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The Improbable Meet-Cute

By: Christina Lauren, Abby Jimenez, Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, Ashley Poston, Sariah Wilson
Narrated by: Marli Watson, Andrew Gibson, Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber, Bailey Carr, Aure Nash, Amy McFadden, Jesse Vilinsky
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Publisher's summary

What makes love stick? Is it the irresistible spark when you lock eyes across a piazza in Rome? Is it feeling the earth move under your feet? (Wait—that was an actual earthquake.) In these six serendipitous short stories, bestselling authors turn improbable first encounters into hopelessly romantic happy ever afters.

The Exception to the Rule by Christina Lauren

On February 14, an accidental email to a stranger opens the door to an unexpected relationship in a captivating short story by the New York Times bestselling authors of The Unhoneymooners.

Worst Wingman Ever by Abby Jimenez

They’re falling in love, yet they’ve never met. Maybe fate can intervene in a heartwarming “what-if” short story about new beginnings by the New York Times bestselling author of Yours Truly.

Rosie and the Dreamboat by Sally Thorne

For a hopeful and hopeless romantic, it’s love at first sight—with a little twist—in a hilarious short story about finding Mr. Right by the USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game.

Drop, Cover, and Hold on by Jasmine Guillory

It takes nothing less than a fateful natural disaster to throw two opposites together in a ground-shakingly charming short story by the New York Times bestselling author of Drunk on Love.

With Any Luck by Ashley Poston

Every person she kisses finds their true love, and it’s never her—until now, in this funny and magically romantic short story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Dead Romantics.

Royal Valentine by Sariah Wilson

Valentine’s Day becomes a Roman holiday for a princess in disguise in a dizzyingly romantic short story about making wishes come true by the USA Today bestselling author of The Chemistry of Love.

©2024 The Exception to the Rule © 2024 by Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. Worst Wingman Ever © 2024 by Abby Jimenez. Rosie and the Dreamboat © 2024 by Sally Thorne. Drop, Cover, and Hold On © 2024 by Jasmine Guillory. With Any Luck © 2024 by Ashley Poston. Royal Valentine © 2024 by Sariah Wilson. (P)2023 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“These six funny, tender, and romantic stories, full of promising beginnings and well-developed characters, are performed by eight talented narrators. Christina Lauren's meet-cute is a strong start to the collection.… Marli Watson and Andrew Gibson perform the emails in a nuanced way, realistically portraying excitement, drunkenness, and worry. Fans of Abby Jimenez will enjoy Zachary Webber's return narrating her work. Bailey Carr's performance of Sally Thorne's story is a standout and includes muffled voices heard from inside a sensory-deprivation tank and the calming voice of a wellness center employee.”AudioFile Magazine

Editorial Review

Nothing improbable about the smiles this delivers
This darling collection of romantic shorts from some of my very favorite writers (Christina Lauren! Jasmine Guillory! 😍) was exactly the bundle of cozy joy I needed to brighten up this dreary month. Part of the Amazon Original Stories series, this collection is timed for Valentine's Day—in that all of the stories here take place on the socially sanctioned day devoted to love—but honestly, don't wait until then to listen. Rich with some of my favorite tropes (epistolary, insta-love, enemies-to-lovers), each of the six delightful rom-com shorts tees up an unlikely pair with immediate chemistry, but it's the amazingly cast performers that really turn each story into the uniquely delicious bite-sized morsels you'll want to revisit again and again. —Emily C., Audible Editor