by Tamara Shaffer from the January 7, 2013 issue
Tagline: Leah accepted Larry's dinner invitation before she even knew his name--which, under the circumstances, made perfect sense...
In a Nutshell: Leah and a stranger with a pizza is riding the elevator up to her apartment when it jolts to a stop. Turns out help will be a while before the repair crew can come. The stranger suggests they share the pizza while waiting. They get acquainted and make plans to spend more time together later that night.
Observations: I've seen this premise before, but in longer romances. One memorable story involved a woman and a shapeshifter and complete darkness. Obviously, Woman's World stories can be that fantastic (in the original meaning of the word,) but I thought the device was cleverly used.
What happened felt completely plausible with just enough detail to make me believe that Shaffer had experienced this type of thing, or at least knew someone to whom it had happened.
Shaffer also showed them connecting over a common interest--the TV show Law and Order. Personally, I find it more believable that the hero and heroine of a story will actually live happily ever after if they have stuff in common.