The Improbable Meet-Cute Collection features six short Valentines Day stories by hugely popular romance authors. Both the books and audiobooks were free in Kindle Unlimited and the audiobooks are free in Audible Plus as well.
Narrated by Marli Watson and Andrew Gibson
The Exception To The Rule by Christina Lauren was seriously the PERFECT Valentine’s Day novella! I love Epistolary books (written mostly as messages or emails), and this one was a great example. “C” and “T” met when “C” accidentally e-mailed “T” instead of his teacher on Valentine’s Day. He was 16, she was 14.
They connected every year after that, learning more about each other except names and places for years until they were both in graduate school and planned to meet up. Yes, this was a quick story. There was no sex but there was talk about it. But I never felt like it was too short to love. It was just perfect, and by far my favorite of the collection.
Marli Watson and Andrew Gibson were fantastic narrators, and I hope I hear more from them.
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber
Worst Wingman Ever by Abby Jimenez seems to be the most highly rated of the collection, but this one didn’t do it for me. She was a hospice nurse taking care of her dying grandmother. The book was way more about that than the romance and I found it depressing.
She was so busy she didn’t have time to put air in her slowly leaking tire. When a friendly neighbor saw the car he filled it and left a note. They left notes but didn’t actually officially meet until the end so there really was no romance, just the build up to one.
The narration was great and made me enjoy this a little more.
Narrated by Bailey Carr
This was cute. Rosie is a hot mess who gets locked in a floatation unit and is rescued by a wonderful firefighter after they fell for each other sight unseen.
The silly flirty banter made this one pretty cute, but I had a hard time telling what was a thought and what was dialogue in the audiobook. This was super-short, but it really worked as a short story.
Narrated by Aure Nash
Grumpy New York bakery owner Harris has been scowling at pastry-loving Daisy whenever she comes in, but she endures it because she loves his food. When an earthquake hits, she saves him and he admits he’s been in love with her.
This was like 40 pages and about a 45-minute listen. It was just too short to have enough substance to tell a full story, but it was the only one with a little spice in the collection.
Narrated by Amy McFadden
Audrey is the “best woman” at her best friend’s wedding and he’s missing on the wedding day. She got drunk at the bachelor party and now thinks that maybe she kissed her best friend and he ran from his wedding. With the help of the “Man of Honor”, they retrace their steps from the previous night to find the groom.
There is a love curse in the heroine’s family, but it didn’t really play into this short story enough to have wasted so much time on it. There were also flashbacks. This story had so much potential but it tried to fit too much into a super short story.
Narrated by Jesse Vilinsky
A Princess sees a man out her hotel window and asks her assistant to switch places for a weekend so she can experience freedom from the paparazzi and maybe meet the mystery man. The Scottish photographer ends up rescuing her but he doesn’t know her secret identity. And she doesn’t know his…
The narration of the accents was very inconsistent which took me out of the story, but it was a cute story.