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Baby, It's Cold Outside
     

Baby, It's Cold Outside

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by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, Kate Meader
 

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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

Overview

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476783833
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
284,639
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

chapter 1


Kate Seymour studied the computer in front of her, squinted, and read the entry again.

And again.

Her heart beat faster and that familiar electrical buzz tingled under her skin. Impossible. They were completely different—a match made in literal hell, not heaven. Yet numbers like this didn’t lie. Time to bring in the troops.

She hit the intercom button. “Hey, Arilyn? Can you come in here? And bring Kennedy.”

“Sure.”

A few minutes later, her business partners and best friends joined her in the office. Her face softened into a smile at their presence. Their drunken plans years ago to start their own matchmaking agency in Verily, upstate New York, sounded impossible, but they’d made it work. More so. With over a dozen marriages, and endless statistically proven committed happy relationships, they’d made the dream a reality. Kinnections was an exclusive matchmaking agency that catered to the twenty-five-to-forty crowd, and had already been featured in local newspapers and television stations as the new “hot” way to meet a mate. Hell, it had actually worked for her and Kennedy. Now if only they could find Arilyn her match.

Kennedy Ashe, the social recruiter and makeover expert, slid into the chair and let out a sigh. Her burnished hair, whiskey eyes, and plum Donna Karan suit screamed polish and success. “Please let this be good news. I’ve already depleted my hotel bottles of liquor. Is it Friday yet?”

Arilyn shook her head in sympathy, her strawberry hair streaming down her back in pin straight strands. Green eyes shone with concern. She was both counselor and computer guru, and dedicated her life to living a natural, healthy pathway to happiness. She wore her usual outfit of organic cottons, and spent her free time in yoga classes or with the rescue shelter. “Do you need some chocolate, sweets? I have a Kashi bar in my purse.”

Kennedy flashed her a grateful smile. “No, thanks. I’m saving my calories. I’m bummed over the breakup with Sally and Tom. I thought they were perfect together. I hate when I screw up.”

Kate tapped her finger against the desk. “We can’t be one hundred percent all the time. We’ll rematch them and maybe find a better fit.”

“I guess.” Kennedy pouted. She hated when one of her own matches failed. They all took their jobs seriously, knowing the journey to love was filled with a mix of emotions that included heartbreak too many times.

“Which brings me to why I asked you in here.” She swiveled her Apple screen around so her friends could look. “Remember I told you about my neighbor Riley Fox?”

Arilyn nodded. “CEO of Chic Publishing. Named Fortune’s woman of the year, gorgeous, smart, and completely kick-ass. Can’t believe she still lives in Verily. Aren’t her offices in Manhattan?”

“Yes, but Riley prefers to stay out of the limelight. She’s been a longtime resident here. I’ve been trying to convince her for years to sign up with Kinnections, but she always refused.”

Kennedy cocked her head. “Riley probably doesn’t need us. With her background, I bet finding men isn’t a problem.”

“Guess again.”

Arilyn let out a small sigh as an inner lightbulb cranked on. “Ah, that’s the problem, isn’t it? Plenty of quantity but little quality?”

Kate grinned. “Her last date drove her to the Ben & Jerry’s and a weekend marathon of Top Chef. She’s thirty-three, and her biological clock just turned on.”

“Ticktock,” Kennedy said. “Rotten piece of machinery if you ask me. If it was up to me, I would’ve pulled the batteries long ago.”

Kate’s lips tugged in a grin. “How many times has Nate proposed this month?”

Her friend grunted. “A few.”

Kennedy had found her soul mate and the love of her life in Nate Dunkle, but she was still refusing to surrender to the final step of marriage. Kate was enjoying watching her friend’s barriers crash down one by one as Nate first moved in, then dedicated himself to proving marriage wasn’t a deadly trap for females.

“Well, Riley has a different approach. I’ve done her intake, and she’s refused counseling and makeover.”

“The woman was on the cover of Fortune. She doesn’t need a trip to the mall,” Kennedy pointed out.

Arilyn pursed her lips. “But everyone could use some counseling. What is she looking for, Kate?”

This was where it got delicate. Kate steepled her fingers and stared at her friends. “She was the most thorough client I’ve ever met with. Knows everything she wants, everything she doesn’t, and is so specific I thought we’d never be able to match her. I used that new computer profiling system you built, A, and the craziest thing happened. I got a full match.”

Kennedy leaned forward. “Full? You mean, one hundred percent?”

The room grew quiet. The system of matching people with the computer was a delicate balance of science, gut instincts, and social networking. A top-rated match was 80 percent, and they already had three marriages from the statistic. But this time it was different.

Arilyn’s face lit up. “That’s wonderful. We found her perfect match. Who is he?”

Kate tapped a key and pointed to the screen.

Arilyn and Kennedy gasped in unison.

“Full name: Ryan Dylan McCray,” Kate announced. “Preferred to be known as, and called, Dylan.”

Arilyn looked pale. “There must be a bug. That’s impossible.”

Kennedy let out a humorless laugh. “Arilyn’s right. Dylan’s been with us for over two years now. He’s had twelve mixers, five socials, thirty-two dates, and multiple sessions of counseling. He’s a Peter Pan billionaire playboy who says he wants a wife, but calls us within twenty-four hours of the first date and tells us there’s no chemistry. That’s a disaster waiting to happen.”

Kate motioned again to the screen. “I know! I checked it numerous times, pulled their files, and manually went over each point. Their personalities are completely contradictory, yet the computer assigns them a perfect match.”

