LOVE LETTERS VOL. 4: TRAVEL TO TEMPTATION
The fourth volume of this short story series returns to the unevenness of the second. While Wells’, Glass’ and Cale’s stories take full advantage of the travel theme — the locales are almost characters — the other two stories feel like the locations are shoehorned in simply to match the theme. Cale’s male/male story is a stand-out, great at conveying a lot of emotion in such a short space.
Maggie Wells’ “M Is for Melting” tells the story of two childhood pen pals who meet for the first time and are instantly attracted. Christina Thacher’s “N Is for Naughty” features a reporter trying to interview a reclusive author — and falling for her granddaughter. In Ginny Glass’ “O Is for One More Night,” a museum collections specialist must team up with an art forger from her past. Emily Cale’s “P Is for Predicament” features two men who drifted apart, only to find each other in a remote Himalayan resort. And Glass and Thacher team up for a bonus fifth story about a couple who end up as accidental roommates. (CARINAPRESS.COM, dl $2.99)