BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
Authors: Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne and Kate Meader
Mass Market Paperback and E-book | Print length 544 pages
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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… http://books.simonandschuster.com/Baby-Its-Cold-Outside/Jennifer-Probst/9781476783833#sthash.xezJAkWP.dpuf
I have read more compelling holiday anthologies but this was an enjoyable read with lots of sexy relationships.
I found the first story, by Jennifer Probst, a little naive in its understanding of how the upper classes live and also in how much time for dalliance CEOs of major companies have. I guess that is part of the fantasy. The story does have a beautiful winter wonderland peace and beauty thing going on outside, and inside it really heats up. The story wastes a couple of pages being tied into her popular Searching For series, and I think the story would have been better without.
Emma Chase’s story was a cute twist on Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I liked how angry Kate gets with Drew when he gets all Scroogey. Again, there’s either a tie in to another series or just a completely random event at the start.
I really enjoyed Kristen Proby’s ski slope romance. It was also a little light on the rich dude’s ability to hang out and have fun, but the charm factor and electricity sparked by the couple more than makes up for it. Her heroine, Grace’s attempts at duplicating the upper class plumminess of Jace’s accent are hilarious.
Melody Anne California-Girl-collides-with-Montana story,While, I think the story has tie-ins to a series, I am not sure which it is, but the inclusion makes sense. I did have a continuity issue that really got under my skin – one of those, “But, what about X?!” things that keeps at me throughout the entire story. It felt like the place in Montana Natalie moves to feels like it is back in time a little bit.
I liked, “Rekindle the Flame,” Beck’s and Darcy’s story by Kate Meader. It’s part of the Chicago Fire series. As I felt with PLAYING WITH FIRE, the attitudes towards women and their place in society seems anachronistic. But the chemistry between the two is as hot as the fires he puts out, and her grandmother is hillarious.
All in all, the anthology was enjoyable and a good introduction to some writers I had not read.