Arilyn shivered. “Maybe there’s something bigger going on here. The universe is trying to tell us something.”

Kennedy walked over to the screen, dropped into the chair near the desk, and began studying the charts and data. “I don’t trust the universe, I trust Kate. Why don’t you bring them both to the office, lay your hands on them, and confirm whether they’re a match?”

Kate groaned. Her ability she termed the “touch” had been passed from generation to generation. She was able to sense an immediate electrical connection between two soul mates. It had been more of a curse in her endless dating years, until she touched Slade Montgomery, a client of Kinnections and her total opposite, and realized they were meant to be together. “Ken, I told you we don’t run our business like that. I’m not going to touch every couple and try to match people that way. We rely on our all assets here—we agreed on that point when we opened.”

Arilyn chimed in. “She’s right. No using Kate for a shortcut. I say we set them both up on a date. They have nothing to lose. If it doesn’t work, we know there’s a glitch in the system and I’ll rework it. If they fall for each other, it’s a win-win.”

Kennedy scrolled through the numerous pages and finally leaned back in surrender. “Agreed. I’ve never seen this before. It’s almost by being completely opposite they’re a perfect match. Bizarre.”

“I know. They both attended Cornell the same years, too. Think they know each other?”

Kennedy seemed to ponder the information. “Could be. This gets more and more mysterious, doesn’t it?”

“Yeah. My instincts say to go ahead and schedule the date but not give them much information. They both tend to make assumptions early on, and I think meeting blind would be better. No full names or background details. I think they both trust me enough to take the leap.”

Her friends both agreed and Kate relaxed. “Good, that was what I figured, but I wanted to check with you both first. I was thinking of setting them up this weekend. Ice-skating in Rinker’s Park. It’s romantic around the holidays.”

“I love ice-skating,” Arilyn said dreamily. “It forces couples to be intimate in a natural way.”

“Like yoga?” Kennedy quipped.

Arilyn shot her a glare. “Don’t knock it till you try it, Ken. I’ve reached levels you never even heard of. In and out of the studio.” She paused. “And the bedroom.”

Kennedy laughed. “I know a challenge when I hear one.” She slid off her chair and headed for the door. “Maybe I’ll have Nate study Tantric sex and give me a full demonstration. The man is a walking fountain of knowledge.” Her grin turned wicked. “In and out of the bedroom.”

Kate shook her head as her friend blew them kisses and disappeared. Arilyn fought a grin and got up. “Let me know if you need any help with this one.”

“Thanks. Hey, A, when you counseled Dylan, did you find any huge issues I should know about?”

Arilyn looked thoughtful. “No. Weird, because usually billionaire playboys have issues and angst galore. Dylan is charming, funny, and smart. But he seems to be looking for something I can’t pinpoint. Has a strong family background and seems like he’d make a great husband or father. I just don’t know what’s holding him back.”

Kate nodded. “Okay, thanks. Girls’ night Friday at Mugs?”

“Absolutely.”

She watched Arilyn retreat and swiveled back her computer screen. She’d set up the date and hope for the best. Her instincts hummed, as if something big was about to happen. Unfortunately, it could be a premonition of either great circumstance or complete disaster.

Kate prayed for the former and reached for her phone.

Meet the Author

Jennifer Probst is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance fiction, both sexy and erotic.
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Tangled, Twisted, Tamed, and Tied.
Kristen Proby is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy contemporary romance fiction, including the Love Under the Big Sky series.
Melody Anne is the New York Times bestselling author of the indie published Andersons series, the Tycoons series, and the Surrender series.
Kate Meader is the author of a sexy new series, Hot in Chicago. When not writing, she works in an academic library in Chicago.

