The Great Pick Up Line
Take it away Alison!
A voice cleared behind her. “Excuse me, ma’am.”
Startled, she whirled around, almost bumping into a man with light brown hair and deep set eyes. He stood so close to her that he towered over her short frame. At five feet four inches, she was usually shorter than most people. But this guy? He had to be at least a foot taller than her, which was a bit more intimidating than men of average height. Staring up at him was like trying to see the top of a skyscraper while you’re standing on ground level.
Jessa took a wary step back but smiled politely. “Yes?”
The handsome gentleman had a lean, muscular build, broad shoulders, and intense hazel eyes that seemed to bore holes straight through her. He was great to stare at, but he wasn’t smiling back, which unnerved her even more.
“Do you work on this food truck?” he asked, taking another step toward her. His words were neither friendly nor unfriendly, but his underlying tone sounded a bit hostile.
She nodded shakily. “Yes, I do. Is there something I can help you with?”
She’d never had anyone complain about her food before and hoped that wasn’t what this stranger was about to do. But if he did have a problem with something on her menu, then she definitely wanted to know about it.
“Yeah,” he said, shifting his position even closer. “You can get the owner of this food truck out here so I can have a word with him.”
One eyebrow rose as she took another step back, as if they were somehow unknowingly dancing with one another. “Um…him?”
“Yeah, the moron who owns this rig.”
For a moment, words failed her. She stood there blinking up at him while acid bubbled up into her throat. Did he really just call her a moron? And why the hell would he assume the business was owned by a man—because it happened to be on a truck? What kind of sexist bullshit was that?
Then again, judging by the guy’s lack of consideration for a woman’s personal space, she shouldn’t be surprised. He was obviously a jerk. A tall, handsome one, but still a jerk nonetheless.
As strange as it was, she almost couldn’t wait to see the look on his face when he realized he had just insulted the actual owner…who also happened to be a woman. Now who’s the moron, you chauvinistic pig?
Lifting her chin, Jessa tossed her head back and looked at him directly. “What can I do for you, sir?”
Confusion flickered in his eyes. “I already told you what you can do for me. I’d like you to get the owner out here so I can talk to him.”
She smirked. God, he was really cute but a little dumb. “Like I said, what can I do for you?”
His eyes narrowed. “Do you have a problem with your short-term memory or something? How many times do I need to repeat myself?”
Jessa gasped at his rudeness, and her blood boiled in her veins. “Look, I don’t know who you think you are, but—”
“Max Hager, the new city health inspector, that’s who.”[/quote]
More to Love by Alison Bliss
This laugh-out-loud romantic comedy proves that, when enemies become lovers, all bets are off…
Jessa Gibson may be new in the little town of Granite, Texas, but in no time at all her gourmet food truck business is booming. Soon she’ll have enough money to open the restaurant of her dreams. But first, she’ll have to appease the hot local health inspector, no matter how strange his “violations” sound to her. No pink plastic gloves? Really?
Max Hager isn’t exactly who he says he is. Pretending to be a health inspector is a (mostly) innocent mistake. A mistake made way worse by Max’s immediate, electrifying attraction to the curvy, sexy, redheaded chef. Throw in a whole lot of lust, and things in Jessa’s little kitchen are about to really start heating up. But can Max find a way to come clean with Jessa before his little deception turns into a recipe for disaster?
About Alison Bliss
Alison Bliss is the award-winning author of humorous, contemporary romances. A born and raised Texan, she currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, two kids, and their dogs. As the youngest of five girls, she has never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. Alison believes the best way to find out if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. She writes the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, and laughter. Something she likes to call, “Romance…with a sense of humor.”
Alison is kindly offering one signed print copy of More to Love to one lucky reader in the US Only. To enter, leave a comment for Alison.
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