I’m happy to share an extract for the 1 Day Blog Blitz, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources
Gill is looking forward to her date with the cute Irishman
Gill sat down as Sean went to the bar. She loved his accent. Irish accents always did it for her, but Sean’s was particularly hitting the spot. He did look quite young. She knew he was only thirty-five, two years younger than her, but he barely seemed thirty. His photo hadn’t done him justice at all. And he scrubbed up well, too; gone was the unkempt look from his photo. So, he had made an effort. Good. When he returned, he leant across her slightly to place her drink down and she breathed in the smell of his aftershave – not too noticeably she hoped. It wouldn’t do for it to seem as if she were trying to drink him in. He scored a comfortable eight for presentation.
‘So, Gill,’ said Sean, as he sat opposite her. ‘This is my first time, so can you be gentle with me?’
‘Your first time?’ Gill repeated, her tone a mixture of perplexed and horrified.
‘Yes, meeting someone through the agency.’ His eyes twinkled.
Gill tried not to burst out laughing and failed miserably.
‘You didn’t think…?’
‘Just for a second…yes…I did,’ she said, struggling to regain her composure.
‘Well, I’m hardly Brad Pitt, but even I’ve managed to address that issue by now.’
‘Anyway,’ said Gill, eager to change the subject, feeling that joking or not, touching on the subject of Sean’s virginity and when he lost it, was no way to start a date, ‘who recommended the restaurant to you?’
‘Oh, one of my friends, Gail. She started working here part-time in the evenings to get some extra cash, just after it opened. She says it’s been booked solid since then. She obviously wasn’t kidding.’
Gill’s glance took in the restaurant part of Civitavecchia, where only two tables were unoccupied. Both had reserved signs and presumably one was theirs.
‘I booked for half one. I thought we could have a drink and get to know each other a bit before eating. To tell the truth I was a bit nervous and wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to be such a mess that I’d dribble spaghetti down my shirt.’
Gill laughed. Sean was very likeable and had an easy manner about him.
Work, work, work. That’s all recruitment consultant Gill does. Her friends fix her up with numerous blind dates, none suitable, until one day Gill decides enough is enough.
Seeing an ad on a bus billboard for Happy Ever After dating agency ‘for the busy professional’, on impulse she signs up. Soon she has problems juggling her social life as well as her work diary.
Before long she’s experiencing laughs, lust and … could it be love? But just when things are looking up for Gill, an unexpected reunion forces her to make an impossible choice.
Will she get her happy ever after, or is she destined to be married to her job forever?
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Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband, their two young children and a crazy Labrador called Benji. She has been reading since the age of four and had to get an adult library pass early as she had read the entire children’s section by the age of ten.
Susan writes contemporary fiction, often set in Scotland, usually featuring travel, food or Christmas. When not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, Susan loves reading (obviously), the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!
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