Author: Emma Chase, Jennifer Probst, Kate Meader, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne
Publisher by: Pocket Books
Published on: October 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 544
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling indie authors Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, and debut author Kate Meader come together to write a sizzling romance anthology.
Outside it may be frosty, so turn the heat way up with these stories of desire!
Can a determined woman executive and a playboy billionaire survive being stranded together in a snowstorm? Jennifer Probst depicts an encounter almost too hot to handle…
Drew and Kate play an encore to Tangled in this sexy take on a “Christmas Carol” by Emma Chase. When a Christmas Eve argument condemns Drew to a troubled night, three dream women teach him that no gift could be more tantalizing than Kate…
With Kristen Proby, ski slopes are quite delightful. Grace Douglas is sure she’ll never learn to ski, but instructor Jacob Baxter could teach her lessons of a different kind…
Can a southern California transplant survive Montana’s deep snows? Melody Anne, author of the bestselling Andersons series, melts the icy drifts completely away with the heat between sexy Hawk Winchester and brand-new teacher Natalie Duncan…
What could be hotter than a firefighter? Kate Meader shows how hot it can get as Beck Rivera and heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Darcy Cochrane discover that nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love…
The Christmas season is honestly my favorite time of the year. There is something about the mix of the sights and sounds of the holidays that add to the romantic nature of the season. Baby, It’s Cold Outside was a sweet and very sexy anthology that gets you excited for the holiday season. Each story easily captured my attention and if I was not laughing, I was swooning over the scenes.
Searching For You by Jennifer Probst
This is the first Jennifer Probst story that I’ve read but it definitely won’t be my last. I am a huge fan of second chances romances and in just a few short chapters she made me fall for Riley Fox and Dylan “Ryan” McCray. Riley and Dylan first met in college and the two were always clashing with each other but there had been an undeniable connection between them. They shared only one brief but very memorable kiss. After college they lost touch but Dylan thought of her often. Over ten years later they are both successful and hard working individuals and both are ready to settle down. They both unknowingly sign up for the same matchmaking services and scheduled to have a blind date. A winter storm and an accident later, they are trapped together for night. The sexual tension was explosive and I enjoyed the banter between these two. It was a fun story that kept a smile on my face and left me wanting more.
It’s A Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol by Emma Chase
I adored this story! Our Tangled family is all grown up. It was nice to see Drew, Kate, and James some years later. Drew is the same cocky, sexy guy that we all know and love. Kate and Drew are still happy and in love. James, who’s now five, is their pride and joy. Family has always been important to him but When Drew decides to work on Christmas Eve instead of spending time with his family, it causes a huge argument. Not seeing the error of his ways, Drew is visited by 3 “ghosts”. This was cute and hilarious twist on a Christmas Carol.
Saving Grace by Kristen Proby
Grace is clumsy girl and in preparation for a girls ski trip, her best friends send her to a local ski resort for some much needed ski lessons. While she’s at the resort she meets a sexy, British ski instructor who is also happens to be the resort owner. Grace was bubbly, fun, and unapologetically herself. Jacob was a true gentleman but he had a sexy side. Grace and Jacob spend two days together but what starts out as a casual fling begins to turn into much more. They both would like more but they are unsure of how to proceed next. This story was fast paced but oh so sexy. Grace and her accents had me cracking up and I just adored Jacob. I truly enjoyed them together.
Safe In His Arms by Melody Anne
This was a very cute story. The local ladies in the town were determined to find a new elementary school teacher but they were also hoping to find a love interest for the town fire chief, Hawk Winchester. When Natalie Duncan was hired, she took a chance by moving from California to Montana for her first teaching job. When her and Hawk meet, there is an instant attraction. Natalie had never experienced an attraction like that before and relationships weren’t part of her master plan. Hawk is a lady’s man and even though he would like to settle down, he and never met anyone that truly captured his attention. The spark between the two was undeniable and the more they spent time together, the more it grew. They balanced each other out but Natalie was still afraid to take a chance. It was a fast paced story but it was filled with tons of sexual tension, steamy moments, and a very sweet ending.
Rekindle The Flame by Kate Meader
Eeek, another second chance romance!!!! They are my favorite. When characters already have history and a connection it makes for an intense dynamic. Beck and Darcy had a fling 7 years ago when they were in high school. Things didn’t end well but they always thought about one another. This time around they both want more. Darcy is determined to make Beck never forget her. Beck wants her back but feels she is still out of his league. I loved the intensity between the two. Kate Meader is a new author to me but I can’t wait to see more stories from her.
