This completely satisfying collection of love stories leaves nothing to the imagination. Short stories can be short on details, but each of these entries manages to portray relationships that are believable and evocative.

Smith revisits friends of the Wolf family in “A Holiday Affair,” as law partner Colby has a steamy encounter with Ava. When the two turn out to be adversaries in court, they give new definition to having a conference in chambers. “Ex-Mas Reunion” by Perrin reunites high school sweethearts Damien and Kendra during a snowstorm — and the sparks fly again. This time, they are mature enough to avoid a minefield of misunderstandings and resolve the issues that broke them apart. Jenkins rounds out the anthology in “Overtime Love,” featuring Tasha, an heiress who inherits from her grandfather the semi-pro football team Drew manages. The problem is that Drew was also promised the team by Tasha’s grandfather. As Tasha charms the pants off Drew, they realize they can both have what they want most — each other. (KIMANI/ARABESQUE, Nov., 288 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jacqui McGugins