Baby, It’s Cold Outside, HelenKay Dimon

If I can admit to liking Air Supply, I can admit to loving this book, right? This book reminded me of a lot of the early Harlequin Presents with the asshole boss who accuses the secretary of stealing and doesn’t listen. In fact, at the beginning of the book I was flashing back to a classic: Judith McNaught’s Double Standards. At the end when Nick…Well, I won’t spoil either book. However, with Baby, It’s Cold Outside, the secretary wasn’t a shy virgin and the asshole hero wasn’t always an asshole, and you never feel like at some point the cops are going to need to be called to protect the heroine from the hero.

My biggest complaint with this book is Linc doesn’t do NEARLY enough groveling. I know. I know. I’m a Grovel Slut, and there’s never enough to suit me, but what Linc does to Thea was pretty bad, and I don’t think he fully realizes HOW bad it was. Yeah, he had reasons, but he still handled the situation completely wrong and I felt he needed to recognize it. And learning about his childhood, while it made me sympathetic towards him, wasn’t enough to make up for him not crawling for Thea. I’m hoping we get Chelsea’s book, because there’s a backstory there I’m really interested in learning more about.

Thea for her part forgives him a little too easily. There were several points in the book where I would have had Linc physically removed if any guy behaved the way he did. Since we got glimpses into this temper and backbone Thea supposedly has, I would have liked to have seen more of it.

Basically, I just wanted this to be a full-length book. LOL. I think it would have done much better in a longer format. And possibly even more grovel.

All that said, I still really enjoyed it. And the opening scene was pretty damn hot.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Grovel Issues
aka The Fish With Sticks

Rating: 3.5

A Bookish Adventure, Part 1 (#10 of 30)

Waaaaay back in March, I found out that the Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention was going to be here in Los Angeles. I wasn’t planning on going, until I found out that my good pal Katie was attending. Since she lives in Iowa (for a few more weeks at least. LOL) we try to take whatever opportunity we get to get together for a visit.

I’m SOOO glad I went. I met a bunch of authors whom I have been speaking to on Twitter, not to mention I collected yet another Librarian pal, Shayera. LOL I seem to have a lot of those. I met Katie and Shayera the day before the big signing, and we went to this “un-conference” that was fascinating, and it was followed by a cocktail party across the street, and afterword the three of us went up to Katie’s room where we proceeded to talk books for way too long before Shayera and I left. The next day, we again met up with Katie and proceeded to perform a military strike on the book signing!

So. Much. Fun. Oh, and be sure to click on the pictures. Hee!

*tap tap tap* “Pardon me. May I take a picture of your leg?” Me, to Carina Press Executive Editor Angela James.

Here I am with Bella Andre.

…And here I am with KB Alan who was nice enough to spend some time chatting with me while I was waiting for Bella…

…Did you know Jami Alden and Bella Andre are best friends? Here I am with Jami…

Cherry Adair was a hoot! Really funny lady. Got a little too friendly, though. LOL…

HelenKay Dimon whom I’ve been chatting with pretty regularly on Twitter. Since she’s fairly local, I may head down to meet her at a San Diego RWA event one of these days…

Robyn Carr. I LOVE her Virgin River books. I was so pleased to be able to meet her and let her know how very much I loved the first book in the series, especially. There’s a scene between Jack and Mel which was so well done, and I cry buckets whenever I read it…

And finally (for this post, anyway) Sarah Wendell. Visiting with Katie aside, she’s one of the reasons I went. I read her site Smart Bitches, Trashy Books all the time and find her to be smart, witty, and clever. With her first book (co-written with Candy Tan) and her second, she’s done a lot to try to change the way people view romance novels. I did lie to her, though. I told her that her book was the only one I was going to buy. I lied. I ended up buying one other book. More on that in a few days…

That’s it for tonight. I’ll wrap up my Romantic Times adventures in a few days.

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka A Bookish Fish