Hope Jones has two problems: one is new, the other is depressingly old.
The new problem: the bestselling author the publisher she shoots romance novel covers for hates her newest batch of covers. She has until the end of the week to come up with a breathtaking shot or she’ll be replaced.And there’s a sudden model shortage; they’re out of season.
The old, depressing problem: she hasn’t had a date, sex or a relationship in over two years.
She also has one hell of a headache.
Hope finds the cures for her two problems during a search through Wal-Mart for a painkiller to kill her headache.
Turns out the aisles of the retail giant are rampant with hot young model worthy specimens.And when her trusty Ford Taurus breaks down in the parking lot, a hunky mechanic in the Tire and Lube Express department fixes more than just her car.
Seemingly her troubles are good as gone…but then her new, fabulous cover is rejected, and in a desperate moment she has to choose between keeping her job and keeping the man she’s just starting to fall in love with.
“You actually don’t remember a hunk like that? Were you on drugs or religion as a child?”
Olivia Lovelace, famous author, hates her current book cover. Hope has to find something hot, steamy and best-seller worthy or she can kiss her little photography job goodbye. Facing the truth that she has nothing to go on is difficult; and her model liaison has no one for her to use on such short notice. Knowing this would normally cause Hope to freak out but surely there’s someone out there (who is young, sexy and willing to make a cool $200 just for taking a few pictures) she can find on her own. Never would she have thought all her dreams could come true at the local Wal-Mart!
After approaching a young hottie inside (and freaking him out a little), her car breaks down in the parking lot. Just her luck that the tow-truck driver is sexy too—who needs a talent agent anyway? Hope is doing just fine on her own? While drumming up models is great for her career, it doesn’t fix her car. Thankfully, there’s a shop and according to the tow driver; if Jake Troy is working, her car will be too.
Jake Troy has known Hope since High School. She doesn’t remember him but he remembers her…
“Lord have mercy, he was just gorgeous. But not like all the hot young men I’d just seemed to run into today. No, Jake was broad and solid and hard as a crowbar.”
Okay, so he’s hot, and her age (if not a little older) and he’s interested…maybe. Problem is her body says “hell yeah” while her mind is saying “um, no”. Thankfully he doesn’t push her. Hope says no and Jake backs off, even if there is nothing more he would like to do than her.
Taking things one step at a time sounds great in theory but Hope still has a deadline to meet for a very demanding author. Taking her first potential (and his cute little girlfriend) isn’t going as well as planned…until they sneak off to fool around and she catches it on film—score! Thinking she’s finally gotten her money shot makes it easier to focus on Jake. He always says the right things and pushes all of her hot buttons. (They are quite steamy).
“His face had the expression of a man with a single-minded ambition. Lucky me; that goal was to give me pleasure. Go single-minded men!”
Being with this man was unlike anything Hope had ever experienced before…cloud nine is an understatement. Nothing could ruin Hope’s state of bliss until she gets that phone call from her boss; Olivia STILL hates the photos! Craptastic news that sends Hope back to her camera in search for ANYTHING to give Olivia for review. When the pictures load onto her computer she sees an unexpected and absolutely breathtaking photo…one she can’t take credit for taking. Now, the real question is: does she sell out and hand it over or does she figure out something else?
“The Nikon had captured every stunning detail…”
What a way to end; my heart is broken. I hope this is just the beginning of Hope and Jake’s story. Hope is funny and beautiful. Jake is rugged and real. I loved them and think they are exactly what the other needs. I really enjoyed getting to know them and can only hope there is more…keep it coming Ms. Bello, I cannot wait for what happens next!
**4 Click-Click Stars**