A shy romance reader meets the real-life hero of her dreams.
Shy bookstore manager Marie McCloud spends each night between the covers with a hot guy... The hunky hero from one of her romance novels, that is. Having been cheated on, disparaged then ditched, Marie turns to pure fiction to soothe her aching heart. What she doesn't count on is finding real romance where she least expects it.
Ladies' man David Lake is always up for a physical challenge. An intellectual one? He's not so sure. But when David meets pretty Marie, he's ready to leap through some hoops to get the brainy brunette's attention. With a little bit of research and a whole lot of reading, David prepares to sweep Marie off her feet -- for the romance of a lifetime.
"What are you doing? I wanted to stay and enjoy the party!"
"I know you did, sweetheart," David said, bending low to grab her behind her knees. "But I've got a party of my own in mind."
"Hey, whoa!" she squealed, as he hoisted her skyward and threw her over his shoulder.
"David Lake, put me down!" she yelled, pounding his rear with her fists.
But he just pushed back the door and carried her into the night, where the December wind half froze her bare skin and sobered her up in a hurry.
"Who are you?" she asked, still hanging upside down.
"Just call me Fabio," he said, patting her bottom with a smile.