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Baby, It's Cold Outside 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
It might be starting to get cold outside, but this set of sexy novellas will heat things right up! I was super psyched to see some of my favorite romance authors contributing to this anthology! I adore Jennifer Probst and Emma Chase, and am familiar with their works, so it was great to read their stories and see some of my favorite characters again! Kate Meader, Melody Anne, and Kristen Proby also share their own novellas, which were fun and heartwarming to read as well. At first I thought Jennifer Probst's novella would be about Kate and Kennedy (from the Searching For series) so we could see how their relationships were faring. Instead, we are introduced to two new characters- Dylan and Riley, who have both enlisted Kinnections help to find them a potential match. Their computer program shows them as a perfect match for one another and set them up on a blind date, but unbeknownst to them, they are already familiar with one another. I liked Riley and Dylan together and I enjoy stories where the main characters knew each other previously and are now reigniting the flame between them. Probst writes some delicious, sexy scenes and I really like that even though this is a novella, things felt natural with them together. Once again we are back in the infamous Drew Evans' head for Emma Chase's novella. I love seeing Drew and Kate together, and we got some great moments with little James too. This story is both sexy and sweet at the same time. Drew and Kate have a great sex life, despite having a five year old son. They are so in love with one another it just warms your heart! I really like the Christmas Carol take, because it really makes Drew really stop and appreciate what he has in his life and how he wouldn't give it up for the world. Kristen Proby and Melody Anne's stories were cute reads that both made me chuckle, even though they were a bit too insta-love for my tastes. Kristen Proby introduces us to a sexy billionaire and a klutzy woman who is staying at his resort in order to learn how to ski... and maybe have a sexy affair while she's at it! Melody Anne gives us a sexy, kind hearted man by the name of Hawk and a sweet schoolteacher who is new to town. Add in a few meddling old ladies who like to play matchmaker and you've got yourself the makings of a small town romance! I also enjoyed Kate Meader's story because I just love second chance romances. Coming back to Chicago and being reunited with the boy that shattered her heart so many years ago, Darcy is determined not to make the same mistakes twice. However, Beck Rivera isn't someone who she can easily dismiss. Their sexual tension oozes off the pages and I love that these two have so much chemistry even after being separated for so long. Overall, this was definitely a cute anthology and I'm so ready for the winter season to begin!
Tina-Brimlow More than 1 year ago
First I will give you my individual review of each book. Then I will give you my overall review. Jennifer Probst OMG I have read every book Jennifer has written. And with each book I fall more and more in love with her stories. Riley Fox what can I say about her. She is a strong woman who owns her own business. She worked hard all her life until one day she realized she was missing something. A family of her own. Dylan McCray oh I wish he was real and all mine. He is sexy and just as hard workings Riley. But is mistaken for someone such as a playboy. Both has signed up at Kinnections wanting to find their one. Both went into the date blinded just to come together already knowing each other from college. Both having a strong connection come together all because of a snow storm. I give this story five stars. Emma Chase This was the first story from Emma Chase I have read. For a novella I love it. I loved how angry Drew was at Christmas shopping cause we all feel like that on Christmas Eve. I especially loved the fact she mentioned my home town Yonkers. I love how she made her story just like Ebenezer Scrooge. I think that was a great idea. There were certain part of this story that made my heart stop and eyes tear. This was a great read and I give it five stars. Kristen Proby Although I have heard of Kristen Proby this is the first story of hers that I have read. I love the fact she mistakes Bax as her ski instructor. Gracie's reaction when she figured out the truth was perfect. The intensity of these two were spot on. I loved how he got tired of waiting and went to her. Kristen did a fabulous job and I give her story five stars. Melody Anne I just love Melody Anne. And safe in her arms just made me love her more. Natalie-I love how she had goals set for her future. She is a strong woman who knows what she wants. She didn't plan on it but she found her love faster. Hawk-I swear I can never have just one book boyfriend. They just get better and better. I mean who doesn't love a firefighter and a volunteer? Or a man who thought he wanted someone else but found that she was there. I love how Natalie ad Hawk was brought together. They ended perfectly. I so recommend this read. I give it five stars. Kate Meader This was the first story of Kate's that I have read. I will say this, I will be checking out more of her work. Darcy is a woman who grew up with men trying to control her. But in a way they thought was best. While at sixteen she fell in love but with in a month she was broken. Years late she came back stronger. And since I have 22 tattoos myself I loved the fact she was a tattoo artist. Beck. Now who doesn't love a hot firefighter? He was a foster child. Used to be in a gang until the Dempsey family took him in. Met a girl fell in love and with in a month he let her go. Years later she shows up and found out he still had love for her. I so give this story five stars. I would also like to add that I love this quote "God created firefighters so cops could have hero's to." Overall Review I have known two out of the five authors from this box set. So I knew their stories were going to be amazing. I was so right. The other three I have heard of just never had the chance to check out their work till now. Each author here brought their own creativity to this book. Each story always left me wanting more. Through each book my blood boiled and I sat on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend you all check out "Baby It's Cold Outside." I have a feeling you'll fall in love like I did.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A different view of this book than those of other reviewers. The stories were OK but I guess "hot", "sexy" listed in other reviews really means one will be reading stories with F, M F, along with explicit sex throughout the books. So, if you are into those things, you will enjoy this book as all the stories within it will not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rec'd signed copy in quick contest by kate meader and couldnt have been more pleased to discover a few new authors & some great steamy,action packed HOT romantic short stories that EACH LEFT me wanting so much more ! Every single story had me thinking that whovever decided to group this cluster of authors for this book knew exactly what they were doing! Excellent winter read & gift idea for any romance reader garunteed to satisfy! Thanks kate! Hugs from traci in south fl
