Three couples experience the challenges of love in this holiday collection. The stories are sexy but not scorchers. It's the emotion in these three tales that make the stories swoon-worthy. This is a good read but not a must-have.
In "Hot for Christmas," by Mellor, things heat up for grinch Chris when Alison moves into town with her Christmas shop. She's just what the town needs, but can she escape her past long enough for Chris to get over his commitment and holiday phobias?
Two strangers find solace from their pasts when stranded together in a snowstorm in MacNeal's "Cabin Fever." Norah is elated to get a chance with dream man Danny Diablo, but each comes to the relationship with financial and family woes. Can this couple survive the world outside their cabin?
Before she settles down with her longtime lover Rick, Deb is dying to try something new in "Triple Xmas," by Martinez. Deb's Christmas wish is a threesome with Rick and sexy logger Dale, but Rick is uncomfortable with the idea. Will he be persuaded to indulge in Deb's fantasies? (Aphrodisia, Oct., 304 pp., $13.95)