Wild Holiday Nights
Samantha Hunter, Meg Maguire and Debbi Rawlins
Harlequin Blaze, Nov 18 2014, $5.50
“Holiday Rush” by Samantha Hunter. In New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, performance baker creative genius Calla Michaels is tired of the days leading to Christmas as she fills orders. Related to cops and a firefighter back in Texas; Calla reacts smartly when a robber enters her establishment. Her brother Nathan’s friend police officer Gideon Stone arrives to keep her safe even as he struggles to control his desire.
“Playing Games” by Meg Maguire. Due to the weather, Carrie Baxter’s flight from Sacramento to Portland on Christmas Eve is cancelled. Unable to get a rental, Daniel Barber offers to share his vehicle with her since they both need to be in Grafton, Oregon by morning. She cringes with the thought of hours in a contained isolated car with the man she secretly craves.
“All Night Long” by Debbi Rawlins. Paralegal Carly Watts is a grouch because her first vacation in three years is on hold as she works the Emerson case documents in Manhattan instead of being home for Christmas in Pittsburgh. Equity partner Ryan Dunn gives her a chance to make it home when he sends her to Chicago to obtain Jack Carrington's signature authorizing the sale of his grandfather's company. As he wants more time to consider what he wants to do with the family firm, Carly wants more time to get to know Jack.
These are three cheerful Christmas contemporaries starring likeable leads.