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
As sad as it is to admit, I have yet to read a winter or holiday-themed book this Christmas. Well, better late than never...after all, New Year's isn't here yet! Baby, It's Cold Outside is an anthology of short-stories that fall in the genre of adult contemporary romance. The short-stories are listed in order below, along with their authors, individual ratings (based on my personal enjoyment), and a brief review. An average of the ratings below equals 3.6 stars, which I rounded up to 4. 1. Searching for You by Jennifer Probst Audio narrated by Madeleine Maby ★★☆☆☆ Unfortunately, I kept zoning out during this one. I just couldn't stay engaged no matter how much I tried. Two people who used to know each other from their younger years get matched on a dating website. Romance spikes when they just so happen to get stranded together during a snowstorm at his mansion/castle...he's a billionaire btw. 2. It's a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol by Emma Chase Audio narrated by Sebastian York ★★★★★ Now this one felt just perfect for the holidays. Any story from the Tangled series is a good one in my opinion, and I loved this take on A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life. It's easy to get distracted from what's truly important by our endless to-do lists, but sometimes, if we're lucky, perspective smacks us in the face and reminds us that all that really matters is the people we love and care about. Sigh... 3. Saving Grace by Kristen Proby Audio narrated by Elizabeth Louise ★★★½☆ The insta-lust/love had me on the verge of an eyeroll but I couldn't help but think the female lead was completely adorable. I love enthusiastically klutzy heroines ♥. She made the read worth it...the hero grew on me too especially given the mistaken identity. That was a fun addition. 4. Safe in His Arms by Melody Anne Audio narrated by Madeleine Maby and Sebastian York ★★★☆☆ Insta-love to the extreme! However, I did like the theme of family...and not just marriage but the family members you surround yourself with. Nice for the holidays. 5. Bringing the Heat (Rekindle the Flame) by Kate Meader Audio narrated by Elizabeth Louise ★★★★½ I really liked this one...a lot! A VERY close second favorite. Yes, it's about firemen but not only in the sexy, hot calendar way. Mostly about mending the hurts from your past, finding yourself, and growing stronger. Loved the heroine in this one...and yes, the hero too. Loved it!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a great compilation of contemporary short stories by pretty awesome authors. In the exception of Kristen Proby, I have read books by these authors, and I can attest that all are good reads. If you’re looking for a new contemporary author or series, this is a great book to start. SEARCHING FOR YOU BY JENNIFER PROBST It was a setup by their friends from Kinnections from the start. Stranded in a snowstorm billionaire and womanizer, Dylan McCray rescues the very independent Riley Fox from a snow storm leaving these two to spend time together. Baby, it’s cold, but this couple heats it up fairly quick. I enjoyed this short story as well as the other books from the Searching For series though I wish it were a bit longer. Dylan was sexy and knew exactly how to satisfy Riley. ‘Twas a hot read! IT’S A WONDERFUL TANGLED CHRISTMAS CAROL BY EMMA CHASE This is a novella from Tangled series by Emma Chase. A short Scrooge story involving Drew Evans, his wife and family. If you’ve read this series, you know Drew will be Drew and this Christmas, he will get a rude awakening and realize what is important in his life. It’s been a while since I read this series and reading this novella reminded of how much I enjoyed Emma Chase’s writing. She reminded me of who Drew is. Whether he’s married or not, he’s still very much Drew Evans that we’ve met from the start of Tangled series. He is still very crude, still very sexy and still very sweet and romantic…when he wants to be. SAVING GRACE BY KRISTEN PROBY Okay, I lied, I do have a fave but not by a landslide, but Saving Grace do top the rest of the stories. I fell in love with Grace, who is a super shy and super klutzy of her friends. To prepare her for an upcoming bachelorette party, her friends send her to skiing lessons where she meets the instructor, Jacob, who ends up not only her instructor but the rich ski resort owner. It was love at first sight, and I totally fell for this couple. Grace was adorable at her “plain Jane” persona but sweet and beautiful. The fact that she doesn’t know it makes it even more real. Jacob fell for her quick. There was lots of flirting, lots of falling…in love is what I mean. And overall, a very sweet union. Jacob was uber hot! SAFE IN HIS ARMS BY MELODY ANNE Natalie is a Cali-city girl newly relocated in Montana for her dream teaching job. But being a city girl, she was not prepared for what Montana has to offer. Hawk Winchester, the town’s fire chief, will be the one who will acclimate her to this small town. This is another novella from a series I follow and enjoy. Natalie and Hawk’s story is another sweet story. Natalie annoyed me at times as she put herself in situations that can be easily be avoided. But given she’s a city girl and with her past, it’s easily forgiven. Lucky for her, Hawk has a heart the size of Texas and he was more than willing to give her anything and everything. Another sexy hero to add to this anthology. REKINDLE THE FLAME BY KATE MEADER Beck Rivera is one of the Dempsey foster siblings from Hot in Chicago series by Kate Meader. This short story focuses on Beck Rivera, who is a Firefighter, who gets a second chance not only in life in general but a second chance with his teen love Heiress Darcy Cochrane. A second chance at romance gets me every time. When Beck and Darcy are given the chance, you feel the love they once have so, falling in love with th
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A collection of some short romance stories to heat up your evening! All have their own personal feel and amazing characters! Loved it! *Received for an honest review*
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Baby, It's Cold Outside Authors: Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kate Meader, Kristen Proby & Melody Anne Publisher: Pocket Balls Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "Baby It's Cold Outside (Tangled #4.5) Book Description.... "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, as Beck Rivera and heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Lucy Cochrane discover, nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love..." What I liked about this novel..... These are truly five good sexy short anthologies stories that will keep your attention reading one story after the other till the end. Now which one will be your favorite read? Mine was the one by author Jennifer Probst featuring Riley Fox and Ryan Dylan McCray in "Searching For You." I loved its presentation! I really did enjoy reading all these novellas where there were some I wished some could have been a little longer. I felt a few of the reads were rushed a bit. Most of these stores were about or around the Christmas time filled with lots snow(where you are possibly stranded in a snowstorm) and lots of sexy hot scenes that was well presented. All of the characters for the most part were developed, well portrayed, likable, believable, romantic and sexy and I found that all of these author's gave the reader good descriptions of the various scenes that even made you feel as if you were there. Be ready for a novel of fun cute romantic stories with some being a little predictable but yet by the end you get to the last story the reader will have a good read and even a smile of your face. If you are looking for a novel to bundle up with during the Christmas holiday, I would recommend "Baby, It's Cold Outside" collection where you will get holiday read with romance passion and some heart warming unforgettable moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had my doubts about this book & I was surprised that I enjoyed all the stories. Now I have new authors to check out besides Melody Anne since I am waiting for her next book on the Andersons. I would recommend this book.