Must-reads: ‘Hot Christmas Nights,’ ‘To Have and to Hold,’ Maureen Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

"Hot Christmas Nights" anthology.

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Hot Christmas Nights by Farrah Rochon, Terra Little, Velvet Carter.

Deck the halls. ‘Tis the season (well, almost) for Christmas-themed romances. And Hot Christmas Nights is ready for the launch of yuletide spirit. The Harlequin Kimani anthology leads with Farrah Rochon’s Tuscan Nights, European-style holiday. Nothing like ancient cities and historic sites to add the beautiful backdrop for a couple who must come to terms with feelings from years ago. Deeply felt passion and emotion rule the day. Christmas Tango by Terra Little celebrates the man who knows what he wants and will go after that special lady. In this tale of love is a story about dreams and desires not being an all-or-nothing existence. Tied Up in Tinsel gives a woman her chance at love with a man who has held her heart since college. Love deserves a chance with the Christmas holiday providing the perfect touch to the happy ending.

Here are the blurbs about each story:.

• Tuscan Nights. It’s not the breathtaking scenery that brings Aiden Williams to Italy for Christmas–it’s gorgeous pastry chef Nyla Thompson. Five years ago Aiden’s older brother was fool enough to let Nyla go. Now a mature and sexy Aiden is determined to turn their Italian fling into everlasting amore….

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• Christmas Tango. Professional dancer Wendy Kincaid thinks she knows her best friend, Frazier Abernathy, inside out. But he’s got a season of surprises in store for the woman he’s always desired, leading to a Las Vegas rendezvous, where he’ll raise the stakes in an all-out merry seduction….

• Tied Up in Tinsel. Entertainment agent Landis Keates is stunned to learn that his old college classmate is now an international singing sensation! Back then, he was too clueless to notice Brooke Lynn Samuels. Now a friend’s winter wedding in picturesque Bridgehampton is the perfect backdrop to a very intimate Yuletide reunion….

To Have and to Hold by Yvette Hines.

Getting ditched at the altar may not be the ideal scenario. But sometimes it’s disguised good luck. An opportunity to make lemonade out of lemons and kick circumstances in the teeth. Love that Yvette Hines wrote a gutsy heroine who opts to live by carpe diem and turns to a hunky hero with a sweet proposition. Sexy, erotic, sprinkle in BDSM and the romance explodes between this couple. Great sexy ride to the end.

What it’s about (courtesy of the author):.

Kelli Delaney spent the last year planning for the perfect wedding. What she didn’t plan for was getting to the altar and not having a groom there waiting for her. Dumped and pissed, Kelli decides she’s still going to have her honeymoon and eat her cake too. When she happens upon an old college friend, Will Robertson, in her mess of a state, old memories and emotions flood her mind. On impulse she decides to invite him to the cabin.

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Will Robertson can’t believe his luck. After years of secretly desiring Kelli, she walks back into his life. Not only to resume their friendship, but more importantly to have him fulfill her sexual needs. However, Kelli doesn’t know what she is asking him. Not only must he put his feelings for her on the line, but also has to reveal a darker, wicked side of his nature that sweet, innocent Kelli could never imagine. When she agrees to allow him to pleasure her over a long weekend, the way he has always fantasized about, he realizes it may shatter him to let her go when their time is up.

Stay With Me by Maureen Smith.

Romance with erotic and fantasy elements served up on ecstasy island St. Mirabelle. How can anyone turn away from that invitation? Maureen Smith starts her Ecstasy Island series with a friend’s summons to enjoy her exotic homeland. Once there, fantasies come to life. Passions blossom. Love knows no bounds. Sexy and erotic from beginning to end. A great series launch that sets the bar for the remaining stories. Can’t wait.

What it’s about (courtesy of Wordsmith Enterprises):.

Four women…

One ancient legend…

An invitation to ecstasy…

Dallas reporter Sydney Russell is in desperate need of stress relief. When she and her best friends are invited to spend three weeks in the tropical paradise of St. Mirabelle, it’s just what the doctor ordered. Boasting white-sand beaches and lush rainforests, the beautiful Caribbean island throbs with an unmistakable sensuality…The kind that promises untold pleasures.

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The moment Sydney arrives and locks gazes with a breathtakingly sexy stranger, she knows that this will be the vacation of a lifetime. Although Dr. Tristan McCade isn’t her usual type, she can’t resist the fierce arousal he awakens in her. When he offers her a ride to her luxury resort, she surrenders to their explosive mutual attraction. It’s the most reckless thing she’s ever done, but her steamy island adventure is just getting started.

As she falls deeper under Tristan’s seductive spell, not only does she lose her inhibitions…She soon finds herself losing her heart. But when her three weeks in paradise are up, will she be able to walk away from the one and only man she’s ever loved?

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