Orderly and predictable describes Eva Marie’s life, until she accepts the dare of a Brazilian soccer player with wicked moves and a notorious reputation.
The last thing Eva Marie needs right now, just as her event planning business is getting off the ground, is a man. Especially a sought after bachelor with a reputation for no-strings-attached, serial dating.
Famous Brazilian soccer player Davi Ferreira likes his games and women fast and flashy. Handsome and fit, he’s never met a woman he couldn’t quickly and easily charm into his bed. Until Eva Marie. When the opportunity to participate in her event, ‘The Ultimate Bachelor’ promises to give him one final chance to escape the friend zone, he eagerly accepts.
Thanks to a popular DC blog, people in Washington are watching the live stream featuring Eva Marie’s event. Cameras cover everything, including Eva and Davi’s ultra-sexy kiss. The steamy exchange sparks a firestorm of tweets that force Eva and Davi to settle a question posed by web viewers—was the sizzling kiss a promotional stunt or the real thing?
General Release Date: 14th February 2014
“Get your paddles ready, ladies. The bidding will start in fifteen minutes.” The event announcer, a tall, bald man in a black suit standing in the middle of the stage gestured to the five men seated in the row of tall stools beside him. Each of the men waved and the crowd responded with a round of cheers and giddy, high-pitched laughter that blended well with the soft jazz playing in the background.
From her corner in the back of the small, low-lit ballroom of The Continental Hotel, Eva Marie watched as two-hundred and sixteen of Washington DC’s socially and politically connected women started waving numbered auction paddles, some using them to smack each other, others giggling nervously as they eyed the row of bachelors about to go up for sale.
Eva knew exactly how many women were clustered around the high-top tables and milling around the room because her new promotion company, Perfectly Professional, had put the event together. Ticket sales had fallen a little short of her goal of three-hundred, but if the auction went well, the event could still be a success. Eva was counting on success.
Thanks to a cross-promotion with DC’s popular blogger, Kelly M, she had got a deal on the space rental. But still, she’d invested nearly all of her available funds into the catering costs of this exclusive event, The Ultimate Bachelor. At a fundraising auction free wine for the guests was essential. Eva hadn’t had much choice, so she’d paid the bill and crossed her fingers. And bought a bright red lucky knot tied with three gold coins. Then had considered heading out to her favourite psychic in Old Town Alexandria for a card reading to make sure she’d made the right decision.
Leaving anything up to chance was a bad idea. If this event didn’t get her the attention her new business needed, she might end up back at square one, scraping along by organising neighbourhood birthday parties and hotel suite celebrations until she got another chance to make it into the big time.
Word Count: 10,397
Book Length: SHORT STORY
Genres: CHICK LIT
Isabelle Drake got her start writing confession stories for pulp magazines like True Confessions and True Love. Since publishing those first few stories she has written in multiple genres, earned and MFA in Creative Writing and became an English & Writing Professor.
When away from her keyboard, she watches films, especially classic noir, horror and romance, and reads (of course). An avid traveler, she'll go just about anywhere--at least once--to meet people and get ideas.
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