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Baby, It’s Still Cold Outside! Review and New Release: ‘Tis the Season to be Kissed by Amy Andrews

Brrrr! It definitely IS cold outside here–and I know just what will warm me up–another holiday-themed novella from Entangled’s new series….

Title: ‘Tis the Season to be Kissed
Author: Amy Andrews
Genre: Contemporary holiday romance
Published: 2013
Pages: 70
Format read: ebook
Rating: A-

This past Monday, the latest novella in the Baby, It’s Cold Outside series was released–Amy Andrews’s ‘Tis the Season to be Kissed. It’s one novella that definitely knows how to heat things up!

Kindergarten teacher Tamara is spending New Year’s Eve alone. All alone. Her good friend Georgia–who herself is spending the evening at Times Square, where no doubt there will be plenty of kissing–has loaned her the use of her family’s tiny Vermont vacation cabin for the holiday. Tamara has exiled herself because she knows that kissing–even kissing strangers at a ball drop–is dangerous. Kissing leads to other things, and Tamara isn’t prepared to participate in those kinds of activities, not anymore–or at least, not without the promise of more. She’s ready for Mr. Right, and she’s not about to risk her heart for another Mr. Only Right For Now, not even if he’s an awesome kisser.

The last thing Sergeant Luke Jackson was expecting when he walked through the door of his family’s cabin was to be attacked by a diminutive intruder. Fresh from Afghanistan, he hadn’t told his family he was coming sooner than expected–and had been hoping for a shower, a nap, and a quiet New Year’s at the cabin. Once he manages to convince Tamara that he’s not an intruder, though, sleep is the last thing on his mind…

Poor Tamara. She tries so hard to stick to her no casual sex resolution, explaining earnestly (if a little drunkenly–when she arrived at the cabin, she couldn’t find the matches and so decided to warm up by wearing every item of clothing in her suitcase and drinking a batch of spiked egg nog) how even kissing is too dangerous for her to try. Good kissing, she explains, will only lead to more–it’s essentially a gateway drug for…other things.

She sighed and looked at him. “Gateway drug.”

He cleared his throat. “Right,” he said and hoped it came out a lot more manly than it sounded.

“You know what bugs me?” she asked. “Men think because we’re women, we don’t understand what it’s like to be ruled by our libidos. That we don’t need sex as much as them.”

She snorted and Luke blinked at the vehemence of it. “That’s just crap, you know? ’Cause I can tell you, after twelve months of dating and really trying hard to find the one and failing miserably, my libido is really freakin’ loud.”

She looked him up and down, her gaze fanning over every inch of his body, and Luke’s belly clenched at the sudden clarity and frankness there. “How about it?” she said, zeroing in on his mouth like she was already kissing it deep and wet and hungry exactly the way she’d described to him.

Every single cell he owned screamed yes. He’d been in a war zone for nine months and getting laid had been pretty much at the top of his things-to-do-when-I-get-home list. His dick was definitely voting yes.

But he couldn’t do it.

She was drunk. Amusing, cute, and funny as hell with it, but still obviously under the influence. And it didn’t take a genius to figure out Tamara was a good girl who was really going to hate herself tomorrow when she remembered this conversation.

Poor Luke. He tries so hard to be a gentleman.

‘Tis the Season to be Kissed is a fun, steamy read. I loved both Tamara and Luke’s characters, and thoroughly enjoyed watching them try their best to resist their attraction to each other.One of my favorite parts was the Scrabble game–Luke wanted to play the strip variation, but Tamara turned him down–so he went for the dirty words version instead. What a fantastic scene!

Other than wanting to read more of these two characters, I can’t find a single complaint with this novella. If you’re looking for a fun and sexy read when the snow begins to fly, this one’s an excellent choice!

One more Baby It’s Cold Outside novella to go–tune in next week!

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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