By Laura Drake
My apartment manager set me up. Really. This woman I hardly knew called me out of the blue, telling me that a guy in the complex had noticed me, and asked if she’d introduce us. My silence must’ve telegraphed stunned, because she rushed on to say that he was a successful businessman, polite in the old-school way, and kind of shy. He was raising his two kids, all on his own…
Before she could launch into a saving-kittens-from drowning-story, I said, okay, half to shut her up, and half because I was curious to meet this throwback.
She brought him by that afternoon, knocked on my door, introduced him, then took off. Now here I stand, this shy, good looking man on my doorstep. What am I supposed to do with him? He invited me out that night, and I said yes. Even I couldn’t say no to that cute little-boy smile.
He took me to dinner, and proceeded to drag me through every detail of the horrific divorce he’d just gone though . . . for TWO HOURS. I’m sitting there thinking, “He may be cute, but I’m so out of here.”
Then it got worse. He tells me his goal is to be married within the next year. Wow. Really? Oh yes, and he has full custody of his two kids. Well, I’d never had kids for a reason – never wanted them. And I was never getting married again. Ever.
Talk about red flags! I couldn’t wait to get home.
He dropped me at my doorstep, and looked like he wanted to kiss me, but didn’t.
Then he asked me if I wanted to go for a ride on his motorcycle that weekend. He has a motorcycle? I LOVE motorcycles! The wind in your hair, the thrill of speed, wrapping your arms around that strong chest . . .
Okay, so one more date. At least he couldn’t talk about his divorce while we were riding, right?
That shy guy and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary next week.
He went from the worst date I’d ever had to my best friend. Who even knew that could happen?
After thirteen short years, Laura Drake became an instant success in December, selling three romances set in the world of professional bull riding to Grand Central. THE SWEET SPOT, in which a couple struggles to reclaim their lives after a tragic loss, will be released in the spring of 2013.