set of drama because Jonah still feels guilt for his brothers abduction and Dr. Carmichael has her own demons to face…
Overall, this is the perfect book! It blends suspense, mystery, and romance perfectly! Even more, it depicts real life problems (even if they are horrific) allowing readers a glimpse into how imperfect this world truly is. Helen Hardt does a wonderful job with all of this because readers can empathize and connect with the characters on a very deep and emotional level. This is normally a hard feat, but Helen Hardt has done it with grace. So, should you read this book (pending that you have read all the previous books first)? YES!!!!! They are all gripping from start to finish and I expect many readers will devour them as I have. Grab your copy!!!
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