I’ve been a fan of Dugan’s books since 2019 with Hot Dog Girl. So when I saw Melt With You which has an ice cream truck, I was obsessed. With characteristic flawed and endearing characters, Melt With You is another summer queer romcom hit. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Fallon and Chloe used to be best friends, but last summer they hooked up right before Chloe left for college, and after a series of misunderstandings they are now not speaking to one another. A year later, Chloe’s back home from school, and Fallon is doing everything in her power to avoid her–which is especially difficult because their moms own a business together, a gourmet ice cream truck where both girls work.
When their moms have the opportunity to make a presentation to some venture capitalists in Texas–something that could seriously expand their business and solve all their money problems to boot–it’s up to Fallon to work a series of food truck festivals across the country. But she can’t do it alone, and Chloe is the only one available to help. As tensions heat up again between the two, will Fallon be able to keep her cool?
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Melt With You revolves around miscommunication with a capital C. It’s about those situations we read one way, but may be something completely different. Something that normally is fixed with communication and transparency. But we’re only human and communication is not our strong suit! When we’re hurt and vulnerable, communication can feel like exposing ourselves to even more pain. And Melt With You perfectly captures this.
So this story becomes about whether lightning can strike twice. If we can find a way to bridge the gap of distance and time. To find the bravery to confront our mistakes, pain, and – what might be the most difficult – our love. I loved that Melt With You was not dual POV because with this miscommunications, it’s so important to sink into the why. Into these pockets of hurt that we retreat into when we find it impossible to see someone else’s side.
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Reading Melt With You, I was completely sucked into this world and these characters. They tugged at my heart and is the perfect summer queer romance mood! It’s about being honest with ourselves. About finding someone who challenges us to meet in the middle, to find a balance, and be honest. To push past our fears and be vulnerable, to acknowledge what we don’t want to see. If you’re a fan of Dugan’s other books and characters, this is a must read. And if you love the idea of a possible second chance romance queer summer romance, this is for you! Find Melt With You on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org & The Book Depository.