“Cute story! I love fun romances like this, and the details about Alaska provided an interesting backdrop.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The writing was all over the place. The characters were pretty "run of the mill." The only thing this book had going for it was the setting, but the author didn't do a great job of transporting me there either. Disappointing, even for a "fluff" novel.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Cute story! I love fun romances like this, and the details about Alaska provided an interesting backdrop.”Diane Kelly wrote this review Sunday, February 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a fun book. I really like romances that take place in Alaska (something about long cold nights and rugged men) and this was one of the best ones I've read. Sloan got a call from her friend Grier and headed up to Alaska for some moral support. Pretty soon she found herself involved in the local bachelor contest while writing an article about it. She was especially interested in Walker, who was interested in her on a purely temporary basis - or so he thought. Sloan was a very independent modern woman who was being driven nuts by her mother. Mom is determined to marry her off and keeps throwing different men her way. When Grier called Sloan was only too happy to head for Alaska. When she gets there she jumps right in to helping Grier deal with a hostile half-sister and seemingly unwelcoming town. She also finds herself attracted to hot bachelor Walker, but sees no sense in getting involved since she won't be in town for long. But they really strike sparks off each other and bait each other into participating in the grandmothers' contest. Sloan discovers that Alaska isn't what she expected and finds her attitudes changing. She falls in love with the town, but still expects to leave when she is done writing her article. She also falls in love with Walker but can't seem to get him to see the possibilities. Walker is a good looking guy who is a confirmed bachelor. He doesn't believe in love and happily-ever-after thanks to his father's philandering. He does care about his grandmother in spite of her matchmaking attempts. He is immediately attracted to Sloan, but knows she'll be leaving to tries to avoid starting anything. But with Alaska's woman shortage there are a lot of men in town who are very interested in her too and he soon finds himself unwillingly jealous. He keeps trying to convince himself that he's just having a fling with her, but soon has to admit his feelings to himself. He very nearly loses her, but has a fantastic "go big or go home" moment at the end. Besides Sloan and Walker, there is a town full of fantastic other characters. Most notable are his two friends and fellow bachelors Mick and Roman, who will star in the next two stories. Sloan's friend Grier has her own troubles that Sloan tries to help her with, and they make friends with local woman Avery. There are some wonderfully funny times, including a townwide snowball fight. Sloan's interviews with townspeople and bachelorettes highlight some of the best things about the town and help open her eyes to the possibilities. There are also some very heartfelt moments when the ladies and men are dealing with their issues. I can't wait to read Grier and Mick's story.”ScoutmomSKF wrote this review Tuesday, October 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this book very much. The idealized vision of the small town that we all dream about in our quiet moments. The heroine is perfect. She is flawed with baggage and "expectations". She grows though while helping her friend (and others) in the small town. Her love interest however is an emotional wienie who gets thrown sideways ALL THE TIME when anything like adult emotion comes through. He finally grows up. ”Rexiena n wrote this review Saturday, June 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Baby It’s Cold Outside is the first book in Addison Fox’s contemporary romance Alaskan Nights series. It’s tough being the first book in any series because you have to spend a lot of time introducing characters, building and painting the sets of our minds’ stages, and somehow manage to tell a good story that sets us up for all the books to follow. Sadly many times the first book is the best in the series, never quite capturing the same magic or charm in the books that come after it. Even more frequent, however, the first book is a weak read, trying to be too many things all at the same time. I am happy to report that Fox’s first foray into contemporary romance was not a disappointment. Coming in at nearly 400 pages, there was plenty of description, but I never felt burdened by it. In fact, I finished the book in only two days. I just liked these characters enough to want to hang-out with them on a Saturday afternoon.
Set in the fictional town of Indigo, Alaska, city girls and best friends Sloan McKinley and Grier Thompson find themselves, at first, clearly as fish out of water. While all of us have probably had that experience at least once in our lives and can completely relate to the feelings of disorientation and awkwardness, I have to note a personal connection here. I grew up in California where it is sunny and warm, but have been living around the Midwest for the last twenty years, including two years in Minnesota, where I discovered that you can actually feel the difference between -20 and -30. Cold isn’t just cold. Minnesota was also one of the best places I’ve ever lived. I was inclined to like the people of Indigo who chose to make their home in a place where you plug your car in at night so it will start in the morning, aren’t embarrassed to wear a hat no matter how unfashionable it may be in the name of preventing frostbite, and Mother Nature routinely puts on a breath-taking show of northern lights. Like me, it didn’t take long for these city girls to begin to see their snowy surroundings through different eyes.
