Title: Unlucky in Love
Author: AJ Renee
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 30, 2019
Lucky in Love.
Thatâs the name of the dating app I picked, hoping to find Mr. Better Than Average so I can hold off planning my future as a cat lady.
Iâve been distracted eyeballing a tall, dark, and handsome Latin hottie who works in the library with me. He is way out of my league, and a woman has needs if you know what I mean.
Finding a man shouldnât be hard when all I have to do is swipe left or right. Itâll weed out the slimy men who have Bad Date written all over them.
Yeah, Iâm learning quickly that Iâm rather unlucky in love after all. The men I pick need warning labels, kissing lessons, and a good talking-to about manners.
Should I throw in the towel or will this series of bad dates be exactly what I need to win Mr. Right?
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Pouring milk into my mug, I watch the black and white colors swirl together until they turn a pretty caramel. I didnât sleep well, and the creamy mix is exactly what the doctor ordered. Hurrying, I flick the sugar packet and dump its contents. The door behind me opens as I toss the spoon into the sink and lift the mug to my lips. The satisfying liquid warms my insides, and I canât help my sigh even if I tried.
âRough night?â a velvety voice asks.
I take another sip of my glorious cup of joe before turning toward Mario. He started working in the Reference Department three months ago and has featured in a few of my dirty dreams. Heâs gorgeous and about six feet three inches. Dark, tall, and handsome would describe him to a T.
I shrug and force my mind from the gutter. He brushes past me and grabs the spoon I just discarded. The first time I saw him do this, I yelped in protest, but it seemed he really was another gross college guy.
One with full kissable lips.
âYouâre quiet this morning,â he says and leans against the counter next to me.
After the episode with Tristan last night, I canât help but stare a second longer. âNo, just a date.â The words spill from my mouth. âI mean, I was up late.â
Marioâs mug freezes halfway to his lips, and an eyebrow raises as he stares at me.
âFuck!â I slap a hand over my mouth in horror. My heart races, and I know my cheeks are bright pink. âI gotta go.â I squealed and run out of the break room.
Great job, Izzy! Now he thinks you were up all night fucking.
Calling myself a string of insults, I take the elevator down to the copy office. See, we both work in our college library in different departments. I keep the copy machines and printers stocked with paper and toner, and Mario does whatever the students in Reference do.
We both tend to be in the break room grabbing coffee in the mornings at the same time. If Iâm lucky, I get a glimpse of him when I do my rounds. Our conversations arenât long, usually revolving around our mutual love of coffee. His doesnât include milk, but his love of coffee runs as deep as mine.
I walk around the corner and sigh with relief when I find the door closed. My boss, Jerry, isnât in yet, and I know heâll tease me if he spots the blush still on my cheeks. Jerry is old enough to be my dad and is the best boss Iâve had, not that there have been many.
Kicking the doorstop under the wooden door, I prop it open. I set my mug on the long counter and take a quick peek at the staplers and empty the pencil sharpener set out for students to pop in and use. My body goes into autopilot, and Marioâs lips come to mind. I wonder if they are they as soft as they look?
I reluctantly remind myself heâs out of my league. Itâs not that I donât think Iâm pretty. I am, but Iâm not the girl all the boys come sniffing around. Theyâll look in my direction, but few take the next step. Of those who do, none are as handsome as Mario.
AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter's Surprise, Surviving Paris, Finding Love at the Falls..., and Kylie: Crossing Lines. She's a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while working at the library.
She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn't writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.