In this Read on the Run title, we present eighteen romances. Not love stories, although some of them do include aspects of that. But whereas love stories are often sad, each of the selections in A Wink and a Smile has either a “happily-ever-after” ending, or at least a strong suggestion that this is where the characters are heading.
That doesn’t mean these tales all sound the same; to the contrary, we’ve found quite a diverse collection of romances. Yes, there are some traditional romances, and there’s a healthy handful of budding romances, but you will also find a story set in the future, and a couple of fantasy tales. You will find stories of pastries, and candies, of young lovers and old. You will meet several matchmakers and you’ll see couples reconcile, and there are even a few stories that will make you laugh.
As always, each story in the Read on the Run series of anthologies is short, to suit your busy lifestyle.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This anthology of short love stories, all guaranteed to end happily, is a charming read. I don't read anthologies often, but I'm always glad when I do because I find the variety of styles around a central theme fascinating. It's like watching eighteen writers show you their approach to solving a particular problem, in this case, what's called the 'meet cute' (girl meets boy, etc.), in a compact space. I recommend the book as a whole, which is full of cute, funny moments. Several of the stories stood out for me on cleverness of concept ("Critical Error" by Meg Overman, "Cupid's Arrow" by Tricia Schneider), and then there are some that really melted my heart ("Afterlife" by Dev Bentham, "Damage, Cosmetic Only" by Anita Goveas, and "The Wheels On The Bus" by Ilene Goldman). Lots of fun, great read!