Heroines coax heroes out of emotional immaturity and into their arms — with a few humorous roadblocks — in this anthology. “We'll be Home for Christmas” is third in Dimon's Holloway series. Bubbling sexual chemistry and wacky small town scenarios delight, despite the lack of character development. Barthe's “Ask Her at Christmas” is the standout, featuring very likeable best friends battling long-hidden feelings. The villains keeping them apart are cartoonishly evil, but amusingly soap operatic. Burton's ”The Best Thing” completes the Kent Brothers trilogy, but doesn't quite deliver. Although the sex is sizzling and the hero's brothers are amusing, the lovers are a tad dull.

When divorcee Lila Payne returns to the small town of her youth in order to renovate her grandfather's resort, she is shocked to encounter Spence Thomas in Dimon's “We'll be Home for Christmas.” How can she work alongside a weekend fling who lied about his identity? Her fury gives way to desire as he wins her trust and reminds her of the passion they once shared. In Barth's “Ask Her at Christmas,” Caitlin McIntyre secretly loves her best friend Kyle Lockhart, who sacrifices his happiness by choosing an unloving fiance to please his father. Caitlin and Kyle face their career paths and their unresolved feelings in this Chicago-set tale. In Burton's ”The Best Thing," after one hot kiss with boss Brody Kent, Tori Lewis turns ice cold to save herself from his womanizing reputation and office drama. But his meddling small town family wants to reunite them and they must consider the possibility of long-term love. (CARINA PRESS, Dec., dl., $7.99)

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