The Plot by Melinda De Ross #TGPUL

Posted March 8, 2017 by Shari in The Great Pick Up Line / 8 Comments

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Welcome Melinda De Ross as they share their Great Pick Up Line from The Plot. Take it away Melinda!


She recognized the antique shop by its large windows displaying old, precious objects—lamps sitting on ornate tables, small pieces of furniture, paintings, jewelry sparkling in lovely cases, and archaic-looking books scattered on shelves. After staring a few moments in awe at the setting, she pushed open the ornate glass-and-wood door of the shop and entered.

A smell of old and history enveloped her as she stepped inside, looking around curiously. The light was warm, low but not dim. Just the right shade to lend a mysterious glow to the objects arranged in charming, artistic disarray. Yoko immediately loved this fairytale place. She could sit here forever, lost in a good book and holding a mug of hot chocolate.

“Hello, Yoko.”

The man had appeared from behind her, unseen and unheard until he spoke in that low, intensely masculine voice. Only her excellent nerves kept her from jumping out of her skin, but her heart gave a strong thud when she turned around and saw him. For a moment she froze, lips parted in surprise, staring at the man in front of her. It was the tall, dark stranger from the café.

He also seemed surprised to recognize her. His eyebrows arched and his lips curved slightly into a friendly smile, as he walked toward her.

“Well, well, what a coincidence! I’m Mark Chandler,” he said, extending his hand.

“Yoko Hirano.”

Her fingers trembled briefly when she reached out to shake hands with him. He enfolded her small hand in his large, warm one, and the contact made a strange shiver caress the skin of her palm. His eyes appeared very deep and dark as he looked down at her. A strand of black hair fell over his forehead, slashing his right eyebrow like a scar. He wore similar clothes as yesterday—dark T-shirt, leather jacket and faded jeans. He looked dangerous, but at the same time Yoko had the eerie feeling she was safe in his presence.

“I’m glad we have the chance of being formally introduced,” he said. “I’ve been thin
king about you since I saw you yesterday at the café.”

Yoko’s voice was chilly and cautious. She knew what most men wanted from her, and there was nothing to indicate Mark was any different.

“Oh? And why is that?” she asked coolly, expecting some compliment about her beauty or something similar.
His answer surprised her.

“Because of your eyes.” His voice was thoughtful. “They are far too serious for a girl your age. How old are you?”

“Really? Not a girl then, but a woman.” The shadow of a smile touched his mouth.


The Plot by Melinda De Ross

At eighteen, Yoko Hirano falls into the tentacles of a human trafficking organization and is forced into prostitution. Her first sexual experience is close to a rape, so she becomes traumatized and her opinions about men are low and unflattering. She uses her charms only as means of manipulation.
Four years later she meets the tall, dark and charming antique dealer Mark Chandler. They both acknowledge reluctantly the complicated chemistry between them, but Yoko’s grand scheme of things doesn’t involve falling in love, nor does she think Mark would want her if he found out about her past. To get revenge and prevent other girls from sharing her fate, she plans to ruin the Chinese triad that has destroyed her life and innocence.
However, she doesn’t realize that Mark can be an asset in her plans of bringing down the powerful mobster Michael Chen and his interlopers. Together, they make a quite formidable pair…


About Melinda De Ross

Melinda De Ross is an international author of Romanian origin. She writes in two languages, and her books combine the elegance specific to the European style with the modern appeal of the American culture. She has a Law degree and has been a professional target shooter for over a decade. Her favorite genre to read and write in is Romance, and anytime she prefers to watch a classic movie instead of going to a noisy club.
She loves to hear from her readers, and you can find her at:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Loved seeing this pair meet. 🙂

5 years ago

It looks like a really poignant story there. I didn’t know about it but it could be interesting

Melinda De Ross
Melinda De Ross
5 years ago

Thank you so much for inviting me to this event, Sophia and Shari! <3

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

You bet! Glad to have you, Melinda. 🙂

Melissa (Books and Things)

Sounds like it will be an intense partnership. 🙂 Loved the scene!

5 years ago

This sounds interesting. I like the setting too.

Mary Kirkland
5 years ago

That sounds intense.

5 years ago

I like that this author takes time with imagery to tell this, so we can get a clear picture of the her characters. I also love a good suspense novel. This is one of those topics that’s hard to hear about, but this is a book I definitely will add to my pile for reading. Hugs…