Book Review | Mathematical Kisses | A. L. Wade

Book Details

Title: Mathematical Kisses

Length: 25 pages

Published: 5 September, 2017

Price: INR 0 (At the time of writing this review)

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Book Description

Robin Leslie has a pretty unique job: she is the cover wife of a spy. Sounds glamorous, right? It’s not. Day after day of playing the housewife in a house that isn’t really hers, for a husband she isn’t really married to.

Not that pretending to be married to Elliot Leslie, brilliant mathematician, doesn’t have its perks. He’s a hot silver fox, a playful flirt, affectionate—even if it is fake—and amazing in bed.


But Robin yearns for a life that is a little more real. And it takes her almost losing everything to realize the life she’s been living might not be as staged as she thought.


Mathematical Kisses is a 5,800-word short story with love, laughs, a dollop of suspense, and a happy ending. Originally published under the name Anna Lillian Wade, it is slightly steamy, but not explicit. A wonderful introduction to the writing of A. L. Wade.

Plot Summary 

Agent Leslie is a spy wife – a spy and wife to a spy. She loves, hates, enjoys, detests her life.  This short story tells us her interesting story of how she tries to find realism in her fake marriage.


Getting tired of the lockdown and the change of routine. I was browsing through the fake romance trope bases books and found this one. At 25 pages, what kind of short story would do justice to the trope, I thought. Intrigued, I downloaded it. The fact that it cost nothing was also a contributing factor.

Here is my review.

Through first person narrative, we learn that Leslie has fake identity, a fake marriage and she loves both.

I was pleasantly surprised that this short story packed romance, humour, suspence and more. I wanted to see more of this couple. The book is clean, as in, we don’t see anything on the pages. Everything is fade to black even though we sense the sizzling chemistry.

In short, this book did a fabulous job of being a short story – it tells us that A. L. Wade is a fantastic stroyteller. Looking forward to more of her writing.

I read a couple more short stories in the same genre. I gotta review them soon.

Until then, lots of love!

Shabana Mukhtar

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