Thrilled to be back at NYEspresso, her sister Chris’s Manhattan
coffee shop, which Eva would be managing for the next month, she swung
around. A large bouquet of flowers was walking toward her on male
The flowers lowered. Eva’s heart stopped.
Okay, not really, that would be ridiculous, because she’d
collapse, but it sure felt as if everything inside her and in the whole
world had paused to note this auspicious occasion.
Thick short hair that looked as if he’d tried hard to style it
but the strands refused to lie flat. Deep brown eyes under dark
brows. High cheekbones, a lean jaw. Full mouth, with a
faint groove on either side. The shadow of masculine
stubble. A small gold stud in one ear. Expensive dark suit,
subtly patterned silk tie in blue, burgundy and beige. Gold
watch. Perfectly shined shoes.
That was him. Her soulmate. Her man, her One Great Love
Eternal, acronym OGLE.
Or at least he was her next hot fling.
“Chris here?” Her soulmate put the flowers on the
counter, glancing at Eva before he addressed the barista, Jimx.
She was used to making no impression on a guy like this. But that
wouldn’t last long,
“Chris is not.” Jinx beckoned another customer over.
“I was—” Her Perfect Man yanked an iPhone from
his pocket and poked at it irritably.
“Hi.” Eva stepped forward, her hand out.
“I’m Chris’s sister, Eva.”
“Uh-huh.” He continued to peer at his phone, reading
“The woman you’re going to marry. We’ll have
beautiful children. I’m thinking five or six. We
should get started on that soon, since I’m already
He lifted his head suddenly. Their eyes locked. Well hers
locked. He kind of glanced at her, then did a double-take, like, what are you looking at?
“Sorry, what were you saying?”
“Nothing important.” She smiled sweetly, held out her
hand again. Just concerning
the rest of our lives together. Or, more likely the rest of the
month. “You were busy. What’s your
“Ames Cooke. You visiting?” Ames was looking
around, undoubtedly still hoping Chris would emerge from the back of
Ames Cooke. She thought so. He was very mistakenly trying
to date her sister when of course she was the one for him.
“I’m taking over for Chris for a month.”
His attention zoomed back to her. “Chris?
What’s wrong? Where is she?”
Look how nice of him to be concerned. A thoughtful guy.
“She’s at my place in California. We switched lives
for a month.”
“You switched—” Ames was clearly having trouble
processing that one. But maybe the fact that his supposed beloved
had left town without letting him know would help him understand that
he and Chris were not destined to be together forever. Whereas he
and Eva . . .
At least for a month. “So what are you doing tonight,
As she expected, he looked startled, glanced at his watch, face
reddening slightly. “I’m due at . . . I’m
. . . I have . . .”
“Wow. That sounds fabulous.”
He laughed in surprise.
“I just arrived today from California, so I’m going to take
it easy tonight.” She put the vase on the counter over the
pastry. “Maybe order take-out, because I hear you can get
anything delivered in this city.”
She threw him a flirty look over her shoulder. “Even
Ames blinked. “Even me what?”
Eva beamed. This was going to be so fun. “If I was
home bored and wanted company, could I pick up a phone and order you?”