ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS (4.5) by Lori Wilde, Kathleen O’Reilly & Candace Havens: This short and sweet trio of stories is centered by the late-night torching of a local tourist attraction in the small town of Pine Crest, Va. In Wilde’s “Christmas Kisses,” the investigation nudges a local police sergeant and defense attorney back toward a sizzling attraction they’d previously agreed would never work. O’Reilly’s “Baring It All” brings the past to the present, reuniting a local EMT with a painful secret relationship from his youth. And Havens’ “A Hot December Night” makes a hero out of a local fireman who’s got his own fire burning for the new event planner in town. With no filler, these Christmas tales get straight to the bell jingling for a perfect holiday gift.