Title: The Blind Date Diaries
Author: Brenda St John Brown
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 15, 2020
Release Date: January 15, 2020
Dating? Lower than a bikini wax on my list of priorities.
Blind dating? Lets just say Id rather have a Brazilian - andnotthe hot soccer-player variety.
So the fact Ive agreed to do a blind-date feature forPink, the magazine I work for, and write it all up Bridget Jones style means one thing -Pinkis in dire straits and this is my best shot at saving my job.
Make that my only shot because date number one is with Jack Reese the son of the publisher ofPink and he dislikes me as much as I dislike him.
Or at least I thought he did.
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Ang is going to be Pinks own Bachelorette? Erins tone is snarky, and I dig my fingernails into my palm to keep myself from snapping back at her. Just because Im curvy doesnt mean I couldnt be a Bachelorette.
Without the roses. Because thats dumb, man. I dont care what anyone says, says Patrick, with an exaggerated eye roll.
Everyone laughs and I shoot Patrick a grateful look. I owe him big time for jumping on board with this and keeping any doubts hes had to himself. The introductory spread is going in the print edition, weve got banner ads for the website, and Patricks also put together a set of social media banners. Well need to really build buzz about this before we run the first blind date story next week.
What if no one responds? asks Mike. Youre relying on nominations, right? What if there arent any?
Oh, come on. As if. Melissa side-eyes Mike and everyone laughs.
I laugh, too, but the truth is, Mike just hit on my biggest fear related to this whole thing. Not the dates themselves because if I can get through lunch with my boss, I can get through a blind date. But what if no one wants to participate? What if no one wants to go out with me?
And I know its not about me at all in the broad scheme of things. But in the details, it is. Im the datee in this thing and Im no Helen of Troy. I mean, Im not ugly, justaverage. Average height. Average looks. On the plus side, I have great cheekbones. On the minus side, Im carrying at least twenty extra pounds because I dont exercise enough. My other older brother, Will, always says I have the body of a supermodel hidden in me somewhere, but Wills a personal trainer and he gets paid to say things like that.
Erins voice snaps me out of my reverie. We need a plant.
A plant? A shrub, maybe a rhododendron? For what?
Not that kind. I mean a pre-determined winner for date one, says Erin. So in case no one comes forward, we can fudge it and have someone to kick this off.
Before I can respond, a voice rings out from the back of the room and all heads turn towards Jack Reese, whos somehow slipped in the back when no one was watching. Ill do it.
My heart leaps to my throat. Jacks gaze is cool and detached, although his eyes rake over me like hes picturing my gray skirt pushed up around my waist and now I cant help imagining that, too. I glance down at my fingers twisting the pen in my hand and when I glance back up at Jack, I see a trace of a smirk on his lips. Like he knows hes had an effect on me and hes ticking off some mental scorecard.
Uh, yeah? My words are no better than a stutter. I mean, that could work, right?
Unless you have a better suggestion? Erins tone makes it clear what she thinks the likelihood of this is.
All eyes turn towards me. I could admit right now that the whole Jack thing has already been arranged, but it occurs to me that it probably looks better for Jack to offer, so I say, Nope. Jack, that makes you bachelor number one. As long as youre up for it?
Oh, Im up for it. Jack wriggles his eyebrows and Erin giggles.
Brenda is a displaced New Yorker living in the English countryside. Shes lived in the UK long enough to gain dual citizenship, but still doesnt understand Celsius. However, she has learned the appropriate use of the word pants. And how to order a proper bacon bap/barm/buttie. Because, well, bacon.
Brenda writes contemporary romance to make you giggle and swoon. When shes not writing, she enjoys hiking, running and reading. In theory, she also enjoys cooking, but its more that she enjoys eating and, try as she might, she cant live on Doritos alone.
For more information or to connect with Brenda visit http://brendastjohnbrown.com