SILENT NIGHT, SINFUL NIGHT
Three historical tales of erotic pleasure in the Regency Christmas season prove that the season of giving has always been about more than buying the perfect present. Page takes the vampiric legend and turns it on its head for a holiday offering, while Harris offers a winsome thief and sexy buccaneer, each deceiving the other. Perhaps the best of the three, MacNeal’s story gives a young widow the opportunity for a new start.
In “Wicked for Christmas” by Page, governess Amelia Weston is reminded of the night Lord Dante Rivington asked for her hand, took her body, then disappeared into the snowy night five years ago. Every Christmas, she wonders if she will see him again. When he does reappear, can she let him go to face his new fate alone? Harris’ hero Winston Matthews knows a thief when he sees one and no matter what she says, beautiful Lady Beatrice Latimer is definitely up to something. When a valuable necklace goes missing, he grabs all the “Stolen Chances” he can to watch her night or day. “Naughty Or Nice?” by MacNeal has widow Tess Bennett heading west on a train to Colorado for a temporary job. When she meets sexy glass artist Johnny Gazara, she hopes that maybe a night of erotic pleasure is just what Santa ordered to cure her holiday blues. (APHRODISIA, Oct., 352 pp., $14.00)