The Dating Plan (The Love Plan Book 1) by J. S. Cooper
Publication Date: June 9, 2020
They Say You Never Forget Your First Kiss…
But I really want to. It was with my best friend’s brother, Nolan. And he’s the most annoying, most aggravating, most arrogant man I’ve ever met. Just because he’s handsome and charming he thinks all women should fall to their knees. Well, I’ll tell you something. I, Julia Gilbert will certainly not be falling, again.
They Say You Can’t Choose Your Coworkers…
But I really need to. Because the worst thing that could happen has just happened to me. Nolan, yes the Nolan, is now my coworker. And what’s worse is that he’s been hired to follow me around on my dates for my new column. Because isn’t that what a girl needs in her life? Her childhood crush watching her make a fool of herself on dates for her job?
They Say That You Should Never Mix Work With Pleasure…
But I may have just crossed that line. In the very best of ways. And besides it was only one night. Can’t a girl have some fun? There’s only one problem. Nolan is not part of my meticulous plan for the future. There’s another man I have my eye on. Only Nolan doesn’t seem to get the fact that just because he was my first kiss doesn’t mean he will be my last.
Excerpt The Dating Plan by J. S. Cooper
“I’d like to get to know you.” He leaned in to me and ran his fingers down the side of my face. “A lot more intimately.”
“Excuse me?” I swallowed hard. This was not what I’d been expecting.
“I’d like to know if we fit.”
“If we fit?” I raised an eyebrow at him, my brown eyes finding his green eyes and searching for an answer.
“In the biblical sense.” He smirked as he leaned in even closer to me. My heart was racing now. “I wonder if you will fit me like a glove.” His lips brushed the side of my face and moved to my ear. “Would you like to find out?”
“Would I like to find out?” I pulled away from him and glared. “Do you want to find out what my fisted glove would feel like in your face?”
“Now, now, Julia, is that any way to speak to your date?” He burst out laughing and sat back, a conceited grin on his handsome face. “I knew you weren’t ready for any real dates.”
“Oh, Nolan, you’re such a, a, bigheaded fool.” I grabbed my water and gulped it down. “No real date would be as forward and as rude as you.”
“Do you really think not?” He raised an eyebrow. “I know you’re not used to dating, but I didn’t know you were so naïve.” He looked at me pityingly. “I do have a lot of work to do.”
“What the hell does that mean?”
“You have to play the role, Jules. You have to dance the dance.” He cocked his head to the side and studied my face. “If you want to get the most out of these dates and write the best expose on the online dating scene that’s ever been written, then you’re going to need to be a little nicer. That means when a guy flirts, even if a little crudely, you’re going to have to know how to flirt back.”
“I know how to flirt.”
“But do you know how to flirt well?” He shook his head as if answering his own question. “Flirting and flirting well is like the difference between fucking and making love. One is done just to get off and one is done to make your partner feel good as well.” His voice was deeper and huskier now and I could feel my heart racing. I didn’t want to hear Nolan Montgomery talking about fucking and making love.
“I’ve never had any complaints.”
“But have you ever had any awards?” He chuckled then and undid his tie. My eyes flew to his long tan fingers and then back to his mocking eyes. “I am an expert. I suppose that’s why you need my help.”
“I don’t need your help.”
“But there are so many things I want to show you, Jules.” Suddenly his hand was on my knee and sliding up towards the hem of my skirt. “And I know there are many things you want me to teach you as well.” His hand kept sliding and as I sat there I knew I had to make a decision. Only I wasn’t sure what to do. Nolan was my best friend’s brother, my first kiss and my childhood nemesis. He was now my coworker. There were so many reasons for me to say no right now. Even though I very much wanted to say yes. There were so many reasons and yet as his lips gently pressed against mine, I didn’t stop him from kissing me. I didn’t stop his hand from sliding up even further under my skirt and I didn’t stop my hand from reaching up to take his tie off all the way.
“I’m going to make you mine, Jules.” He growled against my lips. “And I’m going to ensure that every date you go on pales in comparison to the greatness of the night you’re about to have with me.”
I should have stopped him then. He was too cocky and far too sure of himself, but of course I didn’t. I was too caught up in the moment. If I would have stopped this moment from happening, we wouldn’t both have ended up in the most shocking and scandalous story of our lives. I was a journalist, used to writing the articles in the Canyon Beach Chronicle. By the time, Nolan was done with me, we were going to be the front page news.