Close Encounter with a Crumpet by Fleeta Cunningham

Close Encounter with a Crumpet by Fleeta Cunningham
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (49 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Her septuagenarian traveling companions quenched every flicker of pleasure Gillian Banks had anticipated during her trip to England. Then Simon the bus driver, not quite a stranger but definitely an unknown element, challenged Gill to let her own heart lead the way. And she found that a close encounter with a “crumpet” can change a life forever.

Gill’s trip to England is about to get much more interesting.

Poor Gill. What should have been a wonderful experience is practically ruined by a bunch of snobby women. I was drawn into Gill’s story from the moment I started reading. I could clearly picture Gill sitting in a café lamenting how terrible her trip had been. To top it all off, she missed the one thing she’d truly been looking forward to. The whole situation was a complete nightmare. Then Simon appeared like a ray of sunshine after the storm. His kindness and positive attitude is exactly what Gill needed

I have often thought that it is hard to really get to know characters in short stories. However, Ms. Cunningham skillfully revealed what kind of woman Gill is through her conversations and interactions with Simon. Gill’s night out with Simon is nothing short of magical. He shows Gill a side of London she never would have experienced with her snooty traveling companions. While I thought some parts of the ending were a little over the top, Ms. Cunningham does a great job of building chemistry between Gill and Simon that absolutely sizzles. This made it easy to believe they could have such an intense connection after knowing each other for such a short time.

Close Encounter with a Crumpet was an absolute delight to read. I had a great time traveling around London with Gill and Simon, who is a true gentleman. I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, fast paced romance.


  1. Thank you, Poinsettia! Gill and Simon were fun to discover and I’m so glad you liked the story. Christmas greetings to all the lovely people at LASR.


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