Melting Fire - Anne Mather Don’t think I am crazy for giving this book a 4 star rating! I really don’t know why I liked it so much. It was dated (1979), the hero was uber-to-the-extreme-psycho un-PC and the heroine was too young.This book read like a Harlequin in gothic land and had this dark, “gotta look at the accident” vibe to it. She is alone in the world except for the hero and the housekeeper, her father long dead and her mother and stepfather also dead in an accident when she was very young. The hero raises her from age seven. The hero at one point says he would rather kill her than let her leave him….I think he almost meant it. He does almost work himself to death when she does finally leave him.A strangely compelling book – emphasis on the strangely.