Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Review -- Baby It's Cold Outside

Baby It’s Cold Outside
Alaskan Nights—Book 1
By Addison Fox
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Release Date: November 1, 2011

Free-lance writer Sloan McKinley is at her wit’s end with her mother’s constant “When are you getting married?” Sloan is tired of the objectionable men her mother insists would be perfect for her. After enduring an embarrassing Thanksgiving with her family and while sharing a ride home with one of said objectionable men, Sloan is grateful for the interruption of a text from her best friend, Grier. Grier is in Indigo, Alaska wading through a legal mess in regards to her deceased father’s estate. She begs Sloan to come and lend support to which Sloan immediately accepts and views it as a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City...and her mother.

Walker Montgomery is Grier’s lawyer and the grandson of the town’s mayor, Sophie Montgomery. Sophie and her two closest friends host an annual competition for bachelorettes to possibly (and hopefully) win the hearts of their grandsons. Soon after Sloan McKinley arrives, she decides to do a story about the competition—getting the scoop about the hosts, the events, and the competitors. Walker challenges her to enter the contest to get the story “right”. She agrees but only if he will enter the bachelor auction...something he has been able to avoid for years. He agrees and takes her on a tour of the town, which opens her eyes and shows her that Indigo isn’t what she thought it would be.

Baby It’s Cold Outside is the first book in Addison Fox’s Alaskan Nights series. I enjoyed this fun, sexy story set in a cozy, small town full of charming people. Sloan and Walker are intriguing characters who are instantly drawn to one another. For Sloan, coming to Indigo starts off as helping a friend, but turns into much more than that. It becomes a journey of self-discovery. She learns things about herself that she may never have learned had she not left home. This exchange between Sloan and Walker takes place while he shows her around Indigo:

“It’s beautiful. And unexpected. Pretty much like everything else in this town.”

“You haven’t been here that long.”

“And hardly anything is what I thought it would be.

“What were you expecting?” ...

... “I’ve spent my life in an environment that’s all about expectations. And I guess I never realized how many of them I had myself. It’s sort of an irritating discovery, truth be told.”



It was one of my favorite scenes between the two. Walker has his own demons to overcome and what he does for Sloan at the end of the book made me smile in a big way. :)

The secondary characters are appealing and add depth and it’s clear who will be paired up in the future books of the series. I’m just sad that I have to wait a whole year until my next trip to Indigo! Until then, I’ll simply revisit everyone in Baby It’s Cold Outside and recommend that you do, too!


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  1. Thanks for another terrific review, Andrea.

    This is another new author for me and it does sound like a lovely read; just in time for the holidays. I'm convinced!

  2. Great review Andrea

    I have heard lots of good things about this book and I look forward to reading it

    Have Fun

  3. "Baby It's Cold Outside" sounds wonderful. Thank you for the great review. Another find.

  4. I'd love to visit Indigo, Alaska!! Sounds like a great trip. Nice review!

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  5. Thanks, Flora! Addison has previously pubbed paranormal romances (Gannon has reviewed a couple), so this is her first contemporary. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. Thanks, Helen! I do believe you would love this book. ;-)

  7. Thanks, marybelle! If you read it, I'd love to hear what you think. :)

  8. Thanks, Laurie! I love small town romances and this one was quite a treat. *g*

  9. This sounds like a fun book! I'll have to add it to my ever growing buy list...

  10. haven't read addison's book. but i enjoy with the review

    thanks Andrea ;)

  11. Loved the review I will have to check out this book when it comes out. Thanks for the review..


  12. Maria, it is a fun book. And I have a list like that, too!

  13. Thanks, Eli! If you read it, I hope you enjoy it. :)

  14. Thanks, Donna! If you like contemps, you'll enjoy this one. ;-)

  15. This is a new author to me but have heard a lot of good things about this book. Would love to read it.

  16. I'm looking forward to this one, Andrea---it's sitting in my TBR pile, as we speak. ;-)

    I love Addison's other books, so I'm sure I'll love this one, too.

    Thanks for the great review!

  17. I have been hearing about this book and it truly sounds like one that I would love to read. Cannot wait to get my hands on it!

  18. I hope you get the chance to, Virginia!

  19. I'm sure you'll love it, Gannon!

  20. Connie, if you like small town romances with a few quirky characters thrown in, this one is right up your alley!

  21. LOVE this! Had not heard of this author before. I'm a big fan of books set in Alaska. :)


  22. Thanks, Tami! I've never been to Alaska, but *man*, reading this made we want to visit. I hope you enjoy!

  23. Towns in out of the way places are special. The Northwest and Alaska are pretty much a world unto themselves compared to the rest of the country. Life is a bit different, more basic. It is a good way to find who you really are and what is important to you.
    This sounds like an enjoyable read and a nice place to go back to visit.

  24. You are absolutely right, librarypat. That is what makes this one special!