HOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
A sizzling collection of stories about those irresistible heroes who are not quite human and the mortal -- and not so mortal -- women they love. Though all the stories are good, those that exemplify the destined one-soul-mate-only are rather overdone, and the holidays of the title are given short shrift.
"Vampire's Ball," by Knight, has Kat Danilo learning that her absentee father is a vampire and that she can become a magic-wielding majae -- if she wants. Naomi is shocked and not all that pleased when her ex-lover, Navajo shaman Jamison Kee, returns to her and her daughter. He claims he's back to stay and protect them and that he's changed, in more ways than Naomi can imagine, in James' "A Little Night Magic."
Though Bella Mac Lyr's offer to save mage Ronan Quinn's life by marrying him is refused in "Sweet Enchantment," by Bast, it gives Ronan the incentive to escape, taking Bella with him. Leigh's "A Christmas Kiss" has Jessica Raines the target of a killer. Breed Hawke Esteban will protect her, but she rejects him as a mate, not willing to risk what will become of him if she dies. (JOVE, Oct., 384 pp., $7.99)