Ingrid Mendoza, a painfully shy egghead who collects college degrees like some women collect shoes, is working on her second PhD, this one in anthropology. Her thesis, 10 Theories About Dating is proving to be a little difficult to research since she has all the social grace of the common houseplant. As soon as she meets any attractive man, she turns into a babbling idiot. And it certainly doesn’t help that the new department head is Dr. Clark Butler, a man who put the G in gorgeous.
Clark, a widower of four years, is finally ready to start dating again. In an effort to ignore a strong attraction to his surprisingly appealing grad student, he decides to take her theories on a ride with someone else. The problem is, her theories (even the one about cookie-cutter Gingerbread Men) keep leading him back to her…
Katherine Mendoza is curvy PR exec whose passion for Oreos is tempered only by her workaholic lifestyle. But when an invitation to her high school reunion lands on her doorstep the same day she takes on the obscenely attractive owner of a chain of fitness centers as a client, she decides it’s a sign from the gods. Who better to get her backside into shape than the guy whose backside she’s about to save?
Fitness-master Quinn Mitchell is more than happy to help Katherine slim down, but keeping his hands off her curves is proving to be the bigger challenge. Unfortunately, he’s got oversized problems of his own: his fitness centers are coming under fire from a reporter with a vendetta, he’s behind schedule and losing backers, and his business partner insists that being seen with anyone who’s not model-thin is bad for business.
In an epic clash of wits, wagers–and Oreos, Katherine and Quinn put everything on the line to succeed… but can they win it all without losing their hearts?
When columnist Grace Mendoza is handed the dream assignment of a “Dating for Dummies” series, she knows it’s her ticket to national syndication. Too bad that when it comes to dating, she’s the biggest dummy of all. Jilted at the altar, abandoned by her best guy friend, Grace is about to hang up her keyboard for good until said best-friend lands back in town. He OWES her, and she’s determined to collect.
Rehabber Joe Baker is good at fixing things, but he can’t fix his emotions for Grace. When he realized he’d fallen for the quirky columnist right around the time he’d had to give her the bad news about her bastard of a bridegroom, he knew he had to split town, fast. Now he’s back and stuck on a job that may make or break his business. He can’t escape—especially when Grace demands that he tag along as a watch-dog for one disastrous date after another, all in the name of giving her avid readers what they want. Joe may be Grace’s biggest fan, but all he wants… is her.