by: Christi Barth
Series: Naked Men
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 28, 2019
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Josh Hardwick’s life looks great. He lives with his best friends, runs a gourmet food truck, and spends his nights hooking up with every eligible woman in D.C.. But he hides his daily struggle with dyslexia--which holds him back from expanding his business. The last complication he needs is a relationship. Especially not with an off-limits friend who is dangerously hot...
Annabeth Vasquez wears combat boots because life is a war zone and she damn well intends to be a survivor. She’s clawed her way out of poverty and is still in shock at her amazing new job. Failure isn’t an option. So being distracted by Josh’s playboy moves is definitely out of the question. The boutique job puts her in the middle of his circle of rich, educated friends. Annabeth can’t believe they accept her--or that Josh wants her.
Dating a player always ends badly, and Annabeth can’t risk losing her job. No matter how well Josh kisses... Her job’s at stake. Josh’s friends will kill him if he screws up and hurts her. But they can’t ignore how long--and how much--they’ve wanted each other. So when Josh comes up with a plan to test-drive their relationship, Annabeth’s on board. Will they be able to move beyond their complicated pasts and fears and discover love makes it possible to have it all?
Date of birth: hahaha. I’m not that kind of a writer. Unless I can make a joke about his astrological sign, I don’t assign birthdays.
Physical Description: Tall, ripped & blonde. His best friend Griff, who is often mistaken for his brother, says the difference is that Josh has a smarmy, toothpaste-ad smile thing going on. The women of DC do not seem to mind…
Occupation: Chef – Owns the Capitol Grilled food truck.
3 likes in no particular order: Women – aka mattress bouncers. Soccer – playing or watching it. Reality food shows.
3 dislikes in no particular order: Commitment. Soccer players who flop to draw a foul – frickin’ wusses. Bow ties worn with suits.
Drink of choice: Beer. A dark-ass stout, or the latest bizarre brew Dogfish Head’s cooked up.
Favorite food: Spaghetti bolognese with a mountain of parm on top.
Favorite song: Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake. Because Logan sang it to find them when they were marooned in the Alps, near-death. It will always be the best song in the world, because it signaled rescue. And that they’d get food soon.
Favorite way to spend an evening: Cocktails on the roof deck. Grilling with his friends. Then the booty call du jour.
Best memory to date: Playing soccer with his best friends. Every damn time.
If you could have a do over, what would you do differently? Nothing. My life’s great- I’ve got my friends, my food truck, and a different beautiful woman in my bed every time I want one. Haven’t you heard of the butterfly effect? Why would I want to mess with perfection?
Is it possible to survive tragedy and find happiness again? Damn straight. What’s the point of surviving if you don’t find happiness every single day?
Most romantic gesture: You don’t need romance to get a woman into bed. Not with my looks, charm, and skills in the kitchen…
Words to live by: Your friends—the family you choose—are the most important thing in your life. Choose wisely.
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Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.
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