I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Baby, It's Cold Outside Published by Samhain on February 25, 2014
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He usually gets what he wants. What he wants is her…and all that comes with her.
Men at Work, Book 1
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.
I wanted to like this one more than I did but the hero just pissed me off so royally that I couldn’t quite find it in my heart to forgive him completely. I can’t say that I didn’t understand why he reacted the way he did but dammit she deserved better than what he did to her.
Thea has worked for Lincoln as his assistant for a while now and has always harbored a crush on the man. She’s understandably shocked when the walls finally come down between them and they spend an amazing night together. This amazing night turns in to a nightmare the next day when he treats her coldly and then fires her with no explanation as to why. When she finds out that she’s been accused of corporate espionage she’s shocked but crushed that he wouldn’t even let her defend herself or know what he was accusing her of. She’s even more distraught to find out that she’s pregnant but knows that she will give this child something special and love it even though the father is a man who she wishes she could forget. I liked her strength in knowing that she would defend the child no matter what but that she also didn’t plan on not telling him once she was safely past the riskiest time in most pregnancies.
Lincoln … I’m trying to come up with something nice about him and to be honest he’s a selfish prick most of the story. He’s such a driven man and finding out about his childhood makes it possible to sort of feel for him but dammit he’s just so selfish and righteous that it just pissed me off. He’s so willing to believe the worst about the woman who has been his rock that I just wanted to scream at her to run far far away. I felt for him in some respects but he’s just too arrogant for me to completely soften to him even though I think that once the truth came out he might have actually realized what he almost lost because of his arrogance. Yes the evidence was pretty damning but it might have been nice if he was at least willing to talk to her and give her the chance to explain that while the evidence was damning it wasn’t 100% conclusive.
Anyway… if you can get past his arrogance there is a good story here and I am looking forward to more in this series where we can hopefully see a bit more of Thea and Lincoln so I can maybe just maybe like him a bit more…
Special thanks to HelenKay Dimon for giving me the chance to read this one early. While Lincoln didn’t work for me 100% I still can’t wait for more…