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I loved all the stories in this anthology.  Each one was full of passion, holiday cheer (for the most part), and love.  I laughed while reading each story and this book has certainly help put me in the holiday mood, although I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving first. I'd like to share a little about each story and what I thought about it. I loved how Jennifer Probst's story was sort of a spin-off her fabulous Searching For series. I really enjoyed seeing the ladies of Kinnections and seeing their reactions to this implausible match.  The chemistry between Dylan and Riley was off the charts!  I do love a second chance story! In Emma Chase's story, I was absolutely thrilled to see Drew and Kate.  Emma writes a beyond amazing male point of view. She does it so well, you can't help but adore Drew, even with his silly man ways.  I loved the play on A Christmas Carol and the message this story conveyed.  I know this series is ending, but I can't hope I'll be reading about Drew, Kate, James, and their shenanigans for years to come.   Kristen Proby always writes fabulous stories, and this one featuring Grace, from the Love Under the Big Sky series is no different.  I absolutely loved her attitude and sense of humor. Being almost as clumsy as she is, I could easily relate to her.  Jacob Baxter is hot, but I really liked how amazing their chemistry was. Melody Anne is quickly becoming an author I must read.  In her hot but sweet story, the town matchmakers/busybodies were trying to pair up Hawk and Natalie, the new teacher in town.  I loved seeing them go back and forth and try to work around their rules and plans to "see" each other.  I think Natalie was adorable and I can't wait to read the other books in this series!   I'm familiar with some of Kate Meader's novels.  I love a second chance story and this one was perfect.  I loved how Beck and Darcy matured in the years they were apart.  I also loved how independent and fierce Darcy was.  And her grandmother was a hoot!  I loved the ending of this story. I'm really looking forward to reading about hot firemen!
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
Five fabulous novellas from five best selling authors! How much more could we want? I love these five authors. On a normal basis, I read just about everything they publish. When I saw this anthology, I could not resist reading these stories. For instance, who can resist Jennifer Probst's story about our favorite matchmaking firm - Kinnections. High power CEO Riley Fox has hit those mid thirties and her biological clock has started ticking loudly. She has finally agreed to be set up on a date. Taking this compilation of attributes, she requires Kinnections find her a mate who must match those attributes 100%. Dylan McCray is a billionaire CEO himself with a reputation for being a playboy. He has finally decided to find "the one" and settle down. After having dated all the women Kinnections has sent his way, he is still trying to find his perfect match. What appears to be a computer glitch matching these two together, soon appears to be an algorithmic calculation made in either heaven or hell. Throw in a blind date, a blizzard, some wine, and plenty of hormones - the result is a story you will not soon forget. Then, there is Kristen Proby's "Saving Grace". Grace is an adorable and warm teacher. She is petite and a power pack of energy and thirst for life. In order to keep up with her BFFs, she agrees to an overnight trip to a nearby mountain resort in order to learn the basics about skiing. One problem... she is a klutz. Really, she is seriously impaired just walking in a straight line! Through a comedy of errors, she ends up confusing her ski instructor and ends up with the owner of the resort as her instructor. Oh, baby, and can HE INSTRUCT! This story is not to be missed. Same goes for the stories by Emma Chase. Melody Anne and Kate Meader. They are little gems of entertainment to keep warm and snugly on a cold Winter night.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
I was gifted with not just one! But 5 amazing short stories from great authors. All were romantic, easy on the heart and sizzling read. It is worth every penny, and just in time for the holidays! It’s the perfect read during the cold days, curling up in the couch or bed, with some hot beverage at the side. In Jennifer Probst’s story – opposite attracts. They had a history of verbal foreplay, and their paths had once again crossed. Will they finally admit to their attraction? Or will they let their past dictate their future? In Emma Chase’s story – I love this version of the classic “Christmas Carol”! It was after their HEA, a healthy dose of reality on our favorite couple. Three unexpected women came to Drew and gave him a lesson that he would forever remember. You will sort of hate Drew at the beginning, but he makes up for it, and the scene was totally “awww”-moment. Kristen Proby’s story – I had so much fun reading this one as well. Grace Douglas was such a klutz, her friends set her up for a ski tutorial, what she didn’t expect was to stumble into handsome, sexy, and oh-so-rich Jacob Baxter. Oh, she learned more than skiing. As for Nat & Hawk and the meddling old folks of Montana, Melody Anne had me laughing out loud to. She started it with me grinning from ear to ear, and ended it the same way, there were some minor dramas in between, but nothing that could dampen your spirits. He was the local, and she was the brand-new teacher, with a little pushing from every corner, Natalie found out that it wasn’t just job that she found in the deep snows in Montana. Kate Meader’s story might be the last, but the flames didn’t burn down at all, it continued up to the last page. I love second chance romance, and what could indeed be hotter than a firefighter? They had a past, and he broke her heart when she was young, now fate had brought them together: older, wiser and way, way different. They still had chemistry, and even I, from where I am reading couldn’t deny it. Would they give their love a second chance? I couldn’t pick a favorite! I love them all!!! I felt all warm and fuzzy inside, with my heart jumping throughout each stories, and my insides tingling with desire. This book can flush out all the cold, and replace with comfortable warmth that makes this book worth reading. Fast-paced, hot, romantic and sizzling read just in time for the holidays – what more can you ask for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sizzling Holiday Fun Baby It’s Cold Outside is not your usual overly sugary holiday romance novel.  