Statistically Improbable (Dating by Design Book 2)(7)

By: Jennifer Peel



“I appreciate that, but I have no problem calling a cab or a friend to come pick me up if I feel like you’re anything but capable of driving safely.” It wouldn’t be the first time I had left a date and taken their keys.

“I don’t doubt that about you.”

“Anyway, let’s move on. Tell me about your family.”

He shrugged. “Not much to tell. My parents are retired and live in Florida. My brother Quinn and his wife, along with my niece and nephew, live in Australia, so we don’t see them much.”

“Australia? Have you been to visit?”

“Nah. My sister-in-law, Jessa, is a nut job.”

“Ouch. Does she know you feel that way?”

“I’ve expressed it a time or two.”

“Why doesn’t that surprise me?”

He grinned. “I tell it like it is.”

“How does your brother feel about that?”

“He knows he married a train wreck. But what can he do about it now?”

“I guess he didn’t use Binary Search to find his soulmate?”

“He was married long before Kenadie started her company. And even her system isn’t foolproof. People and circumstances change. We don’t guarantee happily ever afters. And I don’t buy into soulmates.”

I had to hold back my question when our server returned with our drinks and to take our order. On Zander’s recommendation, I ordered the beef brisket, knowing full well it wasn’t going to be anywhere near as good as Dad’s. He ordered pulled pork over a baked potato and a glass of water.

I didn’t say anything about the water other than to smile at him. Besides, I had other questions. “If you don’t believe in soulmates, what do you believe in?”

He grinned like that was an easy answer. “Beautiful women and having as much fun with as many of them as I can.”

I rolled my eyes.

“That’s Kenz’s reaction.”

“You never want to settle down?”

He focused on a hockey game playing on a screen near us. “Thought about it once, but I got over it.”

“Kenadie?”

His gaze penetrated me. “You’re observant. But it’s all for the best. I’m not the settling down type and Kenz deserves someone like Jason.”

“What about Brooke?”

“She was a lapse in judgement.”

Something on the screen caught my eye and I ignored my handsome pseudo date. I was glad I did too. The prettiest half-court shot was made. I cheered loudly. “Oh my gosh did you see that?” I stood up out of my chair to watch the replay of it. “Amazing.” I sat back down to Zander staring at me. I bit my lip. “I get a little excitable when my teams play.”

His gorgeous green eyes looked alive as he leaned toward me over the small table for two. “What else excites you?” His tone was low and seductive.

Judging by the way my insides were dancing and how I felt like I needed to catch my breath, I would say he excited me. I leaned in too. “Now, if I revealed that on our first pretend date, what kind of girl would I be?”

He arched his eyebrow perfectly. “Are you trying to excite me?”

I gave him a flirty shrug and went right back to watching the game.

Our food arrived and Zander seemed eager for me to taste the brisket. He watched my first bite.

I let the flavor sink into my taste buds before I chewed and swallowed.

“You have to admit that was the best beef brisket you ever had.”

“I’ll give you that it was good, but it wasn’t fantastic.”

“I think you’re biased.”

“If I had a grill, I would show you what you’ve been missing out on.”

“If a grill is the only thing standing in your way, I’ll borrow Jason’s and bring it over, just to prove you wrong.”

“Challenge accepted. Name the day.”

“I’ll have to let you know.” He sounded so mysterious. I got the feeling he held part of himself back, which I didn’t expect.

“I’ll be ready whenever.”

“I have to admit, you’re more fun than I thought you would be.”

“I’m not sure how to take that.”

“You hold your own. I like it.”

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