Heat up the winter nights with this trio of sexy, festive stories.
A Promise For The Holiday Donna Hill
Devastated by her divorce, Cara Holiday vowed never to be vulnerable again. Now she's a wildly successful real estate broker, and wildly lonely. Restaurateur Mitch Davis has had his eye on her, but can't break the ice--until he cooks up a scheme to hire her. Soon Cara is enjoying his company--and secretly drawing out the process of selling his house. When their deceptions collide, will their blossoming relationship make it to the holidays?
A Sexy Christmas Carol Zuri Day
After years of travel working for a pop diva, Carol Robbins has moved back to Detroit in time for the holidays. She's bought a home and bonded with her family. As for romance, she's got no prospects--until she attends a VIP party and makes a surprising love connection. Soon she's torn between her old "big life," her hopes for the future--and one man who may give her the greatest gift of all. . .
Christmas Surprise Cheris Hodges
Tired of coming second to her wealthy husband's career, Lola Yvonne Joseph is sending him a very special gift this year: divorce papers. Then she's leaving Miami for the kind of wintery white Christmas she's always wanted. She definitely does not expect Jonathan to track her down, whisk her away, and do everything possible to win her back. If he succeeds, Lola has one more surprise in store for him. . .
Three popular, prolific authors of African-American contemporary romance churn out a trio of forgettable, lightly Christmas-themed novellas. Headliner Hill's formulaic "A Promise for the Holiday" matches up a widowed, successful real-estate agent with a hot restaurateur, but there's not much deliciousness either to the wealthy glamor or to the food. Day's "A Sexy Christmas Carol," by far the strongest in the collection, tells a story of longtime colleagues becoming something more while also gently addressing real issues about moral conflicts and community responsibility in the face of police misconduct and black-on-black crime. The heroine of Hodges's "Christmas Surprise," feeling neglected in favor of her husband's tech business, makes a bold threat with gift-wrapped divorce papers, leading him to reach out and make things right; but even through the sexy moments there's a thread of entitlement and meanness that keeps these unlikeable characters' reconciliation feeling unsatisfyingly temporary. These strong authors were clearly uninspired by their holiday theme.