Baby, it’s Cold Outside by Vanessa Devereaux

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Vanessa Devereaux
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: Short Story (32 pages)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

U.S Marshal Ben McGinley decided to work during the holidays. He’s been tracking John Hensen for three days and finally thinks he has him cornered. He comes up empty-handed, but then things take an unexpected turn. While he’s in Hensen’s house, in walks Jade Wallis, daughter of a local bail bond owner. She mistakes him for Hensen…or is she playing with him? Has Jade had her sight set on Ben for months? And was being assigned the job a Christmas bonus from her father? Will a snowstorm be an unexpected gift for both them?

Baby, it’s Cold Outside had a wonderful start. It was sexy with some great punch lines throw in. Things started to heat up, slowly, dragging out the sexual tension between Ben and Jade. It was turning out to be a delicious hot read.

Unfortunately, after the lights went out in the story, things stopped flowing so smoothly. The interactions between the characters became stilted, even awkward at times. It didn’t matter that Ben was a “real man” that cried for his son, or that Jade’s plan had exceeded expectations. Just like it had appeared, the magic between them evaporated. Small issues niggled, like one point in the story when Jade is wearing Ben’s shirt because “he must have taken it off before she’d arrived.” If he was investigating a criminal’s house why would he have the need to take off his shirt and then put his sweater back on?

What saves Baby, It’s Cold Outside, from being a bad reading experience is the vividly scorching descriptions and the killer beginning (I’m still grinning about a few of the lines there).  It was still a good read, but it could have been superb as this author is clearly talented.  I’ll be on the look out for more from her.

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