Hausmann is rapidly demonstrating her skills at writing the short romance story that ends just when the action may be starting. By action, I mean the basics of romance with a hint of a sexual component. Nora lives in Oslo, Norway and works in the petroleum extraction industry. Years ago Edvard, one of her college friends, warned her against taking a job at the company where she was about to be hired. He told her that the company does not promote pretty women and she would be stuck in low-level positions her entire career. This is a nice way to include the information that Nora is attractive.
It is now years later and Edvard’s prediction has come true, Nora is frustrated by working ten hour days with no hope of advancement and has no real life outside her job. Which means that there is no man in her life. On a bit of an impulse, Nora uses Facebook to try to contact Christian, another of her college friends. Christian has taken a job as a petroleum engineer in Saudi Arabia and Nora words the message in the form of a “What’s up? Something reminded me of you and I was wondering how things were going?” old friend contact.
While the initial contact is mild and the messages lack any overt flirtatious content, Hausmann cleverly includes some phrasing where one could or could not infer that flirting was taking place. Christian is married with two small children, so there are many potential pitfalls to anything other than a reconnection between two old college friends.
Despite their distance and the personal situation, things start to develop, but as her style in her “Magic of Flirting” series, Hausmann sticks out the “The End” just when there might be something developing between Nora and Christian. There are many readers that will object to the lack of conclusion, but I am not one of them. I have always enjoyed ambiguous endings to stories and in this case one could easily append another one hundred or so pages of text to make a very good romance novel. The start establishes the quality of the plot and the basic storyline.

This story was made available for free for review purposes.