Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, January 24, 2014

Week ending January 24, 2014

Dimon, HelenKay. Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Samhain. (Men at Work, Bk. 1). Feb. 2014. 159p. ebk. ISBN 9781619220423. $4.50. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
The attraction between Thea Marshall and her boss Lincoln Campbell can’t go unheeded anymore. Ignoring company policy, Thea and Linc engage in a steamy tryst in his office that leaves them both hungry for more. But their passion cools as if doused with ice water when a PI arrives with proof that Thea stole from Linc’s company. With no choice but to fire her,  despite the evidence Linc can’t forget her. He tracks her down nine weeks later at her family’s cabin. What he finds is an angry and pregnant Thea. Linc can’t be a father; his only example was a deadbeat dad. And there’s still his continued attraction to Thea. Can Lincoln learn to trust himself and Thea to make a family work?
Verdict This first title in the “Men at Work” series by Dimon (A Simple Twist of Fate) is sweet and sexy. Thea declares her innocence consistently, which is refreshing; no wallflower here.Christyna Hunter, Loudoun Cty. P.L., Lovettsville, VA

Gilmer, Candice. Before His Eyes. Samhain. (Guys & Godmothers, Bk. 2). Feb. 2014. 213p. ebk. ISBN 9781619219267. $4.50. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
beforehiseyes012414In this second installment in the “Guys and Godmothers” series, Bruce and Greta have been communicating on Facebook and by text for six months. For Bruce, a self-professed “man whore,” this is a new experience; he is into Greta, but he has never actually met her. Greta is a highly successful ebook author suffering from a traumatic incident involving a dog. However, Bruce’s most significant relationship is with his dog Steve. Unfortunately, in a kind of reverse “Gift of the Magi” moment, when Greta finds out about Steve’s dog, she cuts off all communication. Enter Lilly Bloom, Bruce’s fairy godmother tasked with engineering a happily ever after for Bruce despite the challenges of the relationship and some bad decisions. She is additionally challenged to use as little magic as possible.
Verdict This sexually charged novel by Gilmer (Mission of Christmas) makes a strong point about appearances versus the underlying substance in human relationships. The mostly behind-the-scenes operation of the paranormal characters is subtle and effective. Highly recommended.—Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Lib., CA