by Nell Musolf from the June 11, 2012 issue
Tagline: Samantha had learned to pay attention to her intuition. And right now it was telling her to pay attention to Randy!
Observations: I liked how the author took the internal monologue that most of us use when we're deep in a character's point of view, and sort of made it it's own character. I thought that little voice also acted as the vehicle for Samantha's character growth. I had thought that the little voice was only giving her advice at the beginning of the story and that she had "matured" past needing that by the end, but that wasn't the case. The little voice suggested that she ask him to dinner. Oh well, that would have been cool. :) I always like to see character growth in a story, even when it's only 800 words long.
I also wanted to point out the "heroic behavior," something that I think is always a plus in a Woman's World romance. Samantha finds out he had a crush on her in high school...
"A crush on me? You sure never showed it."
"Why would I? You were already taken."
Boom. A gentleman, obviously. At that point, I find myself talking to Samantha. "Grab this guy and don't let him go."
And she doesn't! :)