Short Story #Review: With the Lights On, by @AuthorAless

Fifty First Times

Title: With the Lights On (short story from the Fifty First Times anthology)
Author: Alessandra Thomas
Rating: 5/5 stars


“You always remember your first time…

Whether it’s the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren’t ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level–or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.

Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters’ lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.

Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.

NOTE: These stories are works of fiction. If you want to know about our first times, you’ll have to buy us a pet monkey first.” (description from Goodreads)


Thomas has amazed me, yet again, with her writing. What’s great is that this time it was with a short story, not one of her novels.

With the Lights On deals with a character similar to Cat from Picture Perfect, in that she’s trying to work through issues with her self-image (among other things). I think it’s great to see that, even with a  similar character, Thomas was able to easily draw me in, keep me engaged, and not feeling like it was just a copy of Picture Perfect compressed into a short story.

I don’t really want to pick the story apart anymore, but I could go on about its strengths. This was a great short story. It wrapped up nicely, while allowing room to continue in another story/novel (which I’d gladly read).


If you’d like to grab a copy of the anthology that this short story is in, you can find Fifty First Times from:


And if you’re interested in Thomas’ other work, you can find her Picturing Perfect novels…

PICTURE PERFECT (free!): Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords
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DROP EVERYTHING NOW:  Amazon | B&N | Smashwords


About the Author:

Alessandra Thomas is a New Adult writer who swears she was in her twenties yesterday. Since that’s sadly untrue, she spends her time looking back on her college years fondly, and writing sexy stories about guys and girls falling in love and really living life for the first time.

When she’s not writing, you can find her with a spoonful of ice cream in one hand and the newest New Adult release in the other.

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One response to “Short Story #Review: With the Lights On, by @AuthorAless

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