It is a sexy, humorous anthology of five novellas written by five of the most popular romance novelists.    "It's a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol" by Emma Chase was a delightful read. Drew is hands-down a great male narrator —he is a great combination of sexy and sarcastic.  This play on A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life was fun.   “Rekindle the Flame” by Kate Meader  was a sizzling combination of rekindled relationship and smoking-hot firefighters. It is a very enjoyable read about being true to yourself and making your own path (and fortunately for Darcy and Beck, that path led back to one another).  “Saving Grace” by Kristen Proby is part of her Love Under the Big Sky series.  I’m not big on cowboy stories, so I did skip this story in the anthology.  "Safe in His Arms" by Melody Anne features fire chief Hawk and elementary schoolteacher Natalie. It had a cute premise and the characters were all very likable.  I loved the small-town and the meddling moms trying to match up all the eligible bachelors.  “Searching for You” by Jennifer Probst is part of her Searching For series.  The characters in her Searching series  (from the Kinnections exclusive matchmaking agency) make a brief appearance to match up Dylan and Riley. Dylan and Riley were likable characters.  Having read Searching for Perfection, I appreciated this tangental short story of love acknowledged between former college classmates and competitors. There is no better way to warm up after being outside in the cold than to grab this holiday romantic-comedy anthology!  
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A perfect cold-weather read! It's chock-full of reader catnip: second chance romance, enemies-to-lovers, stranded with a billionaire, sexy firefighters, new takes on classic stories and appearances from some favorite series characters--all wrapped up inside five quick-to-read HEAs. Even though some of these are part of series, they all work well as standalones. "It's a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol" by Emma Chase was an absolutely delightful read. Drew is hands-down my favorite male narrator ever--his snarkiness and sexiness are a lethal combination. (Check out his debut in Tangled if you haven't yet--you'll thank me.) This mashup of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life was so much fun. I had way too many highlighted bits for such a short read! It was easy to believe that Drew could have lost sight of what's really important in life, and completely satisfying seeing how his life with Kate is turning out. The series characters who played the "ghosts"? Brilliant! A favorite line: During my research, I also discovered that sociopaths and CEOs share a lot of character traits--but we'll talk about that another time. Rating: 5 stars / A I had almost as many highlighted lines in "Rekindle the Flame" by Kate Meader as in "Wonderful"--she's a new-to-me author, but I'll definitely be reading more from her in the future. Beck was a to-die-for firefighter hero who likes to sprinkle his seduction with Spanish (yum!) and he's definitely met his match with Darcy. After the way he ended their first relationship, he has a lot to make up for in this second-chance story. Fortunately he's up for the task--and it's such an enjoyable read. A favorite line: They were ancient history and dredging up the whys and whats was about as useful as Matthew McConaughey's shirt collection. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- "Saving Grace" by Kristen Proby is part of her Love Under the Big Sky series. Grace, a clumsy schoolteacher, finds herself spending the weekend at a nearby ski resort to prepare for an upcoming girls' weekend with her best pals. A mistaken identity and her natural lack of grace (she tells Jacob at one point, "I think my parents named me Grace as a cruel joke") make for some very funny moments. Their HEA felt a bit rushed, though and the story definitely could have worked well expanded into a full-length novel. More Jacob-and-Grace time would have been nice. :) A favorite scene: when Grace literally walks into a door after a kiss. Totally adorkable! Rating: 4 stars / B "Safe in His Arms" by Melody Anne featured fire chief Hawk and elementary schoolteacher Natalie. It had a cute premise and the hero and heroine were likable, but I found it hard to connect with their romance. Perhaps if they had had more page time and the conniving townspeople had less, it would have worked better for me. A favorite line: One of Natalie's worst faults, or at lease what she felt was one of her worst faults, was that she'd get so lost in her own head she'd tune out the rest of the world. A vivid imagination was great when you were teaching young children, but not so great when trying to hold normal conversations with other adults. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+ "Searching for You" by Jennifer Probst is part of her Searching For series, and the owners of Kinnections, the exclusive matchmaking agency the series is based on, make a brief appearance to match up the hero and heroine. I really liked the second chance/enemies-to-lovers plotline here and Dylan and Riley were likable characters, but somehow this story, like first in the series Searching for Someday , just didn't quite make it. Possibly a longer story would have allowed us to better understand Riley's issues? The quick synopsis she gives Dylan isn't quite enough. Fans of the series will probably enjoy it, though. A favorite line: "What about you?" she practically squealed. "You need clothes." He arched a brow. "I'm comfortable being naked. Do you have a problem with that?" He noted the high flush of her cheeks and the hungry stare. Oh yeah, he had her good. "Yes, I do," she said primly. "I can't concentrate." Rating: 3 stars / C I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
Some of my favorite authors in one HOTTTT anthology. What more could I want?!?? This was one super sexy read with exciting characters. Filled with smoking hot chemistry and many delicious sex scenes that will melt your panties, there was never a dull moment. The men in this anthology are to die for and I have to admit I was a bit jealous of the gorgeous ladies who got to spend their nights cuddling up to them.  If you are looking for a great Christmas read to spice up your holiday season, this is definitely the one to grab.