The main focus of this book is the love story between Sloan and Grier’s attorney, Walker Montgomery. Walker is one of “the grandsons.” The grandsons have grown up together and are friends, but each, while ruggedly hunky, has carved out his own niche. Mick O’Shaughnessy is a talented pilot, Roman Forsyth is a paparazzi-followed playboy, local legend and professional hockey player in New York, and Sloan’s Walker Montgomery is a successful attorney.
Better than a trip down snowy memory lane for me was the cast of Indigo’s inhabitants. I wanted to have breakfast at the diner, walk around the town’s monument to love inscribed with the words, “For those we’re not allowed to keep”, and fly above the mountain peaks in Mick’s plane. The citizens of Indigo are genuine and snarky. I love snarky.
Walker scrubbed a hand over his jaw, the day’s stubble making a satisfying scratch. “There really are no secrets in this town. How’d you find out?”
“The note I got in study hall pretty much tipped me off.”
Even snarky with himself, when Walker first tries to summarize his irrational feelings about Sloan he thinks, “a bright, shiny Zamboni with a heartbreaking smile, warm blue eyes, and truly superior breasts. And that, my friends, is the sign of a man completely losing it.” Don’t you just love a man that can’t help himself from losing it when the right woman comes along?
The story is a relatively predictable one for regular romance readers. There’s no surprise in boy meets girl, boy is attracted to girl against his better judgment, girl is attracted to boy against her better judgment, both give in and live happily-ever-after. But this book is witty, clever, and wonderfully, humanly flawed characters grow. It’s dependable. It’s the one you want to read on the train, on the treadmill, waiting to pick a kid up from practice, or anywhere you are when you’d rather be somewhere else.
This is a romance and there are plenty of intimate moments. Sloan notes, “The cold that had seeped into her bones from the moment she’d fled outside was rapidly replaced with a liquid heat that spread through her like a wild blaze and she knew—with absolute certainty—how the denizens of Alaska stayed warm.” I finished the story with a warm feeling about Indigo and its population of just over 700. I’m looking forward to the next book. Baby It’s Cold Outside sets us up for Mick and Grier’s story, Come Fly With Me, due out in November of 2012, and Roman’s story should follow the year after that. I don’t think Fox is limited to just the grandsons. If each book improves, there is a hearty stock of both quirky and charming bachelors in Indigo just waiting for their romance to find them.”
“This was a great book and I can't wait for the next installment.”Meghan R wrote this review Saturday, March 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The writing was all over the place. The characters were pretty "run of the mill." The only thing this book had going for it was the setting, but the author didn't do a great job of transporting me there either. Disappointing, even for a "fluff" novel.”Angela L wrote this review Friday, February 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very nice and engaging book on romance in small town Alaska. This reminds me of Jill shalvis' romance series. I adored the description of Alaska but I cannot imagine having to wear layers and 4hours of sunlight is romantic at all. I liked the premise of the book. I thought there was too many characters being introduced to set up the succeeding books. Fortunately the story had focused on Sloan and Walker. It is a bit uncanny that all the names of the heroines are gender neutral- Sloan, Avery, and Grier. I am looking forward to the next books in the series.l”ALICE S wrote this review Wednesday, November 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Baby It’s Cold Outside by Addison Fox
Contemporary Romance – Nov. 1st, 2011
Sloan McKinley travels to the small town of Indigo, Alaska to help her best friend out. When Sloan arrives in town, she creates a buzz and she catches the eye of a handsome lawyer named Walker Montgomery. Egged on by Walker, Sloan also joins in the local competition in which single ladies from all over the USA compete for the local bachelors! Will Sloan unwittingly be the one to capture Walker’s elusive, unattainable heart?
This is a fun read in the first of the Alaskan Night Series. Sloan is such a sassy and charming city girl that she reminds me of the girls from Sex and the City series! Sophisticated and determined, she’s the perfect complement for Walker who is her opposite. Rather quiet and serious, Walker is immediately attracted to the outgoing Sloan. Their chemistry seems unstoppable! Despite the differences in their personality and upbringing, I wanted them to end up together! Other than Walker and Sloan, I’m also very curious about the love story between Avery, the small town girl, and Roman, the hockey hotshot. Avery seems like a complex and interesting character. I wonder why Roman didn’t end up with her? I guess I have to wait for their book to be released!
Light and warm, this is a well-written and enjoyable contemporary romance. Definitely a solid read!
Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club