Careerbuilder.com says approximately a third of couples who meet at the office end up marrying. My hubby and I are one of the statistics. We'll be celebrating out twenty-year anniversary in April, but in the beginning I would have never imagined us dating let alone marrying.
The company allowed workplace romances, but my future hubby had his own set of rules, including not dating women at work. He didn't care that we were in different groups and worked in different buildings. He was adamant about not dating…for a while. He finally relented and a year later proposed on a chilly December night on San Francisco's Crissy Field at the Presidio.
When I was brainstorming my Kiss Me, Cowboy wrangler hero Zack Harris' conflict, I was trying to figure out why he wouldn't want to date fellow Bar V5 wrangler Charlotte (aka Charlie) Randall after sharing hot kisses by the river. My hubby's old dating rules popped into my head. I knew Zak had the same rule about not dating coworkers, only his was for a better reason. At least in his mind!
"So how'd you meet this guy?"
Charlie twirled the end of a braid with her finger. "Work."
"He's a cowboy?" Zack asked.
Another nod. She wouldn't meet his gaze.
Interesting. His rule kept him from kissing her again, but maybe some other guy's kisses would be enough to make her stay put. "Forget going to Colorado. There are lots of cowboys in Montana. Hell, Marietta for that matter."
She didn't look up. "Told ya. Work gets in the way."
Yeah, Charlie wasn't one to hang out at bars trying to be picked up. But if she fell for someone local, she would forget about the other guy and keep working at the Bar V5 at least for a while longer.
A brilliant plan to keep her in the area. "I could help you."
Her gaze jerked up to his. "Help?"
"Find you a man."
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