In a scintillating follow-up to last year's Arabesque Christmas anthology, editor Monica Harris introduces three new love stories sure to thrill every reader with the wonder, magic and innocence of the Yuletide season in HOLIDAY CHEER.

In Shirley Hailstock's "Invitation to Love," estranged lovers Elizabeth Gregory and James Hill have an errant package and a migraine headache to thank for their reunion during the "twelve days of Christmas"! In their quest to recapture the love they shared before tragedy and despair ripped them apart, Elizabeth and James embark on a holiday journey that leads to love, passion and healing.

Rochelle Alers has a heartwarming tale of love the second time around in "First Fruits." When Shelby Carter agrees to rewrite the curriculum for an exclusive Manhattan boys' school, she never imagined she'd be earning extra-credit in the arms of the handsome headmaster, Marshall Grant. As she teachers him the principles of Kwanzaa, he teaches her the wonders of love.

Angela Benson's "Friend and Lover" is a hilarious, sensual romp of friends turning into lovers. Reed Lewis has loved his best friend, Paige Taylor, for years. In a determined effort to make his New Year's dreams come true, Reed pulls out all the stops. Paige tries to fight her attraction to Reed, but when he brings in his secret weapon-his 80-year-old, 5-foot-nothing, 80-pound grandmother named Big Momma-she loses her heart to the incorrigible grandmother/grandson duo.

Arabesque's HOLIDAY CHEER is another timeless collection filled with love, fantasy and the holiday spirit. (Dec., 320 pp. $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cheryl Ferguson