This sweet selection of holiday romances is a well-rounded collection with something for everyone. Creative and entertaining, each story is better than the last. This anthology is perfect for spreading a little early holiday cheer.
In "Ho, Humbug, Ho," by Angell, baseball player Alex Boxer is performing community service (as a mall Santa!) instead of basking in the sun surrounded by groupies. If not for Holly McIntyre, his punishment for speeding in a school zone would be unbearable. As his sentence comes to an end, Alex isn't as happy as he thought he'd be about leaving Holiday, Fla., and Holly behind.
"Naughty or Nice," by Hill, introduces readers to a desperate Jessica Jones, who robs a supermarket at gunpoint while dressed as Santa. When things go wrong, she's forced to take Luke Carter hostage. A professional bodyguard, Luke tags along, pretending to be her hostage, and finds Jessica isn't the nutcase he thought she was.
Two sisters have a "Christmas Unplugged," in Nash's tale. Fresh from a bad breakup, Emma convinces her sister Casey to join her for her holiday vacation at an Adirondacks BandB. Emma is entranced by handsome Jake, the owner's nephew, which leaves Casey with Jake's sexy brother Matt. When the lights go out, one must stay warm -- especially in a romantic lodge during the holidays. (LOVE SPELL, Oct., 336 pp., $7.99)