“Mother May I” by Lynsay Sands. In 1358 London, Margaret and Elizabeth want their children, Jonathan and Alice, married. Neither Jonathan nor Alice wants to wed anyone. The king orders Jonathan to find a fiancée. As Alice helps him pick a wife, they fall in love. In spite of the ludicrous mothers, medieval romance fans will find this tale cute.
“The Breeding Season” by Lisa Cach. In 1750 England, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Highcroft agree their children would make a perfect couple. However, Evelina enjoys parties while Charles relishes studious pursuits. After getting the duo together, the moms allow nature to take control. The cast makes this an entertaining historical romp.
“Seeking Single Superhero” by Julie Kenner. Jennifer works for the Mortal-Protector Liaison Office, hiding superhero protectors from the people. Jenny detests the conceited protectors, but her mother selects one for her to marry. Julie prefers Starbuck, a seemingly ordinary person working undercover to ferret out a spy. This comic book futuristic romance is at its best when the plot faces its A-Team player Starbuck.
“The Day Her Heart Stood Still” by Susan Grant. Astronaut Andie visits her wacky mom, a true ET believer. When Zefer the alien arrives, Andie’s mother believes he is perfect for her daughter even if they are a star-crossed couple. This hyperspeed tale is science fiction romance at its delightful best.
The four stories are for the most part fun to read with delightful lead couples spanning the sub-genres, but the irritating imbecilic mothers slow down the plots with their shenanigans.