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book from InkSlinger PR, for a blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! So as this is an anthology with five separate authors I find it's only fair to give my thoughts for each story along with what I would have rated it if they were each their own books. The rating at the top of this post will then be an average of the five combined for the overall rating of the book as a whole. So let's get started shall we? --Searching For You by Jennifer Probst ¿¿¿¿ Sometimes there's nothing better than reading a story where two people who appear to be enemies fall for each other. The fighting, the pushing of buttons that at same point come to a head and it explodes. Somebody gets thrown against a wall and is quite thoroughly kissed. Whew...did it suddenly get warm in here? *Pulls at collar* Ahem...anyway. I feel like my only complaint was that for a lot of the story Riley really had a major stick up her behind and it was hard for me to relate to her. It's supposed to be part of her personality which I understand. It was just that I, personally, wasn't a big fan. It wasn't until Dylan started to loosen her up and she started to let go that I was able to get over all of it and care about her. All in all though it was a fun and sizzling read! --It's A Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol by Emma Chase ¿¿¿¿¿ Holy crap have I missed Drew! I'm one of those horrible fangirls who read Tangled, fell head over heels for it and him, but has yet to move on and read past book one. I didn't even get through the first page of this one and his voice and charisma came pouring out and in turn I was already cracking up. I mean how perfect is it that Drew is in his own version of A Christmas Carol?! I expect no less but for him to have needed a little reminder that his family needs to come before work. I swear it's rare to find a character as cocky and egotistical as Drew is and have me still loving every little bit of it. He's even smug about how adorable he had been when he goes back to the past and sees his 5 year old self. This story was all sorts of perfection. It was true to the Christmas Carol storyline yet with all the flare and humor of Drew Evans. Freaking loved it! I will say though if you're like me and have only read the first book or not any of the Tangled series yet but plan on reading them at some point, wait to read this after. It takes place after Tied so even though I pretty much knew what to expect for the most part there is a possibility of finding out stuff you wanted to be surprised on. --Saving Grace (A Love Under the Big Sky Novella) by Kristin Proby ¿¿¿¿¿ I get the warm and fuzzies just thinking about this story. Big time. Which is pretty frickin' amazing seeing as how this one is a wee bit on the insta-love side. Okay, so they don't come right out and say "I love you" right away, but after a two day weekend and then three days apart, Jacob is pretty much ready to move her in and thinking about 'forever'. Normally something like this would have me irked beyond reason, but I just couldn't feel that way here. I loved every second of Grace and Jacob's story. The thing is Jacob and Grace were hard not to love. Grace is so damn funny and, unlike her name, a complete klutz. She was so endearing. Then there's sexy, billionaire, ski resort owning, British (uh yum!) Jacob. He's so delicious and I loved seeing how smitten he becomes with Grace. Queue cheesy grin and sigh here...The chemistry with these two is so hot I'm surprised they didn't melt the snow off the mountain! Sweet, sexy, winter fun. Totally in love with this one! --Safe in His Arms by Melody Anne ¿¿¿ Even though in the previous review I was praising the story that I felt was a bit insta-loveish, this one was just okay for me. Maybe it was because of the fact that things progressed a whole lot faster in this one. I'm not sure but I just wasn't feeling it as much. It was still enjoyable though with sweet school teacher Natalie and sexy fire chief Hawk. The sparks were there I think maybe for me this one would have been better as a full length novel. The concept was great. I even love having meddlers trying to throw people together! I think that might have been my biggest issue though. I usually like the meddlers to be a bit more discreet. As the reader you can see what's going on and chuckle to yourself when you realize the couple being pushed cleverly together has no chance. The prologue and the epilogue though were both from this group of ladies, one of whom being the mom of one of the main characters Hawk, that make it their mission to make sure these boys in town who run from commitment are happily settled down. I mean it's cute and funny I just like it to be a bit more low key and less out in the open if that makes sense? Still enjoyable though and a sweet holiday read. --Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader ¿¿¿ The storyline was good on this one, but it sort of fell a bit flat for me. I liked it, but I wasn't in love with it. So this will be the shortest mini review because I'm not sure what else to say. Mostly my problem was that I connected more to the secondary characters Beck's brothers. Which is the reason for my rating. They had me entertained and laughing and made it worth the read. If anything it introduced me to them and made me realize I will more than likely be getting the first book in the Hot in Chicago series by Kate Meader which is about one of the brothers named Luke. I wish I had more to say about this one. I love second chance romances but this one just wasn't for me.
LadyTess More than 1 year ago
I loved it... well written and flows well together... I would buy another compilation of works like this by these authors again.... I am already a huge fan of Jennifer Probst, Melody Anne & Kristen Proby and follow all of their works... I look forward to reading more by Emma Chase and Kate Meader..... well worth purchasing and reading
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BlushingReader More than 1 year ago
Baby It's Cold Outside is a great bundle of five novellas from five amazing authors!  Honestly, I grabbed this up to review based on the authors included in this anthology not what the stories were about and that turned out to be a very good decision on my part.  Anthologies can be tricky, usually the stories are spin offs of  a series or part of a series where knowing the characters beforehand would be helpful, but with Baby It's Cold Outside (for the most part) I didn't feel like I was missing any information reading that series would have given.   I will say having read these novellas and only knowing Emma Chase's series with Drew Evans I still really enjoyed all five stories and will be looking up Melody Anne and Kate Meader to read in the near future!   I have been a fan of Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase and Kristen Proby for a while so I knew going in I would love at least three out of the five stories and it turns out they all were entertaining!  All the authors did a great job delivering a full story in a short amount of space.  I tend to shy away from short stories because I want the depth of emotion, the hearty story and to really get to know the characters, but with these stories I got that feeling of a longer novel in a shorter story.  Baby It's Cold Outside may have changed my mind on anthologies and shorter stories.  I really liked getting straight to the point in each of these stories, there was no need for too much build up to the connection or too much back story.  Baby It's Cold Outside is the perfect way to try out these great authors in nibbles and since the stories are not connected YOU can decide what reading order to read them in too!  (I, of course, have issues and have to read front to back, but that's me).  Each story in Baby It's Cold Outside was charming, sweet, hot and fun to read.  If you are in the mood for a quick read with a taste of winter and the holidays then this is a great anthology to pick up!  Baby It's Cold Outside not only gave me stories from some of my favorite authors it helped  me add new authors to my must read list.  Grab some cocoa and get lost with these great stories tonight! 
