To celebrate my new romantic releases, I am giving way two copies of Perfect Stranger (a sexy novella) and two copies of The Soul Mate Search ( a mainstream romance novel.) You get to decide, which one you want. Soul Mate Search releases on the 30th, you could be the first one to get a copy. Click on Perfect Stranger cover to discover more about this fun and sexy holiday tale.
All you have to do is leave a comment on what traits you’d like in a mate/date.
What Do People Really Want in a Date and Potential Mate?
Online dating sites predict a banner year for enrollment for people looking for their soul mate. Often people mistakenly believe commercials, movies, even their girlfriends regarding what men want.
Here’s what one male dating coach had to say.
Men are looking for women who:
1. Are interested in him.
2. Laugh at his joke, even if it is only followed by a groan.
3. Accepts his friends, as opposed to trying to change or limit friends.
4. Trusts. This woman isn’t scouring his social media or phone for information.
5. Can be spontaneous. She’s willing to try new things
6. Is happy. Moody, depressed, angry women are toxic. That doesn’t mean a woman is happy 24/7, but definitely more happy than angry.
What do women want from men?
This is a million dollar question, but not as difficult as some men suspect. It isn’t a hard body, despite all the book covers, magazines and movies would have you believe. Most women discover what they value over time and by dating the wrong type of man. According to a survey of thousands of women would like these qualities, but not always in the same order.
1. Honesty-life would be easier if she knew a man’s true intentions
2. Humor-this allows a man to laugh at himself instead, of being angry.
3. Protectiveness- this involves standing up for the woman and offering to walk her to her car. Even holding her hand represents this ability.
6. Manners & hygiene (These two go together)
7. Respecting her space (This is knowing when to leave a woman alone.)
Levi and Melody, from The Inheritance have reasons to think the worst of each other. Here’s a snippet from their second uncomfortable meeting.
Charmer’s only movements at the shelter included standing to greet her with a vigorous tail wag and shuffling to the food bowl. Melody snapped on the lead expecting a leisurely walk around the lake. The dog’s sudden lunge for the open door surprised her. Scampering to grab the vanishing leash before it disappeared out the door, the sound of car doors slamming checked her speed. It must be the neighbors.
A long canine bay alerted her she might have unexpected guests. Great. She wasn’t dressed for company. A sudden tug sent her stumbling out into the yard where two men stood beside a luxury sedan. The elderly dog barked so hard that his front legs came off the ground. Melody tightened the lead to prevent Charmer from escaping.
She looked up in time to see Roy’s lawyer approaching her with a wide smile and an outstretched hand. “Afternoon Melody, I probably should have called.”
Mustering up a smile to hide her surprise, she barely noticed the other man say. “It’s her.”
The half-whispered words shifted her attention to the other man still standing by the car. The tall broad shouldered man half leaned against the car as his eyes roamed over her. Levi McDaniel. She bit her bottom lip. No, it couldn’t be. Time is what she needed, to prepare, to know how to act, to devise the right thing to say. Charmer took the opportunity to rest after his unexpected show of energy.
A slight breeze rustled tree leaves while the late afternoon sun warmed her back. Apparently, nature didn’t get the memo to stop everything. Her body did, however, as she struggled to draw a breath, wondering if she’d somehow forgotten how. In and out, that’s it, just breathe. Her mental instructions helped some.
His eyes reached her face. The grey eyes were, unfortunately, still as attractive as she remembered. Not to be trusted, she reminded herself, especially when her pulse jumped. Just a man, that’s all he is. She’d almost convinced herself when her bad angel whispered into her ear about his rugged allure.
He was an attractive man and a young one too. When was the last time she had met a man under sixty-five? If she didn’t count her former roommate’s fiancé and jerky friend, it had been months. It could be the reason behind her over reaction to a man who was her nemesis. He’s the enemy. Overlook the nice packaging, the strong jaw, the ripped arms, and the attitude. He’s trouble with a capital T. Don’t even let him get near the front door.
Charmer’s ears went up as if hearing something and dashed in the direction of Levi. The leash slipped out of Melody’s hands as she watched her canine lope across the yard. Would he welcome the man with a lopsided doggy grin or roll over on his back for a belly rub? With her luck, Charmer would deliver the house key. Then again, maybe the lawyer already had.
Her eyes drifted over to the lawyer, hoping that Mr. Douglas would enlighten her about the nature of the visit, although she had her suspicions.
Levi’s voice had her head whipping back to the man. “Hey, what’s that stupid dog doing?”
Her dog balanced on three legs while he hiked the fourth, thoroughly drenching Levi’s leg. Worried, he might hurt her dog, she rushed forward, kneeling beside the dog and wrapping her arms protectively around his body. “Please don’t hurt him. He’s old and already has enough trouble walking with his arthritis.”
Her eyes searched Levi’s face wondering if he might take out his anger on her instead. A rueful look crossed his face. Raising one eyebrow, he asked, “What do you think I am, a monster?”
Don’t answer. She even sucked in her lips to prevent a spontaneous reply.
Levi put both hands against the car and slowly moved to a kneeling position. He placed his hand on Charmer’s head and stroked it. “I know what it’s like old fellow, not being able to move around as well as you’d like.”
Part of her resolve to hate him melted a little when he began to talk to her dog. The lawyer stepped to where the three of them were huddled and squatted. His gaze went to Melody, then to Levi. “Well, now, seeing how well the two of you are getting along. I think it’s time to talk about setting up housekeeping together.”
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