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Review: Baby, It’s Cold Outside Anthology

Posted 2 November, 2014 in Features, Reviews / 10 Comments

Review: Baby, It’s Cold Outside AnthologyTitle: Baby, It's Cold Outside Anthology
Series: Standalone
Author: Emma Chase, Jennifer Probst, Kate Meader, Kristen Proby, Melody Ann
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 28, 2014
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About Baby, It's Cold Outside:

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…

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Review:

Recommended for: anyone who starts singing whenever something says something similar to “I really can’t stay…”

Overall, I liked this a lot more than I like most anthologies. I usually feel like the stories are too short. You know how it is, they’re each so short and there’s so many of them, that by the end they start to run together and I’m so confused that I can’t even write a review. So I liked that there were only five stories here. It was also a great mix of authors I love and new ones. Here are my thoughts from each:

Searching for You by Jennifer Probst – 4 stars

I hadn’t read any of the other Kinnections books since the element of fantasy didn’t really intrigue me (I am a fan of Jennifer’s other books though) But this was definitely cute. I feel like the regular books in the series probably have more fantasy in them, since the character with “the gift” or whatever was barely even in this.

First of all, I need to say it: I love a grown woman who watches Disney movies. Aka, I love myself. In college, my friends and I used to make drinking games to play along while we watched kids movies so that at least one aspect of our night was “mature.”

I also always like a good pining story. Even if it’s a penis doing most of the pining instead of an actual heart or something, lol.

It also seems like Dylan and Riley had an extremely amusing relationship in college. I can totally see that rivalry basically being one big foreplay that never played out, except for that one kiss. What a damn shame that didn’t play out sooner.

The one thing I didn’t love was that it got a little too schmaltzy at times (the empty mansion, the ice skating, Dylan and his “spark,”etc.).

It’s a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol by Emma Chase – 3 stars

Now, this surprises me. Everything I’ve read by Emma has been 5 stars or a high 4 stars. But this pretty much fell flat for me. Sure, Drew was his usual, hilarious self. Mackenzie, adorable as always. The sex, hot, of course.

But the premise was just so unoriginal. Another version of A Christmas Carol. I like the original as much as the next one. I’ve seen the remakes. Hell, I’ve marathoned the remakes so that its hours, hours, and more hours of Ebenezer Scrooge. But when TV shows, movies, and now books, apply the premise to its own characters, I never like it.

I’m kind of bummed that I’ve already read Tied, because this isn’t a great ending for me. I want Drew going out with a bang, and this was more of a fizzle.

Saving Grace by Kristen Proby – 5 stars

This was another case of “I’ve liked a lot of this author’s books but haven’t read this series.” I love the With Me in Seattle books but am making my way through them so slowly that I haven’t been able to take on another one of her series yet. But where I’m still undecided on reading the other Searching For books, I’m definitely reading Love Under the Big Sky.

Bax was gorgeous and charming, but that’s nothing new for a romance novel. For me, the best part was everything Grace. You always read about these female protagonists that are supposed to be oh so awkward and oh so clumsy. But they never actually are. They talk about how clumsy they are in every chapter, yet the only time they’re actually clumsy is either: A. at the beginning of the book when they literally fall into the man’s arms, or B. the defining moment at the end.

But Grace. She was really a mess. And it was totally endearing. And hilarious. I highlighted so much in this story.

Safe in His Arms by Melody Anne – 3 stars

This one was a fun story but not-so-great execution for me. Mostly, it was the sex scenes. I have a short list of things I never want body parts and such referred to during sex scenes, and Melody just worked her way through it. Derriere, behind, underclothing, manhood, and womanhood…it’s just awkward for me. Especially when other aspects of the scene are so explicit. It’s like, what is avoiding the word “ass” accomplishing?

I did love the small town charm and the way Hawk’s family takes in strays all over town and brought in Natalie.

Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader – 4 stars

This one was pretty amusing. Second funniest to Saving Grace. Boy, I loved Mel. And Gabe. They were really great supporting characters. Aside from Mackenzie in the Tangled story (who doesn’t count since I’d already “met” her), they were my favorite supporting characters in the anthology. Yes, they even beat meddling old ladies. Who would’ve thought that was even possible?

The story – rich girl falls for boy from the wrong side of the tracks, he lets her go because he loves her, etc. etc. etc. was less than original. But the execution worked. Not necessarily in terms of great twists or turns or anything, but the dialogue, and stuff like that, made for a really entertaining short story.

Excerpt:

“Safe in His Arms” by Melody Anne in BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Hawk looked on nervously as Natalie stepped close to the top of the ladder, stretching her body as far as it would go to hang a star from the ceiling. His stomach flipped over when he saw the bottom of the ladder wobble. She was going to fall and crack her head wide open!

Rushing away from the wall he’d seemingly been holding up, he grabbed on to the bottom of the ladder to steady it, and got a far too close glimpse of the soft white inch of skin showing on her stomach as she stretched out her arms.

Just when he began getting a good handle on himself and his lustful thoughts, he heard an oof and felt the ladder wobble dangerously. He looked back up just in time to see Natalie slip from the rung she’d been barely holding on to. Letting go of the ladder, he held out his arms, then groaned as she landed safely against his chest, her arms automatically reaching up around his neck.

“Oh my gosh!” Her eyes were wide, her mouth open, and her cheeks flushed.

Hawk didn’t even think, didn’t hesitate. He simply closed what little gap there was between them. He might regret this later. Hell, he would regret this later. But right now, oh yes, he had to taste those lips. Feeling almost as if he were in a trance, he ran his fingers through her long and beautiful hair and pulled her head closer to his.

Hawk tried to rein himself in, but he gave up when his lips brushed hers and he felt her breathing change. His first taste of her was like an explosion of flavor, cherries and mint and heat. A whole hell of a lot of heat.

He held on to her tightly as his mouth demanded her full attention. There was no struggle, no awkwardness. It was as if they were made to fit together. He could go on kissing her all night long.

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About the Authors:

Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels, novellas, and ebooks include the acclaimed Marriage to a Billionaire series, as well as Searching for Someday and Searching for Perfect. She lives in upstate New York. Visit her at www.jenniferprobst.com.

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Emma Chase

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Tangles, Twisted, Tamed, and Tied. She lives in a small town in rural New Jersey with her husband and children. Follow Emma on Twitter and Facebook, or visit her at www.emmachase.net.

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Kristen Proby

Kristen Proby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Loving Cara and Seducing Lauren, as well as the popular With Me in Seattle series. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her at kristenproby.com.

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Melody Anne

Melody Anne is the New York Times bestselling author of the indie published Billionaire Bachelors series, the Baby for the Billionaire series, and the Surrender series, and she has a new series coming soon from Pocket Books. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her at www.melodyanne.com.

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Kate Meader

Kate Meader is the author of the sexy new series Hot in Chicago, coming soon from Pocket Books. When not writing she works in an academic library in Chicago. Visit her at www.katemeader.com.

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10 Responses to “Review: Baby, It’s Cold Outside Anthology”

  1. The second I saw your title–I started singing that song in my head and now I can’t stop it!!!! If I read an anthology one of two things will happen–I will not review it at all (there are some that I purchase myself) or I will do them individually!

    • I’ve never done a blog review of an anthology before. On Goodreads, I usually just wrote one sentence for each story summarizing what I liked. If I separated them, I feel like the reviews would be so short! They’re definitely a toughie category.

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