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Who'd have thought that December could get so steamy in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Three friends learn just how hot it can be as they link up with the men of their dreams in this lively anthology that includes recipes along with each novella. A cookie columnist who doesn't bake (just sets things on fire) reconnects with a schoolmate who's turned into a hunky calendar-worthy firefighter in Kauffman's saucy "Where There's Smoke…"; a secret baker of X-rated gingerbread men rescues a stranger when his car crashes in a snowstorm in Kate Angell's tenderly nostalgic "The Gingerbread Man"; and a cookie bake-off pits a caterer against a pastry chef in a competition that has sweet and spicy results for them both in Kimberly Kincaid's delectable "Sugar and Spice." VERDICT Linked by the annual Christmas cookie auction, this trio of deliciously sensual novellas from two veteran authors and one newcomer practically melt the snow from the Pine Mountain rooftops and are the perfect reward for readers who like their holiday treats with a hefty helping of spice. Both Kauffman and Kincaid live in northern Virginia, while Angell resides in Naples, FL.