Baby, It's Cold Outside

Men at Work, Book 1

If this is your first experience reading HelenKay Dimon then I can assure you it won’t be your last. "Baby It’s Cold Outside" is just a wonderful example of this author’s ability to instantly draw her readers into her stories. Dimon is very generous and effusive with her treatment of men and women alike. Her women are strong, independent and yet still feminine and sexy. Her men are hot, flawed and not whiny, which is definitely a plus in my book.

Thea doesn’t really have a plan. She loves her job, the people she works with, and her boss. She’s made all attempts to keep a professional distance with Linc, her boss. But Thea never considered how she affected Linc until that one night where it became very apparent that neither one could keep their hands off each other. The sparks would fly when Linc and Thea were in close proximity. They each prided themselves on their self-control and ability to mask these growing feelings. And there was no denying that feelings were involved, it wasn’t just a case of unresolved lust.

Neither Linc nor Thea could afford giving in to these feelings or their mutual attraction. In this day and age human resource departments are founts of rules concerning workplace relationships. Sexual harassment is not just a random threat for companies. This is taken very seriously.

When Thea find herself in the crosshairs after the one time lack of judgment and restraint, the only defense she can think of is repeated assurances that it had been mutually consented to. Thea had initially felt that the one time with Linc had affected him as much as it had her. But now she was forced to reevaluate her impression. Sure they would have to remain business-like at the office and cordial, but Linc wasn’t cordial – he was cold.

Thea was totally in the dark why there was this palpable air of tension, all directed her way. And to make matters worse, everyone seemed to think she knew exactly why fingers were pointing in her direction. Could their one moment of poor judgment have put her job in jeopardy? Did their actions in some way disgust Linc and threaten their working relationship?

Thea was hell-bent on assuring them all that she had no desire to pursue any legal steps and as far she was concerned it was something that would never happen again. She valued her position in the company too much.

But events were going to escalate as if they had a life of their own. Next thing you know Thea is summarily fired and escorted from the building. Her head is spinning. All those questions they posed--just what did they have to do with her relationship with Linc? They were treating her like a thief. None of it made sense but Thea had no time to digest any of it. Next thing she knew she was out of a job.

She needed time to make sense of all this and so she left town for a place where she felt safe, her parents' quite secluded cabin. The last thing she ever expected was to find Linc at her door. Even though the attraction was as strong as ever Linc just couldn’t let go of his suspicious nature where Thea was involved. The biggest hurdle was regaining Linc’s trust. But how do you do that when you are still in the dark about what exactly you are accused of? Neither one is getting to the root of their problem. Thea finds it impossible to keep fighting her attraction and her feeling for this man. And Linc seems determined to stay the course. Confusing to say the least.

Affairs of the heart are never easy but in "Baby It’s Cold Outside" it becomes evident there is something more sinister at play. Love and trust go hand in hand. There is a lot at stake and Dimon builds to a satisfying conclusion, letting us play at being an amateur sleuth right to the very end.

Book Blurb for Baby, It's Cold Outside

He usually gets what he wants. What he wants is her…and all that comes with her.

Sex in the office? Lincoln Campbell knows better. His assistant, Thea Marshall, is off limits—until her back hits the door and her clothes come off. The next day brings more than morning-after regrets. It brings damning evidence that Thea stole business secrets.

Three months later, he can’t shake the doubts in his gut, so he heads for Thea’s family cabin by the lake, ready to talk. He’s not ready for the woman who answers the door. She was shapely before…and it won’t be long before she’s a totally different shape.

After Linc escorted her off company property while her protestations of innocence fell on deaf ears, facing off with him now isn’t exactly Thea’s idea of a good time. She needs a few more weeks to plan the drastically different direction her life has taken, but now he’s here—and refusing to leave.

With a storm rolling in and snow piling up, there’s nothing to do but face the past…and try to resist the real man behind the suit.

Warning: A hot businessman who usually gets what he wants. A strong woman who refuses to be pushed around—on the morning after, or any other time. And a cabin where the showdown begins.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2014 4.00