New teacher Nikki Fallon is trying to ward off unwanted advances from the hunky football coach. She should...
a) slap him silly.
b) report him for harassment.
c) invent an imaginary husband.
Coach laughed and took a step back. “So, you have plans this weekend?"
Is Gayle right? Does he flirt with all the women? Dang, he smells good.
“I was thinking I could show you some of the more intimate bars in Eastmont.” He leaned his elbow on the roof of the car, pulling his polo shirt taut across his pecs. His whole aura exuded virility, and it sucked all the moisture from Nikki’s mouth. A date sure would be a nice change. And he’s mighty hunky.
Something twinkling in his eyes set off a warning alarm in her brain.
“Uh.” Nikki searched the parking lot for some clue of an excuse.
Just then Officer Ross rolled up in his security patrol car and lowered his window. “Everything okay here? This is a no loitering zone, you know,” he said with a mock-serious tone. “The Friday before Labor Day, this place should be empty.”
“We’re all fine, Officer,” said Coach. He clenched his jaw and ran his fingers through his hair. “Just making plans for the weekend.”
“Oh?” Ross glanced at Nikki.
“We’re not making plans together.” She waved her arms between them. “We were just talking.”
“Right. What?” Coach looked off-balance for a moment.
“Pretty soon you’ll be married to your work here.” Ross smiled sympathetically in the way all the teachers did when they implied her life was about to be forfeit to endless grading and committee meetings.
Married. Did he say married? Nikki had a brain flash. “Yes, actually! My husband’s taking me out tonight to celebrate my new job really starting.”
“Your husband?” Coach coughed.
“Isn’t he sweet?” She grinned and bounced on her heels like a giddy teen girl. “He’s always doing such thoughtful things for me.”
“I didn’t know you were married.”
“Oh yes. Newlyweds. You know how it is.” Nikki winked knowingly. Starting her engine, Nikki beamed up at Coach. “Well, good-bye. Have a great weekend!”
And just like that, Nikki was married.
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I had the pleasure of being an early reader for Her Imaginary Husband. It's a cute romantic comedy, a perfect quick read for a snowy evening.
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