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This review was written for LibraryThing Member Giveaways.
Nice collection of pet-themed short stories. I was delighted by the writing style of the first author presented, Laurie Axinn Gienapp, and it was my favorite story, both humorous and romantic. There were 3 or 4 others like it in the collection, but Laurie's stood out. I will look for more writing from her. I didn't like the stories where animal cruelty or attempted cruelty played a part, but of course that's part of the life of pets, unfortunately. Nothing was too offensive, however, and this collection would be appropriate for older children as well as adults. I sat out on my deck and read these with my coffee, nice for casual reading while enjoying the sun or waiting at the doctor's office, and such. I can see this becoming a collection: Uncommon Pet Tales II, Uncommon Pet Tales III, etc.

Thank you for allowing me to read and review this anthology! Obtained via Member Giveaways here on LibraryThing. 🐈🐕🐦
 
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seongeona | May 2, 2021 |
I got this book from the publisher, since I had reviewed an earlier book of theirs, A Kiss and a Promise, an anthology of romantic stories with a twist.
This book too has its twists.
And again, I loved it.
As the stories were written by different authors, I will try to give a very, very short review or summary to each of the stories.

Too Close To School ~ Michael Bracken: sad and healing
Que Sera, Sera ~ Ginny Swart: funny, perhaps predictable, but I liked it nonetheless.
Treasure Hunt ~ Dev Bentham: I loved the cunning aunt in the story.
Damage, Cosmetic Only ~ Anita Goveas: two lovers, torn between cultures, trying to cope.
The Stranger At The Library ~ Anusha VR: two people attracted to each other but not really daring to admit this.
Let Down Your Hair ~ Catherine Valenti: I liked this modern fairy tale with a bite.
Appetite Delight ~ Sally Basmajian: about doing things for other people, in stead of doing what you really like and in the end finding the partner you long for.
The Wheels On The Bus ~ Ilene Goldman: I loved this one about a chance meeting: will they meet each other again or ...
Pinkie Swear ~ Laurie Axinn Gienapp: Some people take a very long time to realize what their feelings are.
Critical Error ~ Meg Overman: Sweet, strange and very funny SF.
Green Eggs And Cameras ~ Emorie Hill: I loved this story, the clumsiness, Mr Hunk and the real hunk.
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do ~ Ginny Swart: It is a lovely story about an untidy woman and a finicky man but to be honest: too good to be true.
Abandoned Art ~ Madison Estes: This story leads you nicely to a happy ending.
Push To Talk ~ Jonathan Ochoco: I loved the story about a scared man and a woman who talks him through his fear.
A Spicy Admirer ~ Meagan Noel Hart: I didn't see the end coming; I liked it very much.
The Man Who Didn’t Like Children ~ Jacqueline Seewald: I suppose I am too old for this: the pace of the story was by far too fast for me.
Afterlife ~ Dev Bentham: Sweet story about love between a grandmother and her grandson and what she does at the end of her life for him.
Cupid’s Arrow ~ Tricia Schneider: This story too was fun. Girl meets boy who is 'too good to be true.' All sorts of magical things ensue. Magical or not, the story was quite convincing.
 
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Corrie57 | outras 5 resenhas | Aug 2, 2019 |
Esta resenha foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Resenhistas do LibraryThing.
I really enjoyed this book. The fact that it is a book made up of many different short stories appealed to me as being a great book to have if you're time poor (quick to read when you have a few minutes to spare). The writing was easy to understand and follow. Well done.½
 
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zarasecker18 | outras 5 resenhas | Nov 27, 2018 |
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“A Wink and a Smile” reads like story starter assignments in a creative writing class that the reader is expected to finish. Most of the stories were fine, but just as I would be getting into a story, it ended. Very frustrating! I knew the stories would be short but this was truly unexpected, not in a good way. I was going to review all 18 stories, but that would be much too cumbersome for this purpose. Suffice it to say that I would not recommend this book, unless you are a writer and want to practice your skills.
 
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lichre | outras 5 resenhas | Sep 25, 2018 |
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I really enjoyed this collection of short-short romance stories. Varied in style, a good length to accompany a cup of tea, with satisfying endings. I think my favourite was ‘Critical Error’ by Meg Overman.½
 
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Griffin22 | outras 5 resenhas | Sep 17, 2018 |
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I didn't realize this was a collection of short stories, despite it saying so on the front, but I ended up loving it! It was super convenient to read a short little romance story when I had time at lunch, on my commute, etc. The stories were all characters, funny, dramatic, and every combination therein, but all had a tinge of romance or a hint of love towards the end. I thought the book was a good collection and I'm going to look for more books in the "Read on the Run" series to add to my collection. I recommend this book to romance lovers and those who are busy without a lot of time to get invested in a character or a book but want to enjoy a good, warm-hearted story in the meantime.
 
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JK6113 | outras 5 resenhas | Sep 17, 2018 |
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A Wink and a Smile is a collection of short romantic moments. Some of the stories consist of a meet-cute, some of beginning a relationship, and one even tells of rebuilding a relationship after a break up. They are all quick reads (3-12 minutes) and none are graphic/erotic. A couple of shorts were very fun and interesting. A couple developed too quickly to be believable. Some were realistic, one was fairytale-style, and one was supernatural. This collection provided a pleasant diversion for a weekend.
 
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Lynette.Williams | outras 5 resenhas | Sep 17, 2018 |
I received the book from the author with no expectation of a review. I voluntarily decided to review it.

This is another anthology of short stories by this author and a few others. I didn't like it as much as the other anthology I have read with her work in it. Her story "Hell of a Day" was one of my favorites as well as the one called "Rage" by Catherine Valenti. It's a fast read only 78 pages, but the two stories definitely make it worth it.
 
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Diana_Long_Thomas | 1 outra resenha | Feb 17, 2017 |
I received the book from the author with no expectation of a review. I voluntarily decided to review it. This is a book of short stories at most 4 pages in length that have some crazy endings. A Bit of a Twist is the perfect title for this anthology because I had no clue the story was going to go that way for almost all of them. The only story I didn't really like was the one about the alien, however, the ending made it slightly enjoyable. This would be a good book if you just want to read something short but entertaining.
 
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Diana_Long_Thomas | Feb 17, 2017 |
Terrific selection of short stories.
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LaurieGienapp | 1 outra resenha | Dec 8, 2017 |
This 'soft' sci fi story should appeal to both those who enjoy sci-fi, and those who don't normally read that genre.
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LaurieGienapp | Dec 8, 2017 |
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