Love Me, Love Me Not, Edited by Katie Fforde and Sue Moorcroft

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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Romantic Novelists' Association has edited an anthology of new short stories from 40 of its members – many of whom say they'd have given up on writing without the association's support.

Romantic fiction is a broad church and the entries here range from chick lit to gothic fantasy and even soft porn. The authors' notes prove no less diverting: Nell Dixon lives with a cactus called Spike; Sue Moorcroft likes scuba diving in a "bimbly" kind of a way; while Eileen Ramsay shares a birthday with Jane Austen.