This anthology was truly a fun read! I recommend grabbing your cup of cocoa, a fluffy blanket, and prepare to curl up with book. It was great chance to meet new characters and I loved seeing some fan favorites. This anthology is a great way to begin for the holiday season.
“Searching for You” by Jennifer Probst in BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
Dylan stiffened. Was she flirting? He’d planned on trying to seduce her, but Riley Fox always seemed to switch things up. He got off on trying to anticipate her next move. “Mood, huh? We spoke about everything else. Maybe it’s time we talked about the kiss.”
Ah, he’d managed to surprise her. His skin tingled with anticipation. They’d been dancing around each other all night, and it was finally time to get honest. The tension tightened a notch. Her scent enveloped him in a mix of exotic musk and a touch of jasmine—kick-ass and powerful—and not the least bit subtle. Just how he liked it.
He wanted her. There was a reason she was trapped in his house on the night of a blizzard. Kinnections had matched them. It was a sign, and he’d spent most of his life listening to his gut to balance the logic in his head. Too much logic and control caused mistakes. Too much impulse and freedom caused sloppiness.
Balance equaled success.
Riley had it all along or she’d never been able to build her business. Somewhere on her journey, she trusted her gut to make bold decisions that didn’t make sense on paper. He knew well the ugliness out in the world when dealing with money and power, and no one came away without disillusions. She’d taken hers and made herself stronger. Every part of her fascinated him, and he intended to plumb the depths tonight.
She tapped a finger against her glass. “Surprised you remembered.”
“What if I told you I still dream about that kiss?”
“I’d say I barely put a blip on your radar. You were always happy to move on to the next pretty face and good set of boobs.”
“You’re right. I was too young, raw, and ambitious. I wanted to savor every flavor life threw at me, suck the nectar dry, and have no regrets. And I don’t, Riley. Except for one.”
Without breaking her gaze, he dropped in front of her, his hand resting lightly on her knee. Slowly, he parted her legs and knelt between them. Her harsh indrawn breath drifted to his ears in a symphony. Dylan reached out and grabbed a tendril of hair, sliding it between his fingers from root to tip, enjoying the feel of raw silk wrapping itself around him in a tight bind. The thought of her gorgeous hair wrapping around his dick as she pleasured him made a low groan rumble from his throat.
“You,” he said simply.
Shock mingled with an arousal she couldn’t hide, evident in her wide eyes, the tightening of her nipples, the way she squeezed her thighs together mercilessly, as if desperate to keep him from scenting the truth. Dylan bet if he slipped his hand beneath her panties he’d find her wet and willing to do whatever he wanted. The key was getting her mind on board with her very delectable, sensual body.
He sunk both hands into her hair, holding her firmly at the nape of her neck. “That kiss haunted me. Do you know how many times I jerked off to just the memory of your lips over mine, your taste against my tongue? How badly I ached to lay you naked on my bed and take everything you’d give me? Bring you so much pleasure you’d scream and beg me to stop? To continue? To fuck you so thoroughly there’s not another man on the planet you’d be able to touch without thinking of me?”
A shudder wracked her body. He waited for her reaction. Would it be retreat? A scathing remark meant to barb and push? A flirtatious, frustrating cat-and-mouse game?
Instead of retreat, she leaned in, so her breath struck softly against his lips. The heat between them pulled and tantalized. Dylan clawed for control, when all he wanted was to take her mouth, strip her naked, and see how many orgasms it would take to finally get her to surrender. He hoped a lot. He planned on it.
“What makes you so sure I remember it?” she drawled against his mouth.
His dick wept for mercy. The primitive male in him roared to take her and show her the truth. Instead, with an inch between their lips, he smiled real slow.
“I’m betting you thought about that kiss, too. Late at night. Under the covers. Wet and aching for me. Let’s finish what we started. Let me take you to my bed.”
In his wettest, wildest imagination, Dylan never would’ve believed the woman could raise the stakes so high and so fast. Yet, in typical fashion, she managed to blow him away.
Her voice was a husky whisper of smoke and temptation. “Why? I see a perfectly good table in front of you.” His hands tightened brutally in her hair. “Do you have the guts to use it?”
Dylan waited a full beat. Two.
Then slammed his mouth over hers.