The Valentine Edition
The last place in the world Jodi Williams wanted to live was Turtle Creek, Wisconsin, but when her stepdad refused to put in a good word for her at the Chicago paper, she had no other choice than to accept the first job offer that came her way. Josh Thomas was Turtle Creek's veterinarian, but he also happened to be single and quite handsome. His life was pretty peaceful until a pretty, young stranger came to his clinic with a dog that had been hit by a car. While his first reaction was to care for the injured animal, he couldn't help a few glances at this unique young woman. That day was one of quite a few new beginnings. Jodi came to the aid of an injured animal, earning her the respect of a handsome man, she started a new job as a reporter for The Turtle Creek Newspaper, and she gained the wrath of the vet's receptionist. Della had her sights set on Joshua, and she wasn’t about to let anyone come between her and the man of her dreams.
Her ‘special news’ was about to slip her mind again because of him, but when he nudged her foot under the table she remembered. “The Turtle Creek Newspaper is going all out for Valentine’s Day this year. It seems almost everyone there is contributing an idea, including me.”
“I’d like to hear about your idea.”
After explaining to him about profiling men by the magazines they read, she went on and on about her plans for the dance. Josh seemed to listen to every word she spoke, which she attributed to his medical training and trying to figure out what was wrong with sick animals.
“This sounds pretty time consuming to me.” Josh touched her hand with a light brush of his skin.
She looked at the spot where his fingers had been seconds ago. Jodi smiled quickly as her response came gushing out. “It will be. I’m in charge of everything from the questionnaires to advertising to pairing couples. It’s a big job. I’ll be pretty invisible until after February 14th.”
“I hope not too invisible.” He slowly lifted his left eyebrow and tipped his head.
Jodi didn’t know what to say. As she tried figuring it out, the kitchen clock only seemed to get louder and louder as she wiggled in her seat. “I know what you mean and don’t worry. I’ll be sure to schedule time for Cupid.” Jodi looked under the table at Cupid, curled up asleep with his head on her foot.
“I wasn’t just referring to the dog. I was referring to me.”
“Oh!” Jodi slightly jumped in her chair as her heart galloped. She peeked up through her eyelashes. “I can make time for you, too, if that is what you mean. That is, if you want me to…”