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Warning: Once you have this book on your to-read list, are reading it, or simply just see the cover, you will find yourself humming the song Baby It's Cold Outside, or hearing the tune in your head (mine happens to be the version with Buddy Clark and Dinah Shore) ALL THE TIME! This is a delightful collection of winter treats, perfect for snuggling up on the couch with a blanket and a hot chocolate and immersing yourself in tales of desire and love. The following is a short review of some of the stories in the anthology. Searching for You by Jennifer Probst If you haven't read any of this author's "Searching" titles before, this story will give you a great indication of the quality of her writing (and make you run out and get the rest). Riley and Dylan know each other from college but being set up on a blind date years later, the attraction they felt for each other then has had a long time to simmer and bursts into flames when they see each other again. I loved the sexual tension between them, the fact that they are both strong willed characters, and that Dylan makes Riley question all the qualities she thought she'd been looking for in a partner. Steamy scenes and an interesting storyline, complete with a fantasy setting. Delightful! It’s a Wonderfully Tangled Christmas Carol by Emma Chase I'm probably one of the few romance readers out there who hasn't read the Tangled series by Emma Chase (this will soon be remedied). Told in Drew's voice, this snarky, funny re-telling of A Christmas Carol was a great read. I appreciated that the author filled in enough background on the characters that appear that I didn't feel that I was missing anything of the story. It's a sexy and sweet tale. Saving Grace by Kristen Proby What happens when your handsome ski instructor turns out to be not quite what he appears to be? Just go with the flow, and that's what happens when Grace meets Jacob. Sizzling heat abounds between them and having had the chance to meet Jacob on his own terms makes all the difference in this fun and flirty romance. I liked this author's voice quite a lot and I'm intrigued enough to want to know more about the other characters in the story, some of whom are featured in the author's Big Sky series. Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader Firefighter? check. Hot bartender? check. Combine the two (into one hottie), add in a tattooed rebel and you have a wonderful reunited lovers story that introduces some new delicious male characters that will hopefully get roles in upcoming books as well. I appreciated that Darcy was hesitant to give Beck a second chance and was cautious in her approach with him. Also I really liked Darcy's character in general, being free to be herself finally and the shock it gives Beck to see the changes she has gone through since their breakup seven years earlier. I enjoyed the camaraderie between the firefighters. Combining witty dialogue, humour and steamy scenes, this story will have you scoping out your own taverns in search of the elusive handsome males presented here. Overall, this is an entertaining and fun read, with a great collection of steamy stories that will heat up your winter nights. 4 stars!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous anthology! Fans will be delighted and it’s a great opportunity for readers unfamiliar with these authors to discover them at their best! I love Jennifer Probst and with Searching for you, she reminded me why, and I love her even more! Sexy, fun, and what great characters! Super!  I laughed my head off reading Emma Chase’s story; Kate Meader made me swoon; I fell in love with Melody Grace’s delightful characters, and became an instant Kristen Proby fan!  A must read! Sexy and fun!
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marincheto007 More than 1 year ago
I loved this anthology and decided that the best way to review it is to write few words for each of the stories. So here it is: Searching for you I love Jennifer Probst and her books. She always writes these sweet romantic stories with a little spice, just enough to melt your panties. Searching for … series is one of my favorites and Searching for You definitely didn’t disappoint. Riley and Dylan are so much fun. Their constant bickering is just making everything hotter. And when they finally fall in bed together … they just burn the sheets ;) I loved the whole idea of them being meant to be together but never realizing it until that moment when faith (in the form of cleverly written matching program) throws them together after ten years of separation. I can guarantee that you will enjoy this short romantic story. The perfect fit for a cold winter night. It’s a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Story I love Drew and Kate. Drew cracks me up every single time without fail and this short story wasn’t an exception. It was really interesting to visit the characters few year later and to see how they settled into married life. The reference to Christmas Carol was a really good idea and I loved the reminder that family and loved once should always come first. This short story is definitely recommended to all Tangled lovers. You won’t be disappointed. Saving Grace  I floved the main characters in this story. It was fun to see a heroine who is somewhat of a klutz and not perfect at all. And Jacob… yummy – British billionaire playboy who falls the moment he sees Grace. And with that we have the perfect ingredients for a great romantic story. And of course I wasn’t disappointed. There were some quite hilarious moment that made me laugh quite hard and there were some quite hot scenes that definitely left me breathless. So I would just say that this was another perfect addition to the anthology. Safe In His Arms The Anderson Series is one of my favorite series and I will read pretty much everything Melody Anne writes. Well, Hawk and Natalie didn’t disappoint. It was definitely interesting to see how to completely different personalities fall in love against all odds. It was for sure fun to read about Hawk’s fall from the playboy bachelor lines and it was really great to see short glimpses of the lives of some of my favorite characters from other Melody Anne books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short story and can’t wait to read the rest of the stories in this series. Rekindle The Flame This is the first book I read by Kate Meader but definitely it’s not going to be the last one. This is a short heartfelt story about love lost and found, about what it takes to be who you are, no matter of other people’s opinion. I loved Beck and Darcy and the whole fated to be together vibe of the story. It was great to see their reunion after year being apart and finding their way back to each other. The feeling of strong family values was a great touch and I would love to read more about the Dempsey brothers and the people who are going to fulfill their lives. This is definitely a good story to relax during a cold winter night. As a whole this is a great anthology by some of the best author out there. You won't be disappointed if you decide to dive into it during the cold winter nights.