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November 5, 2015

Love It: Baby, It's Cold Outside feat. Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, & Kate Meader

Series: Anthology
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 28, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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!

Searching for You
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...

It's a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol
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...

Saving Grace
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...

Safe in His Arms
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...

Rekindle the Flame
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..




I want to preface this review by mentioning that I did not read Kristen Proby and Melody Anne's shorties as I don't follow the series. 


BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE features novellas from series I follow like Jennifer Probst's Searching For, Emma Chase's Tangled, and Kate Meader's Hot in Chicago series. I don't usually go for holiday-themed reads as well as anthologies, but it's hard to pass up on this one. Aside from having a solid roster of contributors, who doesn't have a lovey-dovey, feel-good Christmasy read?! 


Searching for You (Searching For 2.5) by Jennifer Probst: This is a Kinnection client, second chance at love, story. It's very straightforward, the characters doesn't diddle daddle, the characters got into the meat (hihihi) of things and it just went straight to HEA after. It's romantic, very winter-wonderland-ish. 


It's a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol (Tangled 4.5) by Emma Chase: Drew and Kate are back! Not my favorite, it's very cliche with ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, visitng Drew in his dreams. I'm only thankful Drew was narrating the story. If you've read Emma Chase, you know her male POV tales make the most mundane better. 


Rekindle the Flame (Hot in Chicago 0.5) by Kate Meader: This novella pissed me off! Not because it's horrible, but because it's a novella! Beck is a Dempsey which makes him a potential lead hero for a full-length novel. When the series started, Beck is already coupled with badass chick, Darcy. This is their story, or at least half of it. So I guess you can understand why I'm a little upset Beck and Darcy's reconciliation is a novella when it could've/should've been a 300+ paged novel! That said, I hope you can also discern from my indignation that I loved it hence why I'm complaining that it's too short. 


If you love holiday themed, feel good, lovely, delightful, romantic tales, don't miss BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE. It might be an anthology, 500+ pages of shorties, but it's packed with the good stuff. It'll get you in the mood for beautiful Winter romances, not to mention have you whistling/humming/singing the classic song with the same title (which I find slightly predatory. Read the lyrics. But that's another discussion.).








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39 comments:

  1. I am fifty-fifty with anthologies but I love holiday themed books. Have you ever listened to the words of the song Baby, It's Cold Outside? I call it the Christmas Rape Song. Seriously, listen to it.

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    1. I have! It's so predatory in a catchy, jaunty way lol

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  2. Braine I LOVE holiday anthologies especially ones that cover a series I'm already reading. Thanks for the great review!

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    1. Ooh goody! I hope this make it to your list, it's so feel good! At least the ones I read

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  3. I don't typically read holiday-themed books or anthologies, Braine, but it sounds like this one put a little holiday spirit in you!

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    1. I don't either, I have to thank my slump for making me read this. I don't regret it though

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  4. I love anthologies, so this would be a great read for me. Especially since I need to read some more holiday books before Christmas. Great review!

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    1. Thanks, this will leave you with feel good buzz

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  5. *Gloms ALL the Christmas novellas and anthologies!* Love them!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Yippee! This is perfect for you then :)

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  6. I have this book but the only series I read is the Meader one. It's A Wonderful Christmas Carol sounds like one I wouldn't like. I'm not ao big fan of Christmas novellas but I am looking forward to trying some of these authors

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    1. Gosh why isn't Beck's a full length novel?! Grr!

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  7. I'm one that is okay with anthologies particularly ones with a theme and offer a sampling of series that I like/interested in. I don't always read them all at once if I'm saving one or two stories to read in series order.
    I have not read any of these authors, shocker. ;) Glad they were all moderately good. Ah, yes, I've had a few that would have made a better novel leaving me a little disappointed.

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    1. Anthologies work for me when I'm in a slump... like right now. I'm almost over it though, I'm in the mood to read some Steampunk so that's a good thing, right?

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  8. This sounds like it will be perfect for the upcoming winter months!

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  9. You're right. With a title like Baby, It's Cold Outside it would be hard to pass up this one :) Rekindle The Flame sounds intriguing - because of the passion that it squeezed out of ya :p
    Happy Friday, lovely!

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  10. Well this looks like fun. I haven't had any luck with anthologies as of late, but it seems you liked this one well enough. I might have to try it. I could always use a couple of sweet, light stories for the holidays.

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    1. If you follow the series featured, you won't want to miss out on this one

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  11. It's nice when you find an anthology with good stories like that!

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    1. Yup, risk worth taking as far as I'm concerned

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  12. Anthologies are nice when you like some of the authors and find a new one to like as well.

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    1. I have to try Proby and Anne. Mabe on my next slump/busy week?

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  13. Love when anthologies work out :)

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    1. Love it when every book I read works out. Maybe I won't have slumps

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  14. When I do holiday reads, then do tend to be anthologies for some reason. Might be a good one for the weather right now. :)

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    1. Or you can always save it for next month

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  15. I like to do a holiday read every year, and sometimes they're hard to come by. Will definitely keep this one on the radar.

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    1. You can easily read the stories one at a time, versus chopping the book into several sessions because you're busy. That's what I did with this

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  16. I love holiday reads, I do. I am not a fan of anthologies, but this might be not too bad 500 pages? wow

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    1. Yeah, 100 pages each story on the average?

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  17. I am trying out a few holiday themed reads this year to see how I like them. It does sound fun with how the holiday stories are part of some series that you already follow. That's a shame though that rekindle the Flame was a short story while it had enough potential for a full lenght book. All in all it sounds like a fun holiday anthology and like the stories are long enough with 100 pages each.

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  18. I don't really read anthologies, but this sounds absolutely warming for the Christmas season! I did enjoy Chase's Tangled series (no matter how cliche it was, hehe), so I'd love to get ahold of that short story with the lovely main characters!

    - Aila @ Happy Indulgence

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  19. I hate when characters I want full-lengths from only get novellas. Sigh. Glad you enjoyed their stories, though! I love good Christmas romance, but it has been awhile since I have read any :D

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  20. I'm not particularly a fan of anthologies but Drew makes an appearance so I obviously need to try it! ;)

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  21. Anthologies are like appetizers to me so I'm totally in. I am familiar with Kate Meader's work though so that would be the draw for me.

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