Best Places for a Meet-Cute


By Annabeth Albert, author of CONNECTION ERROR

In my new Carina Press release, CONNECTION ERROR, computer game programmer Josiah and navy SEAL Ryan meet on a plane. This is often described as the “meet-cute” of a story—the moment when the main characters stumble into each other’s lives, often in adorable, humorous, or awkward ways. In movies this is often accomplished by one character doing something embarrassing right at the exact moment the love interest appears. This got me to thinking about the all-time best places—and worst—to meet the love of your life. And I’m eager to hear what you think!

Best places for a meet-cute:



This one is so classic it’s almost cliché, but I know several happy couples who started as a chance encounter in the stacks at a bookstore or library.

Natural Foods Store


Don’t laugh! Wandering your local equivalent of Whole Foods is a great way to meet crunchy singles. Again, I know people that have met this way.

Volunteering for a campaign or cause.

‘Tis the season for political staffer romances, but this also applies to volunteering for a shared cause like the humane society.

On transit.

Between the train and the platform. #thisisonfacebook #whocares #mindthegap #londontube #london

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Okay, I’m partial to this one because there are elements of meet-cute involving transportation in all three #gaymers books, but I love books and movies where people meet on the bus or the train, and I know several real-life romances that started that way.

Coffee Shop

I wrote a book featuring this trope, and it’s one of my very favorites. Whether coffee shop patrons or staff, there’s something adorable about meeting at the neighborhood coffee spot.

Worst places for a meet-cute:

Dentist’s office

Numb mouth isn’t a good conversation starter!

Running a marathon.

I actually know a couple that met this way, but hot, sweaty, and breathing hard… Wait. Maybe this one should go on the best…

Plumbing aisle of the home improvement store

#plumber #Lego #suds #plunger #blockage

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Swapping drain clog stories isn’t conducive to romance for anyone other than the truly fearless.

Frat party

Oh I know, lots of people meet at college parties. It’s as much a cliché as bookstores and coffee shops. But loud, noisy, revelry isn’t my cup of tea.

Eye doctor’s office

Like the dentist, it’s hard to feel sexy while blinking at the sun with dilated eyes!

What do you think? Additions or subtractions to my list? Where did you meet your current partner? What meet-cute locations would you like to see more of in stories?


lgcover.9781459290679CONNECTION ERROR by Annabeth Albert

#gaymers, book three

It’s typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he’s (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can’t handle another distraction. But he also can’t ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man’s a fan of his game.

Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He’s got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn’t mean he’s above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.

When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it’s even begun?

Book Three of the #gaymers series

This book is approximately 66,000 words

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