posted in: Book Recommendations | 2

Love is a funny thing–especially when it doesn’t work out the way you planned!

Are you looking for happily ever after? Do you dream of being swept off your feet by a handsome alpha shifter? Do you long to catch a unicorn?

Well, sit back while we explain why those are all very bad ideas.

Dive into a collection of short tales delightfully dissecting and sending up paranormal and fantasy romance tropes. Explore stories of werewolves, cat shifters, cursed princes, and unicorn hunters in this snarky, light-hearted collection. Sometimes it’s good to laugh at love and lovers.

Enjoy six stories ranging from biting satire to whimsical farces but all with a hint of true love.


“How to Catch a Unicorn” by Janeen Ippolito

This was a fun story of a young maiden discovering she’s not such a useless, undesirable twit after all. It just took a moment of total humiliation and an ally from the unicorn world. I’m hoping this is a prequel to a series.

“The Purrfect Boyfriend” by H. L. Burke
As a cat lover, I totally enjoyed this one. I especially loved the little twist at the end (no spoilers here) because I’d thought I had the whole thing figured out. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a Burke story.

“Too Much Information” by K.M. Carroll

I loved the whole premise of this one:two people forming a loving friendship without ever meeting face to face thanks to a mind link. It’s got fun psychic stuff, dragons, and true love. Very intriguing.

“Retold” by Kyle Robert Shultz

This one is worth the whole anthology. Oh my gosh, I totally found a new author to love. Not only is it a creative weaving of fairy tales gone wrong, it is funny. I mean laugh out loud funny. I don’t want to ruin the story, but trust me on this one and grab the anthology so you can read this story!

“Hearts Ablaze” by Janeen Ippolito

This was a unique look at the world of fire elementals and some of the inconveniences of falling in love with one and saying yes to a marriage proposal. The depth of the relationship was a bit meh for me, but the rest of the creativity kept me sucked in. Now I almost want to see a story for other elements.

“All the Pretty Alphas” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Baugh’s day job as a dog expert shines through in this tongue-in-cheek peek into the world of werewolves. If you thought the young men you know at the gym strut around for the ladies a bit much, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The main character’s mishap is hilarious, and the twist ending had me grinning as I closed the anthology.