In a screenplay, that pivotal first moment when romantic characters meet is called the “cute meet.” I believe Miss Mauren has newly defined this moment as the charming, innocent, and endearingly unexpected meet. The Tentative Tourist gives us a glimpse into the past—that special and defining moment when Grayson Gregory and Ellery Mayne first meet. Not only do we see Gray’s point of view for the first time, but we see a moment in their history that is only hinted at in book one, “In the Spotlight.” Mauren’s charm is in her ability to take the smallest gestures and actions and turn them into, not only pivotal, but endearing moments for the reader to cherish. She deftly adds real-to-life details that let you dissolve right into the story and exist with the characters—a rare, and true talent. If you’re a Mayne Attraction, this read is a must. If you’re new to Miss Mauren’s stories, this short story will give you a taste of her wit and charm, which exists in every story she publishes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)