Erotic stories from the dark side of the holidays. Winter brings longer nights and holiday cheer is not always enough.

Cold Days, Hot Nights
Love Stories for the Holidays

Cover for Cold Days Hot Nightsby Julian Keys

Holidays mark the passage of time in a way that synchronizes the calendar kept by the heart with the one kept by the head. More than just dates, holidays are intersections of memory and emotion, annual snapshots of who we are as we travel through life—and who we’re travelling with. Holidays remind us of who we want to share special moments with, and of those without whom the moments aren’t quite as special.


Julian Keys shows us how the quest to discover a secret love restores a cynic’s hope, how a moment of compassion turns a thief into a hero, how sympathy for the Devil can lead to a happy ending, and how a multicultural celebration opens the way for even the most unlikely unions.


Cold Days, Hot Nights shares four tales of holidays that become turning points in life and love for people who have lost faith in themselves, in each other, and in romance. From Halloween to Christmas to Valentine’s Day, Keys’ stories show how not simply the feeling of love, but the willingness to risk pain to be open to the possibilities love offers, can change a person’s life in wonderful ways.

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A Many-Colored Lantern

Story Cover for A Many Colored Lanternby Julian Keys

“In this family, the greeting is ‘Happy Holidays!’ And we mean it.”

It’s three days before Christmas, and out-of-work handyman Ethan Rowe has hit rock bottom. In the midst of robbing a thrift store, he responds to a loud and ringing cry for help.

Science teacher Sophie Cauldwell isn’t looking for love when she shouts for help, only a rescue from attempted robbery. When soulful, chivalrous Ethan answers that cry, however, she’s found her knight in shining armor. It doesn’t matter that she knows absolutely nothing about him, Sophie opens herself, her soul, and her family home to him.

Enchanted as Ethan is by brainy, beautiful Sophie, he is only hoping to get a free meal when he accepts her invitation to dinner. Warmly welcomed into a home that celebrates the season in every possible way, however, he begins to fall in love with her and her multi-cultural kin. But is it only the magic of the holidays keeping their romance alight? Ethan finds it hard to believe that their love could survive the truth, even in this time of miracles. Can Sophie and her family change his mind and restore his faith?

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An Act of Charity

Story Cover for An Act of Charityby Julian Keys

Noel Larkin’s hyper-holiday spirit is a mystery to both her boyfriend, Roland and her dour accountant, Benjamin. So when charming Hank, a non-profit organizer, re-appears in her life, Noel was delighted. At last she’d found romantic harmony, or so she thought. Then comes Christmas Eve and revelations that shake her faith in all three men. Can anyone restore her Christmas spirit to her before her birthday arrives the next morning? It would take an act of selfless charity to do so… (F/M)

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Arctic Absolution
Book One of Arctic Absolution

Story Cover for Arctic Absolutionby Lynn Kelling

Dixon Rowe is a good man and a good cop who keeps finding himself in bed with the enemy. After he picks up a young ex-con named Jaye Larson for stealing food, Dixon is seduced by the possibility of helping someone truly in need. He tells himself he’s assisting young Jaye out of the goodness of his heart—not because of how sexy Jaye is under all of the tattoos and defiance. But temptation entangles them as the malicious ghosts of Jaye’s past return to haunt their every step. Jaye’s ghosts are bad enough, but the demon from Dixon’s past is real enough to put both of their lives in danger. (M/M)

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Silver Bells

Story Cover for Silver Bellsby Jacqueline Brocker

Alex Thorson and three fellow directors sit in the board room with their CEO, Dempsey Kincaid, for what was meant to be a simple holiday drink. When an attractive young woman in fur-lined negligee, heels and a pair of elf ears arrives at the board room door, Alex is rather pleased at the tantalising turn of the evening. However, the raunchy high spirits soon take the gathering to places that leave Alex with questions about the exact powers of Kincaid, and just what kind of woman has been hired to entertain them… (M/F)

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The Woods in Winter

Cover for The Woods in Winterby Madeleine Swann

In a 16th century German town, residents are being menaced by a killer wolf. Despite the danger, Hilde can’t resist meeting a young man, Klaus, in the frozen woods for a torrid tryst. Klaus, a loner, has a secret he has yet to reveal. Will they be caught by her disapproving brother or the wolf? Which would be worse? (F/M)

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Jingle Boy
Short Story from Inherent Gifts Series

Cover for Jingle Boyby Alicia Cameron

Even after The Fall, a new world that struggled with changes also fought to keep some of the old traditions alive. Wren’s life as a slave has left him with years of painful memories, including those of terrible holiday gifts meant to hurt and humiliate. Wren’s new master, Jere, has treated him far kinder since inheriting him, but when their first Christmas together comes upon them, the promise-dipped threat of a Christmas present makes Wren question how long such kindness will last. (M/M)

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Warmth

Cover for Warmthby Lucy Harker

At the company Christmas party at a local bar, a woman finds herself avoiding the co-worker she longs for. The intensity of her desire builds past her limits, and she flees temptation into the snowy night. But temptation follows her, and even the freezing wind can’t damp her need for his warmth. (F/M)

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In the Death of Winter

Cover for In the Death of Winterby Annabeth Leong

As a young woman hangs bound in desperate, hopeful sacrifice, an aged priestess of the dead god of winter recalls the night he made her his, with his power and his cold passion. (F/F, M/F)

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