Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon, and K.M. Jackson
Dafina / September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital
Holiday romances are a special sort of addiction for me. Along with the pumpkin spice lattes and sweaters, the changing of the seasons usually signals an opportunity for me to break out romances laced with feel-good cheer, family gatherings, lots of snow-related activities, and – I love it all. Holiday Temptations is a perfect bottling of the holiday season with three featured novellas that explore the different ways that couples can come together and find love. For me, a great holiday romance is allowed to be both sentimental and sexy, and Holiday Temptations hits both of those themes.
In “The Gift of Love” by Donna Hill, Traci Long is a drama professor whose life dream is to produce the play she’s been writing for years. She’s always struggled with adding heart to it, but instead of giving up, Traci goes to a nearby coffee shop and works on it constantly. When she orders her usual, Traci usually checks out Noah Jefferson, a hot barista that always remembers her order. A onetime encounter with him at a movie theater leads to an impromptu date, which leads to another one, and another one. Traci has spent the past few years struggling to find her heart again, and Noah may be the person to help her find it.