ARC Review – In from the Cold by Meg Adams

This novel was classic romance at its finest. Sweet, nostalgic and sexy, it’s perfect to curl up with on a cold winter day. ~ Afrodyt, Guilty Pleasures

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Perfect families don’t always start with perfect ingredients.

Professional nanny Claire Iverson has wiped enough noses, butts and spills to qualify for a PhD in raising kids. She knows a toddler with a potty crisis when she sees one, and it’s clear this child’s impossibly handsome father doesn’t, since he’s sound asleep on the flight to Jackson, Wyoming.

Getting burned by her ex-boyfriend left her gun-shy around men, but when it comes to this beautiful little girl, she has to speak up. Just her luck, it turns out the man she just dressed down is her new boss.

Between his roles as full-time CEO and full-time father, Drake Driscoll is exhausted. If he can seal the next deal at his upcoming holiday house party, he’ll have room to breathe. He never expected for his daughter’s new nanny to take his breath away.

Claire hesitates to accept the warmth that beckons in Drake’s arms. But soon their attraction ignites, pulling them in deeper than either of them expected. Into passion that could weld them forever—or burn them to cinders.

Product Warnings: Hot chocolate, cozy fires, snowball fights and sizzling ski hut sex = one very merry holiday!

Review copy provided for an honest review

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The story starts out in a busy airport where Claire Iverson meets and begins playing with the atruegemawardcutest little girl who happens to be traveling with her inattentive dad. A dad who is, of course, sexy as hell. Drake Driscoll is on his way to a two week working vacation in Jackson, Wyoming over the Christmas holiday with his three year old daughter. He doesn’t get to spend much quality time with her and is hoping to have the best of both worlds in taking on being a full-time dad and being a businessman. His potential client has promised a full time nanny to care for the children while Drake stays in the guesthouse. Little does he know that the sexy and sweet, yet tough as nails, young woman who has helped him in the airport with his daughter is going to also be staying with him in the guesthouse for the next two weeks.

Unfortunately, his former best friend’s ex-wife, Sharon, and their young daughter are also staying in the guesthouse and man oh man is SHE a piece of work! Sparks are flying left and right and not always the good kind. Everyone in the house is carrying around some serious emotional baggage. So even though the attraction between Claire and Drake is mutual, Claire is scared to death of getting hurt again and tries to thwart Drake’s advances.

Drake is swoon-worthy in that “imperfect but great dad” sort of way. As the CEO of a successful security business, he is effective at getting what he wants. He has Claire in his sights and he’s not taking “No” for an answer. Drake’s seduction game is on point because he is more than ready to break the dry spell he had been in since his divorce. Claire doesn’t stand a chance of not ending up in his bed.

Their coupling was yummy, steamy and cozy. I thoroughly enjoyed them falling for each other. The sex scenes were like the blasts of heat you get when you open the oven while baking. They weren’t elaborate and drawn out, but went on just long enough to make you feel it, then the story would proceed.

There was a fair amount of drama, angst and insecurity, but like the sex, it wasn’t drawn out and resolved itself in good time. The story moved along at a brisk pace but felt believable. Drake and Claire’s wounds were compatible enough that they worked for them instead of against them and that really eased the tension for me.

I love romance novels because no matter what happens I can count on the “happily ever after.” This novel was classic romance at its finest. Sweet, nostalgic and sexy, it’s perfect to curl up with on a cold winter day. Or in my case, a four hour flight. I loved it!

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