BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE ANTHOLOGY
by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne & Kate Meader
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…
by Kristen Proby
BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
I approach Jeanette at the desk again with a smile.
“I’m sorry, I forgot to ask for my instructor’s name, and where am I supposed to meet him?”
“Oh, I should have said,” she replies and flicks her fingers over the keys. “It looks like he’s right over there.”
She points to two men standing by the front entrance. I thank her with a nod and approach both men. One is young; he has to still be in high school. Maybe college. He’s all gangly arms and long legs and doesn’t look like he’s ever shaved a day in his life.
He must be the student before me.
The other man is tall, much taller than my five foot four. He has golden blond hair that is long, just touching his collar, and begs for a woman’s fingers to dive into it.
Jesus, down girl.
He’s wearing black ski pants, but he’s taken off his jacket, revealing a dark blue North Face fleece that molds around strong arms crossed over his impressive chest.
Hello, hot ski instructor.
“Hi.” I stop next to Mr. Hottie and hold my hand out to him. “I’m Grace, your next victim.”
Bold, green eyes turn down to mine and he grins slowly, closing his large hand around mine.
“I’m just going to apologize now,” I continue, my mouth rambling. I’m completely unable to control it.
He’s so damn hot. Why can’t I be one of those women who loses her words when confronted with a delicious man?
“This could very well be the worst two days of your life.”
The kid next to him starts to speak, but Mr. Hottie holds up a hand, stopping him. He nods and the kid leaves us alone.
“Why do you say that, darling?”
Holy Jesus on a stick, the man has a British accent.
And cue the wet panties.
“I’m a bit of a klutz.” I cringe and pull my hand out of his grasp. “But my friends are making me learn to ski. I’m your two o’clock.”
“It’s nice to meet you, Grace. I’m Bax.”
“Bax? ” I ask with a frown. “Did your mother not like you or something?”
Bax laughs, showing off a gorgeous smile, with one tooth just barely crooked in the front. His chin is covered in stubble, and I have to ball my hands into fists to keep from reaching up and plunging my fingers in that thick blond hair that I can now see has flecks of gold and copper running through it.
“It’s short for Baxter, which is my last name.”
“Well, that’s nice, but we’re not sixteen. What’s your first name?”
He cocks a brow and tilts his head, watching me closely and then says softly, “Jacob.”
“Much better,” I reply with a smile. “I hope you don’t mind if I call you Jacob while we work together?”
“No, darling, I don’t mind.”
If he keeps calling me “darling” in that accent, I might jump him in the snow.
“Okay, well, I’m ready when you are.”
“You look like you’re walking out before the firing squad,” he laughs as he shrugs into his coat.
“I feel like it.”
“Don’t worry, love, I won’t let you get hurt.”
He opens the door and ushers me out ahead of him.
“First, we need to walk over to the rental shop to get you some boots, skis, and poles.”
“I’m glad I get poles,” I say with a laugh. “Balance isn’t my strong suit.”
He chuckles, and as I look up at him, my foot slips on a patch of ice and down I go, whoomp, flat on my ass.
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.
About The Authors:
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.
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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